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Fernando Esté,
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ferbabdo esteDrawing from various schools and spiritual traditions, Fernando Esté is a Christian mystic and a Truth-seeker with a life-long experience in activism and contemplative prayer. Fernando constantly dances between the Anglican and the Roman Catholic traditions, and is a Librarian, Zen and Dru Yoga practitioner who studies, writes, teaches, and shares the joy of living by facilitating and assisting individuals with finding their unique expression of spirituality and creativity. He is a recent Venezuelan American Canadian immigrant living in Vancouver, British Columbia, with Don, his partner of 15 years and Elvis, their beloved Chihuahua.
Drina Read,
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drina readDrina Read is a long-time Westender who has previously served on the Church Committee as an Alternate Synod Delegate. Drina has been involved in the community, marching in the Pride Parade for many years, running for MLA twice, and helping rescue wildlife. Drina is active on her union local executive, serving as Treasurer, and she is also a Shop Steward. Drina works for the provincial government where she jokingly lists her duties as “a lot of stapling and photocopying”.
For many years, Drina has pursued a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle because she believes that all creatures should be revered and, to that end, she wants to live a cruelty-free life. In addition, protecting the environment has been a focus. Drina likes the newest pillar of the Anglican Church of Canada which is to protect the creation.
In the past, Drina has studied languages, including French, Spanish, German and Russian. She enjoys cooking, especially converting traditional recipes to be vegan. Drina attended the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia. Drina has an interest in natural remedies.
Drina loves animals and she was involved in a rabbit rescue where hundreds of bunnies were rescued from UVic and transported to a sanctuary in Texas when no local shelters had room for them. Drina’s official position at the time was “bunny wrangler”. This contributed to her and Patty adopting two lovely furry black boys, Truffle and Brownie McGhee.
St. Paul’s Church has literally been a God-send. Drina and Patty learned about the church at an open house a few years ago and they have attended regularly since that time. Drina loves the services all year round and the various ministries and activities, such as the book club and movie night. Drina is very thankful for the blessings of being part of the St. Paul’s Church community.

Finance and Accounting

Treasurer: Robyn Brasell
Financial Assistants: Jack Wood, and John Vanderlee

Church Committee

   Chair:  The Rev. Jessica Schaap

   Secretary: Wade Richards

   At-Large: John Wilson, Sylvia Palmer, and Cameron Neat
   Synod Delegates: Linda Bourne and Craig Watson

   Alternate Synod Delegates: Wade Richards, Margaret Trim, and Doug Schmidt