The Rev. Dr. Canon Judy Rois
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The Anglican Foundation announced today that the Rev. Canon Dr. Judy Rois will be its new executive director, effective Jan. 1.
Canon Rois has been the rector of Christ Church Deer Park in Toronto since 2004. Previously, she was the vicar of St. James Cathedral in Toronto for seven years. She is the co-ordinator for the postulancy committee for the diocese of Toronto and has served on many national and diocesan committees.
In a letter announcing her appointment, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, wrote that Canon Rois comes to the job with “a deep and abiding respect for the good work of The Foundation and a passion for broadening its mandate and growing its membership. She has extensive experience in strategic planning that transforms dreams into action plans.” And he added that “She is absolutely committed to communication our vision, and telling our story in ways consistent with approaches that speak to the many constituencies we serve.”
The Anglican Foundation of Canada is an independent body that awards grants and loans to Anglican churches in Canada, provides bursaries to theology students and supports other projects.
Canon Rois told the Foundation’s search committee that one of the reasons she applied for the position was because she wanted to have the opportunity to thank the Foundation for the support she received from it during her own theological education.
Born and raised in Calgary, Canon Rois did an undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, a Master of Divinity from Wycliffe College and a Master of Theology from Trinity College with studies at Princeton, Yale and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She also completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in Homiletics from the University of Chicago in 2006. She currently teaches Homiletics in the faculty of Divinity at Trinity College. She has also taught a course on Parish Leadership at Trinity and is involved in field education and the supervision of theological students.
The previous head of the Foundation, Dean John vanNostrand Wright, retired at the end of August.