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Hiring an Office Coordinator

We are hiring an Office Coordinator. This is a part-time position (17.5 hrs per week) based in Ottawa and accountable to the General Secretary-Treasurer of Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. The Office Coordinator’s role is to support the work of the national office by maintaining the office and providing financial, fundraising, communication, and program support.

Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM) of the Religious Society of Friends is the formal name of the main organization of Quakers in Canada. Quakers are a faith group. CYM is made up of different meetings, groups, and committees. Quakers volunteers within the worship community do most of the organization’s work, with CYM’s paid staff support.

Skills and experience we are seeking

As the Office Coordinator for the national office in Ottawa, you will have several years’ experience in providing support for the maintenance of an office and are familiar with (and enjoy using) a variety of computer software systems such as Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Zoom, and CRM databases. You have basic experience with Quickbooks and accounting apps such as Dext and Plooto. Your communication skills are excellent. You are well organized, a self-starter, detail-oriented, have no problem with tight deadlines, and have excellent time management skills. As the CYM office has a small staff, you will need to be able to multi-task and be willing to roll up your sleeves and be part of the team!

You will be responsible for maintaining the Ottawa office by managing the CRM database, equipment, paper and digital files, processing mail, and working with IT to troubleshoot and solve technical problems. Experience with CRM data management logic, as well as reporting and privacy rules, is an asset. You will work closely with the General Secretary-Treasurer to ensure the CRM database integrates with other office platforms seamlessly.

On the financial side of the job, you will process invoices, donations, acknowledgements, reports, and event registrations. You will manage petty cash and bank deposits. You are familiar with issuing tax receipts for a Canadian charity and are aware of CRA compliance requirements.

Together with the CYM team, you will facilitate information flow throughout Quaker meetings and committees by assisting with the solicitation, preparation and distribution of minutes, documents, and other resources. Organizing logistics for meetings and bulk mailings will also be an essential part of your responsibilities.

Deadline & More Information

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to before 9 am Eastern on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. While we thank those who apply for their interest, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

This is a part-time position. Depending on qualifications and experience, the salary range is $38,000-$45,000 (FTE), prorated to .5 FTE or 17.5 hours per week.

To view or print a more detailed job description, open the Job Description – CYM Office Coordinator (PDF).

To view or print the information from this post, open the Job Advertisement – CYM Office Coordinator (PDF).

Reopening of Canadian Quaker Library & Archives!

 We are delighted to announce the Canadian Quaker Library & Archives is re-opening. Archives Committee invite you to celebrate this reopening online with us on Monday, May 2, starting at 8 pm Atlantic, 7 pm Eastern, 6 pm Central, 5 pm Mountain and 4 pm Pacific.

Canadian Yearly Meeting’s new Archivist, Michelle Tolley, will join us live from the archives on May 2. In-person access to our collection will also soon be possible by appointment with Michelle. We ask that you be double vaccinated, wear a mask and complete pre-appointment covid19 screening.

To get the Zoom link and for information on how to resume depositing documents at the archives, please visit the Archives Reopening post on the business side of our website. (You will need to sign-in or sign-up as a user to view this; alternately please email for the Zoom link.)


Workshop on Diversity & Inclusion

Registration is now open for “Diversity & Inclusion in Quaker Practice” a 3-part spirit-led workshop series that will run on April 30, May 7, and May 14.  The workshop is offered by Canadian Yearly Meeting’s Education & Outreach Committee and facilitated by Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in the United Kingdom.

The workshop’s facilitators will support participants in having important and challenging conversations, with the goal of transforming our Quaker Meetings into truly welcoming spaces. We will reflect upon and learn from some of the times when Quakers have failed to be fully inclusive. Participants will be encouraged to explore the power that we do and don’t have, and learn about ‘intersectionality’ (i.e., how different forms of oppression interweave, and cannot be untangled from each other). We will discuss how differences can make us feel uncomfortable, and why it is important to address that discomfort rather than avoid it. Finally, we will reflect on  next steps you can take to make your Meeting more inclusive.

The cost is $50, with some financial assistance available.

To register and for more information, see the workshop’s Registration Form.

Reminder: “Hope as a Practice” Workshop

A reminder that registration for this “Hope as a Practice” workshop closes March 12!

Can hope be more powerful than simple optimism? What does it mean to ‘practice hope’? How do we maintain hope when things seem to be getting worse rather than better?

In two “Hope as a Practice” online workshops, held on March 19 and April 2, we’ll explore different perspectives on hope and think about how they speak to us as Quakers. Participants will also have the opportunity to try out practices that can strengthen hope. We’ll reflect together on how to generate and renew hope to strengthen our collective capacity to bear witness in the world.

Registration for ‘Hope as a Practice’ is now open.

“Hope as a Practice” has been taught across the United Kingdom by Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre tutor Tracey Martin. It is for individuals wanting to strengthen their relationship to hope in a world filled with challenges, or to explore hopes for our Quaker community. It is brought to you by CYM’s Education & Outreach Committee, who are focussing on offering restorative Quaker practices in 2022.

Times & Details

“Hope as a Practice” will take place over two Zoom meetings on March 19 and April 2, 2022.

Given that Tracey Martin is based in UK time zone, that workshop will start at:

  • 9 am Pacific
  • 10 am Mountain
  • 11 am Central
  • noon Eastern
  • 1 pm Atlantic
  • 1:30 pm Newfoundland & Labrador
  • 5 pm British Time

Each session is two hours long, for a total of 4 hours, and will offer loads of experiential contact.

There is a cost for this workshop, as Woodbrooke Quaker Learning charges for tutor facilitation. Full and half bursaries are also available. For details, see the registration form.

To join the two-part workshop, Register for ‘Hope as a Practice’. Registration will close on March 12.

Welcoming our new General Secretary-Treasurer

Canadian Yearly Meeting is pleased to announce that Tasmin Rajotte will be our new General Secretary-Treasurer, a new position for our Quaker organization, beginning 23 February 2022.

Tasmin is well-known to Canadian Friends. She is a member of Ottawa Monthly Meeting and currently attends Peterborough Monthly Meeting. She has previously served in several roles for the Canadian Friends Service Committee, including representative for the Quaker International Affairs Programme (which was laid down in 2011). She has over 24 years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector, including leadership for projects, teams, and organizational change. She brings a wealth of experience from strategic planning, budgeting and human resources management to fundraising.

We are delighted to have her assist us with our changes and sustainable transformation.