As the diocese rolls out its Transforming Futures fundraising initiative, the bishop has appointed Walter Stewart to co-chair the campaign with him. The bishop and Walter will work as part of a campaign team to support the initiative at the local and diocesan levels.
Walter Stewart retired to Salt Spring Island in 2015 with his husband, Ronald Dyck after 28 years of exile from the west coast in Toronto. In 2017, he became the people’s warden of the Anglican Parish of Salt Spring and in 2018 a member of Diocesan Council as the lay representative for Haro.
Beginning his life in Scotland, Walter was educated in North Vancouver, Simon Fraser University, and University of British Columbia, with course work at Vancouver School of Theology.
He worked in colleges for 21 years as an instructor, chairperson, and dean. From 1997 to 2005, Walter worked for Silicon Graphics as national manager of business development for education and research, global director of marketing to research, and director of business development in Canada.
In 2005, Walter launched his own consulting practice serving clients including CANARIE, the Alberta government, Toronto Region Research Alliance, Universities of Waterloo, British Columbia, York, Ontario Institute of Technology. Walter was instrumental in the launch of the Southern Ontario Water Consortium, Research Data Canada and Nano Ontario.
On Salt Spring, Walter is the current president of Art Spring, the island’s cultural centre. He also serves as a coordinator for the Star of the Sea Centre for Spiritual Living and Practice.