BruceRev. D. Bruce Comrie, Minister

Rev. Comrie works with the Kamloops United Church congregation to carry out Christ’s ministry in downtown Kamloops and the wider community. Bruce has served in ministry at KUC for the past thirteen years.

Rev. D. Bruce Comrie’s office hours are: Sunday through Thursday, with Friday and Saturday as days off.

To talk with Bruce, please contact him through the church office and/or leave him a confidential voice mail message at (250) 372-3020 ext. 102 or by email: dbcomrie@kamloopsunited.ca

 

Florence Ballard, Administrative ManagerFlorence Ballard
Florence moved here a year ago from Toronto. She has wonderful family in Kamloops and is very excited to be back in BC where she grew up.
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 Admin@kamloopsunited.ca or (250) 372-3020.

Alan Hodgson

Alan Hodgson, Office Staff:  Clerical
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday and alternate Mondays

The Office is open Monday – Friday 8:30 to 3pm (except Statutory holidays)
Alternate Mondays and each Tuesday and Thursday Alan staffs the KUC office.
KUC Office: 250-372-3020      kuchurch@shaw.ca

 

Judy Petzke

Judy Petzke, Office Staff:  Bookkeeper
Hours: Wednesday and Friday and alternate Mondays

The Office is open Monday – Friday 8:30 to 3pm (except Statutory holidays)
Alternate Mondays and each Wednesday and Friday Judy staffs the KUC office.
KUC Office: 250-372-3020     kuchurch@shaw.ca

 


 

Chris Dolson is KUC’s Marriage Minister.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Casponi, KUC Music Director, is a music educator, performer and advocate for music education.  She holds Bachelor degrees in Music, Drama and Education, an Artist Diploma in Opera Performance and a Masters of Music.  She achieved her Level One Orff certification, her Level One certification from the Canadian Wind Conductors Development Program and is a certified teacher in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

During her decade-long teaching career Rachel primarily taught band, but has also taught general music and choir.  She currently serves as her region representative for the BC Choral Federation, she has served on the advocacy committee with the Saskatchewan Band Association; she helped organize the South Saskatchewan Junior Band program and served tirelessly on many music festival committees.  She has taught every level of band from beginning band to senior band but is specifically passionate about beginning and middle years band.

In addition to her experience as a band and music teacher, Rachel has worked professionally as a choir director, theatre instructor, voice teacher, executive director, arts administrator, stage manager and performer.  Most of her experience has involved working with young people, to whom she has steadfastly dedicated her time and energy.  As an educator Rachel has experienced firsthand the life-changing role music can play in a young person’s development.  As an advocate for music education Rachel believes that access to a passionate music specialist is essential for young people, as is access to instruments, instruction and the opportunity to make music.  No young person should be denied this opportunity, regardless of circumstance or socioeconomic situations.


 

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Rick Windjack is KUC’s “PIT Stop” Co-ordinator.

PIT* Stop (*People In Transition) is a nutritious dinner at Kamloops United Church every Sunday afternoon year round and is mainly a volunteer driven program. The dinners are provided without charge.
To read more visit  //kamloopsunited.ca/pit-stop/
or visit our PIT Stop, Kamloops Facebook page.
To contact Rick by email:  pitstop@kamloopsunited.ca

 

 Bill L. Paul – HandyPerson/Custodian

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 aspiring artist studying 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.”


Mitchel Balmer – Part Time Custodian

Mitchel is a long time Kamloops resident. He has traveled with work to
other parts of BC and Alberta but always finds his way back home to the
beautiful city of Kamloops.

Mitchel has his Custodial Service Worker L1 Certification as well as his First Aid L1 and is glad to be moving into this line of work. He is excited to be here at Kamloops United Church and looks forward to strengthening the newfound relationships with its members and community.

As a younger brother to his older sister and with strong relations to both her and his mother, he adamantly believes in family values and the ties that bind them. He recently became an uncle and is vicariously learning the love, joy and exhaustion that a new person can bring to the world.

Mitchel’s work history has been varied and colourful. From acting in drama productions to constructing and laying pipe in the middle of Albertan winter and from being a manager at a restaurant to a warehouse worker. From volunteering at the local SPCA to the Children’s Art Festival, he assiduously enjoys utilizing all the knowledge and skills he’s acquired over the course of his career to bring a unique energy with him wherever he goes.

 

Terri Mindel – Cultural Safety Consultant (Short Term Contract)

Terri Mindel has been hired to work part-time this fall on contract as a Cultural Safety Consultant. KUC received a national United

Church grant to carry out this next step of our reconciliation plan that was begun with Ian McLean and continued with Alix Dolson.

Part of KUC’s reconciliation plan is to undergo a process of investigating and implementing cultural safety at the Church.  Cultural safety is a new term to many of us and we will have an opportunity to learn more about it this fall. The role of the Cultural Safety Consultant is to assess the Church’s operations and approach, and provide a report making specific recommendations on how cultural safety could be improved and implemented at KUC.

Terri is of First Nations descent from the Kutenai Nation.  She lives in Chase now, after living in the north for twenty five years, working with Aboriginal people. She is married and has six children and five grandchildren.  Terri is looking forward to meeting everyone and assisting KUC to continue to be a model for cultural safety and competency. We warmly welcome Terri to KUC!