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. 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.

Some of our 2017 Council, Affirming ministry coordinators, and staff at SpiritPride and the AUSE annual conference, Vancouver, July 2017. Many thanks to members who finished their terms: Judy Amsbury, Jen Carter-Morgan, Warren McDougall, and Collin Smith.

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 2022-2023 Council:

Executive (as of August 2022)

Chair:  Julian Munro
Vice-Chair: Brent Alexander
Secretary: Emma Pipes
Treasurer: Peter Kelsch 

Members-at-Large (as of July 2022):

Michelle Henry,  Mallory Brennan, David Hall, Caitlin Smithers, Richard Hollingsworth, Joyce Payne 

Ex-officio: Linda Hutchinson, Affirming Ministry Coordinator

Ex-officio: John Calhoun, Membership Coordinator


Executive Director – Alix Dolson 

Communications & Marketing Coordinator – M Chorney

Bookkeeper – Mario Orestano

Biographies : Affirm United/ S’affirmer Ensemble 2022-2023
Council and Affirming Ministry Coordinators:

**Coming Soon!**


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