Meet Our Leaders:
Gary Mellor and His Late Wife, Margaret Anne



The greatest reward for our service is seeing lives changed for the better.

Gary has been involved with working for the renewal of the Catholic Church at the parish level since 1972 and continues to serve and minister on the New Life Retreat. His late wife, Margaret Anne, served on her last retreat in October 2008. She died of cancer on August 23, 2009. We are confident that she is interceeding on our behalf!

Gary and Margaret Anne gave their service to the Lord while raising a family of nine children. They tried to balance their service to each while realizing that their first vocation was to the family God gave them. When not doing ministry, they enjoyed spending time with their seven daughters, two sons, their spouses and twenty grandchildren. (But usually not all at the same time, except on special occasions.)

Gary and Margaret Anne experienced practically all aspects of parish life and ministry, such as pastoral council, social and missionary outreach, baptismal and marriage preparation, leadership and/or involvement with Charismatic prayer groups, and Cursillo and Marriage Encounter.

Gary is a graduate of the Ottawa Archdiocese Lay Ministries Program organized by Fr. Robert Bedard. In addition, he continues to facilitate a special seminar that can be a follow-up to the New Life Retreat - the Spiritual Gifts Seminar. Both have been presented throughout Ontario, and in other parts of Canada and the USA. The Spiritual Gifts Seminar is a opportunity for self-discovery and finding one's place in the Body of Christ.

After Gary retired from full-time teaching, he and Margaret Anne had more time to devote to the New Life Retreat. They began this work of evangelization by first taking the retreat themselves in May of 1992. This was after many years of working with and leading Life in the Spirit Seminars (LSS). They prefered the format of New Life Retreat compared to LSS because of its broader Catholic context centered in the sacraments. As well, there is a more intense emphasis on forgiveness, inner healing, and the Lordship of Jesus.

Gary and Margaret Anne led over 30 retreats at St. Mary's and led similar weekends in Charlottetown, P.E.I.; in Sault Ste. Marie, Kitchener, Spencerville, Cornwall and Hanover, Ontario; and in Gatineau, Quebec.

Gary's greatest reward for service is seeing lives changed for the better. He says that to see hope restored, relationships repaired, faith renewed, and bodies and emotions healed, are a source of satisfaction and joy. Another great blessing is to see so many retreatants return to help out on future retreats. As well, many of them bring others to experience the weekend - our greatest advertisement.


Odette Regimbal

Odette has been involved in lay ministry in the Catholic Church for many years, as lector, Eucharistic minister and Sacristan. Soon after her arrival at St. Mary’s in 1994, she registered for the New Life Retreat and was so touched by the experience that she felt called to join the retreat team.

Odette spent most of her working career as an administrator at Algonquin College. In 2009, the Lord asked her to retire from full-time employment to spend more time serving Him.

She is married to Charles Fink who was ordained June 2004 as a permanent deacon and is currently assigned by the Archbishop to St. Mary’s Parish. Odette and Charles have four daughters and three grandchildren.


Michael Sarich

Michael, who is originally from North-Western British Columbia, grew up working in the logging camps of the coastal mountains. Moving to the Ottawa area to marry, he embarked on a new career as a Civil Engineer.

Touched by the Holy Spirit as a teenager, Michael has been involved in lay ministry within the Catholic Church for many years. A member of St Mary’s parish in Ottawa for the last twelve years, he has served as a teacher and speaker in the areas of Spiritual gifts, Small Group formation, and Evangelization. His desire is to see lay people come into their destiny in the Kingdom of God and move in the giftedness God has given them.

A single parent of an adult son, he continues to pursue his passion for renewal in the Catholic Church.