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Our Team

Who's who at St. Simon's? Click on a name below for a biography:

The Rev. Brian Galligan

Priest-in-Charge

Brian immigrated to Canada from England in 1979 and his first career in Biomedical Sciences; saw him working in a number of hospital and private laboratory settings in the UK, Canada and Saudi Arabia. In the field of Transfusion Medicine he has lectured internationally, served as an advanced level examiner and conducted research, most recently in the area of stem cell transplantation.

He was married to Karen in 2005 and they have 3 sons by his previous marriage. A life-long Anglican, he responded to a call to ordained ministry in 2006 and graduated from Trinity College, Toronto in 2009. He was ordained Deacon in June 2009 and his first appointment was as Deacon-in-Charge at St. Matthias in Guelph. He was subsequently ordained Priest in January 2010 and appointed full-time Rector of St. Alban the Martyr, Acton. In November 2011 he finally retired from being Director, Quality & Regulatory affairs of the stem cell program and in June 2016, he retired from full-time parish ministry.

Since then he has served as Interim Pastor at Grace Church Milton and at St. Luke’s, Palermo. He is currently serving at St. Simon’s in Oakville as Priest in Charge and is also the Spiritual Director of the Diocese of Niagara and Huron Anglican Cursillo Movements.

In their “spare” time, Brian and Karen escort tours for Craig Travel to many destinations throughout the world, with Brian now having completed 10 trips to the Holy Land.

Email: therector@stsimon.ca

The Rev. Robert George Gardner

Honorary Assistant

Father Bob comes to us from Jamaica where he grew up and was trained at St. Peters Theological College at Cross Roads in Jamaica. Bob was made a Deacon in October 1948 and was ordained Priest on June 19th, 1949 at the Cathedral Church of St. Jago de la Vega in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

Bob served at Christ Church, Vineyard Town and was also an Assistant Curate at St. Luke's Church, Cross Roads before serving as Rector of the combined parishes of Balaclava, Keynsham and Siloah with five mission churches.

He came to Montreal in 1953 and served for a while as an honourary assistant at St. Stephen's Church in Lachine, Quebec. Later, Bob came to Ontario where he served as Assistant Curate at St. James Church, in Guelph before becoming Rector at St. Philip-by-the–Lake in Grimsby. He then went on to become Rector of St. John the Divine, Cayuga and St. John's, York from which he retired in 1990.
In retirement, Bob has served as Honourary Assistant here at St. Simon's and is also a member of our Senior Choir with his wife, Gloria.

Jeffrey Jones

Music Director

Jeffrey Jones is the organist and choir director at St Simon’s, Oakville. But that’s not the only hat he wears. He also is the pianist and a handbell ringer when required.

He did his BMus in Organ Performance at the University of Regina back in the day. Since then he has held various positions as organist and/or choir director at multiple Anglican churches in Regina, Edmonton, and Calgary.

Jeff has had the honour of playing and singing at a service in Saskatoon attended by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. (He’s also had the honour of serving HM and the late Queen Mother lunch!)

When he’s not making music by singing, composing or playing, Jeff wears a banker’s hat. He has been in the banking industry in some capacity for a number of years. Jeff is currently a Sr. Credit Adjudicator at RBC.

A newcomer to southwestern Ontario, Jeff is enjoying getting to know this part of Canada with his wife, Maureen, and their two sons, Simon and Hugh.

Amber Mitchell

Parish Administrator

Amber graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. She has over five years of professional experience in administration, communications and customer service roles.
Amber believes in promoting positivity, kindness and hope in her community service work. She has volunteered for a number of community organizations including women’s centres, libraries and faith-based organizations.

Jennifer MacKenzie

Rector's Warden

Jennifer is a retired Project Manager. She has been a member of St. Simon’s since 1990. During that time, Jennifer has served as Head of both the Stewardship Committee and the Worship Cluster and has been an active member of the Annual Auction & Dinner Dance Fundraiser. She organizes the Sunday Counters, and serves as a Reader and as a Chalice Bearer. This is Jennifer’s second stint as a Warden. Jennifer is a recipient of the Order of Niagara. Her favourite hymn is “Majesty”. Her favourite memory at St. Simon’s is being in the Cabaret.

Email: rectorswarden@stsimon.ca

Rod Freeman

People's Warden

Rod is a retired banker. He has been a member of St. Simon’s since 1994. During that time, Rod is a regular Sunday Counter, serves as a Reader, is a Chalice Bearer and is part of the Pastoral Care team. Rod has been a Warden twice before and was a co-chair of the Stewardship Cluster. He volunteers at the Halton Fresh Food Basket Program and the Montclair School Breakfast Program. Rod is a recipient of The Order of Niagara. His favourite hymn is Seek Ye First. His favorite memory at St. Simon's was visiting the Six Nation Indian Reserve #40 in Brantford with other members of the parish to learn about the impacts of the Residential Schools.

Email: peopleswarden@stsimon.ca

Judy Tong

Deputy Warden

Judy is a medical doctor and had been a member of St Simon’s since 2011.
During that time Judy has been in charge of organizing the Servers and actively participating in volunteering at the Belize and interfaith food drive fundraisers .
Judy’s favourite hymn is How Great Thou Art. Her favourite memory is of the children reading the Blessings of the Crèche and the fun Nativity play.

Email: deputywarden@stsimon.ca

The History of St. Simon’s Oakville (1955 – Present)

In 1954, Canon Jackson of St. Jude’s Church, Oakville, attended a meeting with eight other people to decide if another Anglican Church could be established in the Upper Middle Road and Sixth Line area. They all decided that such an undertaking would serve this community well.

Munn’s Public School had just been completed and its auditorium, equipped with its own piano, became the foundation of St. Simon’s Church and the beginning of the Mission of St. Simon’s.

An orange crate served as our first altar until Jean Bougard, one of the parishioners, carved a new altar out of wood and donated it to the church in memory of his mother.

The congregation of St. Jude’s contributed lots of inspiration and advice as well as many start-up items such as a brass cross and some candlesticks. That cross, wooden altar, and candlesticks are presently still being used at the Lifecare Centre in Oakville.

The local grocer volunteered to buy the prayer books that could not have been purchased otherwise.

Canon Smith, a retired clergyman, and some other clergy from the surrounding area, administered Holy Communion about once a month. It was Canon Smith who gave St. Simon’s our inaugural Lectern Bible. All the other services were either morning or evening prayer celebrations led by a theological student who was one of the original eight people at the initial meeting with Canon Jackson.

The Mission of St. Simon’s was then moved from Munn’s Public School to two small portable buildings by Canon Rigby, who at that time administered the church funds for the Diocese. These portable buildings are still used by the Rod and Gun Club of Oakville. It was about this time that the Mission of St. Simons’s amalgamated with St. Luke’s Anglican in Palermo. Our clergy now had a two-point parish to look after, St. Simon’s was considered a suburban congregation and St. Luke’s a rural community. St. Simon’s had the 9:30 a.m. service, and St. Luke’s the 11:00 a.m. service so everyone could get their chores done in the morning before church. This partnership was to continue for the next seventeen years. Our church continued to evolve.

Breaking ground at Sixth Line and Culham Street

By 1962, the congregation had grown to 142 households and in 1963 a campaign was initiated to encourage support for the building of a permanent church. In 1964, plans for this building were developed and construction of St. Simon’s was completed in 1967. This building was located at the comer of Sixth Line and Culham Street in Oakville.

It was not until June 8th, 1975 that St. Simon’s finally became an independent church. The Mission, and partnership with St. Luke’s ended.

St. Simon’s stayed in the Sixth Line church until April 17th, 1988 when the congregation moved to its present building, off Trafalgar Rd., across the street from Sheridan College.

Sixth Line and Culham Street location

Our building became home not only to our parish but by many community groups who have rented space throughout the week for 12-step meetings, choir and orchestra rehearsals, and concerts.

During the COVID Pandemic of 2020 St. Simon’s remained in touch by  broadcasting, on YouTube, Wednesday Morning Prayer Services, and since September, broadcasting its weekly in-person Sunday 9:30am service.

Parish Council, Corporation, Clusters, and the Congregation continued their work by meeting virtually using Zoom video conferencing.

St. Simon’s is known for its dedication to outreach at the local, national, and international levels; its accessible worship; and for its diverse congregation.

To find our how you can become part of our community email therector@stsimon.ca

Trafalgar Road location