Ministers and Music

Rev. Carrelyn Sheldan

Rev. Carrelyn Sheldan

Carrelyn is the minister for Victoria Truth Centre. She was born into New Thought and christened as a baby by Dr. Emma Smiley, who was her Spiritual teacher to become a New Thought Minister.

She was an elementary School teacher for 36 years, has two wonderful children and a beautiful granddaughter. Her interests are reading, mostly metaphysical books. She enjoys long walks along the waterfront.

She believes that the power of God is available to everyone who accepts his/her oneness with God. She believes there is a solution to every seeming problem and an answer to every prayer here and now.

She gives services once a month but is also available to perform weddings, celebrations of life, counselling, and offer words of help for those needing uplifting prayers.

Rev. Dr. Gail Muzio

Rev. Dr. Gail Muzio retired as the minister of Victoria Centre for Self Awareness in 2010 and has retired from speaking at the Victoria Truth Centre, but now has a podcast where you can hear some of her uplifting message.

Rev. Jennifer Tennant – is now at the Centre for Spiritual Living sees all people as one divine Consciousness of Love, Peace, Harmony unfolding with Ease and Grace; to see the Divine Light within every individual and unite the world in the awareness of divine Love.


Jono Devey – Pianist

Johnathan Devey is a 21 yr old aspiring concert pianist who was born in Tokyo, starting piano lessons at age 5, and since then has always dreamed of sharing his music with the world. After moving to Canada several years ago, Johnathan became a student at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, taking piano lessons with Linda Low and performing in chamber and orchestral ensembles. He is now a third year University of Victoria Music student under Professor May Ling Kwok.

Johnathan has won awards in piano at the local, provincial, and national level. In the summer of 2021, he received the second prize in the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Festival, and won the Canadian Federation of Music Teacher Associations’ National Piano Competition. In 2022, he performed the R. Schumann Piano Concerto with the University of Victoria Symphony Orchestra and won for the second time the City of Victoria Silver Medallion at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival, the festival’s highest award for piano. Last summer he attended the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg, Austria under scholarship. Grateful for the opportunity to share magnificent music, Johnathan plays with a style that reflects a true passion for life. Jono is excited to be playing for the Victoria Truth Centre and we are grateful to be supporting his musical talents!

Joan Songhurst – Pianist

Joan has been performing and entertaining for the Victoria community for over 20 years. She has delighted audiences at numerous seniors homes and played for community events. From a musical family, singing and playing the piano has been an important part of her whole life. Joan has been a member of the Unity Church for 12 years and we are very happy to have her as a regular pianist at the Victoria Truth Centre. Joan enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren and kicking up her cowboy boots line dancing.

Dr Emma Smiley, Founder