Melissa Green, Associate Director and long-time staff member of the Sorrento Centre, is taking educational leave to begin studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. Melissa has managed children and youth work at the Sorrento Centre, as well as our general programming. She has twice served as Interim Executive Director. As Associate Director, she has been involved in almost every part of the life of the Centre. Melissa is also a recipient of the Anglican Award of Merit in recognition of her service to the Anglican Church of Canada.
“Melissa has been an important part of the life and work of the Sorrento Centre over the years,” says Michael Shapcott, Executive Director of the Sorrento Centre. “Our staff, our Board, our Associates and our many thousands of guests all join in wishing Melissa the very best as she embarks on further studies. Melissa’s academic program builds on much of the work that she has done over the years in program development and implementation. We all know that she will bring the same dedication and keen spirit to her studies that she has demonstrated at the Sorrento Centre.”
Since 1963, the Sorrento Centre has aspired to live deeply into our mission as a holy place of transformation for learning, healing and belonging. The Centre lives out this commitment by serving as a gathering place for all. We welcome thousands of guests annually to our 24-acre main campus in the South Shuswap region of British Columbia, and on our 8-acre natural farm. “Melissa has been a diligent and thoughtful steward of the legacy of the Sorrento Centre, and we are deeply grateful for her many contributions,” says Michael.
Melissa Green joined the staff team at Sorrento Centre in the summer of 2008 as a member of the Summer Youth Staff Leadership Team. After serving that team for five years she transitioned into a Director position with responsibilities for supporting the programming and youth leadership development work of the Centre; a role she continued to oversee as the Associate Director.
Melissa has a commitment to ministry within the church and believes that we are each called to a ministry of service and witness in the church and the world. While not at Sorrento Centre, Melissa has been working with children, youth and families at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Kamloops and working with the National Anglican Church and the British Columbia and Yukon Anglican Youth Movement (BCYAYM). Central to Melissa’s sixteen years of work with young people in the church is an important understanding of mentorship and journeying alongside while creating spaces where the Holy One can be encountered and community can be built and Christian formation can naturally take place.