Michele George has been appointed the new treasurer for General Synod and director of the financial management department. Council of General Synod approved the appointment in early April; she was to begin work April 27.
Ms. George is a chartered accountant with extensive experience working for health care and not-for-profit organizations. Most recently, she was the chief financial officer and business administrator for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, a Roman Catholic organization.
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said one of the things that made Ms. George stand out as a candidate was her experience working for faith-based organizations, such as the Sisters of St. Joseph. “She’s going to bring to the position an appreciation of what we are all about as church, and, I think, some wisdom in terms of stewardship of the resources that we’ve got for the work that we are called to do,” he said. “That’s a gift that she is going to bring alongside all her abilities and background and experience.”
Ms. George has a bachelor of commerce degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax and a certificate in Catholic leadership from St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto. She is a member of both the Ontario and Canadian Institutes of Chartered Accountants.
Archbishop Hiltz thanked Michael Herrera for his willingness to take on the position of acting treasurer since the former treasurer, Peter Blachford, resigned in December. “We’ve been well served by his expertise and commitment to the task,” he said.