Board of Directors
Each year in April, half of the Board of Directors is elected for a two-year term starting at the end of the Annual General Meeting held in the third week of June. In even years, the President, Secretary and one Director are elected; in odd years, the Vice President, Treasurer and one Director.
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President: SUSAN CZARNOCKI
Susan discovered UUs while at the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. When she and her husband, Bohdan, moved to Lachine in 1991, they learned about Lakeshore UU Congregation, and eventually joined. Bohdan designed the “flaming chalice sailboat” that is the Lakeshore logo. Susan has served in a number of positions on the Board. She is focused on bringing the UU message of radical inclusiveness and respect for the web of life to a beleagured and fearful world.
Vice-President: PAUL SULLIVAN
Paul is a longtime member of the Lakeshore Congregation. Born a Universalist in upstate New York, he continued his membership with the Church of the Larger Fellowship as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile. He joined the west island congregation over 30 years ago and has served in several capacities as he believes that people in this community and in the world at large are looking for a home to share their feelings about justice and equality.
Treasurer: CHRISTOPHER THOMSON
Christopher Thomson, a Scottish-born néo-Québécois, has been an off-and-on Unitarian since high school in the 1960s in Rochester, New York. He has been a resident of Québec since 1970 (Lachine since 1987) and active in the Lakeshore UU Congregation since 2014. He particularly appreciates the strong sense of fellowship that this lay-led Congregation offers.
Secretary: SHEILA LAURSEN
Sheila had discovered the Unitarian Church in Ottawa, and was delighted to find one in her new Pointe Claire neighbourhood when she and her husband moved to Montreal. She joined the Lakeshore Unitarians in 1973 and has served in several capacities over the years, including Hawaiian Bazaar Coordinator, RE Director, Admin Secretary, and every Board position at least once. She served as Board member and President of the St. Lawrence UU District when that was bi-national, and participated in the process of the Canadian Unitarian Council’s deliberations and evolution to its current national structure and status. Having found her spiritual and activist “home” as a UU, Sheila particularly appreciates the broad involvement and leadership development both found and promoted in the Lakeshore UU Congregation.
Director A: ROB LUTES
Rob Lutes is a Maritimer who has brought his award-winning singer-song-writer skills to Montreal. He and his wife Monique Riedel have two children and the whole family plays a large role in the Lakeshore UU community.
Director B: TIMOTHY BYRNES
Timothy Byrnes is an US-born entrepreneur managing a business specialized in international parcel delivery. He and his partner Gaetane Parent have been active in the Congregation since 2016.