Tanya Wiles-Bell Tanya joined the Ministerial team at LUC in September of 2009 as Director of Christian Education after teaching pre-school and kindergarten for 22 years. Along with her family (John, Michaela, David and Adriana), Tanya has been an active member at Leaside United for over 20 years. With energy and enthusiasm to spare, she hopes to nurture growth in the area of family and youth ministry here at Leaside.
Tanya has a particular interest in social equity and works towards breaking down barriers between generations and giving a voice to those who feel marginalized. In order to broaden the community experience for the youth at Leaside, Tanya has been meeting with other United Church youth leaders to plan and lead experiential inter youth events that focus on issues such as inner city youth poverty, environmental responsibility and LGBT awareness.
Tanya holds a B.A from York University and is a Registered Early Childhood Educator (Centennial College). In September 2010 she began part time studies at Emmanuel College, at the University of Toronto, working towards a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies.