is the Pastor of Outreach at St. Stephen’s, Maple.
Karen has an undergraduate degree from St. Michael’s College, at the University of Toronto, a graduate degree in Pastoral Ministry and Theology from St. Paul University in Ottawa, and a Diploma in Horticulture with a speciality in Landscape Design and Therapeutic Horticulture from the University of Guelph. As well, Karen has training in Spiritual Direction. She is the first to admit that the more she learns, the more she realizes how little she knows!
Karen lived in Alberta for several years, working as a Lay chaplain at St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta, and as a Coordinator of Youth Ministry for the Archdiocese of Edmonton. She also lived in a remote Cree community in Northern Manitoba, finding herself forever changed by the kindness of the people there.
She is passionate about nature and the outdoors – being constantly amazed and humbled when in the presence of God’s holy work. As much as she loves winter, Karen can’t wait until the ground begins to thaw so she can get back to work on St. Stephen’s Community Garden, nurturing a sacred space outdoors, for all to share. One of the things she loves best is being entrusted with another’s life story, particularly as it relates to their own faith journey with God.
She currently lives in Newmarket, managing her own business in Therapeutic Horticulture, and hanging out with the best dog in the world! (Apologies to Harriet!) She admits to a life-long search to find the perfect Chocolate Chip cookie recipe.