“Have a Safe and Covid Free Summer” Best Wishes From the Foundation

AGM Video & Powerpoint June 17, 2021 Treasurer's Report for Foundation AGM Letter From Our New Executive Director

December 19, 2020

Dear Friends,

Season’s Greetings from our new office here in Newmarket, Ontario. If I have not met you already, my name is John Hayward, and I am the new Executive Director for the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. It is with a grateful heart that I take on this new role and am excited to work with you and all members throughout this country to promote the advancement of spiritual care practice and education.

Every year during this time, whether it be personal or professional, we take time to reflect, review and resolve.

This year, “2020” will be recorded as a year of global crisis, filled with trauma, upheaval, change and tremendous loss. Loss of family and friends, loss of resources, freedoms, and many, many more. Our path has become darkened. And yet, within this crisis, I am reminded that there is light. Light that brings hope and clarity. Hope for peace, healing, and opportunity. Clarity for our path, plans and resolve.

With this light, we reflect. We celebrate our success and impact over the last 24 years. Among our many achievements, we have:

  • provided bursaries for more than 80 students pursuing the spiritual care profession,
  • raised more than $170,000 in grants and bursaries awarded to students,
  • provided funding to more than 50 research projects,
  • strengthened the core competencies for CASC/ACSS Certified Professionals and,
  • developed new competencies for CASC/ACSS Certified Supervisor-Educators. 

With this light, we review. We collaborate and identify opportunities to strengthen and enhance the experience of members. As a result, we have mobilized to:

  • deliver a national, standardized educational experience for members pursuing the profession, implementing innovative and flexible delivery methods,
  • increase our focus on research and analysis, as it will demonstrate and affirm the essential service CASC/ACSS Certified Professionals provide and,
  • promote and advocate for our profession. Our country needs to know who we are, what we do and the impact we have in our communities. 

Finally, with this light, we resolve. We are resolved to work together to pursue and achieve these goals and I invite you to join us on this path by making a gift to the Foundation. Your gift will ensure that the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care leads the way and sets the standard for spiritual care & education in Canada. No gift is too small, and every gift is appreciated.

If you would like to donate with a credit card or PayPal, please go to our donation page with Canada Helps.org as our current donation page with CASC/ACSS is under construction. If you would like to send a cheque, please make cheques payable to the “Canadian Foundation for Spiritual Care” and mail to: CFSC/FCSS, 12-16715 Yonge St, Suite 315, Newmarket, ON L3X 1X4.

We are so grateful for you and your commitment, dedicating your time and resources. Now, more than ever, you are an extension of light to our communities and to our country.

On behalf of the Foundation Board and staff, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

With gratefulness,





John Hayward

Executive Director


If you would like to know more about the Foundation or have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jhayward@spiritualcare.ca or 1-866-442-2773. I look forward to hearing from you.



Spiritual Care and CPE Students featured 

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s Spiritual Care Team was the focus of a recent TV story. CTV Barrie recently did a brief segment on spiritual care in the hospital during a pandemic and gave a shout out to the CPE students at RVH. Certified Member Catherine Ruiz-Gomar (pictured here between CPE students Jessica Danyluk (left) and Sajida Gangaton (right) was interviewed about the way in which Spiritual Care staff are helping to connect patients with families during the pandemic. The seven CPE students were also identified as being key members of the team that brought spiritual support to both patients and their family members.

Click here to read story and watch video 


New Bursary Created

Outgoing Foundation President Tom Powell announced at the Foundations’ AGM on Wednesday June 24, the creation of a New Bursary honouring  Kathy Greig and Tony Sedfawi who will be leaving their work in the National Office. Named “The Kathy and Tony Bursary”, it can now be selected from a list of Donation Directives on the Donation page



Foundation 2020 AGM Video

Wednesday June 24th  2 – 2:30 PM Eastern

The video of this AGM is located in the Members Only Section on the landing page.  The Foundation AGM begins at 36.55 of Part 2

Did you miss our “No Show Variety Show”? 

Not to worry. You can watch it here.

Even better news! You can still donate to the Foundation

Donations can be made to the Foundation Here.



About the Foundation

Terms of Reference


The Canadian Foundation for Spiritual Care/Fondation canadienne de soins spirituels (CFSC/FCSS) was created for the purpose of promoting the advancement of spiritual care practice and education in Canada by fostering research and enhancing training and service possibilities.


To fund charitable purposes of an educational nature and in particular, to provide scholarships, fellowships, bursaries, and financial assistance to students of religious organizations, and to provide equipment, furnishings, teaching aids and supplies to educational institutions, provide spiritual teachings inside Canada.

Carry on educational programs in order to increase knowledge respecting teaching methods, teaching skills and teaching aids, through research, education and publication and distribution of books, papers, reports and periodicals, and to provide funds to charitable organizations which carry on such educational programs with and emphasis on those organizations which carry on spiritual care educational programs.


Manager of the Foundation, Rochelle Blackwood-Hayward – rblackwood@spiritualcare.ca
12-16715 Yonge St, Suite 315,
Newmarket, ON L3X 1X4
Good for all North America  1-866-442-2773
Local number: 289-837-2272 (289-837-CASC)

Charitable Registration Number 87362 0553 RR0001