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November Greetings Beach UC Community!

First on behalf of the Board I would like to extend my apology for the gap in sending out our Eblasts, which we had committed to doing on a monthly basis. We are back on track and look forward to keeping you up to date on all that we know is important to you.

For those of you who have returned to in person worship we are delighted that singing is once again part of our services (underneath masks of course). Sadly, with COVID rates once again rising and the spectre of both flu and RSV respiratory viruses causing challenges, we feel wearing masks is the safest way to come together and keep folks safe.

Our Christmas Marketplace is once again going to be in person on December 3rd from 10-2 and we have a host of vendors as well as returning favourites such as Jams & Jellies, baked goods, knitted toys and our Fair Trade products. We remain on the lookout for good costume jewelry to sell; so please contact the office or Marney Winn if you have some to donate (or if you are interested in contributing jams, jellies or baked goods).

In October the Board hosted a virtual chat to talk about the hiring underway and to answer any other questions folks had about our budget and the status of the Electric Vehicle Charger project (nearing completion as we write this!). The board is always interested to hear the views of congregation members. Please speak to any one of us or send an email to board@beachuc.com.

And speaking of hiring, I am delighted to introduce the newest employees of Beach UC. Thanks to the incredible efforts of our hiring team, we are positioned stronger than ever to make 2023 a successful year. And by that I mean fulfilling the goals of our Strategic Plan and creating financial sustainability and continued community investment.

Together with our current Operations staff of Cate Duff, Kirk Clarke, and Mary Hepperle, these are the people who look after the building and property, oversee the rentals program, manage our communications with the wider community, and coordinate all the behind-the-scenes functions that support the many ministry activities of our church. The search for these staff was initiated by our Board, and represents several weeks of collaborative work by the Ministry and Personnel Committee and the Operations Advisory Group, to complete the hiring process and get our new staff on board. The investment in this support-for-ministry team is the first step in moving forward in a new era for BUC.

Communications Coordinator: Allison Woo
Allison is an experienced communications and graphics design professional with strong knowledge of outreach and communications. She will be working 20 hours a week and will be coordinating BUC's communication and digital outreach to the community and congregation, including our web site, Facebook page and communication for specific events, such as the Christmas Market.

Allison will be supported by the new Communications Advisory Committee (CAC) which is made up of three members of our congregation - MaryAnne Lemm, Leigh Bowser and Jo-Anne LaForty - and Greg Daly, our minister. CAC will provide ongoing direction and support to Allison for BUC communications. The minister will be the liaison person from CAC to the Board.

General Manager: Karen Cornece
Karen recently retired from a career in the Ontario Government. She held various senior positions in event management, business development and contractual oversight as well as strategic communications, issues management and stakeholder consultation. Karen is experienced in leading diverse teams to deliver quality outcomes for a variety of stakeholders.

The General Manager is responsible for overall coordination and management of all operations functions, such as property care, rentals, inventory and budget, office administration, communication with the Board, staff training and building use policies.

Rentals Coordinator: Matthias Mayer
Matthias has been with BUC for over 5 years as part of the Property Care Team. He is familiar with every corner of our building and, as an overseer of a range of rental events, has interacted with a wide variety of rental clients from our wider community. As an extremely conscientious representative of our church to the community, Matthias is well deserving of his new position.

The Rentals Coordinator conducts advertising of the rental spaces available, negotiates rental agreements, builds a network of community groups using our spaces, and ensures a high level of service to our rental clients.

Property Manager: David Wood
Dave brings a wealth of property management experience following his retirement from the University of Toronto. In that 30-year career as Property Manager of 22 properties on the downtown campus, Dave has seen and done it all, from managing a portfolio of 3 million square feet across various types of buildings, to contracting for and supervising development, construction, repair, and maintenance of these properties with third-party contractors and U of T property staff.

The Property Manager ensures that the building is clean and maintained in good condition, keeps building systems such as heating, cooling, lighting, elevator and alarms in proper working condition, coordinates the work of the Property Care staff and oversees the work of outside service contractors.

Property Care Staff: Stewart So
Stewart joined our team in September and already has shown himself to be an energetic (digging a trench for EV charger cables), conscientious (letter of praise from rental client), and willing (no rental too challenging) new employee. Stewart’s outgoing personality provides a warm BUC welcome to many of our neighbours as they attend rental events here.

Property Care staff keep our building clean and ready for a variety of uses, set up and take down furniture and equipment used in rental events, interact regularly with our rental clients. Stewart joins the existing Property Care team of Kirk Clarke and Mary Hepperle.

The new staff started their work here early in November. When you see them around the building, please introduce yourself and add to the BUC welcome for the newest members of the BUC family.

On behalf of the Board, wishing you health and prosperity as we prepare for winter.

Nanci Harris, Paul Dowling, Cynthia Stretton and Gwen Hughes

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