Parish Leaders

Alana McCord,  People’s Warden

alana cropped Alana McCord has been a member at St. Mary Magdalene’s for over 5 years, and has been involved in both Adult and Children’s Education, and Social Justice issues. Alana is a Junior Fellow and Teaching Assistant at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and a PhD candidate at the thesis stage.  Her dissertation will be about the cultural Christianity of First World War Britain and Canada.

David Greig, Deputy People’s Warden

david-profile-shot-medDavid brings a deep knowledge and love of the parish to his role on Corporation. Growing up at Saint Mary Magdalene’s, he climbed the ranks from boat boy to head server. He went on to write the parish history and has served as Contributions Secretary since 1994. Away from church, David is a training consultant. He and his wife, Julie Kretchman, have raised three offspring who are now young adults.

Joanne Christiansen, Rector’s Warden 

Joanne2 Joanne happily retired from the property and casualty insurance industry in 2012.  She has been involved in a wide variety of roles and responsibilities at St. Mary Magdalene starting in 1989.  Since 2014 she has been actively working with the Rev. Lisa Wang in expanding the parish’s Adult Christian Formation programs. Through weekly study and discussion groups, formal lectures, quiet days of guided reflection and prayer, and other opportunities, our goal is to help people grow in the knowledge and love of God.

Norah Bolton ODT, Deputy Rector’s Warden

NEB2014.2Norah has a long association with the parish as chorister, chair of the capital campaign and  rector’s warden in the 1990′s. In her working life, after graduating from Trinity College, Toronto with a BA in English and philosophy, and later certification in education, marketing and strategic planning, she taught secondary school, served as executive director of Ontario’s  provincial service organization for choirs, and worked as an independent consultant and trainer for arts organizations, not-for-profits, corporations and individuals. She is currently one of the parish’s lay delegates to Synod and a member of the York Credit Valley Area Council. At the diocesan level, she is a member of the Executive Board and  Diocesan Council and also sometimes serves as a congregational development volunteer. She was inducted into the Order of the Diocese of Toronto in 2015.  She has been a member of a national task force of the Anglican Church of Canada. As a “geeky grandmother” she enjoys writing for several blogs, and keeping up with her four sons and her four lively grandchildren.

Anne Todd, Treasurer

AtoddAnne is a Certified Management Accountant with 25+ years’ progressive experience in finance at the Ontario Medical Association, including 15 years as Chief Financial Officer.  In that role, she was responsible for an operating budget of $45 million and an annual cash flow in excess of $125 million.  She managed a staff of 20+ and provided analysis, recommendations and decision support to the Board of Directors and elected leadership of the association.
As a volunteer she was Treasurer of SMM for three years in the 1990s . She was also active in her professional association at the Toronto Chapter level for six years, as member and chair of the professional development committee and then as Chapter Chair.  Starting in 2003 she was Treasurer for five years and Chair of the Board for three years at Parkdale Community Information Centre, a small but useful social service agency in Parkdale where she was living at the time.  She was a volunteer literacy tutor at Parkdale Project Read for about 10 years.  Currently she is Treasurer of her residential coop. She retired from OMA in the spring of 2011 and since then has been spending summers in Nova Scotia as well as taking up horseback riding for the first time.