Staff Directory


Maggie Barnett (Coordinator of Children, Youth and Family Ministries)

Part of the warm welcome our children and youth receive when they arrive at Westworth comes from our,  Coordinator of Children, Youth and Family Ministries,  Maggie. She is at church on Sunday mornings and during the week, working hard to ensure that our  Sunday School classes and teachers have the support, supplies and materials they need. Maggie is the mother of five children and has one grandchild. This life experience makes her a wonderful resource to our Sunday  School program. She also organizes regular events for the whole family.

Heather Lavery (Office Administrator)

heatherThe first voice you are likely to hear when you phone the church is that of our Office Administrator. Heather joined us in 2006, bringing with her experience from working at Charleswood United Church and the United Church’s Winnipeg Presbytery office. Of the many duties that fall to her, you may come to know her as receptionist, bookings administrator, and general fund of information about what is happening at Westworth.

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd (Minister)

Loraine joined us July 1, 2013. Her responsibilities include IMGP6443-214x300worship, pastoral care, adult education, outreach and administration. She has served rural and urban United Church congregations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. She has also taught theology and biblical interpretation at the University of Winnipeg. Loraine serves on the General Council Theology and Interchurch Interfaith Committee and the Winnipeg Presbytery Education and Students Committee. Loraine has a BA in Sociology and Psychology, an MDiv (theology), an MCM (Church Music) and a PhD in Systematic Theology and Feminist Theory. She is also a trained Interim Minister and Conflict Mediator. She and her partner, Nancy Pinnell, love canoeing, hiking, cross-country skiing, attending the theatre and symphony, speaking Spanish and hosting monthly Amnesty International letter writing sessions.

 Debbie McLeod (Music Director)

DebbieDebbie brings passion and a wealth of experience in the field of music to her role. In addition to an extensive education background in several music related fields, a sampling of her previous life experiences include:

  •  Arts Department Head at Westwood Collegiate
  •  Choir and Music Theatre Teacher at Sturgeon Creek Collegiate
  •  Directing Divisional Choirs in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division
  •  Directing the Provincial Honor Choir and West Manitoba Youth Choir
  •  Board Member of the Manitoba Choral Association
  •  Interim Organist at Young United Church (substitute at many other
  • churches)
  •  Founder and Director of “Vocal Ascent” Community Choir

Jenny Jeffers (Church Accountant)


Dorcas Windsor (Organist)

dorcasDorcas has served as our organist, pianist and accompanist for our various choirs since 1975. She is a piano collaborator with numerous school choirs for concerts, musicals and the Winnipeg Music Festival. She also serves as one of Westworth’s Presbytery representatives; sits on the Presbytery Executive as a Member at Large and currently chairs the Education, Students and Church Vocations Committee of the Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.