Our Staff and Board of Directors
The Reverend Evan ᓅᑎᓐ Swance-Smith, Hon B.A., M.Div.
The United Church of Canada/Église unie du Canada
Mizheekay nindoodem/Anishinaabe niizh-manidoowag Mishomis/Nookomis endow
(Turtle Clan/Anishinaabe/Two-Spirit Grandfather/Grandmother)
Rev. Evan Swance-Smith is ordained in the United Church of Canada and has been serving at TUNM since 2004. Evan completed an undergraduate degree in 2009 from The University of Toronto specialising in Women and Gender Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies. Evan graduated from Emmanuel College within the Toronto School of Theology at The University of Toronto in 2013 with a Master of Divinity.
Prior to TUNM Evan was the Student intern at Christian Island United Church (Beausoleil First Nation), the Community Builder Minister at Bloor Street United Church in Toronto and the Director of Youth Programming at First United Church in Mississauga and Stoney Creek United Church.
Evan is passionate about serving people who live on the margins and this compels their work on the front lines doing pastoral care and harm reduction with sex workers, LGBTQ2A youth, families, people who are incarcerated and street-involved folks. Evan describes themself as a Traditional Person following Jesus's teachings. Evan is a Parent, a Grandparent, an Auntie, a Pipe Carrier, a carrier of Birth Teachings, and uses their healing work to encourage people's spiritual health through the practice of both Traditional Spirituality and Christianity.
Evan serves on the Office of Vocation Indigenous Candidacy Board and is serving a second term as the moderator’s appointee to The United Church of Canada Foundation Board. Previously Evan was a chaplain with Scouts Canada, represented the World Student Christian Movement at the Global Christian Forum in Indonesia, was the Emmanuel College Delegate to the CANAAC/CANACOM Theological Institute in The Dominican Republic and spoke about the use of electronic music in ministry at the Relevance-LEAD United Methodist Conference in Las Vegas.
In addition to ministry, Evan volunteers as a Doula and is a leader with Girl Guides Canada.
The Reverend Leigh Kern, Hon. B.A., M.Div.
The Anglican Church of Canada
Reverend Leigh Kern is grateful to her family, Elders, friends, mentors, relations, and community that have brought her to this place and role with TUNM.
Reverend Leigh was born on the territory of the Anishnaabe, affected by the Rideau Purchase (Treaty 27, 1819). Leigh is passionate about creativity, cross cultural and interfaith solidarity, ritual practice, and the healing power of community. She serves on the Vision Keepers Council, which is a council of youth and Elders that advises the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) on subjects related to justice for Indigenous peoples. She also represents the ACC on the Steering Committee of KAIROS.
She received her undergraduate degree with high distinction from the University of Toronto and completed her Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, where she served as a chaplain to people on the streets of New Haven, CT for two years. After her ordination, she served as Assistant Curate and then Associate Priest for three years at Saint James Cathedral, Toronto.
Leigh delights in bringing together diverse communities to pray, sing, listen, and heal ourselves, the Land, the Waters, and all our Relations. Her work has taken her all over, from Standing Rock to the heart of urban centres, and for these opportunities to serve in solidarity, she is extremely grateful.
The Anglican Church of Canada
Kanien'kehā:ka Wahta, Wakkwā:ho
(English translation: Wahta Mohawk First Nation and Wolf clan).
Since 1992, Sandra has been an Indigenous Traditional Counselor, specialising in addictions, family and child welfare, elderly care, federal corrections, supporting Survivors of Indian Residential Day Schools, Sixties Scoop, homelessness, and other traumatic impacts of colonialism.
Since 1995, Sandra has been an Auntie in the Toronto Indigenous community and has been a Women's Traditional Drummer. For ten years, Sandra has served as the Social and Pastoral Care Worker at Toronto Urban Native Ministry.
Sandra is a Master of Divinity student at Wycliffe College and is in discernment for ordination with Archbishop Mark MacDonald of the Indigenous Anglican Church of Canada.
Board Of Directors
Board Members from the Anglican Church of Canada
Rev. Leigh Kern Staff
Sandra Campbell Staff
Tina Conlon Board Chair
Rev. Andrea Budgey Secretary
Ric Hillyer Treasurer
Canon Mary Conliffe Diocesan Executive Assistant
Billy J. Gekas Community Member
Rev. Jeff Nowers Community Member
Board Members from The United Church of Canada
Rev. Evan Smith Staff
Kim Uyede-Kai Shining Waters Region Representative
Rev. Norm Seli Ministry and Personnel
Rev. Maggie Dieter Community Member
Charlie Miller Community Member