Meet Our Members
Meet some of our active members here.
Is on the CUC Racism Survey team and a lead teacher for religious exploration.
proud UCV members since 2008
Lorimer Shenher is a Canadian writer living and working in Greater Vancouver, BC. Lorimer will be giving the Sunday service on Sunday, June 9th, supported by the Unitarian Genders & Sexualities Alliance.
This One Looks Like a Boy is Lorimer’s second book, published in 2019 by Greystone Books. It tells the story of his life as a transgender man coming to terms with his fear of transitioning to male.
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I have been one of many at the forefront of this movement of diversity and inclusivity in the arts.
Diane is a multi award-winning director and actor, and is the long-time Artistic Director of one of Canada’s most resilient and successful independent theatre company’s, Ruby Slippers Theatre. She is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Bra D’Or Award, a national award annually presented by the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and a 2018 nominee for the Women of Distinction Award, both in recognition of her years of championing works by diverse women. The principles that guide her work have earned Ruby Slippers Theatre a reputation for radical inclusivity and socially relevant work that illuminates humanity. These Unitarian principles- inclusivity, social responsibility, and a respect for the inter-connectedness of all living things- also guide her personal life, making her an active member of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, particularly its Environment Committee.
Melody Mason is an economist and consultant who worked for many years with the World Bank. She has an MBA, an M.Sc in Development Economics, and a BSc in Sociology.
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Kiersten is our Director of Children’s and Youth Religious Exploration. At the 2018) Hogwarts Summer Camp, Kiersten taught the herbology classes. The kids made echinacea tincture as well as exploring the various herbs and “weeds” around the congregation’s grounds that can be used for salves and “potions”.This year’s Herbology adventures will be mainly on the garden path labyrinth where a variety of herbs are there for anyone to pick: lavender, sage, echinacea, various mints, rosemary, yarrow.
Kiersten was Professor of Herbology and head of Hufflepuff House. The picture of Kiersten in the hat and square glasses was when she played the part of Professor McGonagall.
This will be Kiersten’s fourth year as director of the children’s and youth program. She strives to find the Fun with Meaning and directs our children, youth, and family programs with a focus on building community, exploring what it means to be Unitarian, questioning, and developing personal relationships with stillness and wonder.
We felt we needed to grow spiritually together
Luke and Coraline have been attending UCV since Fall 2016. In 2017, they became members, welcomed their son Gabriel into the world, and were married by Steven Epperson. Luke currently sits on UCV’s Committee on Ministry.
I’m with kindred spirits with Unitarians
As a teenager in Vancouver in the 60’s, I babysat for a Unitarian family across the street so learned a bit about UCV and thought it would probably suit me better than the United Church my family was involved with. Read the full testimonial.
it is the only faith group my husband and I can affiliate with
I very much enjoy much working with members of the Library team. Everyone is pleasant to work with and David Buchanan provides good leadership
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Bruce McIvor attends UCV with his family.
Dr. Bruce McIvor, Lawyer and Historian, Principal, First Peoples Law Corporation. Dr. Bruce McIvor is principal of First Peoples Law Corporation, a law firm dedicated to defending and advancing Aboriginal title, Aboriginal rights and Treaty rights. His work includes both litigation and negotiation on behalf of Indigenous Peoples across Canada. Bruce is dedicated to public education. He recently published the third edition of his collection of essays entitled First Peoples Law: Essays in Canadian Law and Decolonization. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law where he teaches the constitutional law of Aboriginal and Treaty rights. Bruce is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba. He holds a law degree, a Ph.D. in Aboriginal and environmental history and is a Fulbright Scholar. Bruce, a member of the bar in British Columbia and Ontario, is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading practitioner of Aboriginal law in Canada.
First Peoples Law: Essays on Canadian Law and Decolonization, Bruce’s collection of essays, can be
downloaded for free from our website. Bruce also regularly holds free workshops for Indigenous people
throughout Canada on current issues in Aboriginal law.
Bruce is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading practitioner of Aboriginal law in Canada. He is a proud Métis from the Red River in Manitoba. Bruce holds a law degree, a Ph.D. in Aboriginal and environmental history, and is a Fulbright Scholar.
Scroll down to download his book of essays on First Peoples Law.
Here’s what his website says:
For me, advocacy is bred in the bone.
My ancestors experienced the disloyalty of the French and British, the Acadian Explusion, the conquest of New France, the dispossession at Red River and government’s refusal to honour the numbered Treaties.
I was focused on working for social justice through an academic career in history until I began working in the law with Louise Mandell, Q.C. (Mandell Pinder) and Stuart Rush, Q.C. (Rush Crane Guenther) on what I expected to be a temporary basis. That was over 15 years ago. Louise and Stuart introduced me to a world of principled, high quality legal advocacy that led me back to university for a law degree.
First Peoples Law combines my passions for law, history and social justice. Most importantly, it allows me to work with other committed professionals in supporting Indigenous Peoples’ ongoing struggle for respect and justice.
Click here to download your free pdf copy, order a paperback copy or do both: https://www.firstpeopleslaw.com/public-edu…/publications.php
We have a limited number of free paperback copies available for non-profit Indigenous organizations in Canada available for the cost of shipping–email us for details firstname.lastname@example.org
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Age of Recognition: The Significance of the Tsilhqot’in Decision
The Downside of the Tsilhqot’in Decision
Is Canada No Longer Responsible for Historical Treaties?
Provinces Burdened with Responsibility for Fulfilling Treaty Promises
What Tsilhqot’in and Grassy Narrows Mean for Treaty First Nations
The Piecemeal Infringement of Treaty Rights
A New Legal Remedy for Indigenous People
The Duty to Consult—A Second-Best Alternative
What Does the Daniels Decision Mean?
THE DUTY TO CONSULT
Provinces’ Have Every Right to Set Conditions on Pipelines
A Pipeline Too Far: How to Stop Kinder Morgan
The Inadequacy of Environmental Assessments
Environmental Assessments and the Duty to Consult
Is the Duty to Consult Clear as Mud?
The Duty to Consult—Ignore the Elephant
The Duty to Consult as an Ongoing Obligation
Breathing Life Back into the Duty to Consult
The Duty to Consult—the Groundhog Day Conundrum
Columbus’ Ghost: Past Infringements and the Duty to Consult
The Duty to Consult—A Roadblock to Direct Action
Good News for the Duty to Consult
Negotiate or Litigate?
The Duty to Consult—A Narrow Vision
How to Fulfill the Duty to Consult
Why Quebec but not Indigenous Appointments to the Supreme Court?
Canada’s Misguided Land Claims Policy
The Case for Denying Indigenous Rights
Colonialism’s Disciples: How Government Undermines Indigenous People
How the Canadian Legal System Fails Indigenous People
Indigenous Identity and Aboriginal Law: A Personal Journey
Download a free copy here: https://www.firstpeopleslaw.com/public-edu…/publications.php
Eat Like You Give a Damn!
Catherine Stewart, also a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and Coffee Service team, is currently having a show of her work at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC. Read the full testimonial.
a world view
I’ve been told that people join the Unitarian Universalist movement for one reason and stay for other reasons. That’s partly true for me, but the main reason I stay is the same reason I joined 20 years ago Read the full testimonial.