Inspire! Invite! Thank!
Loving Our Neighbours
Generosity and Giving Workshop for Clergy and Lay Leaders
North Bramalea United Church
April 18, 2018
363 Howden Blvd. Brampton Ontario
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HAVE QUESTIONS? Contact Karen Seunarine at KSeunarine@united-church.com
Rev. Jamie Holtom – Minister, North Bramalea United Church
Jamie grew up in Oshawa, Ontario where he lived with his parents and his twin brother Jason. Upon completion of high school he went off to the University of Waterloo to prepare to teach phys ed and science. Instead of teaching, he ended up at Emmanuel College where he spent the next four years working on his Masters of Divinity. Upon graduation, Jamie came directly to North Bramalea United where he has been a full-time minister since July 1998.
Jamie and his wife Katrina have 4 beautiful children – Lucas, Leah, Cameron and Caleb. In 2001, Jamie and Katrina created the Lucas Holtom Carnival Day as a way to celebrate a life lost too soon and to give families a means to celebrate each other. In 2012, with the help of congregation members at NBUC and other community members Jamie sought to open The Journey Neighbourhood Centre in the Ardglen/Orenda Neighbourhood of Brampton. In 2015, Jamie was awarded with the Brampton Citizen of the Year award. An award which Jamie truly believes is actually shared by many around him.
Jamie Holtom is the Lead Minister at North Bramalea United Church. Jamie is passionate about the community that NBUC is serving, where the vision is “Imagine God building better lives, better families, a better Brampton and beyond!” He is the chaplain for the Brampton Fire Department, coach for a community basketball team and serves as a board member for Wellspring-Chinguacousy, a cancer support centre and The Journey Neighbour Centre. Author of 2 books including one co-written with fellow minister Debbie Johnson, Bullseye –Aiming to Follow Jesus.
Susan Graham Walker – Manager, Congregational Giving and Stewardship
Susan brings a decade of experience in stewardship education and formation with denominational leadership and local churches. She has a deep commitment and enthusiasm for encouraging generosity and giving as a spiritual practice as individuals, within families and with the faith community. In her role, which is shared with the Anglican Church of Canada, she has developed the Called to Be the Church giving program.
Susan also has extensive consulting experience in the public sector, mainly healthcare and associations as well as involvement in the voluntary and not‐for‐profit sector, including executive roles with the ALS Society of Canada and Prostate Cancer Canada. She is known for her integrity, loyalty and reliable support of those she works with and for cooperating effectively with a diverse people while meeting established objectives. Susan has a Ryerson journalism degree and also studied theology at Trinity College, at the University of Toronto (she hopes to complete those studies in retirement!). Susan has chaired the Stewardship Committee of her church and knows the challenges of the role. She and her husband Paul have two adult children, Caroline and Mark.
Karen Seunarine – Stewardship and Gifts Officer for Toronto Conference
Karen provides theological leadership and service to congregations, community ministries and communities of faith throughout the Conference. In her role, Karen will build upon the great stewardship work that already exists in many communities with in the Toronto Conference and travel throughout the Conference providing up to date solutions, consulting, resources and support to ministers and lay leaders in all aspects of Christian stewardship (congregational giving, outreach with in congregations, Mission & Service, special appeals, major and bequest giving).
Karen brings a wealth of experience expanding over sixteen years in revenue generation for not for profits such as Wellspring Cancer Support Centre, United Way of Peel Region and World Vision Canada to name a few. Karen has been a member of the United Church of Canada since 1992 and attends her home church of North Bramalea with her husband David and four children Emily, Ethan, Elijah and Evan.
David Armour – Director of Philanthropy, United Church of Canada and President, United Church of Canada Foundation
David brings extensive fundraising and foundation experience to his work at The United Church of Canada Foundation. He has headed major fundraising campaigns as Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Olympic Foundation, as president of the United Way of Canada—Centraide Canada, and as a regional director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. David has also served as senior advisor to the Université Laval Foundation and has developed two new foundations, the Canadian Medical Foundation and the Canadian Olympic Foundation.
David is also a committed volunteer who has given his talents and time to many national organizations, including the Pembina Institute, Food Banks Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, and the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy. He holds a Masters in Management from McGill University and a Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University.
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