- Ken Gray
Born and raised in Victoria BC, music, ministry, photography and activism have all characterized the busy life of this recently retired Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Kamloops. Other ministry has taken him to many places throughout BC, Canada and in other provinces of the Anglican Communion. He is a popular facilitator of Ecojustice educational and training events including being one of the founders of the Justice Camps Initiative of our national church.
An avid photographer, Ken recently retired as president of the Kamloops Photo Arts Club which he invigorated and inspired throughout the pandemic. Legally blind since birth, Ken’s presentation Blinded by the Light has been well received by many clubs and groups, including a collection of Canadian blind photographers.
His ability to integrate the technical aspects of photography with majesty, mystery and mastery is acknowledged by many. He loves life, people, landscape, experience, language, learning and discovery. He loves helping others on their own unique journeys of discovery.
He is a recent contest award winner with the Canadian Association of Photographic Artists. Recent publications include The Walrus magazine.
- Michael Shapcott
The Rev’d Michael Shapcott is the Executive Director of the Sorrento Centre since 2018.
Michael is never far from his camera (the “eye of his heart”), where he seeks to visualize the deep wisdom of the words of Hildegard of Bingen: “there is the music of heaven in all things”. He is grateful to work with a dedicated staff team, a hard-working Board of Directors and many volunteers to manage the day-to-day operations and finances of the Centre. He is active in the life of the Shuswap region and beyond, working on a variety of initiatives locally, provincially, across Canada and internationally.
Michael seeks to live deeply into the words of the 14th-century English mystic Julian of Norwich: “Be a gardener, dig a ditch, toil and sweat, and turn the earth upside down and seek the deepness and water the plants in time. Continue this labour and make sweet goods to run and noble and abundant fruits to spring. Take this food and drink and carry it to God as your true worship.”
He lives on the campus of the Sorrento Centre with the delightful Phoebe, our Branch Manager, who teaches Michael how to slow down and smell all the delightful smells that our world has to offer. He is the proud father of the talented and beautiful Nicole and Malcolm. Michael knows how to play the accordion and concertina, and attempts to do so as much as he is able.
- Phil McIntyre-Paul
Phil is a co-founder and senior consultant with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, a former program associate with the Canadian Adventure and Education Centre, a former instructor with Thompson Rivers University’s Tourism Management faculty, and creator of “Living on a Paddle and a Prayer: Wilderness Journeys”. He is privileged to live, walk, paddle, and play within the Shuswap Lakes region of Secwépemcúĺecw with his partner Kathy.