Photo of GC43 newsroom team
GC43 newsroom team. Photo: The United Church of Canada

Meet Your Festival and GC43 News Team

Welcome to GC43! A communications crew will cover all activities and decisions related to the Festival of Faith and GC43 with Web, video, and social media stories. We also have a French media team reporting on egliseunie.ca and French social media.

Meet your media team:

Jim Cairney, Reporter

“As a veteran of numerous General Council meetings, one observes that each GC meeting develops its own personality and flavour. Every GC has a few holy ground moments—planned or serendipitous—that touch our hearts in profound ways.”

Kathryn Dorrell, Reporter

“I’m excited to take in the Festival experience, especially the workshops. I am also looking forward to meeting new people from across Canada and the world and hearing their perspectives on the future of the church.”

Chris Dumas, Creative services

“This will be my ninth General Council being a staff support to the newsroom team. Each of the Councils has been unique, with different themes and issues for its time. The one constant though has been the Spirit that is with us, supports us, and is part of all we do at council. I look forward to experiencing how the Spirit will move us at this council.”

Aaron Gallegos, Social media

“I am looking forward to helping amplify the experience of General Council through social media, so we can share that inspiring spirit with our United Church community all across the country.”

Bill Gillard, Web manager

“I’m looking forward to the opening worship and then morning worship each day, as well as the Iridesce Theatre Play.”

Rev. Lauren Hodgson, Video reporter

“I can’t wait to experience the energy and excitement as people from across the United Church and our partners come together to share stories, make decisions, and build community. I am especially honoured to be part of the communications team, getting to share that energy and excitement through video!”

Claudia Kutchukian, Editor

“I’m looking forward to my first General Council and trying to get some great photos to share with folks watching from home.”

Tilman Lewis, Editor

“I am looking forward to experiencing the church’s decision making first-hand.”

Julie McGonegal, Reporter/Editor, Mandate magazine

“I’m looking forward to participating in opportunities to further the work of right relations at the national level of the church, and to soaking in the worship and various forms of spiritual expression and exploration.”

Catherine Rodd, Newsroom coordinator/Media relations

“I’m eager to watch the new business process in action and the wonderful evening presentations that celebrate the church’s past and future.”

Owen Sheppard, Videographer

“I enjoy videoing and learning about all the work of the church.”

Stephanie Strachan, Reporter

“I’m looking forward to engaging with individuals first-hand as the future for the United Church begins to unfold.”

Peter Vinet, Video producer

“I’m passionate about telling the church’s stories in video.”

Caroline Watson, Social media

“I am looking forward to helping amplify the experience of General Council through social media, so we can share that inspiring spirit with our United Church community all across the country.”