Author: Catherine Stewart

Art Exhibition – March and April

Landscapes by Dennis Brown

An exhibition of oil paintings based on the traditional plein-air method of painting directly from life

March 1 to April 30, 2020 – in the Sanctuary and Fireside Room

see also the important note on the Art Exhibitions page

More about the artist at his website

Dennis Brown is a Vancouver-based painter who studied art at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and the Vancouver Academy of Art. Many of Dennis Brown’s paintings are held in private collections across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia.

featured image: Dennis Brown with one of his paintings

Refugee committee update

An update from our Refugee Committee – December 27, 2019
  • The refugee committee continues its efforts to bring people to safety.
  • Jean B who has been attending our services regularly as a Unitarian is finally settled, sharing a 2 bedroom suite in Surrey with Jean Pierre, a friend .They are both working full time at Amazon in Delta. J B is registered for English classes .He is already at level 4 which means he has already a significant knowledge of English.
  • We were given 10 spaces for the last few months of  2019 to apply for sponsorships. We proceeded immediately to have a Syrian family of 5 plus their friend to apply. We have been accepted as their sponsor.
  • We also put an application for 3 Eritrean single young men and we also have been accepted as their sponsors. This is the first step for the file to go to the required embassies abroad (Aman and Tel Aviv respectively).
  • We had one spot left and we are sending an application for one young Syrian man refugee in the Emirates.
This completes our allocations given for this year to us as a New SAH (Sponsorship Agreement Holder). In 2020, we will be receiving some allocations. We do not know yet how many but we have to start fund raising if we are to continue bringing people to safety. It requires $16,500 for one individual to support them for one year which is what we are required to do minus some deductions if furniture etc.. is donated.
We are going to need everyone support in this endeavour. Julia has a table at church every Sunday. We will organize some events during the year. Everyone is welcome to bring their ideas and join the fund raising spearheaded by Catherine Stewart. We have wonderful dedicated refugee committee members .We welcome anybody who wants to join or know more about what we are doing.
For 2020, we would like to be able to bring our Unitarian Burundians refugees in Rwanda who are in a very precarious situation and precarious safety as the militia cross the border easily to target them .We have been recommended by Fulgence, Burundian refugee Reverend in Saskatoon who is now a permanent resident of Canada.
You can also always make donations to the Sheilah Thompson Refugee Fund in which case you will receive a tax receipt.
Thank you for all your help. A very special  thank you to Karen Brumelle who donated her art and raised funds for the refugee committee.
If we get extra spaces we will be preparing applications for a family of five and a family of four‎ as long as we can raise the necessary funds.
– from Huguette.
See also the group that Paul Prescod is involved with supporting.
Stop by the Refugee Committee‘s fundraising table any Sunday or contact the committee to support, donate or ask questions.

Art Exhibition This Month

Mixed media works by artists from the Developmental Disabilities Association will be on display in both the Sanctuary and Fireside Room until October 1.

Opening reception on Thursday, August 8, 5:30 – 8:00 PM.

To view artwork at times other than during the opening reception or before/after Sunday service, please contact the office at 604-261-7204.

For art purchases please contact Hailey Arthur, manager of the Main Street DDA drop-in, at 604-322-0052.


New benches at UCV

The Buildings and Grounds Committee is delighted to announce the installation of three new benches on the UCV campus.  Sheila Lindfield has generously donated these benches to the church in memory of members of her family.  Thank you, Sheila!

Please contact Catherine Stewart at if you are interested in donating a bench to UCV as a way of commemorating a person or event (or just to beautify our church grounds).