Our Minister and Staff
Rev. Debra Thorne became our Fellowship minister in August 2019. Rev. Debra brings compassion and spiritual leadership to fellowship life and a strong commitment to social justice work, as well as action on environmental issues. She offers to our congregation her passion for building spiritually deep and meaningful community, her zest for life, and her creative and thoughtful message of human dignity and hope in hard times. Please visit our Minister’s Page to find our more.
Sibyl Birrell comes to our Fellowship with an impressive list of credentials, including an MEd in religious education, and an extensive background in education as both teacher and school administrator. Sibyl is passionate about religious education and social justice, and says she was attracted to working with us because of our Unitarian values of inclusion and community. Please visit our Children’s Religious Education page to find out more.
Leah Hokanson has been our music director since 2009. She also directs the Gabriola Song Keepers Women’s Choir, and the Nanaimo Life Journey Singers. She freelances as a pianist and vocalist and enjoys collaborating with other musicians. She also enjoys teaching and has developed and taught workshops in sight singing for adults and vocal improvisation. She would love to speak with you about musical life at the fellowship.
Lise Smith is our office administrator. As well as an active member. She is the heart of the fellowship and is responsible for such things as maintaining the fellowship files, interacting with the public, and coordinating hall and room rentals.