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 month 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. Scroll right down for some bios from these fine people!

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 includes 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 2023-2024 Council:

Executive (as of August 2023)

Chair:  Julian Munro
Vice-Chair: Michelle Henry 
Secretary: Mallory Brennan 
Treasurer: Peter Kelsch 

Members-at-Large (as of July 2023):

David Hall, Caitlin Smithers, Richard Hollingsworth, Kim Curlett, Robert Lawson, Jake Girton, Ruth Bramham. 

Ex-officio: Linda Hutchinson, Affirming Ministry Coordinator


Executive Director – Alix Dolson 

Communications & Marketing Coordinator – M Chorney


Some of our 2023-24 Council, past Council members, Staff,
and Affirming ministry coordinators at the AGM in Beaconsfield for 2023!

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