Unity Victoria Board of Directors
Yavhel Velazquez, Board Chair
It is an honour and a blessing to serve as Unity Victoria Board Chair. The Spiritual Masters throughout the ages have always shown by example, and their examples of selfless service have brought more Light and Love into the world. Serving on this Board is a special opportunity for personal transformation, and Love in my life has deepened in so many ways – more than I had ever imagined. My first experience at Unity was in 2009, as I was searching for a place where I could explore my Truth seeking journey. Currently, apart from Board Chair, I am part of the Core Team overseeing Membership Engagement, participate in the Children’s program, form part of the Platform Assistant Team, occasionally lead Meditation Group, assist with New Membership classes, and have contributed to the Music program and regularly perform vocally at Sunday Service. I have also assisted with Non-Violent Communication classes. I am inspired, challenged, invited to love and love more with every opportunity that this spiritual community offers me and those around us. Praise God.
Shannon MacGregor, Vice-Chair
I jointed Unity Victoria in 2008 after exploring many New Thought communities. Unity is my home because of its foundational structure & infectious love. I was so inspired & eager to learn about Unity, that I joint the Ushers/Greeters team immediately. It was not long after, that I was invited to be an Ambassador, then lead the Ambassadors team, and join the Board. I was secretary on the Board for 4 yrs. I will now finish my last term on the Board as Vice-Chair, serve as a Platform Assistant, and still lead the Ambassadors team. As my interests and involvement with this community grows, so does my desire to support the rich potential Unity Victoria has to offer.
These positions come naturally to me, as my passion for connection and values in relationships stem from my work as a Transpersonal Counsellor & Life Coach. In my spare time, I'm an active mom of a 22 yr old son, I'm often renovating parts of my 1933 house, and I enjoy extreme sports, backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, yoga, fitness, health & travel.
Brenda Osadchy, Treasurer
Walking through the doors of Unity Victoria in November 2012 was like coming “home” --- my new “spiritual home” that is. I had been searching for a new “spiritual home” since moving to Victoria in November of 2011. As a newly semi-retired teacher, I had the time and inward yearning to look more closely at my spiritual self. I immediately started taking classes; Love at the Core was one of many transformational classes that have fed my soul and urgings for spiritual growth. Non-violent Communication, Byron Katie’s “The Work”, membership classes, and Wednesday morning book discussions have all led to a new me--- one that honours and celebrates Spirit within. I just recently completed The Quest, a year-long journey of immense self-reflection, and one of the most life-changing classes to date.
In 2014 I became a member of Unity Victoria’s board; it is an honour to serve as your Board Treasurer. I feel truly blessed to be working with such a loving, committed board.
Mary Kendrew, Recording Secretary
When, 4 years ago, after many years of seeking, I found Unity Victoria, It felt like coming home to the Truth I have always sought.
I have served on the Gifting Committee for the last three years and am now Recording Secretary on the Board. Unity Victoria has been a place of growth, self-acceptance, learning and a lot of joy for me. The Children’s programme continues to be a source of joy for my grandson Gus. The process of deepening my conscious connection with, spirit is on-going for me through NVC, The Work, The Quest , attending the Prayer Experience at Unity Village this September and through courses on Unity Metaphysics. I feel supported by this community as I also strive to part of that support that we offer each other to fulfill our Divine Purpose.
I continue to take Unity courses as they are offered. I am a dedicated gardener, and enjoy the many nature experiences available year round in Victoria, especially mushrooming in the fall.
Dan Lutley, Member at Large
I have been attending Unity for 7 years (a member for 6). I am currently semi-retired from electrical engineering at Motorola. I now consult on electrical subsystems on yachts.
In 2009 I needed help with my spiritual path and Unity fit that need nicely. The best thing for me at Unity has been Insight Meditation. My favourite thing to do is drop everything and go sailing.