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 Coordinator
Sarah 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. While she is away on leave for the duration of 2020, Administration is being handled by Allison Armstrong.

Allison Armstrong, Zoom Coordinator

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Allison Armstrong – Photo by Catherine Purdie

Allison Armstrong is a polytheist and animist, a poet, and a woman of all trades. She brings her video/audio editing skills to the table and helps the Worship Cluster get UUFO’s online services out every Sunday over Zoom. Despite a background in performing, event coordination, and religious studies, she did not see that one coming. She believes that holiness is everywhere – even in a web cam – and that there’s always something new to learn.

Farzana Baluchzada, Children’s Religious Educator

Farzana is a professional Early Childhood Educator with more than 12 years’ experience in this field, and during the week she runs the ALSO daycare centre, right at the end of our hallway. Since joining our RE team in September 2020, Farzana has established an open and warm relationship with our RE families and classroom volunteers.


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. Fred Cappuccino, Minister Emeritus

Fred Cappuccino

The 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.

E.N. Hill, Intern Minister

E.N. Hill is a veteran, a scholar, an activist, and a minister. They have over 13 years of professional management experience and 8 years of ministerial leadership training. In 2016, E.N. separated honorably from the military to pursue full-time theological education at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA. In the Spring of 2020, they will graduate with a Masters of Divinity in Unitarian Universalist ministry.
E.N. is the intern minister for both UUFO and First Unitarian. You can contact E.N. at: internminister@firstunitarianottawa.ca