CYFYM Minutes 2008

Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting Minutes 2008

August 11-14

Augustana College, Camrose, Alberta


We Opened with worship


Steven Dewar-Turcotte stepped in for recording clerk.


Canadian Yearly Meeting’s Home Mission and Advancement Committee (HMAC) requested for a Young Friend/Young Adult Friend to go for a three-year term, instead of the previous one-year term. Marika Haspeck, our current representative, has said that she would go for the next two years if we decide to approve this. Some Friends thought that having a back up representative would be helpful, but the concern was raised that it may be hard to get enough young Friends to nominate two in one year. A Friend raised the idea to stagger the two representatives so as the senior representative could help the junior representative. It was also suggested that we could let Marika finish the last two years, and then she could tell us her thoughts about how we should proceed. A Friend asked if we could also ask HMAC how they felt about having two Young Friends. We approved for Mairka to continue her term, and to talk to HMAC about having two Young Friends, then report back to us and we can decide then.


The clerk asked Friends who felt led to serve in a position to bring their names forward to the nominating committee, and also to recommend others. A Young Friend asked for the different roles to be explained, and clerk Kelly Ackerman read the positions, and explained what each position is. A Friend asked about nominating Friends who were not present at the current CYM, and the clerk stated that as long as the nominated Friend was given ample time to decide on whether to take the role. It was mentioned that anyone can be nominated, but it’s the nominating committee’s job to make the final nominating decisions.


We received a request from Katrina McQuail asking for funds for her travel between her home in Ontario and Johnstown, Pennsylvania for Young Friends’ business at the Friends General Conference gathering. She did not specify the funds needed, so a Friend asked if we could ask her for these numbers, while we also check the treasure’s report, and then make our decision.


The clerk asked for Friends who had other business to come talk to him by tomorrow and we will have another business meeting tomorrow if needed. A Friend stated that the Agenda Committee is inviting a young Friend to join their meetings. Also, it was stated that if a young Friend wanted, they could sit with the clerks during business meeting to learn more about it. Friends were asked to volunteer to write the epistle if they feel led to do so.


We closed with worship.


Our meeting opened with worship


Katharine Carmichael came to speak to us about peace work, including counter recruitment. She wonders if we could start some counter recruitment projects. We decided that anyone who wanted to participate was to talk to Katharine.


Marika Haspeck gave us her thoughts on having a staggered 3-year term for a young Friend serving on HMAC, and also told us how HMAC felt about it. She will bring more information next year.


We received more information from Katrina McQuail, including where she went, and how much money she was requesting (see 05-11-08-08). In total she is requesting $300-$350 for her travels. We do not have the treasure’s report yet, but we approved for $350 subject to funds available.


Rachel Urban-Shipley, Jonathan Trofymow, and Marika Haspeck were approved to serve on the epistle committee. Different ideas were raised so we can have the epistle approved by the group, and we decided that we would like the epistle done for Friday at 6:00pm for review.


A Friend asked for a report from the web-minder about the Young Friends Website. There is a need to better define the web-minder’s position, and there is also a need to fill this position with a new member this year. We could ask nominating committee to find a new person this year, and next year the new member will check in as to what they think this position should be in future.


A concern was brought to our attention that for many positions, we don’t know what has been going on, and that many people don’t know what their positions are and what they are accountable for. This has been an ongoing problem. Our idea was that if we made the nominees sign a sort of “contract” stating what they should be doing, the person nominated would have a reminder to do their job. Marika has said that she will be willing to take steps towards finding strategies for a resolution to this issue. We are encouraging other Friends to join Marika. She will report back during Thursday’s business meeting, along with anyone who decided to help her.


We ended with closing worship.


Steven Dewar-Turcotte stepped aside as recording clerk and was replaced by Max Garver.


We opened with opening worship.


We send our nomination of Kelly Ackerman for Camp NeeKauNis Committee to CYM’s nominating committee. We recognise that as we are not a Monthly Meeting, this is not a regular practice. We leave further discernment of this issue to CYM’s nominating committee. We also will send a letter of support, which will be up for approval on Friday, for Kelly to the nominating committee and camp committee.


We would like to reconsider the term length of the nominating committee at next year’s CYFYM.


We approve all the following positions:

Young Adult Clerk: Peter Stevenson (For 2 years)

Recording Clerk: Jessica Klaassen-Wright (For 2 Years)

Listeners: Kelly Ackerman & Amie Trofymow (For 1 Year)

Programming Committee: Jonathan Trofymow (For 2 Years)

Sporadical: Rebecca Ivanoff, Grace Egan-Pimblett, Brigid Egan-Pimblett (For 1 Year)

Nominating Committee: Kelly Ackerman, Reykia Fick (Subject to Consent), Katherine Hope, Elen Cheatley (Subject to Consent) (For 1 Year)

Webminders: Jessica Klaassen-Wright, Steven Dewar-Turcotte (For 1 Year)

Treasurer: Noah Garver (For 2 Years)

Mentoring Clerks: Bert Horwood, Dale Dewar (For 1 Year)

Canadian Friends Service Committee: Jessica Klaassen-Wright (For 1 Year)

Marika Haspek is serving her second year in a three-year term for HMAC. Rachel Singleton-Polster is serving her second year in a two-year term as Young Friends Clerk. Peter Stevenson is continuing representing Young Friends on the Faith and Practice Development Committee. (Added by Peter Stevenson, acting as Minute Reviewer)


The 2008 CYFYM Epistle was read. It will be approved on Friday after Friends have had a chance to review and comment.


We read, discussed, and approved the first draft job description for the Youth Secretary for Canadian Young Friends. This first draft will be read at CYM Meeting for Worship for Business and sent to the Hiring Committee for further review and action. We expressed great excitement for this position and our continued involvement in its implementation.


We addressed the accountability issue that was discussed on day two. We decided that since the recommendation was not complete, Marika and other Young Friends who felt led could work on it over the year. Peter also volunteered his time for answering questions or resolving issues. We anticipate the presentation of the recommendations at the start of next CYM.


We closed with closing worship.

CYFYM Minutes 2010

Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting 2010

Canadian Mennonite University Campus

Winnipeg, MB

Co-Clerks: Peter Stevenson, Rachel Urban-Shipley

Recording Clerk: Jessica Klaassen Wright

Attending: Chris Abbott, Jonah Egan-Pimblett, Ben Segel-Brown, Grace Egan-Pimblett, Brigid Egan-Pimblett, Chris Barfitt, Jonathan Trofymow, Kevin Abbott, Ebony Campbell, Kimberly Powers, Rachel Singleton-Polster, Daniel Von Schulmann, Melody Powers, Sam Beardsell, Jaya Karsemeyer

The Meeting opened with a moment of silence.

Peter Stevenson talked about the Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting (CYFYM) Fund with the meeting and explained the state of our finances. CYFYM currently has over $3,000 in the fund and has still not received the annual allowance from Canadian Yearly Meeting (CYM). Ben Segel-Brown asked the meeting for funding to attend CYM 2010. He came with a minute of support from Ottawa Monthly Meeting and requested $380.97. This money will be reimbursed to Canadian Friends Service Committee who is currently paying for his expenses. There was a feeling of support in the meeting and we approved the request.

Rachel Singleton-Polster, Jonah Egan-Pimblett, and Daniel Von Schulmann served on Nominating Committee this year. CYFYM discussed all the names presented to the meeting by Nominating Committee. All the names listed below were approved.

Committees of CYM

Records Committee: Brigid Egan-Pimblett

Publications & Communications: Ben Segel-Brown

Programme Committee: Ebony Campbell (Replaced by Sandy Zelazny)

Home Mission and Advancement Committee: Jonah Egan-Pimblett

Canadian Friends Service Committee: Chris Abbott


Young Adult Friends Clerk: Alan Tatro

Recording Clerk: Grace Egan-Pimblett

There were no names brought forward for Sporadical of the CYFYM web-minders. Rebecca Ivanoff is the current editor of the Sporadical and the meeting suggested that we ask her if she is willing to continue with this position. Kimberly Powers expressed an interest in this position. Her name was discussed by the meeting and we approved these names as co-editors.

Ben Segel-Brown is willing to continue as an informal web-minder. He also expressed that he cannot change the website if there is no content to put on it. The meeting discussed the possibilities of getting more content on the site.

A concern was raised that listeners are not always easy to contact. Peter Stevenson suggested that we publicise their contact information with the list of national listeners. Listeners should be aware that their names will be publicized, and they should also work to make it easier for YF’s and YAF’s to contact them.

In a great sense of relief, the meeting ended on time with a moment of silence.

Canadian Young Friends Gathering Epistle 2017

The gathered Young Friends ask this epistle be read during announcements after Meeting For Worship:

Loving Greetings to Friends Everywhere:

From 29th Sixth Month to 2nd Seventh Month 2017, around 30 Young Friends from across the country gathered at Camp NeeKauNis in Waubaushene, Ontario for a Canadian Young Friends Gathering. This gathering was organized to bring together a critical mass of Young Friends and Young Adult Friends in order to energize and strengthen our community and rejoice in our time together in worship, play, and good conversation. This gathering was planned in part so that Canadian Young Friends and Young Adult Friends had an occasion to gather while the wider Canadian Yearly Meeting sessions were holding a fallow year, and also as a pre-retreat for the Friends General Conference Gathering happening in Niagara Falls, New York. Along with meals together, work around the camp, and daily meeting for worship, the organizers left space for Friends to offer self-directed programs as they desired. These smaller sessions sprung from the amazing diversity of gifts Friends wanted to share, from the gentle art of cat’s cradle to discussions of the role of Christ in our lives and in Quakerism; from canoeing at sunset, to the plenary workshop on the surprisingly recent history of Christian homophobia and transphobia. Several Friends noted this year’s gathering at Camp NeeKauNis was the largest gathering of Canadian Young Friends in some years. This is with great thanks to the committee (Rachel Urban-Shipley, Jonah Egan-Pimblett, Misia Robins, David Summerhays, Jessica Klaassen-Wright and Christina Tellez) who organised and promoted the gathering, especially the leadership of Jessica and Christina before and during the event. We are also deeply grateful for the support of Education and Outreach for assisting with funding for the gathering, particularly as travel costs are often a barrier for Young Friends who wish to attend. In the midst of this gathering, Friends also felt led to discuss the future of Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting and its relationship with Canadian Yearly Meeting.

Those of us at the Canadian Young Friends Gathering discerned a need and have a strong desire to focus on building our whole community of Young Friends (13-35) especially as the official body of Canadian Young Friends Yearly Meeting is on hiatus. The current hiatus was chosen because of the a small number of Young Friends attending Yearly Meeting sessions and the difficulty of filling official roles. We are excited about re-kindling the enthusiasm and spirit in Young Friends by growing our connections with each other, both through media and regular gatherings. The gathered Young Friends recognise the role effective communication provides in building and maintaining community. Both Reykia Fick, The Canadian Friend Editor, and Cameron Fraser, now the Canadian Yearly Meeting Secretary, were present at the gathering, and several discussions took place regarding possible ways Canadian Yearly Meeting paid staff and contractors may be able to assist Canadian Young Friends in connecting, communicating, and gathering. Gatherings are a crucial component in maintaining and strengthening the dispersed community of Canadian Young Friends. Those of us present felt a desire to maintain and increase these gatherings. Recognising this, we encourage all Young Friends who are able to attend Canadian Yearly Meeting in Barrie in 2018.

Moving toward Canadian Yearly Meeting in session 2018 in Barrie, we discerned the following steps should be taken over the next year to strengthen the national community of Young Friends and to engage more meaningfully with the wider body of Friends in Canada:

  • The gathered Friends will investigate the possibility of a Young Friends pre-CYM gathering at Camp NeeKauNis in 2018.

These contacts will work with Canadian Yearly Meeting staff to facilitate this initiative.

Canadian Yearly Meeting Secretary, Cameron Fraser, has invited Young Friends into a discussion to assist in creating goals as to how he can best help Young Friends in Canada. This is an open invitation to all Canadian Young Friends who wish to be involved. The regional contacts committed to involvement in this process of goal setting. Any interested Young Friends may contact Cameron Fraser at for more information.

As we build our community, including through further gatherings, we request the continued support of Yearly Meeting’s Education and Outreach Committee. The challenges of holding gatherings are amplified for Young Friends. We are grateful for the support of all those in Canadian Yearly Meeting in dealing with those challenges and in helping us strengthen our common community.

In the Light,

Canadian Young Friends gathered at Camp NeeKauNis, 1st Seventh Month 2017