Our Team

We are a small Fellowship held together by the efforts of numerous volunteers who are supported in their work by the following staff:

Sarah Mae Baxter, Programs and Administration CoordinatorSarah Baxter

Sarah is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who brings her knowledge of congregational life along with her passion for writing and communications to her role keeping us organized and up to date from the Fellowship Office. She aims to coordinate inspiring programming through our Adult Religious Exploration.

Joe McDonald, Music Director & Pianist

Joe McDonald recently graduated from uOttawa with a B.Mus. degree in piano performance. He’s been studying piano from an early age, and is experienced in accompanying soloists and choral groups. He will be joining us as our regular accompanist on 2-3 Sundays per month, in addition to scheduling singing rehearsals. His striking talent and experience have added another whole dimension to our singing sessions. To quote Joe himself – “Music is my life and what I love, and I want to pass that on to others!”

Rev. Ellen Bell, Pastoral Care Visitor

Ellen BellEllen was born and raised in Montreal. With a totally unchurched background, she, by chance, over twenty years ago, came to a service at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa and became active in the congregation. In 2000, she was hired as the Spiritual Care Visitor and since February 2010 has held the position of Pastoral Care Visitor for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa. Ellen is also working part-time as a multi-faith chaplain at the Queensway-Carleton hospital. In addition, she has a small private practice in counseling. In May 2012, Ellen graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Ellen was ordained on May 7th 2017, at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa.

Rev. Fred Cappuccino, Minister Emeritus

Fred CappuccinoThe Rev. Fred Cappuccino is Minister Emeritus of Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Montreal and of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa. He and his wife Bonnie, who founded Child Haven International in 1985 and continue to run the organization today, received the Order of Canada in 1996.