The Canadian Council of Churches is pleased to announce that Mr. Peter Noteboom has been appointed by the Governing Board to a five-year term as General Secretary beginning June 1, 2018.
The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton completed her third five-year term on September 30, 2017. Peter had been serving as Acting General Secretary during the nine-month interim period.
First appointed to the role of Associate Secretary, Justice and Peace in 1999, Peter Noteboom has been privileged to support and accompany the members of the Council in their work on human rights; Jubilee debt cancellation initiatives for highly indebted poor countries; undoing racism in Canadian churches; strengthening public health care in Canada; just trade policies in the Americas; biotechnology, faith and life sciences; the Micah Challenge for the millennium development goals; peace actions for Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Mali, The Sudan, and Mali; disarmament initiatives on cluster weapons, land mines, and nuclear weapons; ending poverty in Canada; climate justice; human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Canada; truth and reconciliation initiatives with Indigenous People, and refugee rights.
In 2011, Peter became Deputy General Secretary, picking up responsibilities in the area of finance and administration. In that role he was instrumental in transferring the program work of the Canadian Churches Forum for Global Ministries to the Forum for Intercultural Leadership and Learning in The Canadian Council of Churches. Likewise, he has participated in creating closer integration with Project Ploughshares, an operating division of The Canadian Council of Churches.