Commissions Chairs

The Grand Priory has two Commissions responsible to study, plan and execute specific activities of the Grand Priory in the fields of Ecumenism and Health. The Chair of each of these Commissions is elected for (3) three years by the general membership and may serve for a second three year term as Chair if elected but the maximum term of office is six years.

The following are members of the Order of Saint Lazarus, Grand Priory in Canada, currently serving as elected chairs of Commissions:

Medical Commission Chair: Dr. Robert Michael Boyko, KLJ, OMLJ, MD
Western Ontario Commandery

Dr. Robert Boyko graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto (UofT) in 1987. He works as a Family Physician in Mississauga, Ontario. Dr. Boyko is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UofT and teaches undergraduate medical students at the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, where he is the Ethics and Professionalism Site Coordinator. He is also an Investigating and Inquest Coroner for the Province of Ontario. Dr. Boyko volunteers as the Provincial Medical Advisor for St. John Ambulance, Ontario Council and is the Hospitaller of Toronto and Southwest Region of the Canadian Association of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and of Malta, as well as Hospitaller for the Grand Priory in Canada of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem.
Ecumenical Commission Chair: The Rev.Dr. Karen Hamilton, AChLJ, MMLJ
Toronto Commandery

The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton has been the General Secretary of The Canadian Council of Churches for 14 years. The CCC has been bringing together the Christian denominations of Canada since 1944 and currently comprises 25 member denominations, representing more than 85% of the Christians in the country. Dr. Hamilton is an Old Testament scholar with an award-winning book entitled, “The Acceptable Year of the Lord: Preaching the Old Testament with Faith, Finesse and Fervor.” She organized the 2010 Inter-Faith Leaders Summit to challenge and inspire the G8/G20 and is recipient of a number of Ecumenical and Interfaith Awards. She is married with three children and blessed with a grandson.