Esther Wesley, a well-known member of church committees and networks at the national and diocesan levels, has been hired as General Synod’s indigenous healing co-ordinator.
She began her new job last month.
At the national level, Ms. Wesley has served on the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund committee and has worked with the Anglican Indigenous Network. Originally from the Diocese of Moosonee, Ms. Wesley now lives in Toronto where her husband attends Wycliffe College.
Ms. Wesley worked for 10 years as executive director of the Ojibway and Cree Cultural Centre in Thunder Bay, Ont.
As indigenous healing co-ordinator, she will be responsible for administering and managing the national church’s residential schools healing fund. She will also collect and assemble stories arising from the funded projects.
Part of her work will also be determining how to tell the stories that arise from funded projects, said Dr. Eleanor Johnson, director of Partnerships, under which the new position falls.