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Service Celebrates 50 Years of Extraordinary Ministry

Rob Welch 1For over fifty years the Welch family name has been synonymous with the role of diocesan chancellor and on Sunday, June 19, clergy and lay leaders gathered at Christ’s Church Cathedral in Hamilton to celebrate the extraordinary service of Canon Robert (Rob) W.P. Welch.

Canon Rob serves as chancellor of the diocese and has done so with great distinction for 27 years, ever since the retirement of his father, also an honorary lay canon of the diocese, Robert (Bob) S. K. Welch.

In his homily, Bishop Michael Bird gave thanks for the Welches’ contribution to the life of the church, saying he gives “thanks to God for this incredible gift that we have been given in the wise counsel and abiding support and presence that we have so richly benefited from in the distinguished work of these two men, both within and beyond the life of our diocese.”

As an officer of the diocese, the primary role of chancellor is to offer wisdom and advice to the bishop on legal and canonical matters. “Number one on the speed dial is the chancellor,” reflected Archbishop Colin Johnson, metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, who attended the service. Chancellors serve at the pleasure of the bishop – the Welches have together served five Bishops of Niagara – and beyond that the only canonical stipulations are that they shall be communicants of the Church and barristers-at-law for at least ten years. Chancellors are also members by office of provincial and diocesan synod, as well as synod council. Noting the significant amount of time, wisdom and prayer offered by those who serve in this role, Archbishop Johnson observed that “the generosity of chancellors is one of the best kept secrets of the church.”

Speaking specifically of Canon Rob, Bishop Michael paid tribute to the way his everyday life is “so visibly and wonderfully aligned” with his faith. A member of Grace Church, St. Catharines, Canon Rob is a partner at the firm Lancaster, Brooks & Welch, an engaged citizen through his service on the boards of a number of non-profit community organizations, and a former regional politician. He has also served the wider Church, including being elected to serve as a member of four General Synods.

Canon Rob’s active engagement in all parts of society was modeled for him by his father and predecessor as diocesan chancellor. In a memorial address at Queen’s Park, Jim Bradley, a long-time MPP for St. Catharines, observed that Canon Bob had “reached the state of virtual sainthood in terms of how people feel about him and the role he played in our community and indeed in the province of Ontario.” He was the first Deputy Premier of Ontario, a provincial cabinet minister, an officer of the Order of Canada, in addition the many roles he played within the Church.

Together father and son have made an incredible contribution to the diocese such that Bishop Michael surmised that “our ministries would have been and would now be unfathomable” without the Welches’ support and guidance.

The special service also included the collation and commissioning of three priests into their new archdiaconal roles: Valerie Kerr, Archdeacon for Truth, Reconciliation and Indigenous Ministry; Steve Hopkins, Archdeacon for Ministry Leadership Development; and Suzanne Craven, Archdeacon of Trafalgar.


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Lancaster, Brooks and Welch LLP are proud sponsors of

Project Share’s – The Coldest Night Of The Year Event


Project SHARE serves people living with poverty in Niagara Falls. Your involvement in this walk impacts hundreds of lives in a positive way, helping build a bright future that once seemed out of reach.


It’s cold out there.

Walk with us on Saturday, February 20, 2016 in the Coldest Night of the Year, a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 100+ communities across Canada.








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6th Annual Women in Wellness

WomenWellnes_EnglishPlease join us on Thursday February 18, 2016 to learn how we can work together to shatter the myths surrounding mental illness.

Special Guest Speaker: Canada’s well known and respected broadcasters – Valerie Pringle.

All funds raised will support CMHA Niagara’s Walk-In Counselling Service.

Thursday, February 18, 2016 6:15 pm – 9:30 pm Presentations begin at 6:45 pm

Club Roma – 125 Vansickle Rd, St Catharines

To learn more, visit CMHA Niagara.



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Jean (Gaspich) Beaton – Helping Others Who Can’t Help Themselves

Jean is a committed volunteer for Meals on Wheels, each week delivering hot meals to the homes of those who need this support.

She is proud of this group and the essential services they provide to our community.


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Tolu Adegbusi is the WIN/LBW Bursary Recipient

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Tolu will become an advocate for Women in Niagara and possess a sincere desire to promote change in support of the growth, progress, development, leadership and equality of all women in Niagara. This year’s winner is Tolu Adegbusi. Tolu holds a BSc in Biochemistry from Brock University, St Catharines, ON; she is currently employed as a Pharmacy Systems Business Coordinator at Shoppers Drug Mart. Tolu also manages a fashion accessories company (Tols Creations) incorporating the beautiful colors and texture of fabrics to make for unforgettable pieces. When she is not busy creating something unique, she is travelling, planning events or volunteering. We congratulate her on this prestigious accomplishment—we are confident that Niagara will see the growth of a great leader in Tolu.

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce’s Business Council, Women In Niagara’s (WIN) mission is to foster the growth and success of women in business in Niagara and its vision is to see a greater participation of women in leadership positions – in business, politically and socially. To achieve these goals, WIN  and Lancaster Brooks & Welch have partnered to provide a bursary to a woman in Niagara to attend the Leadership Niagara program. Leadership Niagara was created by local leaders in 2007 in response to a distinct need to identify, nurture and grow future leaders within each sector of our community.



Emily Keene Represents LBW, at Habitat Niagara – Women Build!



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Monday July 13th, was Emily’s build day for Habitat for Humanity. She says it was a gratifying day – they were able to complete framing two homes with a fabulous group of men and women volunteers and one of the beautiful local families who will be calling this home sweet home come October when they receive the keys.

Habitat for Humanity fills a need in this community and in communities around the world.    A family moves into a Habitat home somewhere in the world every 4 minutes!



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Leanne Standryk Carries Pan Am Torch

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Senior partner and sports leader Leanne Standryk was honoured by the Pan Am organization to carry the Pan Am torch in the Niagara Region.

On June 20th, 2015 at 5:10pm, Leanne fulfilled her leg of the run starting on Queen St. in Niagara Falls.


Leanne Standryk participates in Ride to Conquer Cancer

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Benefiting the Big Brothers & Sisters of Niagara – Project ‘Go Girls’gogirls

Lancaster, Brooks & Welch has been proud to support the Go Girls project since it started 9 years ago.

The latest fundraising event on April 12, 2015 was held at Queens Landing in Niagara-on-the-Lake, where hundreds of dynamic Niagara women came together to support the Go Girls program. Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 11-13 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. The single most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.


LB&W nominated for a Niagara Unity Award

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Lancaster Brooks & Welch, attended the Annual Niagara Unity Awards as a nominee for the 2015 Unity Award. These awards showcase the important successes of individuals and groups that have made an impact for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community here in the Niagara Region.



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