Buildings and Grounds



We arrived at the end of 2107 with the complex of church buildings and grounds in basically very good shape, although there are some orange – but not red – flags in evidence as we move forward. We continue to benefit greatly from the quiet and effective work of our caretaker, Joan Macleod, and the ongoing attention provided by the Rector and Jann Callaghan Cullen, who together keep us abreast of the needs of church itself, its support buildings and property. Thanks is due to all staff, volunteers and the professionals whom we call upon from time to time, who have helped us this past year.


Building like ours require two types of attention over any given year: basic maintenance and investment in upgrading; and investment in at least one major project so that significant capital expenditures don’t pile up to surprise us.

In the former category, substantial upgrades were done to the heating and alarm system - both overseen by the Rector – which put both on a much-improved footing. The heating system is organized in a number of ‘zones’ so that heat doesn’t have to go at full blast all the time in every corner of the complex. This year’s upgrade installed a state-of-the-art control panel which improves overall efficiency in this regard and allows for the diagnosis and solving of any future problems more quickly and thus less costly to deal with. The upgraded alarm system now means that it can be activated remotely and can also identify individual ID codes, thus providing better overall security and knowledge of who is coming and going from the building. 

Regular painting and refurbishing of well-used spaces is also important and to this end Herb Smart was the lead volunteer in a total ‘redo’ of the sacristy, the flower room and the furnace room, and a repainting of the back hallway next to Griffiths Hall. In the first instance, he worked with Bob Ives and Robin Inglis to replace the carpet, fix cracks in the walls, undertake a repainting of the entire room, and attend to a repaint of all drawers and cupboards. Old artwork was retired to be replaced by a series of colourful icon images, and a new attractive movable cupboard was purchased to house Ülo Valdma’s music and related materials. The flower room upgrade was financed by the Altar Guild and involved repainting, the installation of a new tile floor, cupboard painting and new countertops. Finally, the furnace room was cleaned out, the floor painted and new hooks installed to organize our tools more effectively. Bob Ives’s ‘back office’ painting project undertaken in 2016 was carried forward by Herb Smart, Bob again, Randy Pape and Linda Ingham, who achieved great success in the back hallway. Undertaking some annual painting somewhere in the complex is essentially obligatory and the next thing to tackle would appear to be the pink and green walls in the church/office hallway and meeting/library room, and the walls of the kitchen.

The large investment this past year proved to be more roof repairs to complement the work done on the main, north-facing, roof in 2016. It had been hoped that the limited work on the main, south-facing, roof in 2015 would suffice for another few years, but this was not the case and replacement of the entire south facing roof over the nave and the smaller north and south facing roofs over the sanctuary was completed in 2017. The cost was substantial – in the $17,000 range - but was covered by a generous donation and an excellent parishioner response to a ‘raise the roof’ marathon sermon fundraising event undertaken by the Rector. Given that recent work has been done on the flat roof over the sacristy, flower room and furnace room, and that the Griffiths Hall roof is holding up well, we really should now be able to survive without any further roof expenses in the immediate future.

As to major project investments to be flagged for the future, we certainly need to move on the church floor, refurbishing the pews, painting the interior church walls and attending to the main windows – restoring the metalwork, both inside and out, and replacing the plexi-glass coverings that prevent potential damage from outside vandalism. If we can target these tasks to be completed by the time of Holy Trinity’s centennial in September 2021 – four years away - we will be able to provide a valuable legacy for those parishioners who will be stepping up in the years to come to take the church into its next 100 years.

Gardens and Grounds:

In 2017 a core group of volunteers - Frieda Moloney, Audrey Mistiades, Barb Cederlund, Ruth Dean, Bob Ives, Herb Smart and Robin Inglis, helped from time to time by a number of other parishioners – benefitted greatly from the substantial effort made in 2016 to get the grounds into good shape.  Our aim had been to create a scenario whereby, going forward, the grounds could be relatively easy to maintain. This proved to be the case with spring planting and regular weekly weeding from April to October, and some judicious pruning of trees and bushes. Some lawn re-seeding, the closing off of one flower bed in the upper garden and the relocation of a bench nearer to Griffiths Hall were undertaken. The long, hot summer had an impact, but thanks to our sprinkler system and a regular watering program, the garden beds and lawns looked as good as could reasonably have been expected. Herb Smart also scraped, sanded and repainted the pathway railings leading to both the main door of the church and to the offices – a thankless job but one that more than helped to present, overall, the impression of a property that is cared for and provided with the necessary ongoing attention.

Respectfully submitted
Robin Inglis