The Clergy Support Memorial Board considers Rev Cynthia of Calgary an excellent minister. She has been serving as an Appointed Designated Minister conducting Life Celebrations since September, 2015. These celebrations have brought her many opportunities to minister in a variety of special ways. As a result, on November 20th, 2018 the Board raised her to the Ordered Ministry, as an Ordained Minister.
Pastoral Ministry & Outreach
Random Acts of Earrings Ministry My own Random Acts of Kindness initiative: Over the past few years I have randomly given away hundreds of pairs of my original earrings to homeless women, parent volunteers in my school, and women in all walks of life who look like they could use a boost. These contacts often lead me to many deeper times of ministry.
This continues to be a large part of my life. But one specific example: I conducted a symbolic marriage ceremony with the entire wedding party at an end-of-life care centre in a hospice as the mother of the groom had taken a sudden turn for the worse. We had the actual ceremony later that day. I continue to be on call for a wide variety of people and have supported many in recent years by accompanying them to the hospital or hospice to co-visit their dying parents.
Pastoral Counselling Activities
I have counselled many couples plus random strangers in places such as airports as well as parents of my students over the years – primarily, single mothers. I have provided emotional support and helped gather resources for these parents such as information for free programs and services, clothing and food.
- Bachelor of Education – University of Calgary
- Early Childhood Diploma – University of Calgary
- Master of Arts – Gonzaga University
- Administrative Internship – Calgary Board of Education
- Certificate from the Canadian Ministers Institute
- Volunteer serving Christmas dinners to the homeless.
- I am a former PALS (Pet Access League Society) Volunteer.
- I have spearheaded many food and clothing drives. These charities include: Calgary Food Bank, Cochrane Food Bank, Calgary Veterans’ Food Bank and Inn From the Cold.
- I have donated countless pieces of my original jewellery and other items to silent auctions benefitting schools and other community groups over the years.
- Volunteer aerobics instructor at the Calgary YMCA for 7 years.
- After completing all three levels of Personal Best (personal growth seminars in Calgary), I volunteered numerous hours to assist in Level 1 & 2 courses to help run the programs and support participants.
Spiritual books that I have studied in the last year:
- Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander
- You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay
- Angel Numbers by Doreen Virtue
- Courageous Souls by Robert Schwartz
- Five Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life by Bill Eddy
- The Ripple Effect by Greg Wells
- Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed
This also includes books of the Bible for inspiration.
Personal Growth and Study
- Journey to Change classes led by Kjarlune Rae. (Overriding themes of: law of attraction, manifestation, using your intuition and loving your life.)
- I am also taking ongoing classes with her on developing intuition and an using it to make positive changes in our everyday life and personal relationships.
- I am signed up to take a three day Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Course in January of 2019 offered by the Calgary Board of Education.
- I have completed Personal Best Seminars Levels 1, 2 & 3 as well as Landmark Seminars Levels 1 & 2.
- Volunteer of the Year – Calgary YWCA
- Top Wedding Celebrant in Canada – 2016
I live a healthy lifestyle and enjoy aerobics classes, cycling, walking, hiking, reading, traveling and Latin dancing. I am also an avid writer and am in the preliminary stages of planning/writing three mini e-books. Finally, I love creating and enjoying activities such as sewing, cooking, making jewellery and gardening.
I am very excited at being ordained and will do the Clergy Support Memorial Church proud! Through my experiences as a Minister, I have definitely broadened my religious and spiritual self. I have always been kind and helpful to others and see Ordination as a way to be of greater service to others in both formal and informal settings.