Music Director: Donna Corbett
Donna Corbett has been a member of the Sharon-Hope United Church congregation since 2010. She was initially drawn to Sharon-Hope UC by the warm welcome she received as well as the energetic and eclectic music program. Over the last eight years, Donna was grateful for the opportunities to become part of the musical life through accompanying the annual cantatas and filling in as needed for the Music Director.
Donna was appointed as Music Director in the spring of 2018.
Donna is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Education degree. She also holds a diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy. Her first career was as a school teacher where she was an Instrumental and Vocal Music Specialist (Grades 1–13) as well as teacher of core curriculum.
Donna is also a Registered Nurse with added qualifications as a Parish Nurse, a position she held at Sharon-Hope from 2012 to 2018. Even as she entered a second career in healthcare, Donna continued to participate actively in music.
She has extensive experience as an accompanist for soloists, groups and choirs. In addition, since coming to the GTA in 1987, Donna has been involved with more than thirty community theatre productions as actor, musical director, conductor, and show pianist. She has been nominated for awards for her work as musical director and actress and was honoured to be named York Regional Police Volunteer of 2010 for her work as accompanist for the York Region Police Male Chorus.
Donna is an experienced musician, educator, nurse, and choir director whose lifelong love of the arts has enriched her physical, mental and spiritual health and happiness. She is delighted to share those loves with the wonderful Sharon-Hope Choir and congregation.
Office Administrator: Margaret Shropshire
Margaret has been a staff member at Sharon-Hope since 1999. Her background is in business, and she came to us with a Certified Administrative Manager accreditation. Margaret is valued member of our staff who is very adept at answering questions and finding solutions to problems of all types. Her cheerful voice is the first contact many people have with our church. She especially likes working with our renters to ensure all of their needs are met, and their time at Sharon-Hope is a positive one.
Caretaker: Greg Gourlie
Greg first started as the caretaker of Sharon-Hope in 2008. Each week (with a little help from his wife, Susie) he expertly wields his mop and vacuum to make the building shine. He takes pride in his ability to ensure every nook and cranny is spotlessly clean for each member and visitor who will cross through our doors. Greg truly is a ‘jack of all trades’ and is our resident painter when a wall or two needs a fresh coat of paint. He loves working at Sharon-Hope because he loves the people. In his spare time, Greg enjoys spending time with his family, especially his three grandchildren.