Shalome MacNeill Cooper is from Atlantic Canada and has been a student minister with The United Church of Canada and is a Probationer for the Methodist Church. Shalome has spent the last three years working for the Iona Community on Iona, Scotland. She has been described as an engaging speaker who is funny, witty and has a deep understanding of the human condition. In her spare time, Shalome enjoys writing liturgy and prayers that reflect everyday life. She lives in Great Britain with her husband.
Winter Retreat is primarily organized and designed by the Leadership Team of the Diocesan Youth Movement of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster. This team includes youth, young adults, parish leaders, parents, youth leaders, clergy and other diocesan leaders. Together their purpose is to promote, support, and advocate for ministry with young people in the Diocese and beyond. They receive administrative and communications support from Caitlin Reilley Beck, the Children and Youth Ministries Coordinator. The Chair of the Leadership Team is Chris Barr, volunteer youth leader at St Laurence, Coquitlam and our Chaplain is Lauren Odile Pinkney, youth leader at St Alban the Martyrm Burnaby.
Sorrento Centre Hosts
In addition to DYM, the staff of Sorrento Centre ensure that our retreat happens in a warm, clean and welcoming space, make sure everyone is well fed and make sure registration, payment and the event run smoothly. In particular, Associate Director Melissa Green connects with the DYM Leadership Team and participants and acts as our main host for this event. Melissa Green is a familiar face at Sorrento. She has been at the Centre for many years in various positions including that of Summer Youth Staff Coordinator, and most recently Program Director.
The British Columbia and Yukon Anglican Youth Movement is a ministry of the ecclesiastical province of BC and Yukon led by a council of young people from parishes around the province. As a part of this provincial ministry, the members of council support the annual DYM winter retreat as needed. In the past they have led workshops, activities, worship, and the infamous annual Winter Olympics.
Adult Chaperones and Other Leaders
In addition to the retreat leaders and organizers, other adult chaperones and youth leaders attend the event as well. They are from different parishes in different dioceses, they are clergy, and lay people, paid and volunteer leaders. They participate in the weekend’s programming alongside the youth and young adult participants and they support the organizers and make sure things run smoothly. These adults ensure that there are more spiritually mature adults present with whom youth and young adults can connect during the weekend, particularly while the retreat leaders are focused on making the program run smoothly.
All leaders comply with the Safe Church Screening Policy of Sorrento Centre.