The Rev’d Ian M. LaFleur, a graduate of Trinity College, is the son of The Rev’d Vernon and Mrs. Stella LaFleur, husband to Lorraine, father to Candice (Leonard), Dion, Alayna and Alex and, Grandpa or Baha to Nathan and Nila.
A teacher in early life, he has been an entrepreneur and business leader with experience in hospitality, telecommunications and pharmaceutical marketing.
Baptized Anglican, Ian served as an Altar Boy (All Saints, New Amsterdam, Guyana); a licensed Lay Reader (Parish of Coldwater Medonte); a Chorister and Warden (Parish of St Matthew’s, Islington); NCD team member and Chorister (Parish of St James the Apostle, Sharon).
As a Seminarian, he interned at the Philip Aziz Centre; St Matthew’s, Islington; St Paul’s, Bloor St; Toronto Urban Native Ministry; St Matthias, Coldwater; All Saints, Sherbourne St Community Centre; and St James the Apostle, Sharon.
As Deacon, he served at Holy Trinity, Thornhill and, Assistant Curate, at St Andrew’s Scarborough.
He is an avid gardener under Lorraine’s direction, interested in Christian mysticism, dabbles in photography, loves music, and is passionate about Jesus and children.
The Reverend Ian LaFleur began his ministry with St. Cuthbert’s on October 1, 2015.
Gary Forbes holds a Bachelors of Music from Brock University and an A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music, having studied Piano with Dr. Karin DiBella, Dr. Christopher Foley, and Mr. Peter Longworth, and Pipe Organ with Prof. Lesley Kingham. Gary is presently pursuing a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano under the direction of Prof. Stephen Philcox at the University of Toronto.
Gary works as a private piano teacher in Toronto and Oakville. Most recently he served as Staff Accompaty, accompanying the choral music program on the piano and organ, while actively working as a freelance collaborative pianist at Brock and McMaster Universities, and throughout Southern Ontario. Gary previounist at Brock Universsly worked as Music Director for a number of amateur and professional theatre companies in the Niagara Region, and performed as an accompanist with The Niagara Men’s Chorus, Choralis Camerata, The Niagara Children’s Chorus, The Shaw Festival Theatre, and Niagara Symphony.
Gary joined St. Cutbert’s as our Music Director in August, 2015.
Maureen is an avid storyteller. Her love for stories led her to leave her birth country Nigeria, as a teenager, to pursue a degree in communications and professional writing at York University and subsequently, a career in journalism. But she wasn’t satisfied. A life-long Christian, she found that there is a greater and more encompassing story to discover and tell in the story of God’s salvation, especially as it relates to our everyday life.
In her quest to combine her profound love for the Gospel of salvation and her passion for storytelling, Maureen found herself working with the Salvation Army, first in the editorial department and afterwards, also supporting Church ministry and social services programs. Being involved in ministry programs that included coordinating the Bible Correspondence Course, seating on the Immigration and refugee Services Committee and teaching Bible stories to kids at Vacation Bible School, Maureen decided to officially answer God’s call to a vocation in ministry and completed a Masters of Theological Studies in Urban and International Development at Wycliffe College.
While completing her studies at Wycliffe, she had the opportunity to serve at the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) as an intern; there she assisted the JustGeneration.ca (PWRDF’s Youth Initiative), Public Engagement and Communications departments. Since completing her theological studies degree in 2013, she has worked in social service and children’s ministry in Toronto. Maureen is excited about imparting her love for the gospel and community ministry with the families of St. Cuthbert’s. She cares about coming alongside the younger generation as they share in God’s great story.
A life-long learner, Maureen is pursuing further graduate studies at Wycliffe. When she is not sharing aspects of the story of God with the children and youth of St. Cuthbert’s or in a research paper, Maureen also enjoys trying out the different cultural restaurants in Toronto with friends, engaging in stimulating conversations, travelling, watching period dramas or curling up with a good book.
Heather Conolly, Property and Welcome Chair