Our Chaplain Cathleen Getchell
“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
- Brian Hetherington, Chair– is an ESL teacher, writer and storyteller with a long experience of serving on non-profit boards, particularly with social justice and poverty organizations. He is currently Treasurer of Kingston Community Chaplaincy and is Development (Fundraising) Officer for Storytellers of Canada / Conteurs du Canada.
- Karen Raddon , Co-Chair– has facilitated Alternatives to Violence Project workshops both inside and outside neighbouring institutions since 2008. Her MA was a collaborative project with former prisoners on philosophies of ethics and prison rehabilitation. Karen is an editorial board member for the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons.
- Madelyn Iler, OCT – received leadership training for AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) at Kingston Pen in the 1990’s and then enjoyed being an AVP workshop facilitator at KP and other local federal institutions. After obtaining her B.Ed. from Queen’s University, she taught literacy, art and English in the federal prison system for thirteen years.
- Richard Cohen, Member At Large – 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 and recently returned to school, later in life to study Project Management at Ryerson University. Richard has worked in IT Deployment, Analysis and Global Support Services for numerous Fortune 100s and other companies including CP Express, Coopers and Lybrand, 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, as a standardized patient for Queens University Medical School, and drives a school bus for Tri-Board. In his spare time, even though he has none, Richard Joined our Board in the summer of 2017 as a member at large and provides us with technical support and administrative services.
- John Rives, Board Member
- Carol Tapp, Board Member
- Noel Henry, Board Member