Congratulations to Barbara Helms, an Emmanuel College DMin student, who is the Canadian Armed Force's first female Muslim Chaplain!
Barbara Helms was enrolled in Canadian Armed Forces as a military Chaplain with the 30th Field Artillery Unit (33rd Brigade, 4th Division) on October 11, 2017. Captain Helms, will be serving as a Pastoral Associate from the Muslim tradition. She holds a BA in Religious Studies and an MA in Islamic Studies (both from McGill), as well as a Masters in Counselling Psychology (Athabasca University). She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree (specializing in Muslim chaplaincy), conjointly offered through University of Toronto, Toronto School and Theology, and Emmanuel College. Capt. Helms has over ten years experience working in interfaith and multi-faith ministries and is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) through the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario as well as a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.