Council Chairperson, Nancy Cho, grew up in the United Church, first at St Giles then Shaughnessy Heights since 2001. From teaching Sunday school to taking part in CGIT (as a child/teen), choir, Evolve and providing outreach to Hazelton/Gitsegukla, Nancy has been an active lay leader. As Council chair, she spearheaded the Wise Women’s group, dedicated to fostering congregational life and fundraising.
In her professional life, Nancy works at Vancouver Coastal Health as the Professional Practice Lead for physical therapy, overseeing 400 physiotherapists in the Lower Mainland. She is a clinical associate professor in the UBC Department of Physical Therapy and has volunteered on national licensing exam development with the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators and is past advisor with the Nurse Practitioners’ exam committee.
Nancy has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in Health Care Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Medicine (dual trained in physiotherapy and occupational therapy) from UBC.
Organist and Minister of Music, Roy holds a bachelor of arts in religious studies and a bachelor of music in performance from Acadia University where he began his studies with Friedrich Gmeiner. Under the auspices of the Canada Council he studied with Anton Heiller at the International Summer Organ Academy in Holland, followed by studies at Concordia University with Bernard Lagacé. He was assistant organist to both Wayne Riddell and Patrick Wedd at Montréal’s prestigious Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul and has performed with l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and l’Opéra de Montréal. Roy has given recitals in Canada, Japan, Germany and the UK. He is a founding member of the Shaughnessy Heights Music School where he maintains an active teaching studio, accompanies the SHUC Sanctuary Choir.
Contact Information: 604-261-6377, extension 204.
As SHUC Administrator, Janet oversees the efficient and effective daily operation and organization of the church, including office and facilities management; human resources and accounting services. Mondays and Tuesday afternoons are the best time to find Janet at SHUC.
Contact Information: 604-261-6377, extension 203.
Derya Whaley-Kalaora is the COPA Assistant (Nina Matthew’s helper) for Shaughnessy Heights United Church. Longtime congregation member and employee, Derya is happy to be continuing to work in the community in which she grew up. After working for 3 years as a custodian (Front Desk Host), she continues to provide a warm welcome to friends and newcomers who phone or visit SHUC during the week as the COPA Assistant. She is responsible for organizing volunteers for Sunday Morning Worship, making the PowerPoint slides, and managing the church’s social media and website. You can find Derya at the reception desk on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-2pm.
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Rev. Jay Olson – Interim Minister
The Rev. Jay Olson officially joined the ministry team at Shaughnessy Heights United Church on July 1st 2017 as the Interim Minister.
Jay graduated from the Vancouver School of Theology M.Div. program in 1986 and was ordained to Ministry of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care in 1987 at a B.C. Conference meeting of the United Church of Canada. She has served congregations and presbyteries in B.C., Alaska, Nevada and California. Jay believes that as followers of Jesus we are called to co-create with God a better world. Jay celebrates Shaughnessy’s commitment to doing so by growing ministries that promote informed and committed discipleship, reconciliation, wellness and joy. She is excited about the clarity of vision and identity that is re-emerging at Shaughnessy.
Contact information: 604-261-6377 extension 205.
Dr. Ramona Luengen
Choir Director and Composer, Dr. Ramona Luengen has had her works performed and recorded in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Her music has been broadcast on CBC, BBC, WDR (Germany), and the national radio stations of Denmark, Hungary, The Netherlands, Sweden, and Spain. She has written more than 40 choral works, most of them commissioned by Canada’s finest choirs. Ramona’s Piano Concerto was premièred by Jane Coop and the CBC Radio Orchestra in 2006 and her opera for young audiences, based on the Joy Kogawa novel Naomi’s Road, has been performed more than 150 times in Canada and the United States. Naomi’s Road was the Vancouver Opera’s touring production in 2012-2013 and Stabat Mater for mezzo-soprano solo, women’s choir and orchestra, was awarded Outstanding-Choral-Event-of-the-Year by the Canadian Association of Choral Conductors. A sessional lecturer for 12 years (1995-2007), Ramona taught a variety of courses in composition, counterpoint, theory, choir and 20th century music appreciation at both UBC and SFU. She has been conductor of the Shaughnessy Heights United Church Sanctuary Choir since 2004 and the Amabilis Singers since 2006. Until recently, she was the Artistic Director of the award-winning Phoenix Chamber Choir, a role she held for 17 years. Learn more about Ramona at www.ramonaluengen.com.
Contact Information: 604-437-9200
This vital role of Congregation Office and Program Assistant is staffed by congregation member and experienced non-profit manager Nina Matthews. She supports ministry staff, lay leaders and volunteers in the smooth operation of the church. Providing a warm welcome to friends and newcomers who phone or visit SHUC during the week, she supports programs on Sunday morning and Tuesday evening – our busiest gathering times as a congregation. This role coordinates the facility booking calendar for church events and to provide affordable rental space for dozens of community groups that use our busy church. The office is open Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
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