The announcements for this last week of April include plenty of information for the upcoming Annual Meeting of Conference:

  1. Conference Annual Meeting Important Information
  2. Elections for Conference President
  3. General Council Executive – alternate representatives
  4. Conference Annual Meeting Bus
  5. Archives Notice
  6. Conversations that Matter!
  7. Real Estate Consulting Services

1. Conference Annual Meeting Important Information


The 2016 Conference Annual Meeting agenda and Things You Need To Know pre-conference letter are now online and can be found at this link:

2. Elections for Conference President


At the Conference Annual Meeting this year, President Matthew Fillier will preside. During the concluding worship, President-Elect Catherine Stuart will be installed as President for the 2016-2017 term.

During the meeting we will elect the President-Designate, who will serve as President for the 2017-2018 term.

To nominate someone for election as President, please complete this form:

To offer to serve as President, please complete this form:

3. General Council Executive – alternate representatives


It happens on occasion that the elected representatives to the General Council Executive may not be available to attend a particular meeting or serve a particular function. At the Conference Annual Meeting this year we will be electing alternate representatives to the General Council Executive, both lay and ministry personnel. These alternate persons will be asked to serve on occasions when the elected representative is not available.


Please give consideration to who might offer to serve as an alternate representative to the General Council Executive and please invite them to offer to serve by completing the nomination biography form found here:

4. Conference Annual Meeting Bus


This year in an effort to reduce costs and provide an alternative to carpooling, we are offering the possibility of renting a bus to bring people to conference – at no charge to those who take the bus.  This will only be possible if we are able to reduce the number of cars coming to conference.  The bus will arrive in Sackville, NB on Thursday at 12pm, giving folks plenty of time to check-in, grab a quick lunch and then head to the new delegates orientation.  The bus would leave Conference at 12pm from the Civic Centre on Sunday.  A bus could potentially come from PEI or Halifax/Truro area.  Please speak with the folks you usually carpool with and see if this is something you all are interested in.  To express your interest, please fill out the following form at no later than May 2(please note that we do not have all the pick-up location and times arranged yet). Following the deadline a decision will be made and all those who showed interest will be contacted.

5. Archives Notice


The Archives will be closed from April 14 until May 11 inclusive.  If you have any requests please email and Sarah will respond to you when she returns from vacation.

6. Conversations that Matter!


At the Annual Meeting of Conference we will once again “open space” for important conversations.  Five years ago we tried this for the first time.  Over 70 topics were posted for engaging during the day.  People shared their ideas and passions  in conversations such as:

  • Ecumenism
  • Better Rural Public Transportation
  • Welcoming Youth and Young Families
  • Out of Our Bulidings Into the Community
  • Progressive Christianity – A Maritime Network
  • Giving Youth a Voice
  • Are We Forgetting the Basics: prayer and forgiveness?

… and so many more!


Many of these conversations led to bold actions – such as Maritime Conference becoming an Affirming Ministry!

You will find your invitation and more information about Open Space Technology on the Conference website with the materials for this year’s Annual Meeting.  What conversation is burning in your heart?

7. Real Estate Consulting Services


Turner Drake & Partners entered into a formal agreement with the Maritime Conference, The United Church of Canada on 21st May 2015 to provide real estate consulting services for properties located in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the Gaspe coast of Quebec.  Those services include the following:


(1)        Planning.

(2)        Valuation.

(3)        Brokerage (Sales and Leasing) – 100 km radius of HRM.


Turner Drake has recently provided planning, valuation and brokerage services to The United Church of Canada, (individual congregations, Presbytery, Maritime Conference) including marketing and selling 5 properties in the Annapolis Valley, St. John’s United Church Halifax, and Camp MacLellan.


Because Turner Drake is in the unique position of having professionals on staff qualified in Planning, Valuation & Appraisal, Brokerage (Sales & Leasing), Property Tax, Lasercad® Space Measurement, Counselling, and Economic Intelligence they can provide a complete range of advice at reasonable cost.


Turner Drake & Partners Ltd. was founded in 1976 and provides consulting services across Canada from their offices in Halifax (head office), St. John’s, Charlottetown, Saint John and Toronto.


If you are beginning to think about professional real estate services, please contact David Hewitt, Executive Secretary,, 506-536-1334, for assistance.