I’ve been a Unitarian Universalist since 1983, and I have a profound love and appreciation for our faith and its potential. Even though I know, firsthand, that congregational life has challenges, I believe that it can support and affirm people so that they are better able to live lives of meaning. We have much to offer our larger communities. Supporting ministers and lay leaders in their work fostering health and vitality in congregations is work that I believe in.
Before beginning work with the Canadian Unitarian Council, in 2002, I served as Canadian Consultant to the Canadian congregations of the St. Lawrence District of the UUA, and as Supervisor of Aquatics for the City of Burlington, Ontario, Parks and Recreation Department. Additionally, I have been an Organizational Development Consultant and a Part-time Instructor at Mohawk College in Hamilton. Additionally, I have served on the Provincial Board of the Life Saving Society of Canada, and have chaired and served on many committees of that society.
After completing my MDiv at Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago, I was ordained in 2013. My ministerial studies have also included an Internship at the Amherst Unitarian Church (near Buffalo) and at the CUC. Additionally, I completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Centre in Hamilton, working primarily in one of the hospital’s Acute Mental Health Units.
Growing up I never thought I’d be a minister. I never thought it was an option for women, and once I became a teen, and drifted from the church of my childhood, it seemed ‘unlikely’. I thought teaching would be my career, but as has been said, ‘Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans’.
Outside of church (there is a life outside of church) my interests and activities include: camping, gardening, downhill skiing, history, amateur naturalism, reading, music (I am a very novice mandolin player), swimming, cooking and general people watching. My long-time spouse, Gary and I have two adult daughters, two fine son-in-laws, and one absolutely beautiful grandson!