Staff & Lay Leaders
Administration & Communications
Administrative Assistant, The Dean’s Officemore
(416) 364-7865 ext *229
As administrative assistant, Lisa is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Dean’s office, including the preparation of all service materials, administration for the cathedral team, and the processing of donations.
A member of the Cathedral staff for over 11 years, Wendy is the first person parishioners and guests see when they enter the Cathedral Centre. Wendy manages the phone switchboard, answers inquiries from the public, provides administrative support to the staff, and manages the ticket sales for our internal events.
(416) 364-7865 ext *221
(416) 364-7865 ext *288
Joining the Cathedral team in November 2017, Jessie-Ann oversees and manages all communications; from weekly bulletins, to the Cathedral’s social media accounts, to the newsletters, annual vestry reports, and narrative budgets.
Archives & Museum
Archivist & Museum Curatormore
(416) 364-7865 ext *233
A former elementary school Vice-Principal, Nancy began leading tours of the Cathedral some thirty years ago. She was asked to take responsibility for the Archives and Museum here in March 1998, and it became a full-time occupation almost immediately. Nancy oversees the collection, maintenance, and upkeep of our archives and museum, leads tours of the Cathedral, and organizes frequent events and exhibits. She also serves as a wellspring of knowledge of the history of the Cathedral.
As the Archival Assistant since 2015, Rhonda fulfills numerous archival and curatorial duties, including research, accessioning artifacts, and helping with exhibits. Rhonda has a Masters of Art Gallery and Museum Studies from the University of Manchester.
Event Operations Managermore
(416) 364-7865 ext *231
Lucia has been at the Cathedral since 2012, having previously worked in the insurance industry. As the Event Operations Manager, Lucia manages the External Events team, setting out policies and procedures, in addition to managing internal and external events.
Site Events Coordinatormore
(416) 364-7865 ext *303
Nathan brings over a decade of event coordination to the Cathedral Centre events team. As a Site Events coordinator, he is in charge of the logistical planning and operations of all internal events, working with clients, and external vendors.
Site Events Coordinatormore
(416) 364-7865 ext *304
Children, Youth, and Families Coordinatormore
(416) 364-7865 ext *826
A Masters Student in Theology at Wycliffe College since 2012, Andrew joined St. James Cathedral in September 2017. He previously worked in a variety of roles – including serving, lay anointing, lay preaching, and leading small groups – at St. George the Martyr, Anglican Church.
His vision for the ministry is to empower children and youth to develop and grow a foundation of faith, within which they are able to ask questions and explore their own faith in a safe and supportive environment.
Health & Outreach
Outreach Program Coordinatormore
(416) 364-7865 ext *222
As Outreach Program Coordinator, Kathy manages our Tuesday Drop-In, provides outreach support, oversees volunteers, and heads up the St. James arm of the Faith+Hub network.
Kathy holds a BA in psychology and has an extensive background in the social service/non-profit field; including shelters, second-stage housing, outreach, and other drop-ins. Kathy joined the Cathedral team in May 2017.
Health & Foot Care Clinic Coordinatormore
(416) 364-7865 ext *230
Gloria has been involved with the Cathedral for decades, joining in 1980 as a member of the Parish. In 1998, she became St. James’ first Parish Nurse – when the concept of parish nursing was just emerging in Ontario. Gloria identified foot care as a major health care need of many Drop-In guests – a need not answered elsewhere. With the Cathedral’s support, and individual donations, the foot care clinic was born. Gloria manages the clinic, and sits on the Health Council and Lay Pastoral Visitor teams.
Director of Musicmore
(416) 364-7865 ext *224
Robert holds music degrees from the University of London, Royal Academy of Music, and the University of Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar at King’s College. Although equally comfortable conducting for the theatre and concert platforms, his background lies in Cathedral music, frequently singing on radio, disc, and international television. In 2014, Robert moved to Canada, joining the Cathedral team, and forming the professional vocal ensemble, Opus 8.
Music Department Assistantmore
(416) 364-7865 ext *234
Elizabeth has been the Music Department Administrator since August 2017, looking after all the administrative functions in the Music Department of St. James Cathedral. She oversees the Cathedral Choir roster of singers, books singers for weddings, funerals, and special services and events, and ensures that all musicians are paid for their work at the cathedral. She contributes to event planning for concerts and other special events and handles general queries directed to the Music Department.
As the Cathedral’s organist, David plays for services, accompanies the Cathedral and Parish Choirs, mentors the Organ Scholar, and manages the twice-weekly recital series. He first studied music as a chorister at St. Michael’s Cathedral-Basilica; by the age of twelve, he was selected to be the organist for the televised Mass, recorded and broadcast nationally. David continues to serve at the Basilica part-time in addition to his duties at St. James. Concurrent to his church work, David maintains an active performance schedule. He has played recitals and accompanied choir tours across North America, Europe, the UK, and Russia. An advocate for new music, David has given premieres with the Toronto and New Haven Symphony Orchestras.
David’s achievement in organ performance and improvisation have been recognized in competition and examination. He won first prize in the 2019 Royal Canadian College of Organists national competition, and won first prize and audience prize in the 2018 University of Michigan international organ improvisation competition. David is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) and is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (FRCCO), receiving the Healey Willan Prize for top national achievement on the Fellowship examination. David is completing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Yale University, having studied with Thomas Murray and Jeff Brillhart.
Through the music department at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick is a student in the Advanced
Certificate in Performance program at the University of Toronto. Nick was awarded
a scholarship and bursary from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust and held the position of Organ
Scholar of the University of King’s College. Nick has been active in Nova Scotia founding and
directing choral music programmes, performing, composing, collaborating with mixed media
artists, and notably starting Aureas Voces, an early music ensemble based out of Halifax, NS.
Property & Finance
Director of Operations & Financemore
(416) 364-7865 ext *225
Rob Saffrey joined the Cathedral in 2008, after working for the Diocese of Toronto. Rob sets the financial direction and oversees the day-to-day Cathedral operations, including the cemetery, capital projects, budgeting, and payroll.
(416) 364-7865 ext *258
Jennifer joined the Cathedral as Bookkeeper in November of 2017. As bookkeeper, Jennifer is responsible for tracking the day-to-day financial transactions in the Cathedral. Specific to St. James, Jennifer also manages the payments for the weekly flower memorials in the Cathedral.
(416) 364-7865 ext *824
As Property Manager, Jim oversees all operations and maintainance of the Cathedral, the Cathedral Centre, and the Diocesan offices. He manages the building service workers and the sextons.
Property Manager Assistantmore
(416) 364-7865 ext *257
Raisa became the Property Manager Assistant and internal events coordinator for St. James in November 2018. In these two roles Raisa handles the scheduling of all building maintenance workers, supervising internal events, oversees building upkeep, and books all internal events.
A member of the Cathedral’s full-time staff since 2004, Emile became Senior Sexton in 2013. As Senior Sexton, he has a variety of roles and responsibilities within the Cathedral, including assisting with liturgies, set-up and preparations for services, and managing the audio recording and sound system. He also works with committees such as the Altar Guild, the Flower Guild, and the Server & Sacristans Guild.
Deputy People’s Warden
Deputy Rector’s Warden
Contact the Wardens: email@example.com
Cathedral Council Members: David Crawford, Joe Minta, Sandra Mowat, Kate Uchendu, Jackie Jagoda, Pat Maltby, Russell Mark, Gordon Robison
Ex-Officio Council Members: Rob Saffrey (Operations),
The Dean, The Vicar
Lay Delegates to Synod: Angela Carroll, Jenny Formanek, Russell Mark, Ed McBride, Sybil Wilkinson
Synod Alternates: David Grant, Robert Hart, Carol Kysela
To get in touch with Cathedral Lay Leaders, please contact the main office.
Altar Guild: Yosola Adeoye
Amnesty Action Circle: Carol Burnham Cook
Archives & Museum: Nancy Mallett
Book Club: Ruth Davis
Carillon Bells: Annie Odom
Change Ringers: Madeleine Cheesman
Education for Ministry Mentor: Carol Kysela
Greeters: Yvonne Joseph
Health Council: Joanne Short
Lay Visitors: Cecil Fennell
Outreach Committee: Jenny Formanek
Servers & Sacristans: Paul Seddon, Leslie Derbecker
Sidespersons: Barbara Hirst and Bob Simpson
Stewards (9:00am): Rob Haines
Tour Guides: Nancy Mallett
York Group: Ann Abraham & Jane Rowan