Pelham and Yonge Street HYM – June 2012 – Neekaunis

About 100 Friends met at Camp Neekaunis from Friday evening, June 1 to Sunday Afternoon, June 3. This was the first time Pelham Half Yearly and Yonge Street Half Yearly had held a joint meeting, and there was in the air, joyful anticipation…and a little trepidation about numbers.  In the end, we counted 12 Young Adult Friends and 12 Young Friends…and there were definitely a few 70+, a mix of ages over 3 generations. The ambiance was beautifully green, wet, and a little cool. This view is from the Meeting Room looking out over the lake.


Friends were grateful to gather in Nelson Hall (Dining Hall), and the Meeting Room with its huge stone fireplace.

Gathering in the Dining Hall

Meeting Room

 The registrars were active from 3:00 Friday on, and Friends found time to re-connect while making sure the toilets/outhouses were equipped, unpacking, and wiping down the tables in preparation for dinner.

Who’s on the list?

Is there a resemblance here?


Self-Care and Shared Responsibilities – qualities of camp life




Table Prep

After supper, we gathered in the Meeting Room for a listening session on Membership.  We began with a semi-rousing game of  ‘A Big Wind Blows’ (too many people to stand in a circle, so Katrina McQuail, Youth Secretary improvised and moderated).  Then we invited Friends to self-organize into groups where they would imagine themselves in a particular role and we encouraged them to find a group with a role where they might be less comfortable.  We asked the groups to consider the following queries about Young Friends holding transitional membership in a Half Yearly Meeting or at Camp Neekaunis.  We encouraged them to IMAGINE, to think of this not as discernment, nor even as threshing, but as scattering wildflower seeds and seeing what might come of it.


  1. What might be the gifts of such a relationship?
  2. What might be the responsibilities of the Half Yearly Meeting or Camp to the Member?
  3. What might be the responsibilities of the member to the Half Yearly Meeting or to Camp?

If you click on each of the roles below, you will be able to view the responses of each group

Young Friend (teen), Young Adult Friend (early stages – university or wandering), Young Adult Friend (later stages – settling or perhaps starting a family), Monthly Meeting, Camp Neekaunis, Half Yearly Meeting, CYM, Ministry and Counsel and Friends General Conference.

 The Groups shared what was most important to them from their conversations, and we closed with worship.


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CLOSED: Job Posting: Focus on Food Youth Interns

Our ten Focus on Food Interns are nearing the end of their six-month internship here at FoodShare as part of our Focus on Food Intern Project. The program hires ten Interns to work in either our commercial kitchen or Good Food program for six months. While they are here, they gain paid work experience prepping, cooking, serving and cleaning in the kitchen, as well as packing orders of fresh produce for markets, community agencies and schools.
Every Thursday, Interns participate in Life Skills programming, which include trainings such as First Aid, Food Handler’s Safety and WHMIS, as well as workshops on anti-racism, community accountability, budgeting, holistic nutrition, film making and team building. There is a focus on employability skills throughout and we work with other community organizations to ensure that each intern has the skills to create and update a resume as well as network, job search and give a great interview.
We have also been building partnerships with local businesses to increase the employment and community experience of our Interns. Each Intern has had the opportunity this session to spend a few days working at a partner location. Interns are able to try out a different work environment, build their resume with a new experience and create a network of community references that help them to find employment after leaving FoodShare. We continue to look for local businesses or community groups that would be willing to host an intern for a two week period to provide them with additional work experience, if this interests you please contact us to find out what’s involved.
Our current group finishes with us in the beginning of March and are currently looking for their next employment opportunity. If you have employment connections in kitchen, warehouse, office or community agency settings, get in touch with Luam Kidane, our Focus on Food Coordinator, to get more information on hiring an Intern.
As one group of Interns finish the six month programming, we will be looking for another group of 10 Interns. To be eligible for the Focus on Food program, Interns must:
  • Be between the ages of 15 – 30
  • Be currently unemployed
  • Have not completed high school
  • Not have received Employment Insurance in the last two years
  • Face systemic barriers to accessing long-term employment
For more information about how to hire Interns, to host an Intern, or the intake process for the next program please contact Luam Kidane at 416-363-6441 ext. 238.


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CLOSED: Job Opportunity: Seeking a Food Coop Co-Coordinator for CYM 2012

Thursday, August 9 to Saturday August 18, 2012 at Augustana University in Camrose, Alberta.

Would you like a way to take part in Yearly Meeting with work that places you at the heart (well, stomach anyway) of the community, while earning a little money to help subsidize your attendance?

The CYM Food Coop is looking for a second Coordinator, to share the workload with an already-experienced Coordinator.  Food Coop Coordinators collaborate with the Local Arrangements Committee to purchase food supplies, making use of available menus, recipes and shopping lists.  They manage food storage and use, direct volunteers to facilitate food preparation and clean-up, and ensure safe food-handling practices.

The Coordinators have available a Coordinator’s Manualcontaining menus, recipes and procedures for guidance; they are supported by the Food Coop Organizer of Programme Committee, the Local Arrangement Committee, and a host of volunteers for site set-up and maintenance, financial control, food shopping, preparation and clean up.

If you love good food and community, are physically active enough to spend hours on your feet and lift the occasional heavy pot, have good communication and organization skills and the ability to be calm and of good cheer when the spices are frying in oil, the beans are about to overflow, and six people want to ask you questions all at once, this is a most rewarding way to experience Yearly Meeting!

An honorarium of $400 is available to each Co-coordinator.

If you are interested, please contact the Food Coop Organizer, Nathalie Brunet, at


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Representative Meeting November 2011 – A Different Experience

RoseMarie Cipryk sent along these photos and the caption from Representative Meeting held November 11-13 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Representative Meeting discerns way forward on some challenging matters. Overheard to a Friend, new to Representative Meeting, “This was an unusual Rep Mtg. We usually play games all day long. Today we mostly attended to business.” Thanks to Katrina for lightening our day with the Intergenerational Toolkit “Build It” which she helped produce through Friends General Council Youth Ministries. (Watch for it coming soon to a clerk near you.)



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Home Mission and Advancement Committee (HMAC) + Publications and Communications Meeting November 4 – 6 2011

HMAC and the Publications and Communications Committee (P & C) met on the same days and in the same location – Friends House, Toronto Monthly Meeting – the first weekend in November.  I was grateful to be able to attend and work with the dedicated Friends who were there. It was great to welcome Marilyn Manzer as clerk of HMAC.  I have been grateful, too, for Ellen Helmuth’s significant, caring and careful work as interim clerk (though there was some discussion as to whether the best term was ‘acting’ or ‘interim’).  It was also good to welcome new members, Marc Forget, Jeannette Amdur and Wendy Macpherson.

Anne-Marie Zilliacus attended for a couple of hours and provided valuable support for our budgeting process – Thanks, Anne-Marie.

Friday evening, HMAC, P&C Committee, Anne-Marie and Bruce Dienes spent some time exploring together thoughts about Canadian Yearly Meeting’s web presence and possibilities for using the internet as a means for developing and sustaining our small, wide-spread community.

One of my favourite activities at Friends House is visiting the library.  There were a few familiar folk hanging out there after Meeting for Worship on Sunday

Dorothy Janes (Toronto MM) and Ellen Helmuth (New Brunswick MM)

Mark Stanley (Saskatchewan MM) and Chris (Toronto’s ministry of hospitality presence)

 For any interested in CYM history in Canada, there are bound issues of the Canadian Friend (almost to the beginning, I think)  in one of the glass cases in the library.  I find it fascinating to read about happenings from the 1960s and 1970s as they were being reported then, and to see some of the photographs from that time period too.

If you prefer action, or learning sessions, Toronto Friends can usually let you know what’s current in Toronto, and as always the resident Friends, Judy and Ben, are helpful and cheerful.



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