Staff and Leadership

Beth Hayward

Lead Minister

As our Minister, Beth brings to the community a warm heart, deep curiosity in others and an infectious down-to-earth nature. Beth makes time for people and space for the big questions with which we all wrestle. She thrives on the multi-generational nature of our community, offering space and a listening ear to seekers of every age. Whether leading worship, visiting those in crisis or managing administrative duties Beth brings to her ministry a deep sense of the sacredness of each moment and a commitment to be authentic on the way.

Beth has been Minister with us since July 2012. A graduate of the Atlantic School of Theology, she was ordained in the Maritimes in 2000. Her first posting was to a church with six congregations in rural Newfoundland. Since then she has served two churches and an outreach ministry in Ontario. Beth offers a breadth of experience in: preaching, pastoral care, faith formation for all ages, administration, writing, curriculum development and designing programs for youth at risk. She comes to us most recently from Trinity United in Kitsilano.

Beth is mom to Leah and Anna and married to Steven Chambers, also a United Church minister.

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Lonnie Delisle

Director of Music

Lonnie Delisle is a seasoned music director, performer and conductor and has enjoyed leading projects with many celebrated musicians all over the world.
Along with directing music at CMUC, he is the Music Director of the Universal Gospel Choir, Music Director of the PALS Chorus and Artistic Director of the Delisle Vocal Project. Lonnie also takes on a variety of music director, tenor soloist, keyboardist and choir/voice coaching roles for live and studio productions.

Lonnie’s formal training includes a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Western Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Trinity Western University.


Tama Ward

Minister of Children, Youth & Families

Finding meaningful points of entry into the biblical story for children and youth is a vocational pursuit for Tama. She believes that the stories of the Bible, at their best, can lay the course for a deeply engaging and lifelong spiritual path. She has an MDiv from McMaster University in Ontario and has previously worked with Baptists, Catholics, Muslims and First Nations and in Ontario, BC, Mexico and Kenya exploring the value of sacred stories and sharing those stories across faith and cultural traditions. She founded the story guild method, a program that combines the energy, capacity for belief, and artistry of children and youth with the cultural, visual and performing arts to embody and tell stories of faith.

When Tama is not dabbling in sacred stories you’re likely to find her milking cows at a dairy farm in Pitt Meadows or writing creative non-fiction and memoir in a coffee shop on Main St.

She lives with her partner, Loren, and their teenaged children, Abigail and Oliver, in East Vancouver.


Joseph Kyser

Minister of Community Life

As a lifelong member of the Church, Joseph has sought to combine his interests of education and Christianity together through his studies, leadership, and community participation. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Science in Educational Technology from the University of Central Missouri, as well as a Master of Divinity from Boston University. Currently, he is completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of British Columbia. 

Joseph brings an energetic passion for living intentionally in a faith community. Previously, he has served two congregations as an associate minister, and has worked to promote equal rights for the queer community within religious settings. He oversees the lay ministries and programming at CMUC, and works to ensure all congregants feel welcomed and valued in the life of our community.



Marion Allaart

Wedding Director

Marion is the person to call to arrange a wedding date or to work out answers to questions you might have about wedding planning. As she works largely from home it is best to send her an email or leave a message at her home number. She will get back to you promptly. Marion is available to meet with wedding couples every other Tuesday evening at 6pm for a site tour (by appointment only), and from time to time at other prearranged times. Have a look at the Weddings page for more information.


Mary Toth

Director of Early Childhood Faith Formation

Mary has been a part of the Children, Youth & Families team since February 2017, working with our youngest members. A certified Godly Play facilitator, she loves to wonder with the children about how the stories of our tradition speak to each child.

When not with the children at CMUC, Mary is teaching Roots of Empathy in a local school, coaching people to create lives that align with their values, or enjoying time with her own family. She’s passionate about peaceful parenting, mindfulness meditation, and the science of happiness.


Clarissa George

Nursery Supervisor

Clarissa is originally from South Africa, where she was a preschool teacher for 2- and 3-year-olds. Herself a mom of two small children, she enjoys working with the youngest churchgoers and their caregivers each Sunday.

Denis Drapeau

Office Administrator

Denis started with us as Rentals Coordinator and is now in the crucial role of Office Administrator. Denis has a diverse background, spanning child & youth work to studies in biotechnology. Before joining CMUC, he had worked as an Administrator for Fast Response Fire Protection Systems Inc., and worked extensively as a High Needs Education Assistant for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. He has a passion for social justice, the sciences, and art – and brings that passion into creating a welcoming and customer service-oriented atmosphere.

In addition to managing the front office of the Centre for Peace, Denis is also the primary contact regarding facility rentals and event collaboration.


Heather Evens

Communications and Administrative Assistant

Heather has a keen interest in all things related to social justice and sustainability, has a passion for creating effective communications and processes, and generally enjoys the simple things in life. Her past work in various industries has taken her on a journey through five countries, and has ultimately lead her to this position at CMUC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and law, and among other subjects, has studied human resources, business communications, public relations, and four languages.

Heather coordinates the communications for our programs, and provides administrative assistance to the ministerial team. She manages our website and social media, and works closely with the ministers to create our media for Sunday mornings.



Board of Directors

The board discerns values and priorities for Canadian Memorial by listening to the ownership. This rotating nine-member team oversees and inspires the work of the congregation, meeting monthly with the minister in their role as spiritual elders.

Our current Board members are: Duncan Etches (Chair), Karen Vanderheyden (Vice-Chair), Tom Schaeferle (Treasurer), Linda Denham (Secretary), Helen Beltramello, Michelle Cobban, Beth Hayward, Jen Kelly, Heather Olson, Gabriel Viehweger.


Ministry and Personnel Committee

The Ministry and Personnel Committee (M&P) is a confidential standing committee reporting to the Board. Its role is to support communication between the congregation, minister, and staff, and generally work to resolve conflict at the earliest possible stage. It oversees personnel matters, makes salary recommendations, welcomes enquiries and treats concerns in confidence


We’re hiring!

UPDATE JULY 1: We are happy to announce that we have found our new Office Administrator. Thank you to everyone who applied for this position.

Our inclusive, progressive community is looking for a superstar Office Administrator for the non-ministry functions of our church and busy rental facility. The Office Administrator is both the face of our community to the public and the nexus for our ministry staff and congregants.

The role is ideal for a go-to type of person (the anticipator, detail-watcher, and systematiser) used to working in an open office environment keeping everything running smoothly. If you have experience in administration, operations, office management, hospitality and/or events management, this position might suit you.

We hope our new Office Administrator can begin two weeks’ training on July 15 to ensure a smooth transition when the incumbent leaves on August 2.

Read all about the opportunity HERE.

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