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2017 AGM Updates including membership - Saturday, June 17, 2017

Board and Member Working Group Exciting Next Steps  - May 2017

Member Working Group Update - December 2016




Staff News and Opportunities.


Did we tell you about our Financial Administrator?  Pat Bowlby joined Five Oaks in the spring.  Pat is a local Paris person, previously at the Paris Fairgrounds, and before that as a local bank manager.  In fact, she recently discovered a letter addressed to Yvonne Stewart from her bank position.  Pat has been a significant part of the transformation, both physically and process based since she arrived. Pat can be reached at


 Our Oaten Institute Program Administrator is Sharon Hull.  Sharon lives in Pickering, and is a volunteer youth leader in the Bay of Quinte Conference. She is a graduate of the NEOS Youth Ministry Certificate Program. Sharon has a passion for Right Relations and has been involved with our Wampum program as well as the Bay of Quinte Travelling Towards Right Relations yearly trips.Sharon brings her organizational skills from many years as an Executive Assistant working for a bank. Sharon has a deep love of Five Oaks and served on the Member Working group.  Sharon can be reached at


Rev. Pegi Ridout agreed to come on board to assist in the transition to our new Operations Manager staffing model.   Pegi was a past Executive Director and is an interim minister in the United Church of Canada. She can be reached at


With great enthusiasm, we also wish to announce that Michael Shewburg has joined our Five Oaks team as Operations Manager. Most recently Michael served as Program Coordinator, Canada Program, People in Partnership at the National Office of the United Church of Canada.  Prior to this role, he served as the Minister to the GO Project, a ministry of Islington United Church in Toronto. Michael can be reached for bookings at or via his personal account


It's not news but Tom Hunt continues to serve faithfully and work his magic. We are ever thankful for his presence. 




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