Lorna joined Don Heights Unitarian Congregation in Scarborough in 1998 after many happy years as an Anglican. She grew up on a farm south of Ottawa and started working life as an elementary school teacher in the one room school house she had attended as a child. She moved to Toronto in 1973 to begin life with her partner Ron. They have four adult children and expect their third grandchild in May.
Lorna has been involved with many committees at Don Heights including serving on a Ministerial Search Team, working on Social Action Projects, Building Search , Shared Ministry and on Sunday Services Planning. She has attended several ACMs, Regional Gatherings and the Central Region UU Mid-Winter Retreat, a rest and relaxation weekend she looks forward to every February. She is presently finishing a two year term as President of Don Heights Congregation and enjoys the weekly Meditation Group and the monthly Multi-faith Spiritual Dialogue Group.
After exploring various occupations including teaching both children and adults, banking, community information and referral and parenting four children, Lorna spent 15 years as Executive Director of Doorsteps Neighbourhood Services, a community development organization in a newcomer area of Toronto near Jane and Wilson. Friends and clients at Doorsteps gave her a greater appreciation of cultural and religious diversity. Lorna retired from Doorsteps in 2009 but continues to be very involved with an advocacy group that she helped establish in 2004, Middle Childhood Matters Coalition-Toronto. MCMCT advocates for affordable, high quality programs for before and after school and holidays, for children ages six to twelve.