Introducing our 2018 Leadership Team 

We've had a wonderful May at Sorrento Centre! Keep an eye on your inbox for some sharing from Associates Week and the Young Sojourners Weekend. This email introduces you to the 4-month Summer Youth Staff Leadership Team. This fine group of young people arrived just as we were starting Associates Week and they jumped in with energy, expertise, and a willingness to learn. This team is a month into their time with us and we are so grateful for each of them. We hope you'll be joining us this summer to meet this amazing team in person! 

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The 2018 Summer Youth Staff Leadership Team: 

My name is Ijeoma Staunton and I am very excited to be returning for my second summer as one of the Farm and Grounds Coordinators at Sorrento Centre. Last summer I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the Centre and have no doubt I will this summer as well. I look forward to meeting more people and giving back to the community I have grown to love. I have completed my third year, in Health Studies, at McMaster University in Ontario. I spent this last semester at the University of Bristol in England on a study abroad program. My goal is to work in the field of health and law. I am really looking forward to the summer! See you all soon! 

Hello! My name is Caitlin Dean and I’m excited to be working at Sorrento again this summer! This will by my third year on staff, having previously been both a Children and Youth Leader, and a Program Coordinator. This year I’m going to take on the thrilling new dual role of Children and Youth Program Coordinator and Farm and Grounds Coordinator. I just finished my second year at Simon Fraser University majoring in Political Science. When I’m not at school, you can usually find me running the Junior Youth Program at my church, St. Laurence in Coquitlam, or at the skating rink with my synchronized skating team. I love to read and go on new adventures. I am really looking forward to working with and getting to know so many talented people this summer.

Hello! My name is Sarah Stephens and I am thrilled to be working at Sorrento Centre once again. This will be my fifth summer working at the Centre and I will be working in the office this year!  I live in Victoria and recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor’s degree in History and I will be starting the Bachelor of Education program in September. I started coming to Sorrento as a child so you could say this has always been a kind of second home for me. I am looking forward to spending another summer at Sorrento and meeting new people!

Hey everyone! My name is Emma and I'll be working in Housekeeping for a second year as well as being part of the Leadership Team. I just finished my second year of an Opera and Linguistics double major at UBC and I'm so excited to be back with the Sorrento community again! When I worked here last year, my favourite times were the ones where I was making music with everyone, so come and find me if you want to jam or just chill out and chat. Looking forward to seeing everyone this summer!

Hello! My name is Guen Hollinghurst, and I'm super excited to be joining the Summer Youth Staff on the leadership team, working with the Farm and Grounds team.
I've worked at the Centre for the past two years in Children and Youth, and am excited to experience a new department. I've spent the past year traveling to Kenya and visiting my family in Texas, and will be studying History in Brock, Ontario next fall. I can't wait to come back to Sorrento to see old friends again and make new ones!

My name is Emily Stuchbery and I'm super excited to be on of the Children and Youth Program Coordinators this year after two previous amazing summers on 2-month staff! I've just finished a year of general arts at McGill University in Montreal and will begin working toward a bachelor of English in Cultural Studies this coming year. I can’t wait to be surrounded by mountains and trees again for four months and of course to be spending the summer in one of my favourite places! See you all around site!

2018 Summer Program

Head over to our website for the complete listing of programs being offered at Sorrento Centre this summer. 

Here's a glimpse at some of them: 

The Spiritual Practice of Reconciliation with Mark MacDonald and Melanie Delva 

"Reconciliation" is an oft-used and at times little-understood term when it applies to Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America). But what is it, why should we pursue it, and how? 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Murdered and Missing Women and Girls Inquiry, and the actions and court proceedings having to do with Standing Rock have brought Indigenous justice issues to the fore. How we got here and where we go from here are complex questions that beg for spiritual answers. 

This course will create an open and safe space to begin to explore these questions in depth from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives. Grounding our days together in prayer and ceremony, we will begin by learning about theologies of reconciliation in order to frame our subsequent discussions.

Two Opportunities for Life Review:
1) Discovering Your Own Story
2) Life Review: Going Further 

with Marv Westwood, Dianne Westwood and Lin Langley

Life Review offers participants the opportunity to explore the wealth and memory of their life experiences. Through a series of writing, reading, interactive and listening exercises participants are guided to expand and deepen their understanding of their own life story.

In Discovering Your Own Story, the introductory Life Review workshop, we explore the themes of Branching Points in Life, the Influence of Family, Work and Career, and Spirituality. Each individual reflects on, writes in response to, reads, listens to and provides feedback on life stories that are read into a small group.

The Life Review: Going Further workshop is for designed for people who have already completed an introductory Life Review or an equivalent process. In Going Further, we delve into new themes that include Early Shaping Experiences, the Role of Stress Over a Life, Unfinished Life Business and the dreams that emerge in our lives.

Limited Registration space! 


Making Peace - conflict, hidden violence, and alternative communities
with Matt Balcarras

We cannot be persons of peace on our own. 

To be followers of Jesus is to connect ourselves to God, with and through all the people who witness to him. Without this connection via the living body of Christ we cannot know what peace looks like, and we do not have the ability within ourselves to push back against all the systems and entrenched powers that oppose us. Rushing to solutions often perpetuates systems that continue to undermine peace.

In this course we begin with a focus on truth and truth-telling in order to ground in humility everything that comes after. Then with (hopefully) humility, we ask about how we should respond when we see actions and systems that exploit people, damage our communities, and create the conditions that produce violence.

We move from listening to protest, then on to the imagination and construction of communities of peace.

We will work with Peacemaking: A Community Workbook. $10 per participant is payable at the first class.


Spiritual Needs and Our Health with Bob Glasgow 

We have three universal spiritual needs, no matter our spiritual or religious background: Relatedness and Belonging; Meaning and Purpose; Forgiveness and Reconciliation.

How we meet these needs and how they become especially important in times of suffering will be our focus.

Suffering tends to make people feel alienated and alone in the world; thus, we are called to a new awareness of our need for relatedness and belonging.

Suffering can pull the rug out from under our feet, the loss of meaning and purpose becoming a central reality of our lives. How do we live with this disrupted vision for a time and then envision new directions for our future?

And how much of what we learn and gain as we transcend suffering actually becomes a large part of our new life?

Suffering invariably brings awareness of our need for forgiveness and, at times, reconciliation. Repressed resentment costs us too much of the energy required to expend on our healing.

This retreat focuses on how we meet these universal spiritual needs which I believe to be through our relationship with God, the relationship we have with ourselves and our community, and the development of healthy core spiritual beliefs.

Call or email our office (1-866-694-2409 or for more information or to register for one of our summer courses!!
We look forward to welcoming you, your friends and your family. 
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