President Bill Sayers
Bill Sayers is a recent member to The St Andrews Society of Toronto.
Born in Edmonton in 1957 to an Irish father and a Scottish mother. Bill’s great, great, grandfather Archibald Hall came from Jedborough, Scotland to Galt, Ontario in 1827. George Hall was their only son. He was a lay minister in the Presbyterian Church and died reading scripture in a church service in April 1887 in Galt. From Galt some of the Hall clan moved to Neepawa Manitoba. Bill’s Grandfather was born there. He married Elizabeth McNab and Bill’s mother was born in Neepawa. During the depression Wilbur Hall moved to Gull Lake, Saskatchewan and ran the local dairy until his retirement. Bill’s mother grew up in Gull Lake.
Bill graduated from University of Western Ontario in 1979 with a BA in Political Science. Upon graduation he moved back to Toronto. (He grew up in Etobicoke) He has lived in Toronto since then. Bill remarried to Joy in 2014 and has four children. The family has a cottage on Georgian Bay and spends as much time as they can there, from the time the ice is out and before the ice returns!
Bill’s father was always proud of his family heritage both Irish and Scottish. He traced the family roots back to the early 1800’s and made sure each of his children had copies of the family tree. As a United Church minister the family grew up with celebrations of Robert Burns and the pipes and drums were part of a few church services each year.
For the past 12 years Bill has run his own sales consulting practice. His work takes him across Canada and into the USA and Europe.
Vice President Rev. Mark MacLean
late 2015 he has taken on the role of Managing Director for Home Instead Senior Care – Toronto West. He
continues to work and serve in the community in which he lives enhancing the daily lives of seniors and
others who require additional support wherever they call home.
Just prior to this, for eight years he was Lead Minister at St. Andrew’s United at Yonge & Bloor the
product of five historic and prominent congregations. The original founding congregation, (Old) St.
Andrew’s is a community that dates back to 1830 considered to be the original Church of Scotland in
Toronto (then known as the town of York). Prior to St. Andrew’s he worked; in the alternative energy
sector in communications with Hydrogenics Inc., at the National office of The United Church of Canada in
worship and liturgy and his last congregation in the Maritimes (before moving to Upper Canada) was St.
Matthew’s United, the home of “The Scots”.
Mark has traveled and worked across Canada and internationally. He served internships in Northern
British Columbia and overseas in Papua New Guinea, experiences that deeply shaped his vision and
lifelong commitment to service, social justice and aboriginal rights. A native of Charlottetown, Prince
Edward Island and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mark served as Chaplin for “The Scots: The North British
Society” from 1997 – 2002 and worked with The Clan MacLean Association internationally with whom he
Mark was a Chaplain at Dalhousie University and The IWK Pediatric Health Centre in Halifax. He now
coaches minor hockey and junior rugby. Personally he played junior nationally in 1986, at Mt. Allison
University (B.Sc.) and King’s College (M.Div.) and various senior men’s clubs; Saint John Trojans, Halifax
Rugby Club, and two (very painful as he was old) seasons in Toronto with Toronto Scottish prior to
hanging up his boots.
Mark currently resides in mid-town Toronto trying to keep up with; his spouse Angela, the General
Manager at Fleishman Hillard PR Toronto, his 11 year old son Joe playing hockey, rugby, swimming and
every other sport he can; and his 7 year old daughter who also plays hockey and rugby and is an avid
highland dancer with The McDonnell School of Dance where she “shows what she knows” to all her
friends and relatives.
Immediate Past President Rory Sinclair
Rory Sinclair is a familiar figure at Sinclair Clan Gatherings and Highland Games, and at many Toronto area events. Born in Toronto in 1946, he is the third son of Edward and Roselma Sinclair He is acutely proud of his Scottish ancestry and is the current President of the St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto.
Rory graduated in 1968 with a BA (Hons) in Political Science and Economics from Trinity College, University of Toronto and from 1971 to 1979 lived in Malaysia as an owner-operator of a fabric and clothing exporting business.
Over the years Rory has been a keen supporter of the Clan Sinclair Association of Canada. From 1995 to 2001 he was its Secretary and Newsletter Editor and from 2003 to 2011 its President.
During the years from 1979 through 1988, Rory was a member of a collective that was involved in the freeing of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter from jail. Carter was an American middleweight boxer wrongfully convicted of murder and later freed via a petition of habeas corpus after spending almost 20 years in prison. Rory was a director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC).from 2000-2014.
He has also been active in his downtown Toronto neighbourhood as a board member of the Harbord Village Residents Association since 1992, holding the position of Chair from 2000 to 2011.
He plays the Great Highland Bagpipe — competitively for 10 years and now in several bands in Toronto — and also plays small pipes, guitar and bass. Since 1988 until the present day, Rory has been the owner-operator of Sinclair-Cunningham & Associates, a firm primarily involved in renovations, additions and restoration in older homes in downtown Toronto.