R.W. Bro. Jeffrey A. Christie, District Deputy Grand Master, Ottawa District 1
Jeff was born in Stratford, Ontario, and attended school in London, Clarkson, and Etobicoke before attending the University of Waterloo for Economics. He and Paula Helmer married in 1978 and they have three children – Rob, Emma and Alan, and two grand-children – Cole and Leah. Paula and Jeff enjoy family and their kids and grand-kids. They travel as much as possible, except in summer when they hold court at the cottage on Healey Lake.
Jeff was Initiated into Sidney Albert Luke Lodge No. 558 on November 9, 1983, Passed December 14, 1983 and Raised by the RCMP Degree Team on January 11, 1984. He was Installed Worshipful Master in May 1988, 1997, 2003, 2007, and 2017. He was Secretary for most of the time in between – about 26 years. If you are a Secretary, he probably has greeted you in your lodge. He's been a District Officer for Computer Resources, Long Range Planning, Historian, and Officer Progression. He was delighted and astonished to be made Assistant Grand Chaplain by his friend the Grand Master - Most Worshipful Brother Paul Todd - in July 2018. He's a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and Executive Secretary of the Valley of Ottawa. He loves Masonry, and the members of Sidney Albert Luke Lodge No. 558 loved finding his errors in the Summons and complaining about his penmanship.
Jeff worked for the Federal Government for his career. He started at Statistics Canada and moved through a few Departments, ending at Parks Canada. He programmed in Fortran and APL, built econometric models, and planned strategically.
He sang in the church choir for 20 years and in choirs at work, coached kids' baseball and soccer and was a Scout leader (Jeff made Queen's Scout). He also spent time with DeMolay as Advisor and Chapter Dad. Jeff likes to fish, tries to golf, spends time walking behind his dog MacDuff, takes pictures, likes wine, and thinks he's a carpenter.