The Board of the Abbey Retreat Centre (ARC) is pleased to announce a new Executive Director (ED). We have chosen Doug Norris to lead our organization beginning March 2019. In order to ensure a smooth transition, he will also be working with our present ED Donna McCallum until then. Doug’s life experiences and credentials are a great match for what our Centre needs in order to meet the challenges of the future.

Donna has chosen to ‘really’ retire this year although she is committed to assisting ARC in any capacity requested. Please drop in to visit with Donna and acknowledge her dedication and compassion to advancing Abbey Retreat Centre through its formative years.

Doug Norris and his family have been part of the Maple Lake community for the past fourteen years as they built the family home where they will live year round, and Doug is now delighted to be moving into this new role at the Abbey Retreat Centre, to work with the Board and staff in further developing the remarkable program of innovative cancer care and community building on the growing ‘Abbey’ campus of organizations.  Following a long career as a senior minister in United Church congregations, he brings experience in organizational mission, involvement in community activities such as poverty reduction, non-profit housing, refugee resettlement, as well as care and support with people on the cancer journey.

Doug’s training includes degrees through the Universities of Toronto and Edinburgh (Scotland), trauma response, contemplative group guidance, and trainee supervision.  Doug has enjoyed success as a writer in magazines and community newspapers.  On the lighter side, he is a private pilot, motorcyclist, carpenter, and an avid YouTube trained amateur mechanic/machinist.

Doug comes to the work of the Abbey Retreat Centre as this organization moves further into its mission as a centre of innovation fostering whole-person care with those on a cancer journey.

“We welcome Doug and express our deep appreciation and best wishes to Donna on her approaching retirement.” 

The Abbey Retreat Centre Board Joy Davey, Thea Patterson, Jeanne Anthon, Sheila-Mae Young, and John Patterson