Rev. Brian Kiely was awarded the honoured Victor and Nancy Knight Living Tribute Award in Calgary at the CUC’s Annual Conference and Meeting. Each recipient is chosen by previous Knights, and this year’s winner, Rev. Brian Kiely, was selected by an illustrious group of previous Knight winners.
Every year, the Knight Award is presented to a living person who has, as a volunteer, contributed at the national level to furthering the principles of Unitarianism in Canada, and honours the ideals exemplified by the lives and work of Victor and Nancy Knight.
His fellow-Knights say this about Brian:
“It is with immense pleasure that we present Brian Kiely with this award in grateful recognition of his many years of dedicated service to Unitarianism in Canada.
Following his ordination at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto in 1988, Brian spent nine years serving a number of congregations in British Columbia and was the founding minister of the South Fraser Unitarian Congregation in Surrey, BC. He has been the minister at the Unitarian Church of Edmonton since 1997.
Aside from serving congregations in a ministerial role, Brian has contributed to Unitarianism not only at the national level, but also internationally. He is currently president of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists.
From 1988 to 1991, Brian was editor of The Canadian Unitarian, the national publication of the CUC, and was the primary author and witness in a brief to the Canadian Senate on the Council’s position on euthanasia and assisted suicide. He managed communications for the endowment campaign in the early 1990s.
As a member of the CUC Board, the CUC-UUA Negotiating Team and Chair of the CUC Implementation Task Force, Brian played a leading role during the years that the CUC evolved to become the central service provider to Canadian congregations. He was President of the CUC from 2004 to 2006.
Brian’s vision has always been informed by his recognition that he is making a contribution not just to the CUC of today, but to the ever evolving Canadian Unitarianism of the future.
In addition to all of these accomplishments, according to his congregation’s web site, he is a terrific speaker, a great cook, and an all-round nice person.
It is with great pride that we honour his ministry among us.”