The Clergy Support Memorial Church Board was in full agreement to certify the Rev. Mahdis Samimi-Berch to the Office of Appointed Designated Minister – Life Celebrations and Pastoral Care on December 29th, 2021. Mahdis (pronounced Maw-dees) brings the same level of energy, enthusiasm, and charisma to her new ministry as she does in her entrepreneurial attitude in her work life. She finds herself driven to the service of others. Mahdis is aware of the fragility of human beings, including herself, and she strives to manage the multifaceted factors and challenges that affect us all. Mahdis brings to the church a knowledge of Muslim, Hebrew and Christian faiths and we are pleased to have her as a member, supporting her in achieving her goals in this journey she is on – to help and support others.
- Graduate of the Canadian Ministers’ Institute – February 2022
- Postgraduate Certificate Human Resources Management, Conestoga College – May 2021
- Postgraduate Certificate Event management, Conestoga College – May 2017
- Certified Wedding Coordinator, Wedding Planers Institute of Canada – January 2017
- Completed coursework towards Postgraduate Certificate Addictions and Mental health, Conestoga College
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Communications Studies, Laurier University – May 2015
Having come to Canada at the age of seven, and coming from a predominantly Muslim culture, Mahdis was introduced and encouraged to explore and find her own faith path. On this journey she became familiar with aspects of Christian and Jewish worship. We could say that Rev. Mahdis is a true Abrahamic faith follower.
Rev. Mahdis is no stranger to personal challenges and is a strong supporter of mental health. Understanding more about our personal development and growing through the daily incorporation of that knowledge is a full time pilgramage. Throughout her life, Mahdis has struggled with illness, and realized some time ago that she could not fulfill her dreams and hopes in life until she faced her troubles and did something about it. With a great deal of commitment and dedication she obtained the professional support she needed. Now she realizes that, while there is no cure for many health issues, most if not all mental health issues are manageable, and we can cope better when we are in complete honesty with ourselves and others.
Mahdis loves jigsaw puzzles. She started doing them as a way to de-stress during university exams, and then she found them to be an effective relief when she needs a mental break. She also enjoys Interior Design, which allows her to be creative in always finding a new way to make any environment attractive, welcoming and exciting; she finds that the right space brings peace of mind.
Rev. Mahdis lives her relationship with herself, other people, and the rest of creation through the lens of compassion, which is her guiding light. She believes in the innate goodness of people, and that often there is a need to be compassionate and empathetic towards others.