Ms. Joan Carolyn has been an active participant with the First UU church of Winnipeg since early 1999 and a member since mid-2000. She is married to life partner, Ken Nicholson and shares with him two sons (Max, Alex), a daughter-in-law (Sheila) and two granddaughters, Grace and Holly.
Joan has been privileged to pursue studies in World Religions and Cultural Anthropology (B.A.) as well as completing a B. Th. and M. Div. (double major, Theology and Peace Studies). Outside of the classroom, Joan seeks to continue life-long learning, both within work settings and with people and groups with whom she is privileged to interact. Of special note here are training and experience with: Conflict Resolution (five training levels, co-founder of Thompson Mediation); Cycles of Violence and Wellness Planning and; Aboriginal Awareness.
Experience with community needs assessment, program design, implementation and review, as well as volunteer recruitment, training and support are all valuable assets which Joan brings to Congregational Life development. Joan has also been privileged to work as a church leader within several congregations including one UU, as one of our UU Lay Chaplains and as a Hospital Chaplain.
Joan wishes to share the excitement and gratitude with which she approaches membership on the CUC Congregational Life Team. Interaction with Canadian UUs within these regions has inspired, guided and informed her work and she anticipates continued shared journeys as we together grow vital Canadian UU communities.