Our Chaplain Cathleen Getchell

Chaplain’s Message

“It is with excitement and enthusiasm that I write this message, having accepted the permanent Kingston Community Chaplain position, effective June 29, 2016. I am writing to introduce myself and to ask for your prayers as I prepare to work in partnership with you, our community supporters.

When I first learned of this position, I was moved to apply as it seemed to be a good fit for my experience. For more than 11 years I have served in ministry including such roles as Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor, Chaplain at St. Lawrence College, Chair of the Kingston Street Truck Mission, Missions Trip Coordinator/Leader, Key-Note Speaker and Small Group Leader. I am a huge proponent of Relational Ministry and as a result, my focus in ministry is on POURING into PEOPLE more than programs. I have learned through experience what individuals long for is authentic relationships with God and others, and a sense of community. God has blessed me with both a great responsibility and a gift, in allowing me to serve Him by serving others. I do not take such a privilege lightly. I strive to lead by being a servant first, the love of God leading me and providing the foundation of any care I provide. My particular ministry interests are outreach, discipleship, and all that is involved in the work of redemption and restoration. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, Taekwondo, reading, cooking, the arts and travel.

Having met with the KCC board, I was delighted to be offered the position. I am looking forward to engaging in the restorative and redemptive work of KCC and possibly working alongside some of you as volunteers in the future.

I recognize that having a new community chaplain come on board may be a time of some speculation – “What’s she going to be like?” To briefly answer that question, I believe in openness and honesty, clear communication and working together! So please feel free to contact me if there is any way I can be of assistance to you, or with any questions you may have.
May God richly bless us in the months ahead as we work together for the benefit of our clients and the community.

Our Client Liaison, Foluke Akinremi

Foluke has a degree in Economics from York University and is a certified Project Manager with the Project Management Institute. With a heart for community development and her educational background, she has provided leadership for many initiatives in the past 14 years.

While working with Emergency Medical Services, she led the submission of the Three Year Action Plan for Access, Equity and Human Rights which was approved by Toronto City Council. She developed dynamic multicultural policies in relation to Emergency Medical Services Programs while implementing educational and promotional activities for several cultural communities.

As the Volunteer Coordinator for Toronto Grace Hospital in Toronto, she worked collaboratively with volunteers and staff to provide services for patients receiving palliative care.

While working with Supportive Housing in Peel, she acted as a Liaison for clients with mental and physical disabilities by partnering with support workers, physicians and mental health counsellors.

With a continual passion for serving her community, she is currently an associate member of a faith-based organization in Kingston and helps to coordinate outreach activities including youth outreach. She recently organized a job search, resume writing and interview skills workshop for University students which was very well received.

Foluke is excited and, as of February 2018, looks forward to continuing to serve the community by working with the Kingston Community Chaplaincy as a Public/Client Liaison Officer.

Our Administrator and Fundraiser, Patrick Callaghan

Patrick Callaghan worked as an Institution Chaplain in a medium federal institution for eight years.  Upon retirement he continued to offer support and counselling to individual offenders as a volunteer for Kingston Community Chaplaincy.  He has served KCC for many years, with responsibility for fundraising.

Our Board of Directors

  • Kyra McGovern joined KCC in September of 2019. In 2018, she attended the KCC Conference with her school club, Queen’s Correctional Services Volunteers, and was inspired by the work they did.
    Kyra is in the fourth year of her undergraduate career at Queen’s University. For the past three years, she has been facilitating various rehabilitation programs in several correctional facilities. Throughout her university career, she has developed a strong passion for offender reintegration and rehabilitation.
    Kyra is studying Philosophy and Psychology with the hope of attending law school after graduation. With her passion for restorative justice and healthy offender reintegration, she hopes to one day work for The Innocence Project. She felt that being a part of KCC would be educational, inspiring, and would further contribute to her passion for community reintegration and restorative justice.
  • Richard Cohen, Board Secretary and Treasurer – Richard Joined our Board in the summer of 2017 as a member at large and provides us with technical support and administrative services. Richard comes to us from Congregation Iyr Ha’Melech (IHM) —
    Kingston’s Reform Jewish Congregation, where he serves as Board President since 2014. Richard studied Computer Science at York University, Technical Manual Writing at Humber College, Project Management at Ryerson University, and is currently enrolled in a Web Development Diploma program.  Richard has worked in IT Deployment, Analysis and Global Support Services for numerous Fortune 100s and other companies including CP Express, Coopers and Lybrand, Metcan Information Technologies, Bell Canada, Toronto Public Libraries, Rogers Communications, T-Mobile and IBM. Richard is passionate about serving the needs of faith-based community organizations and also serves on the Board of Directors of Kingston Jewish Council (KJC). He currently works as a webmaster for IHM and as a standardized patient for Queens University Medical School. 
  • John Rives, Board Member
  • Alexa Shamie, Board Member
    Alexa Shamie is a Queens University student in the pursuit of a degree in political studies and potentially a career in criminal law and restorative justice. This career path was the starting point for her passion in becoming part of KCC, as she is now able to demonstrate her commitment to helping the community. Alexa has shown her dedication for philanthropy by being a founding member of The Transition Project, a Montreal-based charity that seeks to find employment for  individuals seeking to be financially independent, well as working with various organizations at Queens. KCC is Alexa’s newest endeavor that will allow her to continue seeking justice and remedial change for the community. 

  • Noel Henry, Board Member
  • Noel is the pastor at St. John’s Anglican Church in, Bath. He has an M.Div from Tyndale Seminary in Toronto and a B.Com from Bharathiar University in India.  He is on the board of Student Christian Movement (SCM) Canada. His passion for working in restorative justice comes from his time as a Spiritual Health student at PCH working with the clients in Forensic Mental Health.