Florence’s work history includes administrating world-renowned concert halls such as Massey Hall and Glenn Gould Studio.
Her work life has been diverse and includes being an actor, comedian, disabilities support worker, arts administrator, health and safety leader and media librarian.
Florence is very excited to be at Kamloops United Church. The work that is being done here is as diverse and exciting as Florence’s background!
Florence can be reached at email@example.com or (250) 372-3020.
Rev. Dr. Michael Caveney, Minister
Dr. Michael Caveney came to KUC in September 2019. His primary interests in congregational leadership are in the areas of worship and visitation. He enjoys planning and leading us in our weekly Sunday services as well as leading various spiritual programs. Michael loves to visit and share in the life of our congregation.
Michael has moved from Vancouver where he was the lead minister at St. David’s United Church. Michael was raised in Toronto, receiving an Honors BA from Trinity College at the University of Toronto with specialist standing in Religious Studies in the area of Buddhist and Christian Ethics. He moved to Montreal where he received a Masters of Sacred Theology from McGill. He later received a Doctor of Ministry from Knox College at the University of Toronto. His thesis was “Hoping and Coping“ which looked at Spiritual Care for those with terminal illness.
Michael was ordained in the Presbyterian Church, switching to the United Church sixteen years ago. He has served parishes in Montreal; Tweed, King City and Toronto, Ontario; Charlottetown, PEI, Victoria and West Vancouver. He also served as the Executive Director of a crisis counselling centre in downtown Toronto.
Michael has been involved in committees of the church. In the United Church he has served on various Victoria Presbytery and BC Conference Committees including Conference Executive. Currently he is on the Provision Committee of the Pacific Mountain Region. He has served on the national Mission Through Finance Committee, Communities in Mission Committee, and currently on the General Council Permanent Committee on Ministry which advises the General Council Executive and Moderator on policy and programming relating to church life both in Canada and internationally. Rev. Michael Caveney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanna Brown, Office Coordinator
She moved to Canada from England in 2007 and lived in North Vancouver until she moved to the Okanagan to study Business Management at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus, where she specialized in accounting and finance, as well as other business skills. Joanna will officially graduate on June 17th during a virtual graduation. Since leaving UBC- Okanagan Joanna moved to Kamloops to be closer to family.
In her free time, Joanna enjoys walking her dog, spending time talking with friends and family, and learning about Kamloops and what the area has to offer. She is always looking for new recipes to cook as well.
Joanna is looking forward to working at KUC, and getting to know everyone who walks through the doors. She has enjoyed meeting a few people during this difficult (COVID-19) time, but is excited for when we re-open our doors to everyone. She can be reached at 250-372-3020 and email@example.com.
Kamloops United Church has had lay persons as our “Marriage Minister” for decades. (Chris is our fourth such lay person.)
A long time member of KUC, Chris accepted this lay ministry position in March, 2010.
Contact Kamloops United’s office at 250-372-3020 to have Chris be in touch with you.
Bill is the oldest of 4 children, with one sister and two younger brothers. He grew up in Kamloops and attended school here. He has lived in many locations throughout his life from the Kootenays to the Okanagan to Seattle, but has always come back to Kamloops. Bill has a beautiful family and has just celebrated 25 years together with his wife. They have a wonderful daughter who is an emerging artist, having studied at the Beattie School for the Arts!
In Bill’s work career he has had many jobs and has acquired many skills. He was a machine operator with CP Rail for 16 years where he traveled extensively, from Vancouver to Swift Current Sask.and all over Alberta. Bill has worked doing general carpentry and has training in indoor painting (being put to good use here at KUC). Bill is very happy to be employed by Kamloops United Church. He said “Since I started here everyone I have met has made me feel welcome and have been very friendly. Thank you again for this opportunity.”
Dawn has spent her working career in the Kamloops area as an Animal Health Technologist working with exotics, cattle and horses. She is currently involved with the Upper Nicola Band Reintroduction Program for Burrowing Owls and competes in dog agility with her buddy “Derby”. Dawn has an identical twin living in Merritt.
“KUC and the staff have been so welcoming and I have enjoyed making new relationships through my custodial work and as a Thrift Shop volunteer”.
This image was taken at the release of burrowing owls on April 27, 2018 at the Upper Nicola Band.
Brad Ellison – Casual Custodian
Brad Ellison joined Kamloops United as a Casual custodian.
Brad also works at the Y and is very glad to be at KUC.
My name is Ignacio and Kamloops United Church gave me my first job opportunity when I just came to Canada.
I am very thankful to the community that already feels like my second family. My nickname is “Nacho” which I really don’t mind, I think it’s easier to pronounce.
Jim Cunliffe – Custodian
Tomas Bijok – Choir Director / Music Coordinator
Tomas Bijok’s journey in music began at an early age. Having come from a musical family it was understood that music was to be a part of his life. Tomas began his formal vocal training under the instruction of Dr. Wendoline Pazitka Munroe at the Canadian University College. At the age of 22 Bijok began to study under the guidance of Lynn Vernon. He then studied for two Years at the University of British Columbia with Roelof Oostwoud after which he auditioned for the Prague Academy of Performing Arts. In Prague he completed his B.A and M.A. in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Ivan Kusnjer and the guidance of Magdaléna Hajóssyová. Bijok made his Czech debut in Bohuslav Martinu’s comedy on the Bridge at the Northern Bohemian Theatre of Opera and Ballet and since has sung in theaters in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Japan and France. In 2010 Bijok recorded the lead role of Lucas in the world premiere recording of Bohuslav Martinu’s “Le Jour de Bonte” under the Arco Diva label.
Bijok has currently relocated to his home town of Kamloops. Dedicating more time to teaching, he presently acts as choral instructor at Thompson Rivers University, and continues to spread the secrets of Bel Canto in his private studio. In 2015 Tomas founded the TRU Chamber Chorus which won third at the 2018 Provincial Festival of the Performing Arts in BC. Most recently Tomas has been acting as the conductor of the Kamloops Happy Choristers and Chorus Master of the Kamloops Symphony. Tomas is excited to be working as Choir Director/Music Coordinator with the faith community at Kamloops United Church.
When not singing, Bijok can be found in the kitchen making a mess and exquisite food or tending to thousands of pet bees.
Contact Tomas at KUC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rick Windjack – PIT Stop Coordinator
Rick is grateful and delighted to be coordinating Kamloops United Church’s PIT Stop program. PIT Stop is an outreach ministry in which hot meals are served every Sunday to People In Transition and need. Rick connects with our community on many levels. Our guests come every Sunday afternoon and receive a hot, nutritious and comforting meal. These folks are people who may need a kind word, community, compassion, dignity, or just some hot food. Rick offers all this as well as promoting healthy and enlightening engagement between our guests and the volunteers who serve them. The PIT Stop program has an annual volunteer base of approximately 550 community volunteers who come to cook for and serve our guests, in some cases multiple times per year. The program continues to receive steadfast support from dedicated and caring community agencies and individuals for funding, materials, and assistance of almost any nature.
Andrew Sahaydak – Technology Support Analyst
Andrew joined Kamloops United Church in June 2020 as a PC Support Analyst. He moved to the interior in 2016 from the Metro Vancouver area to study business at Thompson Rivers University. Andrew has been accepted into the Masters of Global Business (MGB) at the University of Victoria and will commence his studies there in September. He looks forward to meeting members of the congregation, and is here to help with any technical support you may have.
In his spare time Andrew enjoys exploring the outdoors, kayaking, hiking and working on his car.
Amelia Bernhardt – Coordinator KUC Online Thrift Shop Sales
Amelia grew up in the Lower Mainland before moving to Kamloops in 2018 to attend Thompson Rivers University. She is in the Bachelor of Arts program and studying to get her Bachelor’s degree in History. She dreams of one day attending law school and becoming a lawyer. She is an animal lover at heart and lives in Kamloops with her husband, cats and rabbits. When she isn’t working or studying, you can find her out exploring with her husband and pets or out taking more photographs for her portfolio. She holds her heritage very closely to her and you will often find her in her happiest place, the kitchen, cooking traditional Central American dishes and flavours. She is very happy to be apart of the KUC team and is excited to bring her energy to it.
Henry Young – Sewing
My name is Henry and I am a student employee at the church. My main job is sewing recycled handbags but I commonly do other random things around the place. I recently graduated from shawnigan lake school and was planning on going to college but recently found out it was cancelled so instead I will be sewing a lot more of my own clothes.
Kiara Lampreau – Sewing
Kiara is 18 years old and graduated high school from Kamloops School of the Arts this year.
She does not plan on attending post-secondary but does plan on working up to get a car and live on her own!
This year, Kiara’s goals are to work on mental health and to be happy with how far she has come!