Our Administrator: Julie Golick

Julie has worked as administrator with a number of non-profit organizations, including Fertility Matters Canada, as well as having worked for McGill University as a curriculum administrator, and as an editor and writing tutor. She has a Masters of Arts in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto and a BA with Great Distinction from Concordia University.

Julie is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, which focuses on the recreation of life and culture in the Middle Ages. Julie brings us excellent skills in administration, new technology, and organization. Contact office@ucmtl.ca.

Our Director of Religious Exploration: Katharine Childs

Katharine comes to us with many wonderful skills. She is comfortably bilingual, speaking and writing in both English and French, and she has spent years working in non-profit administration, training employees, and recruiting and coordinating volunteers. She has been a director of church summer camp programs, has training in theatre, and has worked with children in theatre.

Katharine has been an active member of our community, volunteering in the RE program and in worship, providing support for congregational gatherings, and setting up a knitting ministry. She was recently trained in the Our Whole Lives UU human sexuality program for children and youth.

Katharine graduated from Concordia University with a double major in theatre and political science and a minor in theology. She is an avid knitter and storyteller who is passionate about Unitarian Universalism. She is also the proud mother of Thora. Contact dre@ucmtl.ca

Our Director of Music: Sandra Hunt


Sandra Hunt, our Director of Music, hails from Edmonton, where she obtained her Master of Music degree before pursuing advanced studies in Europe. Currently, Sandra teaches and performs in the Montreal area, where she has worked for McGill University, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and the CBC, in addition to touring with soprano Kerry-Anna Kutz across Canada and the United States. At the Unitarian Church and elsewhere, Sandra frequently performs with her husband, MSO cellist Gary Russell. Following in their parents' musical footsteps, Matthew and Vanessa Hunt-Russell also delight us, from time to time, with selections for voice, cello, piano and trombone.

Reveling in the openness of this Unitarian congregation to different kinds of music, Sandra inspires her Sunday listeners with piano music ranging from the classical repertoire to the plainest of chants, from jazz to the avant-garde.

Sandra has arranged a liaison with the McGill Faculty of Music, whose students now perform at a piano concert after our monthly Mid-Day Meal With Music. The Music Committee meets monthly with Sandra to help her achieve her ambitious musical aims for the congregation. Contact music@ucmtl.ca

Our Song Leader and Choir Director: Maider Martineau

Maider Martineau

Maider comes to us with a wealth of musical experience in vocal technique, conducting choirs and vocal workshops in classical, popular and Basque traditional song. She has completed a Masters in Music at the Université Laval, training in instrumental education, song, Quebecois accordion, jazz piano and percussion.

Originally from Pays-Basque, Maider also holds degrees from the Conservatory of Toulouse and L'Institut Supérieur des Arts de Toulouse, France, where she studied song, the Basque accordion and alboka (a single reed instrument), and got her degree for electroacoustic music composition. She says that she developed her passion for singing while growing up in the Basque culture where singing is a regular part of life. "At dinner, everyone sings!" Contact Maider.

Our Building Manager: Mike Spence

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Mike Spence joined our team in October, 2014 as the new Building Manager. He's yet another transplanted Manitoban who has called Montreal home for the last 20 years. Being self employed as a landscaper during the warmer months and doing renovations during the winter for the last 16 years, Mike's become a valuable asset to us here at UCM, doing a lot of the work that we used to contract out to others.

As well as the general maintenance of the building, he's been able to handle scheduling and rental bookings in order to relieve some pressure from our office manager's never ending "to do" list.

In his own words," I thoroughly enjoy coming to work everyday,seeing all of the different people and plan on retiring here !" We look forward to it too! Contact rentals@ucmtl.ca.