Council and governance

Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble (AU/SE) relies on a volunteer Council that meets twice a year face to face and by conference call every two months or so. Members are drawn from all over the country and together represent a wide range of gifts, skills, and experiences. They oversee the overall direction and strategic planning for the organization.

Our annual reports offer a great overview of our work– and the work of hundreds of Affirming ministries and ministries in process. Once a year AU/SE gathers the whole community at its annual conference, to which everyone of good will is welcome, no matter your identities. The Conference is followed by our annual general meeting. We’re a membership-based registered charity, and all members are welcome to vote at our AGM. Your membership as an individual or ministry keeps our movement strong and diverse; please consider joining us.

If you’re really interested in us, check out our bylaws. If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Council co-chairs. (Note that inquiries and updates related to the Affirming ministry process should be sent here.) Your 2016 Council: Front, left-right: Michiko Bown-Kai (co-chair) and David Cathcart. Second row: Jen Carter-Morgan, Judy Amsbury, Chris Mann, Jordan Sullivan (General Council staff). Back: Julie Graham (AUSE staff), Collin Smith (co-chair), Warren MacDougall, Jenni Leslie, John Calhoun, Cindy Bourgeois, Marco Ste-Marie.

Your 2016 Council:
Front, left-right: Michiko Bown-Kai (co-chair) and David Cathcart.
Second row: Jen Carter-Morgan, Judy Amsbury, Chris Mann, Jordan Sullivan (General Council staff).
Back: Julie Graham (AUSE staff), Collin Smith (co-chair), Warren MacDougall, Jenni Leslie, John Calhoun, Cindy Bourgeois, Marco Ste-Marie.

Executive (as of August 2016)

Co-chair:  Collin Smith
Co-chair:  Michiko Bown-Kai
Secretary: Cindy Bourgeois
Treasurer:  Judy Amsbury

Members-at-Large (as of August 2016)

Jennifer Carter-Morgan

David Cathcart

Lauren Clark
Jenni Leslie
Chris Mann
Serena Patterson
Marco Ste-Marie

Staff: Julie Graham (Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble); General Council liaison staff: Jordan Sullivan.