Effective leadership is the best way to shepherd a parish community toward growth and vitality. Rev. Laurel combines organizational theory, congregational development, and community engagement with the traditional disciplines of litrugy, theology, and pastoral care to guide St. John the Divine to become all that God created it to be.
Aimee Oliverio believes that music is the embodiment of the mind, body, spirit, and heart. She has a Bachelor of Music in Musical Arts, majoring in piano, from Kwantlen Polytechnic University where she was awarded a two-year scholarship. From Simon Fraser University, she has a Bachelor of Education through the Professional Development Program, specializing in Secondary Education. Aimee completed her Graduate Diploma in Education specializing in Elementary Music and she is pursuing further studies with the Masters of Educational Practice Program at Simon Fraser University.
She is a firm believer that music is a gift to be shared and devotes her work-week to educating young minds as a music teacher in the Maple Ridge school district. In addition to this, she conducts Maple Ridge Chorus and leads the St. John the Divine Anglican Church, Maple Ridge, in musical worship as their Musical/Choral Director. She considers it a privilege to praise Creator through her music.
Aimee has had the opportunity to travel through music to the south of France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Germany, Austria, Philippines, and Portugal. Moving forward, she is eager to weave in her life experience in her beliefs and practices. Driven by her love of music, she hopes to share meaningful song, as well as build community through collaborative worship.
Claire Oliverio is an advocate of collaborative music experiences. She has earned an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto (ARCT) Teachers Diploma in Piano, a Bachelor of Music in Musical Arts with Distinction from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and a Bachelor of Education in Fine and Performing Arts from Simon Fraser University.
Wherever she goes, Claire goes wholeheartedly. Leading a life with love for music, she was awarded a full-tuition scholarship of $20,000.00 upon acceptance to Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She graduated as the Valedictorian of the Faculty of Arts at KPU and delivered the Graduand Address at the 2016 Convocation Ceremony. Building strong relationships with her peers, professors, and pupils, she contributed her musical gifts as the Manager of the KPU Wind Symphony and as a Private Piano Instructor. Her experiences have taken her around the world, including Philippines, Cuba, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Germany, Austria, and Portugal.
Currently, Claire is a vivacious face in the community, accompanying Maple Ridge Chorus, guiding youth as the Choral Director at Maple Ridge Secondary School, and sharing her duties as the Musical/Choral Director of St. John the Divine Anglican Church with her sister, Aimee. Nothing completes her Sunday like hearing the good word and making music with the St. John’s community.
Moving forward, Claire is working on her Masters of Arts Education at Simon Fraser University. As an evolving and reflective musician, she is eager to continue further studies to best serve her learners, the community of Maple Ridge, and above all, the power of music.