TCS Board of Directors
ABOUT OUR BOARD
The current board of The Contemplative Society was elected at the Annual General Meeting on October 26, 2019 in Victoria, BC, Canada. Board members bring to the society a broad range of skills and experience. It is a working board in which members take leadership in areas to which they are drawn.
Board members maintain a regular meditation practice and are committed to the vision and mission of The Contemplative Society. They are familiar with the Christian contemplative tradition and with the audio and written works of Cynthia Bourgeault and other teachers of the contemplative path. They frequently attend various contemplative events and small study groups.
Working well together is balanced with having fun together, and board members bring humour, dedication, and commitment to the task of directing the ongoing growth and evolution of The Contemplative Society.
You can download a copy of the bylaws by which we are governed by in accordance with BC’s Society Act here.
Our Board Members & Staff
Henri Lock, President
After many years of dedicated service, Henri Lock has recently retired as the United Church chaplain at the University of Victoria. Henri is a meditation teacher and retreat leader, and has a special gift for mentoring and fostering the next generation of contemplatives.
Gerald Morton, Treasurer
Gerald Morton has been a member of TCS since 2011 and a board member since Spring 2012. He has shared leadership of weekly contemplative prayer meetings at St. Philip Church in Victoria for two years.
Barb Britton, Secretrary
Barb Britton became a member of TCS after attending a retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault at Hollyhock in 2008. She has been a Board member since 2010. Barb currently volunteers with adults with disabilities and with middle school students in India for part of the year.
Kim Gye is a business owner and father of two girls. He feels that the contemplative practice supports his life goals to be a better father, partner, and employer. While he acknowledges the daily practice can be a struggle at times, he finds it has highlighted areas of growth for him. Kim feels grateful to support TCS in his role as an Board member since Spring 2012.
Charlotte is a Biology student at the University of Victoria and guides meditation to the Multifaith community on campus once per week. She has been engaged in contemplative practices since childhood. With a deep curiosity regarding metaphysical truth and spiritual application, She has attended various programs and workshops to learn more about mindfulness and the roots of Christian faith.
Jennifer England has been exploring the heart and practice of wisdom traditions since reading Thomas Merton’s Seven Story Mountain on Ellesmere Island in the late 90s. She is the mother to two teenage kids and weaves mindfulness and contemplation into leadership and systems change work for an equal and sustainable world. Recently she formed the Wisdom North Collective in Whitehorse, Yukon as a monthly practice circle rooted in the mystical Christian tradition. She is particularly drawn to Zen Buddhism and also studies with Two Arrows Zen, Salt Lake City.
Dr. Paula Pryce is a cultural anthropologist who has explored silence, ritual, and the concepts of death, time, and space around the world. Her recent research has focused on the practices of Christian monasticism and non-monastic contemplatives, particularly in the Centering Prayer movement. She is the author of The Monk’s Cell: Ritual and Knowledge in American Contemplative Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Keeping the Lakes’ Way: Reburial and the Re-creation of a Moral World among an Invisible People (University of Toronto Press, 1999).