Rev. Maya Landell

Lead Minister

maya(at)islingtonunited.org
416-239-1131 Ext. 223

Rev. Maya Landell has been the Lead Minister at Islington for the past 4 years. Maya is passionate about building community, creative worship and leadership that allows people to grow and thrive.

She is an avid reader, loves swimming and running, and is learning to knit. Maya lives with her husband Adam, seven-year-old daughter Norah, and beagle-basset hound Sophie.

Jason Locke

Minister of Music

jason(at)islingtonunited.org
416-239-1131 Ext. 226

James Aitchison

Pastoral Care Student Minister

james(at)islingtonunited.org
416-239-1131 Ext. 222

James joined the ministry team in September of 2017 and has seen his role gradually develop since then, now involving various ministries. Alongside pastoral visitation, James supports Sunday worship, daily meditation, Interfaith conversation, Anti-Racism work, and The Resonance Project, among other programs.

Graduating with a Masters of Divinity from Emmanuel College in May of 2021, James is excited about the journey ahead, though he remains committed to the spiritual practice of presence along the way. He has been fortunate to travel a lot and translates lessons from the road into his life and work.

Having grown up at IUC since he was ten years old, he is grateful to be learning more about ministry in a community he knows and loves. He is especially grateful for the incredible pastoral gifts of the community, who support one another with such compassion and generosity.

Randee Marquez

Communications Lead and Website Wrangler

communications(at)islingtonunited.org
416-358-0443

Randee has been on staff at Islington United since 2012.

Randee is a professional writer and editor, with expertise in communications and graphic design. Randee heads up print and digital communications at Islington United, from bookmarks and posters to tickets and websites. 

A published author, she has written and edited hundreds of publications, from books and brochures to wine labels and websites.

Randee learns daily from her two awesome children and husband, and loves hiking in nature, reading and salsa dancing. She has been a dedicated environmentalist for more than four decades, and can typically be found enjoying a cup of tea.

Cynthia Smithers

Children and Families Ministry Coordinator

cynthia(at)islingtonunited.org

Cynthia first came to Islington United in 2009 when she began a seven year tenure as the Alto soloist with the choir. She also worked briefly with the Junior and Youth Choirs prior to leaving Toronto to pursue other opportunities. In 2019, Cynthia returned as the Administrator to the Resonance Project, and later took over as the Youth Choir Director. 

In addition to her work with Islington United, Cynthia has enjoyed a fulfilling and diverse career on stage as an actor, singer and dancer. She has performed across North American and Europe with many reputable companies, such as The Stratford Festival, Opera Atelier, and The Salzburg Festival. Cynthia also enjoys teaching music and dance to both children and adults. 

Cynthia holds a Bachelor in Music History and Theory degree, and a Master of Musicology degree. She loves to play sports and can often be found retrieving baked goods from the oven. 

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Leslee Armstrong

Ministry Team Support

office(at)islingtonunited.org
416-239-1131 Ext. 230

Leslee is entering her seventh year on our staff team, juggling a variety of important daily administrative tasks.

A lifelong Toronto girl, Leslee brings many gifts to this team of front-line ministry, benevolence response, database management, flexibility and creativity.

Leslee is passionate about creating a world that is affirming, inclusive with lots of room to grow.

A life-time dancer and former dance instructor, Leslee encourages all of us to be on the move.

When she isn’t caring for this church family, or her own family she can be found enjoying a good novel, watching a great film, or savouring French cuisine and chocolate cake.

Laurie Lyle

Manager of Operations

operations(at)islingtonunited.org
416-239-1131 Ext. 225

Laurie joined the team at Islington in September 2020. She has more than 30 years working in the non-profit sector, including at Retail Council of Canada, York University Sport & Recreation, and Ontario Colleges Athletic Association.

For the past 12 years, Laurie has been a full-time volunteer serving on four boards, including two years as president at both the Kiwanis Club of Toronto and the Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs. She also volunteers at Humbercrest Public School and the Baby Point Club.

Her extensive management experience encompasses financial controls, database development, project management, marketing and sponsorship, volunteer engagement, strategic planning, and leading teams.

Raised in Manitoba, Laurie moved to Toronto in 1988. She lives in the local community with her two sons. Laurie is resourceful, diversity aware, and passionate about her work. She is also dedicated to community service, is a huge sports enthusiast, and loves to dance.

Lorraine

Administrative Assistant

finance(at)islingtonunited.org
416-239-1131 Ext. 221

Lorraine is an active member of the congregation and assists in the office. She has a passion for gardening.

Worku Gebrekidan

Facilities Staff

facilities(at)islingtonunited.org
416-239-1131 Ext. 227

Worku has worked in the facilities office at Islington United for more than 25 years. He immigrated to Canada from Ethiopia in 1993. He is married with two sons and lives in downtown Toronto. Worku enjoys reading and is an active member at Saint Mary and Teklehaimanot Orthodox Church.