Ontario Conference News


New Life Emerges from Disaster

Who could have imagined any joy amidst the horror and destruction caused by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake along the border of Türkiye and Syria three days ago on Monday, February 6, 2023?   Yet, a day after, as rescue workers desperately searched under rubble to find survivors, a newborn baby girl was pulled out alive.

Whilst reading the story on the BBC’s website, a feeling of joy swept over me. After hearing of deaths rapidly rising into multiple thousands, news of this one newborn lifted my spirit and reminded me that the Creator God still offers us hope amidst our worst experiences.


Ministry Leadership Training, February 11, 2023

Ontario Conference is to host a second round of virtual training for ministry leaders at 4:00 p.m. on February 11, 2023.

All ministry leaders, especially newly-elected ones, are invited to attend.  Many of the workshops were held on the first round of training on January 21, so these are repeats allowing those who were unable to attend to do so on February 11. However, there may be new ones.

Attendees will be pleased to know that there is no registration required for the training on February 11. They will only need to select the link for the appropriate workshop and go directly to it. The list of workshops and their respective links are available on the conference website, All church clerks, pastors and conference directors will also have a list of the links. Conference directors are available to respond to queries regarding their workshops.

Attendees will be happy to know that all issues arising from accessing the conference website during the January 25 training have been resolved. There is now immediate access! However, some people may still choose to obtain a copy of the link prior to February 11.

Adventist Church Suspends Its Food Bank
After Neighbour Complaint

On Thursday, February 2, 2023, Kendalwood Seventh-day Adventist Church, located in Whitby, suspended its highly successful food bank operations to comply with a local bylaw order first issued in March 2022.“We had to suspend operations while we consider how to move forward,” said Pastor Jason Levy. “It’s painful, like the initial stages of grief, but we had to act to avoid litigation.”



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Türkiye and Syria Earthquake: ADRA Mobilizes to Aid Thousands of Victims

United States | ADRA International
7 February 2023

ADRA emergency response teams at ground zero in Syria. [Photo: 2022 ADRA Syria]

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is stepping up emergency response efforts to assist victims of the powerful earthquake that struck southern Türkiye (Turkey) and north-west Syria just before sunrise on Monday, February 6.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake and over 140 aftershocks devastated the region near Nurdagl and Gaziantep, injuring more than 13,000 people and killing at least 3800, according to UN reports. Authorities claim the quake was the strongest in more than a century.

“ADRA disaster response unit is already on the ground assessing the situation and collaborating with local governments and trusted partners. Rescue and evacuation operations are still ongoing in both Türkiye and Syria, and ADRA’s country office in Syria, which has two locations, will be manning the emergency response in the affected region,” says Mario Oliveira, emergency response management director for ADRA International. “As our emergency assessment progresses and we determine the critical needs of many thousands of reported victims, ADRA will be ready to help by providing aid such as multipurpose cash assistance, essential supplies, food, and shelter.



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You're invited to the Treasured Women’s Winter Retreat, March 17-19, 2023, at the beautiful Muskoka Bible Camp. It will be a weekend to grow closer to God, learn, exhale and fellowship with fun activities, inspiring worship, and encouraging messages. There’s also an awesome Kids Crew that will minister to children ages 4-12, registration is now open! Please click here to register. The first 75 registrants get their names into a draw for a fabulous gift basket. For more information, call Gillian at 905-571-1022, ext. 219, or email

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Office of Education - Current Job Opportunities
The following positions are currently available
with the Ontario Conference Office of Education:
NEW! Before and After School Early Childhood Educator/Teacher's Assistant for Grandview Adventist Academy
High School Substitute Teachers for Crawford Adventist Academy (secondary school)
Substitute Teachers (ongoing hiring) for Brampton, London, Mount Hope, Oshawa, Ottawa, Pickering, Toronto, and Windsor

Visit this link for details on the above job postings with Ontario Conference Education.

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Future Teacher Scholarship application packet.

PASTORS, CHAPLAINS - Visit for the
2023 Ministerial Summit Registration...

Kingsway College, a Seventh-day Adventist boarding high school in Oshawa, Ontario is seeking applicants for the following position:

  • Piano Accompanist for the Kingsway College Choir

Applicants should be a member in good standing of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and able to work legally in Canada and have a current vulnerable sector police check. Three personal references are required. Please email your resume to Lee Richards– Please visit the Kingsway College website for job descriptions for these positions:

ADRA in Türkiye
In the early hours of Monday 6 February, a 7.8 magnitude tremor struck Türkiye (formerly Turkey) near the city of Gaziantep. Another earthquake measuring magnitude 7.7 struck central Türkiye following the initial quake, with the Syrian capital of Damascus also hit.
The death toll across Türkiye and Syria sits at over 5,000, and the World Health Organization estimates the number of fatalities is expected to reach 20,000 people.

ADRA is already on the ground responding. Your donation today is providing those affected with shelter, food, water, blankets and flashlights.

Stay up to date with our response by following us on Facebook and Instagram.


Organization Overview:
Advent Health Care Corporation is a not-for-profit, registered charity providing healthcare services 1950’s. We provide quality care and services to seniors through operating Forestview Retirement Residence and Valleyview Residence on our campus located at 555 Finch Avenue West in North York, Ontario.

Advent Health Care Corporation is founded on Seventh-day Adventist traditions and guided by Christian principles to carry out our Mission, realize our Vision and live our Values.

Position Summary:
The Operations Manager is responsible for operational processes and quality improvement, compliance and risk management, and strategic planning and development.


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