Ontario Conference News




Lessons on Gratitude

Growing up, I had many fictional heroines with whom I could identify – Anne Shirley for her
wild flights of fancy; Elizabeth Bennett for her courage; and Jane (Tarzan’s Jane) for her
adventurousness. I wanted to be just like them. But try as I might, I could never quite relate to
Pollyanna, the young orphan who, despite tragic events, maintains an almost mystically positive
outlook on life. Do people like her really exist? I asked myself. And if they do, are they sincere
or are they just putting on an Oscar-worthy performance?

Time and time again, as a third-generation Seventh-day Adventist, I heard the maxims, “Rejoice
in the Lord, always,” and “In everything, give thanks” but considered them clichés. So growing
up, I cried at the slightest provocation – a mild insult from a peer, a B instead of an A or a failure
to place in the music competitions I entered, among others. Thankfully, although I still do not
mix well with “Pollyannas” and likely smile less than the average person, I emerged fairly
unscathed from my dark teen years.

My journey from darkness to light began in university, as I came to internalize my faith –
perhaps for the first time ever – and started anticipating my future. In the process of filling my
mind with things that inspired me, I stumbled across Maya Angelou’s Singin’ and Swingin’ and
Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas. In her third autobiographical volume, Angelou describes how, in
her late ‘20s, after years of survival jobs, she landed a role as a singer/dancer in George
Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess.” At this time, Maya, a single mom, reluctantly left her young son,
Clyde, with her mother and family friends as she embarked on a year-long tour of Europe and
North Africa.


Christelle Agboka, director

Henry Smith, 1978


Click the image above to download the reading for the week of October 2-8, 2022.

Cliquez sur l'image ci-dessus pour télécharger la lecture de la semaine du 2 au 8 octobre 2022.

This year's Week of Prayer is November 5-12, 2022.

I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit – 3 John 2.

Please check these sites to access the Week of Prayer readings:

May God bless you as you use and share these resources.

Maria McClean, director
Health and Prayer Ministries
Ontario Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

Ontario Conference values you as a member of our praying community.
If you have a prayer request, please let us know!

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Click on the image above for a video providing a step-by-step guide to using AdventistGiving.
Click here for The Steward's Way e-book.

Did you miss Camp Meeting or Ordination?
Click here for links to Camp Meeting recordings!



The Richmond Hill church will be hosting this six-part online series on the Jewish Festivals of Leviticus 23, their significance and meaning for then and now, in relation to Jesus, and the Gospel in them. The series is both educational, inspirational, and participatory.

Presenters: JoAnne and Richard Davidson, and their daughter A. Rahel Wells (Andrews University professors)
Dates: September 30, October 1, 2, 7, 8, 9
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm (including Q&A)
To join:, and click on the poster to join the ZOOM room.

The Richmond Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church
will be celebrating its
60th Anniversary
November 12, 2022
Former members and pastors are invited.
Sabbath School at 9:30 a.m., Worship Service at 11 a.m.
Afternoon program 2:30 p.m.
For more information, visit



Office of Education - Current Job Opportunities
The following positions are currently available
with the Ontario Conference Office of Education:

Part-time Music Teacher for Crawford Adventist Academy Peel Campus
Part-time French Teacher for Adventist Christian Elementary School
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.

ADRA Canada is hiring! Below, please find positions currently open for applications. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit for more details and to apply. These positions will remain open until filled. We thank all candidates for applying, but ADRA Canada will only contact those selected for an interview.

Accounting Assistant

Staff Assistant & Prospect Researcher

Faith-Based Relations Coordinator

Operations Coordinator


Kingsway College, an SDA boarding high school in Oshawa, Ontario is seeking applicants for the following three positions:

  • Science/biology teacher (click here for more)
  • President’s secretary (full-time);
  • Accompanist needed 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 three positions:


Burman University invites applications for the following positions:

  • Senior Development Officer - Office of Advancement
  • Full-Time Tenure-track Faculty in Psychology
Please visit our website for details.

The International Pathfinder Camporee will take place in Gillette, Wyoming in 2024. IPC happens every five years. Over 50,000 Pathfinders attend from over 100 countries for the largest five-day Adventist Youth Event in the world. Each day is filled with fun activities, honors, events, and ministry opportunities. During the 2024 Camporee, each night will be filled with inspiring music, prayer, messages, and a special continuing story from the life of Moses.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Camporee AUGUST 5-11, 2024.

Click here for more info.

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