judith@judithmcrae.com

Judith McRae, BFA

403-541-1179 – home
587-999-7153 – cell
judith@judithmcrae.com – e-mail

Objective: Sacramental Preparation/Youth Ministry Coordinator/Educational Media Developer

Key Qualifications: Since 1979, Ms. McRae has been actively involved with children and youth in church and other non-profit settings. From 1995 until 2003, she designed educational and training media for workers, students, and the general public. She has adapted and developed a wide variety of social and educational programs geared toward the education and socialization of children and teens. In addition to well-practised organisational skills, Judith is also a proficient artist, new media developer, writer and designer who has considerable performance under pressure. She is also a qualified First Aider, with a Standard First Aid Certificate with Level C CPR and AED.

Recent/Current Activities

2015 - present: Faith Formation Coordinator, St. Peter’s Parish (change of job title) – Coordinate and promote activities of the RCIA, including Catechism classes, Rites, and retreats. Provide information to parents regarding Infant Baptism, and arrange paperwork, schedule Baptism Preparation seminars and Baptism dates. Until May of 2016, also continued to provide leadership for the Youth Ministry program at St. Peter's.

Provide non-gathered resources through a web site and Bulletin Board, including a monthly calendar and posters for upcoming events.

(This was changed from a full-time to a half-time position on July 1st, 2017.)

2011 - 2015 - Youth Ministry Coordinator, St. Peter’s Parish – Promote and organize weekly activities for youth aged 11 to 17 based on participants’ interest; coordinate and train volunteers; provide leadership opportunities for young adults and older teens, organize service projects and community building opportunities as needed for high shool students and young adults; facilitate opportunities for all youth to participate actively in the life of the parish and the diocese through service projects, community building activities, and in the liturgy. Make school visits as needed and as requested by the schools. Organize seasonal retreats, summer outings, and programs, including Vacation Bible School. Keep their web page updated with current activities. Other activities include coordinating RCIA and maintaining the parish web site.

2009 – 2011– Coordinator, Saturday Morning Religion Classes, St. Pius X Church, Calgary. One half day per week, Saturdays, during autumn and winter.

#Promoted and organized classes of religious instruction for Catholic students in grades 1 to 9
#Recruited volunteer teachers and staff as required
#Provided enrichment opportunities for volunteers.

2007-2010 - Youth Ministry and Sacramental Preparation Coordinator, St. Cecilia’s Parish – Promote and organize weekly activities for Junior Youth and Senior Youth based on participants’ interests and twice a month for Young Adults group; coordinate, promote, and lead Sacramental Preparation classes (First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation, as well as individual instruction for older children preparing for Baptism) and coordinate/lead retreats for these; facilitate opportunities for youth to participate actively in the life of the parish and the diocese through service projects, community building activities, and in the liturgy. Make school visits as needed and as requested by the schools. Organize summer outings and programs, including Vacation Bible School. Keep their web page updated with current activities.

Up to 2009 - Volunteer Catechist for Junior High, St. Pius X Church - Develop lesson plans using text books and curriculum provided (We Are Strong Together series), taking into account the interests and developmental level of the students who will most likely be present.

Provide non-gathered resources via a web site at http://www.logicalbutterflies.com/StPiusX/

2002-2009 – Secretary and Poster Contest Coordinator, Fire in the Rose Committee at Sacred Heart Church – keep a written account of all activities of the Committee; develop and maintain the web site; participate in all activities of the Committee including giving talks and providing educational resources to the general public, and coordinating with the administration at Sacred Heart School and the Knights of Columbus of Sacred Heart parish to provide a poster contest for students each year.

Education and Certifications

#July 2011- Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, “Prayer and Worship,” "Justice and Service," and “Evangelization and Catechesis.”
#October 2010- St. John Ambulance, Calgary, Alberta (Standard First Aid, Level C CPR and AED)
#July 2010- Canadian Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, “Principles of Youth Ministry” and “Practices of Youth Ministry.”
#July 2007- St. John Ambulance, Calgary, Alberta (Standard First Aid and Level B CPR)
# 2003-2004 Alberta College of Art and Design Calgary, AB (BFA)
# 1995 HRDC and University of Calgary (Multimedia Development)
# 1990 Naramata Centre (Leadership Development Seminar)
# 1982 David Thompson University  Nelson, BC (Creative Writing)
# 1980 - 1984 Alberta College of Art and Design Calgary, AB (Painting)

Memberships

#CWL, Sacred Heart Church
#The Emmaus Group (Artists' Society)

Volunteer Activities

# Secretary, CWL #19, St. Cecilia's Parish, 2009-2010
# Secretary and Poster Contest Coordinator, Fire in the Rose Committee, 2002-2009
# Volunteer Catechist, St. Pius X Church (Junior High School), up to 2009
# Web Site Coordinator, Sacred Heart Church, 2006
# Coordinator, RCIA Inquiry Period, Sacred Heart Church, 2003-2007
# Reader/Announcer, Sacred Heart Church, 2002-2007
# Spiritual Activities Coordinator, Catholic Women's League, 2005 - 2007
# Facilitator, Little Rock Scripture Study, Sacred Heart Church 2002-2006
# Sunday School Teacher, Knox United Church 1979-2000 (Kindergarten, Upper Elementary, and Junior High School)
# Web Site Coordinator, Knox United Church – 1990s
# Chair of Christian Education and Development, Knox United Church
# Treasurer, Burns Visual Arts Society - early 1990s
# Board of Directors, Burns Visual Arts Society - mid 1980s, up to 1998
# Board of Directors, Second Storey Art Society, 1984-1989

Other Interests

Painting, Web Site Development, Multimedia Application Development, Desktop Publishing, Videography, Photography. 

Previous Work Experience

On-going small projects

Web Sites – Maintain Scott Kelly, Denis Grady, and Gordon Reid web sites using HTML, Flash, PHP, and various graphics programs.

Multimedia Development – Deep Sky Studios, Director Lingo programming and graphical interface development for “FishFilm” project.  (Completed in the summer of 2009.)

1995 – 2007 • Graphic artist, web developer, multimedia programmer, on site multimedia consulting, Intranet Administrator, and Instructional Designer for Ave Maria Artworks, Debian Information Technologies, Bow Valley College, Ansonia Property Mgmt Inc., INLETS-DMC at Calgary Academy, Media One Communications Calgary, AB; Savvy Knowledge Systems Corporation Calgary, AB, Sport Technology Research Centre, U of C, Claymore, Inc. Portland , Oregon, The Imagine Group Calgary AB, Calgary Medical School, University Press, University of Calgary, the New Media Centre, University of Calgary, and private individuals.

Multimedia Programmer, Graphic Artist, Web Site developer,
#digitized video for educational and commercial CD Rom and Web products
# prepared still graphics and animated graphics
# created user documentation and packaging for various CD ROM products
# Macromedia Director "Lingo" programming for CD ROM products
#Flash programming for CD Rom and Web products
# Macromedia Authorware programming, computer graphics, and video digitizing for CD ROM and computer based training products
# Administered FirstClass Intranet server for 200 research subjects.
# Web site development
# Created user documentation

1990 - 1995 • Colour Four Graphic Services,  Calgary, AB

Apprentice Scanner Operator

# Ensured production of high quality film negatives for print materials used in magazine advertisements, television commercials, and limited edition art books.

 1989 - 1990 • Second Story Art Society, Calgary, AB

General Manager

# Promoted the work of young and/or unknown artists.
# Organised well attended monthly art exhibitions
# kept meticulous financial records
# wrote successful government grant applications
# hired and trained staff and volunteers.
# hired and supervised construction workers to build new gallery and artist studio spaces

jrlmcrae@shaw.ca

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