The Rev. Canon John Wilton was ordained in 1987 after careers in teaching and the civil service.
He has since served five parishes, including St. George’s Willowdale in our deanery for 13 years. John has served on Diocesan Executive a couple of times, was Regional Dean in two deaneries, was Canon Pastor of the Diocese for three years and served on many diocesan committees.
He retired in May of 2014, but continues to do facilitation for the Fresh Start program and other committee work. John and his wife Diane have two grown children, Steve and Liz, and a grandson, Kieran who is 19. Diane is an occupational therapist who works on a casual basis at St. John’s Rehab. Since coming to St. Matthew, they both enjoy learning about new people who continue to join the St. Matthew community and taking part in parish life here.
On January 21, 2018 Kyn was collated as the first Archdeacon of Toronto, by Colin Johnson, Bishop of Toronto and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. Archdeacon Kyn Barker and family have been members of St. Matthews for over 25 years.
Kyn was ordained Deacon in 2009, the same year he retired from 35 years as a teacher and curriculum coordinator with the York Region District School Board.
He volunteers at Community Information Fairview, is an active member of the Fairview Interagency Network, and is a board member of Flemingdon Community Health. Kyn is Coordinator of Deacons for the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, Kyn supports the community of deacons, and assists aspirants to the diaconate and parishes across the diocese through the process of raising up a deacon.
Kyn enjoys singing with the Toronto Classical Singers, and listening to far away radio stations. He and Gwynne share their home in Don Mills with two cats who look forward to entertaining family.
St Matthew’s is thrilled to have David Braund, BMus (Wales) as our choirmaster and organist.
David has a genuine love for the richness of Anglican liturgy and music. “I like simplicity, where one’s imagination is free to express the text, whether they be carols, plainsong, or any good tune,” David says with a smile.”
David received the Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 1984. It was a degree that focused on composition techniques, ancient and modern, performance, history, the elemental physics of acoustics, voice, piano and organ. Since then, he studied organ in Toronto, Tenby, Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Oxford (UK) and was Assistant Organist, St. Mary’s, Tenby (Wales). David also studied conducting, piano, vocal techniques with George Crum, conductor emeritus of the National Ballet of Canada.
David has two CD recordings with the Choir of All Saints, Kingsway; and in 1997, 2000 & 2003 toured English cathedrals as Associate Organist and Choirmaster with that Choir.
So it comes as no surprise that David loves choirs!
From 1983 to 1984, he sang in five choirs simultaneously. In 1984, he conducted the student run college choir, UCW Choral Union, and played in Dr. Peter Hurford’s Bach master class at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff. But probably the coolest thing David has ever done performance-wise, was playing for an Honorary Degree Congregation in the presence of H. R. H. The Prince of Wales.
Just as people leave services at St. Matthew with a song in their heart, no doubt Prince Charles was royally impressed.
Donna is an integrated communications professional who has helped develop and execute Marketing campaigns for non-profits, and technology brands, including Bell. Originally from Guyana, formerly British Guiana, she moved to Toronto after finishing school in London, England, to study sociology and criminology at the University of Toronto.
Before Donna’s joy for running led her to manage a Running Room with her brother, she co-founded a boutique marketing agency securing agency of record status with several established agencies to target a specific niche. Her passion for “fixing” things around the house, came in handy as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. She is passionate about community engagement, and outside of the office she dons the “hat” of Fundraising Coordinator at St. Matthew. Additionally, Donna is on both the Good Steward and Communications Committees.