CLERGY & WARDENS
The Reverend Jacqueline Daley was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Toronto in 2015. She is an undergraduate of Wilfred Laurier University; Carleton University, MSW and obtained her Mdiv from Wycliffe College in 2004.
Jacqueline is an African, Caribbean Canadian, mother of Nya and daughter of Cherry. She has a passion for hospitality and for sharing the liberating and inclusive gospel of Jesus to all.
Her favourite passage: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last…” John 15:16
My name is Jess Dowling (she/her) and I am 35 years old. I live with my wife Michelle, and our cat, Puck, in Bloor West Village in West Toronto. I am thrilled to serve as the Assistant Curate at St Margaret.
My first career is in nursing, and I moved to Toronto from Ottawa 9 years ago to work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Eating Disorder Program at SickKids. For the past four years, I have been working part-time as a frontline nurse in adolescent psychiatry and eating disorders at SickKids while I complete my Masters of Divinity through Trinity College University of Toronto. I have also been participating in the Companions program through the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine (SSJD).
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, biking, paddling, archery, and going to the theatre.
Bernie Lee Thompson
Deputy Rector’s Warden
Diane has over 25 years of experience in direct service, administration, management, development and implementation of health and social service programs focused on the homeless, mental illness, victims of violence, and immigrant, and substance-using populations.
She is a certified Mental Health First Aider with a master’s degree in international health leadership from McGill University and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Windsor. She has held the role of Executive Director of Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services since 2004.
Diane is a cradle Anglican who returned to Church at St Margaret during the pandemic, mostly on Zoom, with her husband, Joseph. She is passionate about justice, inclusion and creating safe and brave spaces for all to experience belongingness and the love of God.
Deputy People’s Warden
Heather is a social entrepreneur, educator, and problem solver. In 1997 she founded Classroom Connections because she was worried about the education system and the kids in it. This grass-roots resource hub for schools has since grown to be an award-winning producer of innovative education/training materials that are used across Canada and globally. She has also founded and is the Executive Director of Change It UP and Unschooling School. Her obsession is helping to create an education system that actually makes sense for all children.
Heather was baptized and raised in the United Church. She has been attending St Margaret with her husband Don since the pandemic, after they relocated to the West end of Toronto. She is a mother and a new grandmother.