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Our People

We’re proud of the diverse talents, life experiences, and passions that our volunteer and staff leadership bring to FIRST UNITED every day.

Their dedication is what drives forward our mission of seeking a just society through ministry, housing, advocacy, and community service.

Leadership

The Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne

The Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne

Executive Director
Mayleen Ahoy, BA, CPA, CGA

Mayleen Ahoy, BA, CPA, CGA

Director of Housing

Dr. Cheryl Bear

Director of Community Ministry
Amanda Burrows

Amanda Burrows

Director of Development

Natalie Gobis Cutayne

Director of Human Resources
Keely Hale

Keely Hale

Director of Programs
Rob Vandermey

Rob Vandermey

Director of Finance

Board Of Directors

Our Society is governed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of representatives from the United Church of Canada, as well as committed community volunteers with expertise in the legal, financial, and management sectors.

Dr. Heather F. Clarke

Dr. Heather F. Clarke

Chair
The Rev Dr. Brian Thorpe

The Rev Dr. Brian Thorpe

Vice-Chair
Jean Budden

Jean Budden

Secretary

John Christie

Treasurer
Jacob Black-Lock

Jacob Black-Lock

The Rev. Jennifer Goddard-Sheppard

The Rev. Jennifer Goddard-Sheppard

Scott Griffin

Scott Griffin

Jeremy Hermanson

Jeremy Hermanson

Elizabeth Kerklaan

Elizabeth Kerklaan

Kathy Kwon

Kathy Kwon

Paul Mitchell-Banks

Paul Mitchell-Banks

Dave Munroe

Dave Munroe

Laurie Schultz

Laurie Schultz

David Walkem

David Walkem

Aaron Wilson

Aaron Wilson

Dr. Heather F. Clarke

Treena Duncan

Non-voting board member

Housing Board

First United Church Social Housing Society is governed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of representatives from the United Church of Canada, as well as committed community volunteers with expertise in the legal, financial and management sectors.

  • Elizabeth Kerklaan

    President
  • Alison Lindsay

    Treasurer
  • Maggie Knight

    Secretary
  • Rosemary Collins

  • Andrew Jones

  • Chris Munroe

  • Lauren Telford

In compliance with its Bylaws, First United discloses the details of payments for products or services made to board members or companies in which board members have an interest.  First United’s bylaws prohibit any payment for products or services made to board members or companies in which board members have an interest.  First United’s finance policies allow for board members to have access to reimbursement of reasonable expenses related to the governance and oversight of First United; in the past fiscal year no reimbursements have been claimed.