The Church of England Deaconess and Missionary Training House was established in 1890 as a residential school to prepare women workers for Deaconess and missionary service. In 1947 the name was changed to the Anglican Women's Training College (AWTC). Anglican women from all over Canada came to Toronto to train for work in Christian Education in parishes, medical and teaching services overseas, Indian and Eskimo Residential Schools and reserves, Bishop's Messengers in western Canada, Sunday School by Post and Radio, youth and social work. The Woman's Auxiliary recruits were sent to the AWTC for missionary training for a year or less before being sent out. This was different from the three year diploma program offered to AWTC students.
In 1969, the AWTC merged with the United Church's Covenent College to become the Centre for Christian Studies using the former AWTC building on Charles Street, Toronto. In 1997, the building in Toronto was sold and a decision was made to discontinue the traditional residential program in favour of the community based program and to relocate the administrative offices to Winnipeg. In July, 1998, CCS officially moved.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of correspondence, fundraising and insurance records, architectural plans and blueprints, minutes of meetings, Alumnae and student records, daybooks, financial and legal records, annual reports, scrapbooks, pamphlets and other printed materials, photographs, artifacts, and oral history interviews.
Fonds is arranged in 7 series:
Series 1: Committee on Deaconesses, 1890-1897.
Series 2: Administration Records of the Deaconess House and AWTC, 1893-1990.
Series 3: Committees, 1899-1973.
Series 4: Associations, 1896-1990.
Series 5: Printed and Miscellaneous Material, 1892-1998. Series 6: Anglican Women’s Training College: A Background Document. – 1893-1990.
Series 7: Photographs, 1900-1969.
Woman's Auxiliary fonds
Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) fonds
The Office of the General Secretary of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada originated as a volunteer position. The position of Honourary Clerical Secretary was an elected position for the Lower House (Clergy and Laity), 1893-1946. Its role was to keep the minutes for the Lower House and messages between the Upper House (House of Bishops) and Lower House during General Synod sessions and the Executive Council meetings and to make the arrangements for future meetings of the Executive Council and the General Synod. In 1946 the position of a permanent Secretary for the General Synod was approved but wasn’t filled until April 1950.
The position of General Secretary has evolved into being the chief operations officer for General Synod, and is responsible to the Primate. As chief operating officer, the General Secretary is responsible for the day to day operations of Church House and has oversight of the work of the General Synod, its committees, councils, boards and commissions, the planning for General Synod and the Council of General Synod. To ensure coordination of this work the General Secretary meets monthly with the Church House Management Team that is comprised of the Primate, and the Directors of Church House Departments.
The General Secretary also plays a key role in issues arising from native residential schools legacy and works closely with the Anglican Council of Indigenous People and the federal government. In addition to the General Secretary and the administrative staff, the department includes the General Synod Archivist, Human Resources Manager, and the Anglican Healing Fund Coordinator.
The following people held the position in the following roles:
Hiltz, Robert Arthur (1950-1953)
Hunt, Henry Robert (1954, Acting)
Hunt, Henry Robert (1954-1960)
Hatfield, Leonard Fraser (1960, Acting)
Maddocks, Edward Henry (1960-1964)
Latimer, Ralph Robertson (1964-1968)
Light, Edwin Stanley (1968-1979)
Hilchey, Harry St. Clair (1979-1987)
Woeller, David John (1987-1993)
Boyles, James Bruce (1993-2005)
Pollesel, Michael Frank (2006-2011)
Thompson, Michael James (2011-2020)
Perry, Alan Thomas (2020- )
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, meeting files, financial records, subject files, legal files, and personnel files.
The records are organized in the following record groups: Honourable Clerical Secretary (1894-1944); the General Secretary (1943-2018).