Who's Who

First Unitarian staff and volunteers are involved in all aspects of the congregation's activities.

Role or Group Current Contacts Relationship to Staff, Board or Convenors
Governance Team Reports to the Congregation
Board of Trustees Susan Phillips, President  
Our Executive Rev. Shawn Newton, Senior Minister
Rev. Lynn Harrison, Minister of Community Engagement
Susan Phillips, President
Karen Dunk-Green, Chief Convenor
Nominating Committee Carol Damioli, Chair  
Committee on Shared Ministry Janine Gliener, Chair  
Committees of the Board - Volunteers Reports to the Board
Chief Convenor Karen Dunk-Green  
Team Generosity Karen Dunk-Green, Mo MacMahon  
Funds Management Committee Wayne Lepine, Chair  
Policy Committee Margaret Kohr  
IDEAS - Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Bob Sherman  
Real Estate Task Force Karen Dunk-Green, Chair  
Senior Minister [staff] Rev. Shawn Newton (416-924-9654 x2220) Reports to the Congregation
Worship Volunteers Aligned to the Minister
Journey Group Facilitators Margaret Kohr, Coordinator  
Worship Leaders Paul Bognar, Coordinator
David Gunn, Catherine Kentridge, Maya Klinowski-Ferguson, Margaret Kohr, Melissa Lobo
Storytellers Diane Bosman and Lynn Torrie, Coordinators
Ushers Jim Mason, Coordinator  
Audio Visual Team (live-streaming and Sunday sound booth) Joe Mueller, Coordinator  
Minister of Community Engagement [staff] Rev. Lynn Harrison (416-924-9654 x2260) Reports to the Minister
Community Engagement Volunteers Aligned to the Minister of Community Engagement
Lay Pastors Jeanne vanBronkhorst, Holly Dennison
Pastoral Care Team Allan Brand, Coordinator  
Greeter Team Linda Brown, Coordinator  
Newcomer Services Team Diane Wagner, Coordinator  
Engage and Connect Team Sheila Riddell, Coordinator  
Greeting Card Ministry Team Diane Bosman, Coordinator  
Memorial Services Team Janine Gliener, Coordinator  
Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE) [staff] Angela Klassen (416-924-9654 x2230) Reports to the Minister
Religious Education Volunteers Aligned to the DLRE
Youth Advisors Portia Dodds  
OWL Teachers Various; coordinated by Angela Klassen
Nursery Staff and Child Minders [contract staff] Various; coordinated by Angela Klassen
RE Teachers and RE Committee Kelly Ferguson, Coordinator  
Adult Program Committee Mary Doucette, Chair
Jennifer Drinkwater, Journey Group Registrar
Family Retreat Team Brenda Ponic, Dominic Stones, Margaret Bryant
Safe Steps Coordinator [contract staff] Kalya Mantle
Director of Congregational Music [staff] Dallas Bergen (416-924-9654 x2250) Reports to the Minister
Music Team Report/Aligned to the Director of Congregational Music
Resident Musicians [contract staff] Stephanie Hotchkiss, Tom Lillington, Ben MacDonald, Lucas Marchand Tahirih Vejdani
Pianist [contract staff] Lisa Iwasaki  
Choir Committee Judy Clarke, Nacia Miller, Ilene Cummings
Convenor Team Aligned to the Chief Convenor
Convenor Team:
·  Admin Convenor
·  Property Convenor
·  Finance Convenor
·  Communications Convenor
·  Fundraising Convenor
·  Denomination Convenor
·  Eco-Social Justice Convenor
·  Worship Convenor

Cheryl Gordon, Admin
Dominic Stones, Property
Ted Wood, Finance
Margaret Kohr, Denominational Affairs
Beth Ann McFadden, Worship
Sunday Service Volunteers Aligned to the Chief Convenor
Sunday Coffee Team Wendy Peebles, Coordinator  
Library Committee Peter Hughes, Chair  
Religious Services Lynn Atkin Phillips, Hope Paul, Coordinators
Denominational Affairs Volunteers Aligned to the Denominational Affairs Convenor
Lay Chaplains Committee John Cummings, Chair  
Lay Chaplains Jan Crowley, Karen Dunk-Green, Sue Meggs
Lay Chaplain Coordinator Beth Guthrie  
CUC Annual Meeting Delegates Selected annually  
International Council of UUs Liaison Ellen Campbell  
Unicamp Liaison Iris Kairow Murray  
Unitarian Congregations of GTA Liaison Kalvin Drake  
Finance Team Aligned to the Finance Convenor
Bookkeeper [staff] Daniel Grzymisch (416-924-9654 x2240) Reports to the Treasurer
Assistant Bookkeeper [contract staff] Carmen Schultz Reports to the Bookkeeper
Cashiers John Cummings, Coordinator  
Administrator [staff] Afsoon Sabaa (416-924-9654 x2210) Reports to the Minister
Custodians [staff] Veronica McFarlane, Andrew Foley Report to the Administrator
Administration Volunteers Aligned to the Administration Convenor
Office Volunteers Various, coordinated by Afsoon Sabaa
IT Committee (technical infrastructure and office systems) Sue Berlove, Chair  
HR Committee Margaret Bryant, Chair  
Archivist OPEN  
Communications Volunteers Aligned to the Communications Convenor
Webmasters Bill Dunk-Green, Stan Yack, Mo MacMahon
Editor, First Light Tanya Cothran  
Editors, Social Media and Publicity TBD  
Property Volunteers Aligned to the Property Convenor
Property Committee Dominic Stones, Chair  
Aesthetics Committee Jean Galt, Susan Low-Beer, Gerta Moray
Weed & Seed Judy Clarke  
Health & Safety Wendy Dines  
Paint & Patch M J Blackman  
Arts Committee Kate Cottington, Chair  
Fundraising Volunteers Aligned to the Fundraising Convenor
Fundraising Event Managers (ad hoc)  
Planned Giving Margaret Kohr  
Bookshop Volunteers Lynn Hughes, Coordinator
Eco/Social Justice Volunteers Aligned to the Eco/Social JusticeConvenor
Amnesty International Chapter 142 Ted Wood  
Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice Margaret Rao, Liaison  
UU United Nations Office  Eryl Court, Liaison  
Central America Community Development  Richard Kirsh, Liaison
New Visions Liaison Barb Wentworth, Liaison
Canadian UU Women’s Association Chapter Gillian Burton, Gerta Moray
Reconciliation Working Group Gilbert Salgado  
Green Sanctuary Team Cathy Brown  
Small Group Volunteer Leaders Member-led small group activities
Booktalk Wendy Ounpuu  
Bridge Club Peter Brydon  
Conversational French Claude Marchand  
Issues and Ideas Gerta Moray  
Jewish Awareness Group Merrilee Brand  
Meditation Group Moara Barrett  
Men’s Group Stan Yack  
Our Pagan Grove Kate Chung  
Prime Timers Gilbert Salgado, Iris Kairow Murray
Yoga Johanna Lanfranco, Hanna Heger

Lynn Harrison In August, 2016 the Reverend Lynn Harrison joined the ministry team at First Unitarian as our new Minister of Community Engagement.

Lynn was ordained in November, 2015 by Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, after completing her Master of Divinity Studies at Emmanuel College (Toronto School of Theology) in May of that year. In preparation for ministry, Lynn served as our Intern Minister in 2013-14, completed her clinical pastoral education at Bridgepoint Health and served as a spiritual care intern for Hospice Toronto.

A longtime resident of Toronto with her husband, David, and two young adult children, Lynn is also a recognized singer-songwriter who has received national airplay and earned honours from the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (now Folk Music Ontario). She holds an undergraduate degree in broadcasting from Ryerson, bringing strong communication and outreach skills to her new position as our Minister of Community Engagement.

You can view Rev. Lynn co-hosting "Spirit Talk" on Regent Park Radio, and read her December 16, 2016 Report from the Minister of Community Engagement.

Lynn is also the creator and facilitator of The Bridge: Connecting Song and Spirit, a new Unitarian ministry initiative that celebrates the connection between creativity and spirituality in an inclusive “open mic” environment. The Bridge takes place once a month in a downtown music venue, attracting a wide range of participants from First Unitarian and many other communities.

The Bridge: Connecting Song and Spirit - Welcome Message, June 2016 from Lynn Harrison on Vimeo.

Danielle Webber

Danielle Webber is a Calgarian and 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.

Danielle moved to Toronto this summer and is looking forward to exploring all the city has to offer, especially local yarn stores, co-op grocery stores, bike paths, museums, and all of the places that you suggest.