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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

Amanda Burrows

Amanda Burrows

Interim Executive Director
Mayleen Ahoy, BA, CPA, CGA

Mayleen Ahoy, BA, CPA, CGA

Director of Housing

Dr. Cheryl Bear

Director of Community Ministry (Currently on leave)

The Rev. Jennifer Goddard-Sheppard

Interim Spiritual Care Director

Natalie Gobis Cutayne

Director of Human Resources
Keely Hale

Keely Hale

Director of Programs

Katie Koncan

Director of Development and Communications
Rob Vandermey

Rob Vandermey

Senior Director of Finance and Administration
The Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne

The Right Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne

Executive Director (on leave through Oct. 31, 2025)

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
David Walkem

David Walkem

Secretary
Jacob Black-Lock

Jacob Black-Lock

Scott Griffin

Scott Griffin

Jeremy Hermanson

Jeremy Hermanson

Elizabeth Kerklaan

Elizabeth Kerklaan

Paul Mitchell-Banks

Paul Mitchell-Banks

Dave Munroe

Dave Munroe

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

    Chair
  • Rosemary Collins

  • Andrew Jones

  • Chris Munroe

    Vice-Chair
  • 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.