Meet the Team!

The Chaplin


 Rev Sharon Johnstone 

 Sharon is the Associate Priest at All Saint's Anglican Church in Collingwood where she also serves as Staff Chaplain for Living Water/Living Stone resort.,  She is a former Church Army officer and also worked as an Early Childhood Educator.  Her commitment to youth continued when she was a youth worker for Covenant House in Toronto. 

A graduate of Trinity College, Sharon was ordained in 1995 and has served parishes in the Diocese of Ontario and mostly in the northern areas of Toronto Diocese.  Sharon loves music, singing and playing guitar and a few other instruments, most recently the cello.  

She loves to travel, be in/on/near water, especially scuba diving, and reading.  Sharon is married and she and her husband Don live in Fenelon Falls along with a number of cats who boss them around.   I think we should also add  If Rev Sharon looks familiar it’s because she attended AWARE last year ! 

Music Team


Back by popular demand

 Aware music  team will be back again this year by popular demand this year they will have a new member accompanying them on the piano ! Please Welcome Jane Brglez to her First Aware.



 Debbie Irwn 

After being on the committee for a number of years and looking after retail,decorating singing on the music team and co chairing I am honored to be Chairing AWARE since 2017, our 25th Anniversary! 

I am a member of St John's Port Hope where I am a chalice bearer and sing in the choir.  I live in Camborne, just north of Cobourg, with Bill, my husband, of 30 years.  I have four children and 3 grand babies ! I am a Restorative Dental Hygienist and a Certified Natural Health Practitioner an enjoy helping people take control of their Wellness! Like many of you I am busy working, looking after my family and volunteering . 

I am so blessed to be able to attend AWARE each year and refuel my spiritual fuel tank! I am thankful for the friendships I have made  because of  AWARE and I am so Blessed to be apart of this amazingly worshipful  and loving group! See you I May! Debbie  

Bev Kelly, Decorating, Retail and Jack of All Trades


My name is Bev Kelly, I am a widow, I have 2 beautiful daughters and 5 grandchildren who are the best thing ever. I have been attending Aware for 6 years. I have been truly blessed to have the opportunity to be part of this amazing weekend. I am now part of the planning team and am thoroughly enjoying my time with these wonderful ladies. I am part of the Music team, co-chair of the decorating committee and this year I have given some help on the retail committee. I look forward to meeting new and returning friends.


Nancy Perrault, Co-Chair


 I have been attending Aware for about 20 years.  Working at Aware is a very rewarding experience and I enjoy my walk with God at Elim Lodge. I was a participant for many years although my journey changed when I offered to help with Small Groups in order to assist someone who was dealing with health issues.  That is where my journey started with the Committee.  

I am married to my husband for over 30 years.  We have four children and eight grandchildren.  I am retired and my other interests are quilting, machine embroidery, crocheting and knitting.

Catherine Hawley, Prayer Ministry



  I was a palliative care R N St Michaels hospital in Toronto for many years and now am retired in Peterborough. 

Church home is St John's Ida and St John's Lakefield. 

I love playing the flute here  and also at the Catholic church In Peterborough . 

Have a house called THE COTTAGE BY THE SEA .and a darling dog named  MULLBERRY.

My task re AWARE is    looking after prayer ministry and ..  playing the flute . 

Sandy Philp, Banner Cooridinator


I’m known as the Banner Lady. My job is to keep track of the banners and to make sure they are returned each year either at Prep Day or brought to AWARE. Working with this group of women is so inspiring that I look forward to our gatherings with anticipation. We pray together, laugh together, eat together and share ideas that bond us as Christian women. I’m a Mother and a grandmother with an interest in painting, fishing, pets and the First Nations’ culture. Our AWARE weekend has come to be a strong focal point in my life where I have met women not only strong in their faith but who open their hearts to others with love as our Saviour has taught us .  

Jennifer Bailey, Treasurer


My job as treasurer, is to look after the money and keep a balanced budget.

I have been attending Aware since 2004 and it is where I feel closest to God. 

I have made many friendships over the years and always look forward to seeing familiar and new faces every year! 

Gail Priestman, Small Group Coordinator


I am an Anglican and Holy Trinity Church in Thornhill is my home church. I have been going to HTC for 48 years and although I now live in Mount Albert, my husband and I just cannot change churches. We were married there! I have been attending Aware at Elim Lodge for 5 years and this will be my 6th. I have been at other Aware programs  over the years and am glad this one is still running. It is a great group of women who offer love, fellowship, hope and spiritual guidance. I feel blessed to be the Small Group co-ordinator this year and I look forward to meeting and sharing with more wonderful Christian women.

Jackie Brimblecombe, Retail Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator & Secretary


 I coordinate the purchasing of retail items to be sold each year.   Once the team prayerfully decides the new theme, and colours that would enhance the theme, I propose some possible articles, and the team decides which products would be great! I'd love some help selling for the weekend.  I have been married for 38 years, with a 42 year old daughter, a 21 year old grandson, and a 39 year old son. Obviously there's some history there! I am a woman of prayer, and long to share the love of Jesus with others. I enjoy singing in the choir, working at Treasure Trove, the church's clothing outreach program, visiting the sick, and leading a church prayer chain.

Laurie Robertson, Workshop Coordinator



I am married with two grown children, and live with my husband in Cobourg, though I’m originally a West Coast girl. We attend St. John’s Anglican in Port Hope, where I sing in the choir and am a Licensed Lay Reader. I love to sing and preach and lead Bible studies. I have been following Jesus on The Way since my rebirth and baptism in 1977.

Having attended AWARE since 2015, I was inspired to volunteer my time to organize and help leaders set up their sessions as I saw how the workshops add an important element to the weekend. At a workshop, women can deepen their awareness of Jesus at work in their lives while they build relationships, relax and rejuvenate, and perhaps enjoy a fun craft.  

Please let me know if you have any ideas or are willing to lead a workshop. If you take the time to lead, I can help you choose an activity and help you get set up; just let me know.

Heather Gillies, Master of Ceremonies


Every year for the past 16 or so years I have had the privilege of acting as your M.C. during our weekend.   My job is to try to get the weekend moving smoothly and on time, while providing general and hopefully helpful information from the microphone.  I also enjoy bringing stories, or insights from the interactions of our participants, our natural environment, the words of our speaker and the songs in our hearts.


Dianne Morris, Ambassador


 Diane Morris and her team spread goodwill to everyone throughout the weekend. If this is your first time at AWARE, Diane and her team will ensure that all your needs are met. 

Violet White, Phone Liason


  Violet spends many hours contacting  new  registrants to make them feel welcome and awnswer any questions they may have to make their experience of the weekend even better.    -She addresses  any  concerns  or questions they might have.  Liaise  with Registrar and/ or Team Leader     - Get new registrants phone numbers  

Susan Foote, Decorating


 Susan uses her creative talents to create the ambiance of the weekend.  She works tirelessly on design and fabrication of displays.  She is responsible for the purchase of  decorations within budget and adding to the theme. She plans a promise tree and/or arranges for volunteers to do it. The auditorium is decorated with input from team to enhance the theme. During the weekend she looks after anything that is needed in the hall during the weekend (equipment etc.).  Busy, busy, busy! If you would like to help with decorating she would welcome some extra hands.  



Alexa White-Hawley, Web and social media


We contribute where we can. I support the website and social media activities. Please feel free to join our Facebook Group: search for Aware Peterborough.