Unitarian Shelter in the News

As the snow is falling outside again today on January 10th in Nanaimo, lit is comforting to know that 25 of Nanaimo’s homeless people will have a warm bed and a meal for the night at the Unitarian Shelter.  It is also comforting to know that this service is appreciated by the Nanaimo community as a couple of recent articles in the Nanaimo News Bulletin testify.



In the Spirit of Christmas

A big thank you to Evan and Marina, the owners of Marinas Taverna on Terminal Avenue, for donating dinner for 17 and hosting a Christmas party for the staff and volunteers of the Unitarian Shelter at their restaurant. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was welcoming and a good time was had by all!

The Unitarian Shelter has been initiated by the First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo.  For the past 8 years, men and women (and their pets) found shelter, a hot meal and clean clothes at the shelter.


l to r. Evan and Marina, owners of Marinas Taverna and Marla Thorburn, Executive Director of the Unitarian Winter Shelter

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities to be celebrated on December 3rd.  

Spearheaded by Rev. Helen McFadyen, M.Div., Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kamloops. BC., we have been invited to participate in this year’s special media project.  Please have a look at our very own members with disabilities shining in this video.  Fufon was one of a dozen congregations in Canada to participate in this project.


Unitarian Shelter News

Our very own Marla Thorburn, newly appointed Unitarian Shelter Interim Executive Director, and Shelter Coordinator Kevan Griffith recently appeared before the Nanaimo City Council to apply for urgently needed funding for the continued operation of our shelter in the coming winter.  Please watch the city council proceedings (start at count 2:20) http://www.nanaimo.ca/meetings/VideoPlayer/Index/SOC161024V?start=8461

Getting Ready for the New Program Year

All good things have to come to an end.  And so it is with the beautiful pom-pom decoration that adorned our hall for several months.  It was created by our children under the loving leadership of our Children’s Religious Education staff as part of our effort to graduate to the Welcoming Congregation designation.  We now proudly display the accreditation at the entrance to our building.

Rumor has it that the children will work on a new project this fall.  Stay tuned.

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our children made this pom-pom decoration in beautiful rainbow colours

Theme Based Ministry is continuing

This popular series, introduced by our previous minister, Rev. Samaya, is continuing in the upcoming program year 2016-17.  Please check out the different themes that will be presented under the What We Do tab.

We are a Welcoming Congregation!

welcoming congregation combo

Having completed a year long program designed for Unitarian congregations wanting to become more inclusive towards Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian and Transgender people, our fellowship voted unanimously to be an official Welcoming Congregation.

President Joyce Hedges, Rev. Samaya Oakley and LGBTQ chair Julie Rogers presented the certificate authorized by the Canadian Unitarian Council at the fellowship’s general meeting June 19, 2016.