As a young mother Louise co-founded the Maternal Health Society, and chaired the Interdisciplinary Midwifery Task Force that launched the legalization of midwifery care in BC. She served on the first Advisory Committee for BC Women’s Hospital, and later for two terms on the Ethics Committee of Women’s and Children’s Hospitals.
In her role as an ordained pastoral minister of the United Church of Canada, Louise worked with five congregations in Ontario and British Columbia, plus the contemplative justice ministry in Vancouver now known as the Pacific InterChristian Community. She was a member of the national church’s Division of Mission in Canada Executive, and served on worship advisory and interfaith committees. A regular contributor to denominational worship resources, she participated in the international development of a book of lectionary prayers, and edited a publication on interfaith marriage. In 2001, she co-authored Living the Christ-Life: Re-discovering the Seasons of the Christian Year, published by Woodlake Books.
Louise was actively involved in the founding Executive of the InterSpiritual Centre of Vancouver. She chaired the Building and Technical Committee and served twice as Chair of the Board between 2005 and 2018. She represented the ISC in the collaborative development of the Greater Vancouver Compassion Network and its Compassionate Cities Campaign. She also co-founded Women of Spirit and Faith Canada (aka Women and Wisdom Canada) and for two years helped facilitate Women and Wisdom programming for the ISC.
Louise was on the coordinating team for the ISC’s Salish Sea Bioregional Gathering: Interspiritual Contributions to Social and Ecological Sustainability. This meeting was hosted in October 2017 at Vancouver School of Theology and the First Nations House of Learning, with generous support from the United Religions Initiative and key member-organizations of the ISC. The planning and implementation of this gathering deepened ISC commitment to restoration and protection for the ecosystems of the earth, to regenerative sustainability, and to the unfolding of ecological civilization. Louise now works closely with the Convenors Circle of the Interspiritual Sustainability Council — the “new” ISC — and serves as the Council’s first Chairperson.
In addition to her continuing role with the ISC, Louise is a member of the Board of the MultiFaith Action Society. She offers spiritual mentoring to individuals and couples from various spiritual backgrounds. And she divides her personal time between the delights of four grandchildren here in Vancouver, and enjoying Salt Spring Island with her partner, friends, family and goofy dog.