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Our Staff & Volunteers

First Unitarian staff and volunteers are involved in all aspects of the congregation’s activities. We are fiercely proud of the high calibre of our people.


Ministers and Directors

Role or GroupContactsOrganizational
Senior Minister [staff]Rev. Shawn Newton (416-924-9654 x2220) [email]Reports to the Congregation, works cooperatively with the Board
Associate Minister [staff]Rev. Lynn Harrison (416-924-9654 x2260) [email]Reports to the Senior Minister
Director of Administration [staff]TBD (416-924-9654 x2210) [email]
Remote Admin Support [staff]Afsoon Sabaa (416-924-9654 x2210) [email]
Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE) [staff]Angela Klassen (416-924-9654 x2230) [email]Reports to the Senior Minister
Director of Congregational Music and Community Connections [staff]Dallas Bergen (416-924-9654 x2250) [email]Reports to the Senior Minister

Governance

Role or GroupContactsOrganizational
Executive CommitteeShawn Newton, Senior Minister
Karen Dunk-Green, President
Mary Anne Roche
Reports to the Board
Board of TrusteesAleza Coldevin
Juleth Dawson
Karen Dunk-Green, President
Liz Galarneau, Safe Steps Liaison
Christopher Lee
Nacia Miller, Vice-President
David Priebe, FMC Liaison
Greg Suttor, Secretary
Ken Wulff
Reports to the Congregation
Treasurer (ex-officio member of the Board)Bill Dunk-GreenReports to the Board
Nominating CommitteeHelen Iacovino, Chair [email]Reports to the Congregation
Policy CommitteeMargaret KohrReports to the Board
Committee on Shared MinistryTanya Cothran, ChairReports to the Congregation
Real Estate Task ForceKaren Dunk-Green, ChairReports to the Board
Funds Management CommitteeRobbie Brydon, ChairReports to the Board

Music

Role or GroupContacts
Director of Congregational Music and Community Connections [staff]Dallas Bergen (416-924-9654 x2250) [email]
Resident Musicians [contract staff]Gabrielle Byrnes, Joanne Chapin, Danny Fong, Tom Lillington, Lucas Marchand, Tahirih Vejdani
Pianist [contract staff]Adam Sakiyama
Sound Technician [contract staff]Matt Rideout
Choir CommitteeRon Cragg, Judy Clarke, Ilene Cummings

Community Engagement

Role or GroupContacts
Lay MinisterJeanne Van Bronkhorst
Director of Congregational Music and Community Connections [staff]Dallas Bergen (416-924-9654 x2250) [email]
Caring ConnectionsJeanne Van Bronkhorst, Coordinators
Cathy Brown, Tanya Cothran, Jane Larimer, Claude Marchand, Barbro Vice, Joseph Zeighami
Journey GroupsMargaret Kohr, Coordinator of Journey Group Facilitators
Sue Berlove, Registrar
Newcomer ServicesDiane Wagner, Coordinator [email]
Engage and ConnectSheila Riddell, Coordinator
Greeting Card MinistryDiane Bosman, Coordinator
Central America Community DevelopmentRichard Kirsh, Liaison [email]

Religious Education (RE)

Role or GroupContacts
Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE) [staff]Angela Klassen (416-924-9654 x2230) [email]
Youth AdvisorsPortia Dodds, Lisa Trentin
Our Whole Lives (OWL) TeachersVarious, Coordinated by the DLRE
Nursery Staff and Child Minders [contract staff]Various, Coordinated by the DLRE
RE Teachers and RE CommitteeKelly Ferguson, Coordinator
Adult Program CommitteeTBD
Family Retreat (January)Brenda Ponic, Dominic Stones, Margaret Bryant

Sunday Services

Role or GroupContacts
Worship LeadersBeth Ann McFadden, Coordinator
Niki Andre, Moara Barrett, Donald Cole, David Gunn, Maya Ferguson Klinowski, Nicole McKay
UshersJim Mason, Coordinator
GreetersLinda Brown, Coordinator
Sunday CoffeeWendy Peebles, Coordinator
Library CommitteePeter Hughes, Chair
Food ServicesHope Paul, Coordinator
Arts CommitteeKate Cottington, Chair [email]
BookshopLynn Hughes, Coordinator

Eco/Social Justice

Role or GroupContacts
Liaison for Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC), Unitarian Congregations of GTA and UU United Nations Office (UNO)Kalvin Drake
Refugee Sponsorship and Settlement Program (RSSP)Beth van der Weerd, Chair
Margaret Bryant, Richard Kirsh, Wendy Peebles, Margaret Postlethwaite and many others [email]
Amnesty International Chapter 142Ted Wood [email]
Canadian Unitarians for Social JusticeMargaret Rao, Liaison [email]
Central America Community DevelopmentRichard Kirsh, Liaison [email]
Green SanctuaryLinda Heron, Coordinator
Reconciliation Working GroupGilbert Salgado, Coordinator
Welcoming CongregationArt Brewer

Communications

Role or GroupContacts
Director of Congregational Music and Community Connections [staff]Dallas Bergen (416-924-9654 x2250) [email]
Communications Specialist [staff]Adé Adeyemi [email]
First LightDace Veinberga, Chantel Watts, Editors
Subscribe to First Light and Today at FirstSubmit an announcement
Social MediaJennifer Beer, Editor
WebmastersBill Dunk-Green, Stan Yack, Mo MacMahon [email]

Denominational Affairs

Role or GroupContacts
Lay ChaplainsJennifer Beer, Karen Dunk-Green, Sue Meggs
Lay Chaplain CoordinatorMaureen Millard [email]
Lay Chaplains CommitteePeter Brydon, Chair
International Council of UUs (ICUU) LiaisonEllen Campbell
Unicamp LiaisonJohn Jordan
Liaison for Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC), Unitarian Congregations of GTA and UU United Nations Office (UNO)Kalvin Drake
Canadian Unitarians for Social JusticeMargaret Rao, Liaison [email]

Small Groups

Role or GroupContacts
BooktalkWendy McDonald
Bridge ClubPeter Brydon
Conversational FrenchClaude Marchand
Jewish Awareness GroupMerrilee Brand
Meditation GroupMoara Barrett
Men’s GroupStan Yack
Our Pagan GroveWendy Quirion
YogaJohanna Lanfranco, Hanna Heger

Administration

Role or GroupContacts
Director of Administration [staff]TBD (416-924-9654 x2210) [email]
Remote Admin Support [staff]Afsoon Sabaa (416-924-9654 x2210) [email]
Policy Review CommitteeMargaret Kohr

Finance

Role or GroupContacts
Bookkeeper [staff]Daniel Grzymisch (416-924-9654 x2240) [email]
Assistant Bookkeeper [staff]Carmen Schultz [email]
Treasurer (ex-officio member of the Board)Bill Dunk-Green
Finance CoordinatorWinnie McDonagh
Team GenerosityCatherine Lake, Chair
Tanya Cothran, David Gunn, Mo MacMahon, Jan Mahood
Cashier CoordinatorJohn Cummings
Planned GivingMargaret Kohr
Funds Management CommitteeRobbie Brydon, Chair
Treasurer Emerita, Internal AuditorKathy Thompson

Property

Role or GroupContacts
Custodians [staff]Carmen Schulz, Part-time Custodian [email]
Property CoordinatorDominic Stones, Chair
FixersDominic Stones, Craig Mahood
Aesthetics CommitteeJean Galt, Susan Low-Beer, Anne Murdock
Weed & SeedHerb Wright
Inside GardeningHope Paul
Paint & PatchM J Blackman