Who We Are

Empowering ordinary Christians to accomplish extraordinary justice

Who is the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC)?

At our core, we are a grassroots Christian prayer movement providing people with small grants to do great things.

WICC is made possible by the passionate and diverse teams working towards its mission and vision. This includes WICC’s staff, elected and interdenominational board of directors. Our approach is rooted in faith and called to action.

Email: wicc@wicc.org

Staff                                                                                                        Picture Spring 2019

Pictured above Left to Right:

Cath MacKeil – WICC Executive Director

Nancy Weir – WICC Office Administrator  

Janet MacFadyen – Communications Specialist and World Day of Prayer Field Rep for Toronto

Cathy Tubb – World Day of Prayer Field Rep for Ontario (except Toronto)

Julie Ginter – Bookkeeper/Communications Support and World Day of Prayer Rep for Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador

Linda Ervin – World Day of Prayer Field Rep for Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut


Board                                                                                                                Picture October 2023

Listed in alphabetical Order:

Karen Barnaby – Presbyterian Church (Elected), Member-at-Large
Win Czum –
United Church of Canada (Appointed), WICC Co-Treasurer  
Nell DeBoer – 
Christian Reformed Church, WICC Membership and Nominating Chair
Lise Gauvin –
Roman Catholic Church, WICC Secretary
Rev. Jennifer Goddard-Sheppard – United Church of Canada, WICC President-Elect and WICC Co-Treasurer
Brenda Halk – Canadian Baptist Ministries (Appointed)
Major Shirley King – The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda (Appointed), WICC Marketing Communications Chair
Rev. Gneid Lackey – United Church of Canada (Elected member)
Sharon Machina – Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (Appointed)
Catherine MacKeil – Executive Director
Rev. Steph McClellan – United Church of Canada, WICC Past-President and Caribbean & North American (CANA) representative on World Day of Prayer International Executive
Rev. Lynn Mitchell – The Anglican Church of Canada (Appointed), WICC representative on CCC Week of Prayer for Christian Unity team
Mary Nordick – Roman Catholic Church, WICC World Day of Prayer International Liaison
Cathy Reid – Presbyterian Church in Canada (Appointed), WICC President and Fellowship of Least Coin International Liaison

Some members are appointed by their representing denomination (noted in parentheses); the others are elected members.
For a list of denominations represented on the current WICC council, please go to Church Partners.

Rooted in Faith

Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC) is based on ecumenism: dialogue and collaboration between different Christian denominations. We appreciate our commonalities and the unique perspective that each denomination brings to the table. Together, we represent the diverse body of Christ seeking to bring hope to those touched by injustice.

Embracing Collaboration

As women of diverse backgrounds rooted in the Christian faith, we are called to reflect the essence of this faith. Through compassion, understanding and mutual respect, we work together to grow in ecumenism, share our spiritual traditions, and challenge injustice.

God is Love. God relates to us in love through the life and work of Jesus Christ, the Holy Scriptures, the transforming work of the Spirit and the living community of the Christian Church. As women created in the image of God, we seek to model this relationship of agape love through forgiving, accepting, serving, leading and growing in wisdom.

Therefore as members of The Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada we come together in one faith to maintain a supportive, encouraging a respectful, appreciative and faithful environment where every voice is equally heard. We encourage honest, constructive interchange, valuing each person’s contribution and experience. We strive to be motivated by a love and compassion that unites and illustrates the prayer of Christ for the church:

(My prayer)…is that they all may be one…
So that they may be brought to complete unity.
Then the world will know that you sent me
And have loved them even as you have loved me.
John 17:20-23

For a list of church denominations represented on the current WICC council, please go to Our Partners.