UUCD's minister - Rev. Carly Gaylor
Rev. Carly was ordained in 2013 and has served as Sabbatical Minister at the Unitarian Church of Calgary, Assistant Minister for Outreach and
Social Justice at the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, and Executive Director of Welcome Inn Community Centre. She completed her Master
of Divinity and Master of Social Work at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary/Wilfrid Laurier University.
Rev. Carly’s ministry is grounded in interweaving spiritual growth, community, and social justice, and she is passionate about exploring innovation and entrepreneurship in Unitarian Universalist communities. When not at church, she can be found playing soccer, ultimate frisbee,
reading, and practicing and teaching yoga. She lives in Hamilton with her partner, Curtis Murphy.
Other Speakers at UUCD:
Annette Wilde lives in Toronto and is a member of First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. Introduced to “Save a Family from Syria” project by her stepmother in Kingston, she then brought the successful idea to Toronto First. Learn more about the arrival of their first family at http://saveafamilyfromsyria.org or on Facebook.
Ben Robins grew up in the Kingston Unitarian Fellowship, and is now at Emmanuel College in Toronto preparing for UU ministry. His main social justice work has been in youth rights. He enjoys physics, contact improv dance and intentional community.
Brian Carwana is the Executive Director of the Encounter World Religions Centre, an educational centre that has introduced over 100,000 participants to the people, places, practices and philosophies of the world's religions. Through Encounter, Brian has engaged in endless religious travel and has found it to be one of the most impactful aspects of his life. Brian is also close to completing a PhD in religion at the University of Toronto which he began right after the dinosaurs were wiped out. He hopes it will be worth it.
Rev. Cheryl Jack
Rev. Cheryl Jack is Minister Emeritus of the UUCD. She launched the church in September 1997 at its current location, the (old) Brooklin Community Centre, and was our minister for the next ten years. She is actively involved with Whitby Rotary and with VON - Durham Hospice.
Danielle Webber is from Calgary and is a third generation Unitarian Universalist. She has followed in her grandmother’s footsteps as a UU Minister. Danielle was granted a Masters of Divinity in May 2016 and is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies at Meadville Lombard Theological School, the UU seminary in Chicago. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education in 2014 at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and she has spent 2 years as part time student minister and intern at the Unitarian Church of Calgary. She is currently the intern at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto.
Dr. David Agnew
Dr. David Agnew is a Buddhist practitioner of more than 10 years. He facilitates Buddhism classes at Nalandahaboddi Centre under the direction of Donzeng Ponlop Rinpoche who is a Buddhist master and writer of Rebel Buddha. He has a PhD in physics, teaches at UOIT part time, and has a consulting business in physics. He lives in Oshawa with his family. David is a husband, father of two grown children and a grandfather.
David Seale is a long time Unitarian Universalist. He retired from a Social Work career at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in August 2015. Dave has made the full-time transition to Port Hope where he is exploring the wonders of retirement with Lisa, two dogs and four cats.
Rev. Fiona Heath
Rev. Fiona Heath launched into her ministry career when the UUCD hired her in 2013; her first position as an ordained minister. Now she is entering her third year as settled minister at the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga.
Gabi and Russell have been heavily involved in the UU youth community since they both turned 14. They have held leadership positions through youth conferences and within Grand River Unitarian in Kitchener. They are now 18 and have joined the UU Young Adult community.
Rev. Julie Stoneberg
Rev. Julie Stoneberg has been in Peterborough for going on 10 years, and had the great privilege of being Rev. Lori Kyle's supervisor for her parish internship. She is a dual citizen of Canada and the US. She has served as the President of the UU Ministers of Canada, and currently serves on the UU Ministers Association's CENTER team, who are responsible for continuing education, enrichment and renewal for all of our ministers. She is soon to be away for a 3-month sabbatical during which she will be focusing on embodiment and voice.
Jennifer Tedford has a background in crisis intervention (mental health) working on the helplines at Distress Centre Durham for 12 years. She has facilitated a palliative care team in a long term care facility for 6 years and then three years ago she joined the Hospice Services group as a palliative care coordinator. Last April she became the Intake and Education Coordinator. As if this hasn’t been keeping her busy enough, Jennifer teaches Crisis Intervention and is a placement advisor at Durham College.
Kate Green is USC Canada Program Manager for Asia. She works with her local colleagues in Nepal, Bangladesh and East Timor. Kate has a range of experience and interests that stem from her work with USC: organic and sustainable farming methods in challenging environments and gender analysis in the seed and food systems. In her many years with USC, she has also been part of the in-Canada Public Engagement work of USC, which connects with groups and people who share the desire to change and bring more justice to the global food system. Kate holds degrees from Queen’s (1989), The University of East Anglia in Norwich, England (1991) and Ryerson University (2006).
Landy Anderson is of mixed Métis and Chinese Heritage. She lives in Oshawa, Ontario with her husband and children who are members of Albertville First Nation. Landy is a former Foster Care Supervisor with over 30 years’ experience in child welfare. She has worked as a child protection worker in several Children’s Aid Societies in Ontario. She is currently enrolled at York University in the Master of Education focusing on Urban Aboriginal Education. Landy also teaches in the Child and Youth Worker Program at her local community college. She has published a book entitled"The Foster Parent Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Child Welfare Matrix".
Larry Gillman has been the president of the Beth Israel Synagogue in Peterborough for the past 15 years. He is a supporter of Canadian, Dr. Paul Thistle, who has dedicated his life to help the needy in Zimbabwe. Larry is making his fifth trip to the hospital in December. He has spent 21 years coaching minor league football in Peterborough. He works as a financial adviser with Freedom 55 Financial.
Rev. Linda Thomson
Linda Thomson has been a Unitarian since 1983 and has a profound love and appreciation for our faith and its potential. She has worked with the Canadian Unitarian Council since 2002. Ordained in 2013, Linda completed her MDiv at Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Linda’s studies have also included an Internship at the Amherst Unitarian Church (near Buffalo) and at the CUC. Additionally, she 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. She currently holds the position of Congregational Development as the lead for Central & Eastern Region.
Rev. Lynn Harrison
Rev. Lynn Harrison is the Minister of Community Engagement at First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto, and a noted singer-songwriter in Canada’s rich acoustic music tradition. With deep family roots in the Durham region, Lynn is always thrilled to visit UUCD.
Rev. Michelle Singh
Rev. Michelle Singh is an Interfaith Minister who was raised in a Catholic/Sikh home. Experiencing more than one faith on a daily basis has always been a natural way of living for her. She co-founded the multi-faith Spiritual Dialogue Circle which has been meeting monthly since 2009. Michelle also sits on the Toronto Committee for World Interfaith Harmony Week and, in 2015, she represented Toronto in Jordan to receive 3rd Prize from His Majesty King Abdullah. She is also part of the “ad-hoc” committee working to bring the Parliament of the World’s Religions to Toronto in 2018.
Mike Szarka and his family were members of UUCD for more than 9 years until March of last year at which point they moved west so that Mike could take on a new position as Director of Research Partnerships at the University of Waterloo. Mike and Tracey are sorely missed by the UUCD, but we’re comforted to know that they are happy in their new home.
Patricia Trudeau is studying at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto and is a candidate for Unitarian ministry. She has been a member of Neighbourhood Congregation in Toronto since 2007 after returning from living in Pittsburgh for nine years. She is married to Wilburn Hayden and has one son.
Rev. Peter Boullata
Rev. Peter Boullata has served congregations in both the US and Canada. Peter is currently the consulting minister at the Unitarian Fellowship of London and is completing doctoral studies in spiritual care and psychotherapy at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.
Peter Lauricella lived in the Boston area for many years until 2008 when he and his wife, Marilyn, moved to Port Perry to be everyday loving grandparents. He is well known for his woodturning skills and participation in many art groups, including the Scugog Council for the Arts and Lake Scugog Studio Tour. He has been a member of the Worship Committee at UUCD and is active in the community.
Rev. Rodrigo Emilio Solano-Quesnel, M.Div
Rev. Rodrigo Emilio Solano-Quesnel is the half-time Developmental Minister at the UU Fellowship of Ottawa. Rod was ordained earlier this year by Neighbourhood UU Congregation in Toronto and is still a member at Neighbourhood. Rod is originally from Mexico and has lived in Canada since the 1990s. Rod has also served in leadership at First Unitarian in Toronto, as well as First Unitarian in Ottawa and the Unitarian Church of Montreal.
Rev. Shawn Newton
Rev. Shawn Newton became the 23rd minister of First Unitarian Church in Toronto in September 2007. He began his undergraduate studies in the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College. He eventually completed a bachelor degree in religious studies at Harvard's Extension School, and received a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry at the University of Toronto/Toronto School of Theology. In the course of his preparation for ministry, Shawn served many places in the United States. Shawn loves to travel, to take in theatre and classical music, and to explore, with his husband, Bob, the fascinating array of neighbourhoods in Toronto.
Sheila White is Don Heights Unitarian's Music Director and leader of the Don Heights singers. She grew up in the Unitarian environment with parents Bill and Vivian White, who were founding members of Don Heights. Now she spends her time promoting their new, original songbook, “Power of Song: New Hymns for a New Age”. Sheila is a former communications director and political adviser who received an African Achievement Award for politics in 2014. Now she mostly concentrates on music, writing, environmental education and online publishing. She is a regular public affairs panelist on CBC Radio One’s “Here and Now”.
Rev. Stephen Atkinson
Rev. Stephen Atkinson is a Unitarian Universalist minister who has served North Shore Unitarian Church in West Vancouver in the past and, more recently, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton as a chaplain. He has just entered retirement but open to what work he has yet to do.
Tinie Evans has been a long time and tireless supporter of Grandmothers in Africa through her involvement in G-Moms of Port Perry. She is an active member of the United Church in Port Perry, singing in the choir and participating in many church and social events.
Tracey Szarka is a former UUCD member who now lives in Waterloo, Ontario with her husband Mike and daughter Katie. They are regularly visited by her stepdaughter Olivia. Tracey has worked in post-secondary education for over 20 years advising students and supporting them in addressing many issues including those related to
Dr. Wilburn Hayden
Dr. Wilburn Hayden is a noted social work educator and practitioner, and community organizer and Appalachian Scholar. A leading expert on Black Appalachians, he joined York University as the Director of the School of Social Work in 2007 after a long and distinguished career of university teaching, academic leadership and social work practice. His book, ‘Appalachian Black People: Identity, Location and Racial Barriers’ was published in 2015. Currently, his major research is slavery and the early
history of black Canadians.
history of black Canadians.