Education and Outreach Committee: Newsletter

CYM’s Education and Outreach Committee has launched a new quarterly newsletter.  You can find the first issue at

Job Posting: CYM Secretary

At Yearly Meeting 2016 in Camrose, Canadian Yearly Meeting approved a new CYM Secretary position to foster the growth and deepening of Quakerism within CYM through supporting and enhancing the work of the CYM Clerks and Committees.

Interested candidates should review the job description and posting for the CYM Secretary. We ask interested candidates to respond by March 17th through Charity Village ( with a resume and cover letter. For interested candidates outside Ottawa we ask, in addition, that the application reflect on the ways in which the candidate would provide effective collaboration with the CYM Office Administrator and the CYM Bookkeeper, both of whom are based in CYM’s Ottawa office.  Should candidates have any questions these may be sent to Elaine Bishop, Mentoring Clerk, who is clerking the Hiring Committee, at .

We look forward to the exciting opportunity that this process is creating. We hope that the process will be completed in time for the newly appointed CYM Secretary can attend the June Representative Meeting.

“Safe Nurture of Vulnerable Persons in Our Care” Policy

Representative Meeting, November 2016, approved the revised policy, Safe Nurture of Vulnerable Persons in Our Care.  This Policy describes how we will act, as a Yearly Meeting, to prevent harm coming to children, youth and vulnerable persons attending CYM activities. These activities include CYM-in-Session, Camp NeeKauNis, and any CYM committees that provide child care for their  committee meetings.

Statement on Islamophobia

January 31, 2017

Quakers in Canada join with other Canadians in expressing deep sadness and grief in response to the shooting that took the lives of six Muslim worshippers and caused grave physical and emotional injury to others in le Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec Mosque in Québec City on Sunday, January 29.   We hold all of those affected, including the families, friends and fellow worshippers, in the healing Light and love of God.  We are thankful that some of our members have had the opportunity to take part in vigils and prayer services across Canada.

Our Testimony to Peace compels us to seek justice, relationship and reconciliation, and to condemn violence and hatred wherever found. We are called to witness to a ministry of love which overcomes fear.  As stated in a letter to the Canadian government after the events of September 11, 2001:  ‘We need to dampen the fires of hate and fear that could lead to more militarization, more targeting of victims, scapegoating of the innocent, more killing and devastation.  Let us enter into a time of quiet and together fully mourn this latest addition to the course of human suffering, to the agony that our species inflicts upon itself.

‘Out of this tragic event our hope is that together we may find a way to free ourselves from the mindless cycle of violence and counter-violence. There is an opportunity her to set out on a new path, where our guides may be not anger, vengefulness and murderous intent but justice, mercy and mutual forgiveness. ’ (Canadian Faith and Practice, 4.28)

In light of these events we re-release our statement against Islamophobia believing that it continues to have significant relevance.

Nancy McInnes, Presiding Clerk      Elaine Bishop, Mentoring Clerk