Meet Our Members

Meet some of our active members here. To see all of the posted testimonials, click here.

To read about some of our members who have been recognized as Unsung Heroes or Lifetime Members, click here.

Pat’s first memory of making art is of her sitting on the back steps of their family house, drawing at age ten.

With a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Redlands, California in 1956 Pat MacBain is our longest member of the UCV Arts Committee.

Pat attended Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver and received a Diploma in Painting 1983.

She also participated in Artists in Our Midst for 8 years, and the North Shore Picture Loan for a couple of years.

While in Cornwall, England in 1961-62 Pat took a watercolour workshop and has been painting, sketching, and batiking for most of her life.

One of her Memorable moments in her studio was when a mouse ate into a tube of cadmium red oil paint, plus a nibble of burnt umber. She is pretty sure he ended up poisoned.

Whenever I go to a Unitarian church or event, I feel “at home”. Unitarian Universalists are diverse, and congregations are diverse, but I find some things are common in most of them.They are one of the few places where different generations enjoy each other: from babies to centenarians.  We are a rainbow of ages. Since I am a life long Unitarian (I am also a Universalist, but too many syllables), I have experienced our religion from all the ages up to 72, so far.  (More about Karl).

John Voth's art has had numerous exhibitions at UCV. He invites members to come by his private loft gallery. By appointment only.

When I jokingly made a new year's resolution to become spiritually developed and have matching towels, I had no idea where that would lead. This church was one of three religious groups I checked out back in 1989--and with all of its (and my) warts and all, this is what stuck. I joined in 1991 after "just browsing" for two years.

In 2017 Mary was awarded the Lifetime Member Award.

(More about Mary.)

As a “night school junkie”, this fall Wendy signed up for: Paganism 101 and Wicca 101 as well as a six-week astrology course. She says she’s not sure how much paganism will form part of her spiritual practice in the future, but she’s interested so (as usual) she’s diving in.

Wendy and Mary will facilitate a “dark moon” ritual in November and Wendy’s excited about using what she's learned so far to coordinate the opening and closing rituals of circle casting, calling the directions and invoking divine masculine and feminine.

Wendy’s been attending UCV since 2002 when she took a course on “Building Your Own Theology” with Rev. Andy Backus. She is always a positive and enthusiastic presence. Currently she serves on the lay chaplaincy committee and welcoming table where she enjoys making visitors feel at home.

Wendy lives on a boat in False Creek. You might enjoy reading this article about her:

https://boatingvancouver.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/a-boat-with-a-roof-you-can-dance-on/

Here’s an excerpt:

“My visit to Inside Passage at Spruce Harbour Marina was sparked by meeting the current owner, Wendy Bryan, briefly at Granville Island. The vibrant owner epitomizes why people enjoy yachting; she is full of energy, enthusiasm, and adventure, three attributes the help one make the most of the boating lifestyle. When I heard that Inside Passage was the boat she had recently purchased, it came as no surprise. Both the boat and the new owner seem to defy age, showing that a history founded on classic taste and a future set toward adventure can make for a stunning combination.”

 

Elliott began studying piano at an early age in Montreal with Bob Silverman, but drifted into choral singing when he came to Vancouver in 1980. He was a founding member of Phoenix Chamber Choir and in 1988 returned to Montreal to sing with the Tudor Singers, a professional group.

In the later 1990s, inspired by Harold Brown, he returned to the piano and began accompanying choirs – Vivaldi Chamber Choir, the Peretz Folk Choir and the Unitarian Chalice Choir. As well, he accompanies solo singers and instrumentalists. He is also part of the a cappella folk quartet Quattro and arranges some of their music.