In May the CFSC staffing model was revised. We affirm our ongoing relationship with Jane Orion Smith, who is unable to return to her duties as General Secretary at this time due to a head injury sustained in 2015. Jane Orion’s readiness to return to work will continue to be assessed jointly with her medical team and in conversation with the CFSC Personnel Committee. Our staffing now looks like this (in alphabetical order):
- Matt Legge – Communications Coordinator and Peace Program Coordinator
- Jennifer Preston – General Secretary (now a much smaller position), Finance Administrator, and Indigenous Rights Program Coordinator
- Tasmin Rajotte – CFSC Administrator
- Megan Shaw – Office Coordinator.
At Friends General Conference Gathering 2017 Jane Zavitz-Bond and Matt Legge offered an interactive session on peace issues.
CFSC staff Jennifer Preston was in BC in June to present on how municipal governments can effectively engage with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action and implement the UN Declaration.
Later in June Jennifer presented on the UN Declaration and the TRC at the 146 Pathways to Peace event at Lower Fort Garry, outside of Winnipeg.
In July, Jennifer was off to Regina to the Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly, where she presented on the current federal review of laws, policies, and operation practices and the commitment to uphold the UN Declaration in this initiative.