HISTORY OF THE AADC
- 1999 - at a combined North American Association for the Diaconate (NAAD) and Living Stones Conference held in Deerfield Minnesota all 15 of the Canadian Anglican deacons present, gathered to discuss mutual concerns.
- We talked about a number of ongoing issues for Deacons in Canada and found a pressing need to continue meeting as Canadian Anglican Deacons.
- Recruited from that meeting were, Deacons Marlene Carscallen, John Struthers, Christine Ross, Maylanne Maybee, Jacquie Bouthion, Madonna Fradsham, and Michael Jackson. This group was given the task of pulling together a National Canadian Diaconal Conference
- June 2000, the first Canadian national diaconal conference was held in Winnipeg at St. John's College. The conference theme was“Deo Gratias”; a name which came out of a profound sense of thanksgiving that there were now enough deacons in Canada to be able to have a meeting!
- Of the nearly 100 deacons in Canada there were about 30 present, with other guests and staff the total was 42. The format for the conference was an open space conversation in addition to other workshops.
- Kudos and thank you to the Centre for Christian Studies who were our on-the-ground team. We could not have done it without you!
- The open space conversations led to an emerging consensus to form a national Association for Canadian Deacons.
- We wanted a national organization that would give a voice to deacons from across Canada.
- The Deo Gratias Conference authorized the steering committee from the conference, along with a few others to initiate conversations and to build a national organization
- 2001 - 2002, the planning group met by conference call, developed a constitution and began to identify a purpose and priorities for theAssociation.
- A letter went to deacons in every Diocese, inviting them to nominate candidates for the Board of Directors.
- June 2002, the steering committee met within a meeting of DOTAC (DIAKONIA of the Americas and Caribbean) in Winnipeg.
- There they put the final touches on the Constitution, named the members of the Board, set fees for membership, wrote job descriptions and looked at priorities for the new organization.
- Priorities included beginning the dialogue about educational standards for Diaconal training in Canada, advocacy for the restoration of the Diaconate in Canada, and beginning the dialogue about national standards for formation and training.
- June 2003, the new Board of Directors met within a meeting of (NAAD) North American Association for the Diaconate in Toronto.
- The Constitution was duly and legally ratified. It was a wonderful dream come true, finally, a full and National voice for Canadian Deacons.
- The Board was expanded to include aboriginal voices and representatives from Theological Colleges.
- Next step was to begin to plan the first National Conference of Canadian Anglican deacons under the auspices of our neworganization.
- June 2004, the conference was held in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island, great conference, great location.
- Plans were laid at the 2004 conference to hold another National Conference, in 2006, in Winnipeg.
- Due to unforeseen circumstances the 2006 conference never happened. Instead the Board met in Winnipeg in August of that year to decidethe future of our fledgling organization.
- A new Board was appointed, revisions to the Constitution were proposed and adopted pending an Annual General Meeting toratify them.
- A new committee was appointed to pull together a Conference in Vancouver in 2008.
- A Web Site was proposed and new life was given to our organization with a proposal to have a blended membership for bothNAAD and AADC.
- The Conference planning committee worked for two years on the 2008 conference and other committees worked on other items on our priority list.
- The conference was held, very successfully, in Vancouver, where a new constitution was presented and ratified, and a new executive elected.
- The Web Site infrastructure was presented and accepted and here is the beginning of that Web Site which will be expanded over the coming year of 2010.
- The new Board came away with a renewed energy to begin looking at national compentencies for Education, formation and training for Deacons, a commission to write a conference planning book, and to begin conversations about advocacy for and about Deacons at aNational level.
- November 2009, the Board met in Winnipeg, held a very successful visioning forum for the Association and to receive a discussion paper regarding Diaconal competencies.
- December 2009, that discussion paper regarding Diaconal competencies was presented to our Primate.
- In August of 2011, we held another very successful National Conference in London, Ontario. A new Board of Directors was elected and the discussion paper about the Diaconal competencies was presented to the membership.