The Rev. Dianne Mesh has been rector at Emmanuel since October 2008. She was born and raised in a small fishing village on the east coast of Newfoundland. She received a Bachelor of Arts (Education) from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Master in Education form the University of Western Ontario and a Masters in Divinity from Trinity College, University of Toronto. She was ordained in the Diocese of Toronto in 1996 and served in four parishes in that diocese before coming to Saskatoon in 2008. A graduate of the Toronto School of Theology Jubilee Program in Spiritual Direction, Dianne has a keen interest in helping others to grow spiritually. She also has training and experience in providing pastoral care with the dying and the bereaved, with a special concern for how death and grief affect the lives of children. Dianne is an active person who enjoys the outdoors, especially cross-country skiing and long walks. She is an avid knitter and enjoys a good mystery novel.
Our honorary clergy assistant is The Rev. Canon Glenn Ash . Glenn has a long history with Emmanuel, serving as rector from 1969 to 1981. After retirement, he and his wife Adelaide remained at Emmanuel as active parishioners. Glenn has a passion for Global Justice issues and the work of the PWRDF.
SheilaAnn Whiteway is responsible for coordinating spiritual development programming including adult education and programs aimed at meeting the needs of newcomers. She is also responsible for communication to the community about what is happening at Emmanuel. This is a second career for SheilaAnn. Prior to joining the Emmanuel team, she worked for 29 years as a librarian, mostly with the Saskatoon Public Library.
Murray Ashton is in charge of maintenance and really keeps the place humming! He retired from the City of Saskatoon after 25 years in Environmental Services. Murray was on the executive of the Solid Waste Assoc. of N. America, Prairie Chapter, for 15 years and was presented with a Professional Achievement Award in 2002 at the International SWANA convention in Long Beach, California. A long time member of the Emmanuel family, Murray enjoys welcoming people to the Church and The Refinery, along with his wife Susan, who is music librarian for the choir.
Heather Blakley joined the Emmanuel team in April 2011 as the Music Director. Heather comes to Emmanuel with a wealth of musical experience in many fields. She has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Brandon University, an Associate Diploma from the Western Board of Music, and has completed courses in Kodaly, Suzuki Piano and Choral Conducting. In addition to her position at Emmanuel, Heather teaches in the University Community Music Education Program as an early childhood specialist, has a large studio of private piano and theory students, examines for a national conservatory and adjudicates music festivals in western Canada. Heather’s philosophy of music and faith is that music is a joyful expression of celebration of God’s influence in our lives. In her spare time Heather enjoys physical fitness, golf and spending time with her family and friends.
Sue Verity is the Office Manager with Emmanuel with the Refinery and has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan. Sue is an accountant, mother, genius multi-tasker and faithful member of the Emmanuel Community. She has loved being a part of this wonderful church community for 30 years! She is also currently the Director of Sunday School. Sue enjoys crafting, being inspired by children and giving people chocolate!