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The Global Catholic Climate Movement Canada (GCCM Canada) is a charitable network that works in partnership with the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), local allies, and Catholics across Canada to animate the social, political, and ecological insights articulated in Pope Francis’ climate justice encyclical, Laudato Si’.
Using a variety of communication tools (including quarterly digital newsletters, on-line forums and learning webinars), GCCM Canada will work with the global GCCM movement to:
Bring Laudato Si’ to life by growing a community of Canadians willing to act courageously to care for our common home.
Build an online forum to foster connections and sharing between and among the GCCM movement, Canadian Catholic organizations, Indigenous and Allied land, and water defenders, and Canadian Catholic laity who are called to be creation care leaders.
Work to understand and seek transformative action on the disproportionate impact that climate change and unsustainable resource extraction have on Indigenous Communities.
Encourage Canadian Catholics to raise our voices in the public sphere to call for bold climate policies, and amplify the Laudato Si’ message in the media.
Who We Are
The GCCM is a coalition of 650+ Catholic member organizations dedicated to turning Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’ into action for climate justice. GCCM Canada is hosted by Canadian, interfaith, environmental charity Faith & the Common Good. Activities will be coordinated by Agnes Richard and guided by an Advisory Circle, whose members include:
Agnes received training from both Hon. Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project and the Global Catholic Climate Movement as a Laudato Si’ Animator. With a team of lay partners and the office for Discipleship and Parish Life, Agnes planned and implemented a series of workshops called “Change Starts with Us” for the Catholic Diocese of Hamilton.
With the Lighthouse Pilot Project steering committee, Agnes worked closely with Greening Sacred Spaces staff in Hamilton and CREW (Community Resilience to Extreme Weather) to develop Extreme Weather Resilience Hubs in Hamilton, ON. She was Chairpersonship of the St. Patrick’s, Caledonia, ON Syrian Refugee Committee and helped successfully settle a Syrian family of six.
Jo Anne Young
Jo Anne was born in Alberta and raised in British Columbia. Her traditional Métis homeland is in the Meadow Lake/Green Lake/Isle à La Crosse area of Saskatchewan.
Jo Anne has been involved with the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) since 1997, and has as Council President of the Hamilton-Wentworth (now Clear Waters) Métis Council. Jo Anne has participated in land use and sustainable energy meetings with Conservation Authorities, the Ontario Provincial Government and private companies as a representative of the Métis Community.
Jo Anne has been Nutrition Manager at Iroquois Lodge LTC, Six Nations of the Grand River, since 2009. This position requires not only knowledge of clinical nutrition but also an understanding of traditional foods, medicines and, Haudenosaunee culture.
Christopher Hrynkow, PhD (Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manitoba), ThD (Christian Ecological Ethics, University of Toronto) is an associate professor in Religion and Culture at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan. There, he teaches courses in Religious Studies, Catholic Studies, Peace Studies, and Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good. He is also serving as the initial director of the Centre for Faith, Justice, and Reason at the college and is Department Head and Undergraduate Chair of Religion and Culture for the University of Saskatchewan.
Cheryl is Coordinator of Asian-Pacific Campaigns and Global Volunteers with the international secretariat of the Global Catholic Climate Movement. Her project management experience spans 14 countries in Asia and was gained from working with international non-government organizations that advance children’s rights and protection. Cheryl lives in Metro Manila, Philippines. She is a writer on the side, and has written feature stories for non-profit organizations.
John Dorner, a retired psychologist and educator, serves as Coordinator of Creation Care Ministry with the Archdiocese of Ottawa. He is also a member of the Environment Committee of the Ottawa Catholic School Board. He previously served as the Ottawa coordinator of the Greening Sacred Spaces Program of the interfaith network Faith & the Common Good. John is a grandfather and appreciates his responsibility to all the grandchildren of the world, to future generations and to the poor who suffer the consequences of ecological crises.
Justine Shenher is the youth representative on the Advisory Circle. Having grown up on a farm, she had a connection to the land from a very young age. Justine became heavily involved with the University of Saskatchewan's Development and Peace Just Youth and the Green Legal chapters during her post-secondary education, as well as worked for the Development and Peace Regional Animator. She is now a lawyer in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but continues her involvement with Development and Peace and other environmental initiatives.
Karen Van Loon
Karen Van Loon joined Faith & the Common Good in 2018 to lead their new Cultivating Care for Our Common Home program. Previously, Karen was the Coordinator of Scarboro Missions’ Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Office which from 2007 to 2017 emphasized faith-based education and advocacy around climate change as well as promoting ecologically sustainable practices. She began in the JPIC Office in 1999 after working four years in community health related leadership formation with Scarboro Missions in northern Brazil.
Joe Gunn has led social justice ministries for a Catholic Archdiocese, religious congregations of both men and women, the ecumenical charity Citizens for Public Justice, as well as the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. For seven years, Joe worked in Central America. He grew up in Toronto, and is currently director of the Centre Oblat – A Voice for Justice, located at St. Paul University in Ottawa.
Kathy Murtha is a Retreat Coordinator and Facilitator at the Mary Ward Centre, a ministry of the Loretto Sisters in Toronto, Canada. She has been facilitating retreats for adults and young people for over 25 years. Kathy has an MA in theology and specializes in interfaith workshops and dialogue, women's history and spirituality, and contemplative practices. She worked for two years overseas among the highland tribal peoples of Papua New Guinea and is passionate about developing a global and cosmic consciousness.
Katrine Handley-Derry is the Communications Coordinator for Faith & the Common Good. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master’s in Environmental Science, following undergraduate studies with a dual Major in Ecology and Film.
As part of her Masters, Katrine interned with the Halton Environmental Network as social media coordinator for their Halton Green Screens and Greening Sacred Spaces programs. Katrine continues to work with Halton community with Halton Environmental Network as Network Animator and with the Halton Climate Collective and Oakville Ready programs, to create resilient and sustainable communities in Halton.
Sister Linda’s roots are in the West Coast of Canada where a deep love of God’s creation was nurtured in her. She brings to her ministry a market gardening and farming background from Saanich, a rural area of Victoria near the Butchart Gardens.
Through her years with the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada she has served in parish ministry, university and hospital chaplaincy and as Co-Administrator of the Catholic parish, of the M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. When missioned to Villa St. Joseph it was a temporary assignment while studying in Toronto. Today she coordinates an 80 plot Organic Community Garden on site and extensive Sister’s organic gardens. She ministers as an experienced Retreat Director, Spiritual Director, and as an Organic Master Gardener.
Sister Linda has a B.A. in Indigenous Studies from Trent University, and both a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry in Eco-Theology from Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto, where she is now a part-time faculty member.
Lucy Cummings is the Executive Director of Faith & the Common Good, where she supports diverse faith communities contribute to greener, healthier, more resilient neighborhoods.
Prior to her work at Faith & the Common Good, Lucy lead Seacology UK, a non-profit environmental group devoted to protecting island biodiversity using a community-based approach. A Mandarin Chinese speaker (though rusty these days), she was a professor of global politics at the University of Hong Kong for ten years. There she explored the impact of environmental degradation on global security. She also consulted with the Hong Kong government on its global environmental reputation.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia, a Master’s in religious ethics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in global politics from Johns Hopkins University.
Born into an interfaith family, Rev. Michelle Singh has a deep understanding and appreciation for the world’s rich spiritual and cultural diversity. In 2008, she became an ordained Interfaith Minister from The New Seminary, New York. Since then, she has been actively engaged in Canada’s interfaith movement, including vice-chairing the award winning World Interfaith Harmony Week Steering Committee and co-founding a multi-faith Spiritual Dialogue Circle. Notably, Michelle was a Board member and Steering Committee Co-Chair for the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions — overseeing the worlds largest interfaith gathering, featuring over 1000 diverse spiritual programs, attended by over 8500 persons. Prior to becoming an Interfaith Minister, Michelle spent more than 30 years in the I.T. and Communications sectors leading teams in challenging, goal-oriented environments. She is an officiant, well known for intuitive listening and her ability to create safe and sacred spaces for processing and dialogue. Michelle excels in bringing diverse groups of people together to achieve a common goal.
The First Nations Office helps in the implementation of the Archbishop’s directives regarding his First Nations pastoral vision and mandate. This vision involves alleviating struggles faced by our First Nation communities and finding appropriate solutions while developing and promoting processes that promote healing. The Office also looks to maximize opportunities for collaboration with First Nation organizations and communities by developing programs, resources and, projects that further First Nations ministry. Squamish Elder Deacon Rennie Nahanee is the First Nations Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
Jeremy Milloy is Lead, Integrity of Creation and Climate Change for the Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Office of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. Based in Kingston, Ontario, Jeremy works to advance climate justice locally, provincially, nationally, and globally. He is currently part of campaigns to advance divestment from extractive capitalism; strengthen communities through mutual aid; and to win a Green New Deal.