Florence Ballard,
Administrative Manager

Florence 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.

Rev. Dr. Michael Caveney, Minister
Dr. Michael Caveney came to our congregation this September.  Michael’s primary interests in congregational leadership are in the areas of worship and visitation. He enjoys planning and leading us in our weekly Sunday 10 am services as well as leading various spiritual programs. Michael loves to visit and share in the life of our congregation.

Michael has moved to Kamloops 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.


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


Janna De Witte – Office Support Staff

Janna has a diverse range of work and volunteer experiences that she hopes will be a great fit for the office support position at the Kamloops United Church.  She has been a resident of Kamloops for over 25 years, is married and has raised 3 boys here.  She has been actively involved in her children’s lives through being a member of Parent Advisory Councils, as a member of Scouts and now supports them as they take on the challenges of downhill mountain bike racing and snowboarding.

Janna is very happy to be on the Kamloops United Church office team. 


Chris Dolson – 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.


Cindy Darwin, KUC Music Director

Music appreciation, education, and performance have helped define Cindy’s life for as far back as she can remember. She grew up in a musical family, taught piano and choir from the age of 12, and has diversified and expanded her musical experience and skills over the last several decades. While living in BC, Alberta, and Quebec, she earned her living providing piano-vocal ambiance at community events, private functions, restaurants, and piano bars. In addition, for the past 25+ years, as a certified B.C. teacher, Cindy has led church and community choirs, taught piano and voice, and designed elementary and high school music courses. Cindy has an M.Ed. (Counselling) and shares a private counselling practice with her partner, David. She feels honoured to serve as KUC’s part-time music director, and attends church with David and their three young-adult sons.
Cindy sincerely hopes that her twin passions for meaningful music and relationships, as demonstrated in her work at KUC, will contribute to an ever-deepening experience and expression of love for God and neighbor that reaches beyond our church
doors.
An Invitation ~ If you can sing in tune, are interested in being part of a well-blended vocal team, and are open to deepening your current sense of connection to God as a KUC musician, we invite you to join us for weekly Folk of Note choir rehearsals. We meet on Thursdays, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., and Sundays, from 9:10 to 9:40 a.m., from September to June. Also, if you are an experienced instrumentalist with a strong sense of rhythm and the ability to play by note and ear, and you’d be interested in being part of a worship music band that occasionally helps lead worship on Sunday mornings, please talk to me in person, or contact me through the church office.

Bill L. Paul – Handy Person/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.”


 

Brad Ellison
– Casual Custodian
Brad Ellison joins Kamloops United as a Casual custodian.
Brad also works at the Y and is very glad to be at KUC.

                     

Dawn Brodie

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.

Image: D.Strong