Mr. William Lyall Atkinson
Bishop Hills Memorial Church of St. Mary the Virgin, South Hill
Bill celebrates 40 years as a parishioner at St. Mary the Virgin this year. During that time he has had many roles, including Treasurer, Church Committee member, sidesperson, founder of the Men’s club, and grass cutter. Most recently, he compiled and produced the Parish’s 100th anniversary booklet with assistance from family members.
Mrs. Doreen Barclay
St. Laurence, Coquitlam
Doreen has been a very active parishioner at St. Laurence for 40 years including membership in the ACW, the Church Committee and involvement in the Parish’s annual fundraising fair, where she and others made highly sought-after gift baskets. In the 1990’s she helped raise the funds needed to pay off the mortgage on the new St. Laurence Sanctuary.
Ms. Helen Elizabeth (Betty) Boland
St. Faith, Vancouver
Since her arrival at St. Faith’s in 2001, Betty’s primary role has been as Treasurer where she has spent hours ensuring that the Parish has a firm financial basis from which to undertake its ministry. She is also involved as a member of one of the worship teams and has played a key role in the development of the Community Pastoral Resource Centre.
Mrs Janet Brown
St. Philip, Dunbar
Janet chairs the Pastoral Care Team at St. Philip’s, and in addition to her outstanding pastoral skills, uses her nursing background as the parish nurse in the community as well as providing guidance through the medical system. She has also acted as a Healing Prayer Partner, Synod delegate and is active in many lay ministry role.
Mrs. Rosemarie Carmen Bundock
St. Anne’s, Steveston
Rosemarie is always willing to assist in worship, and does so with great care and dedication, as Sacristan, intercessor and Eucharistic administrator. She has also been involved on many important Church Committees and has served as the Richmond/Delta Deanery Representative to Diocesan Council. In the 1990’s Rosemarie was part of the famous “Pie Ladies” group at St. Anne’s.
Mrs Pat Burgess
St. Helen’s, West Point Grey
Pat has been a respected and cherished member of the St. Helen’s community since the late 1980’s who has devoted herself to ministry in Pastoral care, with 22 years as a pastoral visitor at Purdy Pavilion Extended Care, and appointments as Warden, and participation in three Canonical Committees. Pat continues to be active as a Welcomer and as a particularly wonderful reader.
Lynda Marie Catchpole (Died October 16, 2021)
Christ Church Cathedral
Lynda has spent a lifetime singing, directing choirs and organizing choir music as Choir Librarian for Christ Church Cathedral, and earlier for St. Mary’s Kerrisdale as well as for the Vancouver Children’s Choir. In the summer of 2013 Lynda completed cataloguing the entire music library of the Cathedral, and has now retired from this role after 39 years, hanging up her special “T” shirt given to her by devoted friends and fellow choristers with the special designation “SWMBO” “She Who Must Be Obeyed”.
Ms Susan Chortyk
St. Thomas, Vancouver (Died November 24, 2022)
Susan’s service in the church began when she was just a teenager and continued all her life, serving God through her work on parish committees, on Christian formation through Cursillo and Lenten programs, and in her work on the St. Thomas Columbarium, Canonical Committees, and five successive parish retreats. In addition, Susan has been a diligent and loyal godmother to 8 lucky young people.
Mrs. Sybil Geraldine Collett
Holy Trinity Cathedral, New Westminster
Since the early 1970s, Sybil has participated in the life of the parish, taking administrative roles as Warden and on Council. She is an administrator and reader, helps with the printing of the Sunday bulletin, and has coordinated funeral receptions for the past four years. Sybil continues to sing in the church choir and does all the shopping for the Thursday Morning Breakfast Program that is run by Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Mrs. Sylvia Kathleen Dawson
St. John the Divine, Maple Ridge
Like others, Sylvia has been involved in most aspects of parish life for the past many years: Sunday school teacher, choir member, warden, synod delegate and fundraiser. But Sylvia also has the distinction of assisting in the arrangements for moving the church of St. John the Divine in 1983, which was followed by the construction of the church’s lounge and hall later that decade.
Mrs. Roberta Irene Foxall (Died April 12, 2021)
St. Hilda’s, Sechelt
Roberta and her husband Garry have faithfully served St. Hilda’s in many capacities for the past 48 years. But her greatest gift to us is the example of her quiet and steadfast faith and courage through years of medical challenge and experimental treatments. Her presence is a continual example of new life in Christ.
Ms Daphne Muriel Francis
Bishop’s Nominee (Christ Church Cathedral)
Daphne has been active at St John, Shaughnessy and Christ Church Cathedral. She has been a Sunday school teacher, member of the Altar Guild, involved in the refugee programme, coordinator of a noon hour concert series, part of the Healing Prayer and Healing Touch teams, a member of the Church Committee and a coordinator of restoration and fundraising campaigns. She has developed a strong interest in how caring communities and their leaders refresh and renew themselves.
Mrs. Donna Goldstone
St. Thomas, Chilliwack
Life for Donna at St. Thomas, Chilliwack has ranged from membership in the Liturgy Committee to taking youth on camping trips with her husband Don. And recently she has embodied Christ’s commandments in her devotion to feeding the homeless and hungry people of the area, through the preparation of packaged meals as well as managing the Soup Kitchen which runs every Saturday afternoon.
Mrs. Valerie Ann Hampton
St. Michael, Surrey
Valerie’s involvement in St. Michael’s encompasses a weekly, now bi-weekly hot dish program for homeless and hungry people, as well as active participation in many other aspects of parish life. She volunteers her time to assist people who need help with shopping, or medical appointments, and has visited and supported those in hospital and in care facilities.
Mrs Jill Hanney
St. Clement, North Vancouver (Deceased March 18, 2021)
For 40 years, Jill has been involved in parish leadership at St. Clement’s, in administration, worship leadership, and as a wonderfully welcoming presence to newcomers – old and young. Her service to the wider community includes volunteering for Sharing Abundance community meals, refugee support, and planning the annual ecumenical World Day of Prayer.
Mr Robert (Bob) David Hardy
Bishop’s Nominee (St John the Evangelist, North Vancouver)
Bob has been a lifelong member of the parish of St John the Evangelist, North Vancouver. He has been a member of the Junior Choir, sidesman, acting caretaker and grass-cutter, reviewer of annual financial statements, member of church council, offering counter, Treasurer, and a delegate to Synod. In 2012 he became a member of the Finance Committee of the Diocese, and at Synod in 2013 and 2014 he was elected and re-elected to the office of Treasurer of the Diocese.
Mrs. Claudette Hayward
All Saints, Ladner
Claudette has been the driving force in the development of Parish Health Ministry at All Saints, Ladner and in the wider Diocese. Having taken the Parish Nurse course, and the Healing Touch program, Claudette with other members of All Saints and Ladner United Church helped establish Healing Touch as a joint ministry between the two churches. (Deceased 07-01-2015)
Ms Theresa (Teri) Hazelton
(formerly, St Margaret of Scotland, Burnaby,
and currently, St John the Apostle, Port Moody)
After years of service in every conceivable aspect of the life of her church, including being on the committee that started Abbeyfield and serving on its Board, Teri has been instrumental in the merger process between St. Margaret’s and St. John the Apostle, Port Moody, and now serves on the Parish Council of the new St. John’s.
Mrs. Virginia Gail Jennings
All Saints, Agassiz
During a time of personal loss and parish instability, Virginia became the Bishop’s Warden for All Saints and handled all manner of challenges. In 2009, she and her warden partner, the late Josie Browning, together, were instrumental in developing a team which has successfully restored and renovated the parish church and hall. For many, Virginia is the face of All Saints in the villages of Agassiz and Harrison.
Mrs. Hales Jones
All Saints, South Burnaby (Deceased June 7, 2019)
Since coming to All Saints, South Burnaby 28 years ago, Hales Jones has held virtually every leadership position within the Parish, including being active in the recent Ministry Assessment Process. Hales has also served on several Diocesan Committees including Grants and Loans, Stewardship Development, and the Diocesan Refugee Committee, and has taken a strong leadership role in obtaining a grant to assist Seniors Helping Seniors in Burnaby.
Mr. Moses Kajoba
Bishop’s Nominee (St. Michael, Vancouver)
Moses Kajoba joined St. Michael’s over 20 years ago and has played a vital role since 2006 in the transformation and financial recovery of the parish. He is a strong community minded and compassionate individual who worked to develop a charter of racial justice, and generously offers his time and expertise on legal matters for the church and for members of the Filipino community.
Mr. Peter Erskine Kidd
St. John, Shaughnessy
Peter has been a member of St. John’s for more than 40 years, and has dedicated himself to the maintenance and upkeep of the parish property and grounds, including a lot of hands-on labour such as removing the asphalt coating on all the brick windowsills. Most recently Peter has managed the replacement of the church roof and the landmark cedar cross.
Mr. Kenneth (Ken) Barry Lindsay
St. Agnes, North Vancouver
For more than 40 years, Ken has devoted himself to the parish and community of St. Agnes, North Vancouver serving as warden for three different rectors. In addition, he has provided leadership in many regional and deanery programs, including a seven year commitment to the Marriage Project, Cursillo, Anglicans in Mission, and more recently, the Deanery Ministry Assessment Process.
Mr. Carl Victor Markwart
St. Andrew, Langley
Carl has been at St. Andrew’s for 17 years and has served as People’s Warden, member of Parish Council and is presently the envelope secretary. Carl has been a huge supporter of our Youth programs. He does a lot of behind the scenes work for events, sings in the choir, cuts lawns and keeps equipment running. He gives generously of his skill as an accountant to congregation members - especially seniors.
Mr. Stewart W. Martin
St. Christopher, West Vancouver
Since 1954, Stewart Martin has been worshipping at St. Christopher’s, and has undertaken many roles in the parish including being a Synod delegate on 12 occasions. In the 1990s Stewart was active with the Diocesan Refugee Sponsorship program, working in conjunction with parishioners at Christ Church Cathedral and St. Margaret’s Cedar Cottage to help sponsor and settle refugees from the South and Central Americas to Canada.
Mrs. Margaret Ainslie Moignard
St. Francis-in-the-Wood, West Vancouver
Ainslie’s great contribution to the life and ministry of St. Francis-in-the-Wood has been her longstanding involvement with children, a role she has played for more than 20 years. In her involvement with children Ainslie radiates a quiet and humble joy whether it is in telling a story, teaching a craft at Messy Church, organizing an outdoor game at the church picnic or helping with the Christmas pageant.
Mrs. Allison Mulligan
St. John the Evangelist, North Vancouver
Allison has maintained an active and dedicated practice of Faithfulness, in Stewardship, Hospitality and Caring Ministries at St. John’s for more than five decades. Her service has evolved over the years as a true “labour of love” and she has contributed countless volunteer hours not only to the Parish, but also to Camp Artaban during the 1980s and 1990s.
Mrs. Ruth Ellen Nichol
St. Mary, Kerrisdale
Ruth is representative of the many people who are involved in the quiet and vital ministry of prayer and pastoral care. Her careful and dedicated prayer ministry has been a sustaining encouragement to countless people locally and across the world for many years. (Deceased June 1, 2021)
Mrs. Patricia (Pat) Anderson Nociar
St. Helen, Surrey
Since joining St. Helen’s in 1956, Pat has filled many roles – pastoral care, card ministry and baker for sales and teas to name just a few and she brings joy and a sense of humour to every task. Pat is one of those stalwart “pillars of the church” who works tirelessly, mostly behind the scenes, never asking for any recognition for all her years of ministry. But who deeply deserves that recognition.
Mr Philip Walter Owen - (Died September 30, 2021)
Bishop’s Nominee (St John, Shaughnessy, Vancouver)
Philip started his lifelong association with the parish of St John Shaughnessy in kindergarten in the original church and parish hall, and later in Cubs and Scouts. He attended The Saturday Night Club at the church, the only place for teenagers of the day to assemble and dance. He was confirmed and married at St. John’s, served as Rector’s Warden, and was a member of a Canonical Committee. Philip chaired the Bishop’s Men, for Archbishop David Somerville. He is currently a Trustee. Many of your will know Philip as “Mayor Owen” given his service as Mayor of Vancouver from 1993 to 2002.
Mrs. Katherine Claire Pallen
St. George, Fort Langley
Claire’s ministries have had a profound effect on the development of the parish. She is guided by the questions “why am I here, and what is God calling me to do?” And this openness to ministry has led her in many ways including proposing Messy Church for St. George’s, and raising the profile of PWRDF, to her tremendous community involvement in Girl Guides, Leukemia and Lymphona Society, as well as the Canadian Cancer Society to name just a few.
Mr. Bernard (Bernie) Poitras
St. Catherine of Alexandria, Port Coquitlam
Bernie is being recognized for his role as leader and chief cook of the St. Catherine’s community luncheon program, known as Paul’s Place, which started in 2002 to provide a nutritious lunch and a fellowship opportunity for local low income residents and families. The program has expanded and now regularly serves 120-150 people two or three times a month.
Mrs. Barbara Popham
St. Dunstan, Aldergrove
Never one to say no, Barb has participated in a huge range of activities at St. Dunstan’s starting in 1986 with membership in and then the Presidency of the ACW and progressing through to the present as she mentors a new warden after serving in that capacity herself for many years. Barb has completed the full four year EfM course which now forms an important element of her life as a committed Christian.
Mrs. Jacqueline Shelley Prendergast
Church of the Epiphany, Surrey
Shelly and her green thumb arrived at the Epiphany 36 years ago - and the parish has been “blooming” ever since. But her talents are many and she has participated in the Prayer and Praise and the Healing Prayers Teams, as well as significant administrative assistance with rental groups, paperwork, and most recently with the Diocesan Screening in Faith program.
Mr. Edwin Luther (Lou) Railton
St. Alban, Burnaby
Lou and his late wife Rita made St. Alban’s their spiritual home over 40 years ago. From the very beginning, Lou used his gifts in engineering, carpentry and electrical to keep St. Alban’s sound and safe, and more recently he has taken care of the church’s complex sound system. Lou is a person you can count on if anything needs to be done and it’s always done with grace and humour.
Mrs Mary Riches
St. John the Baptist, Sardis
Mary Riches has been an active member of St. John’s for the past 10 years, enthusiastically contributing in many areas of parish ministry as liturgical coordinator, lay administrator, Altar Guild member, World Day of Prayer team member to name just a few. She is a true example of servant leadership and ministry.
Mr. Douglas Stanley Robinson
St. George, Maple Ridge
Doug has been a very active in many aspects of the parish of St. George’s since 1988. He was instrumental in the establishment of a Life in the Eucharist, and the men of the Parish enjoyed his coordination of the Men’s Breakfast Group for many years. Doug and his wife Dorene have been deeply involved in parish social and fundraising events where he has performed as an MC extraordinaire.
Mrs. Margaret (Peggy) Rockliffe - (Died April 13, 2020)
St. Stephen The Martyr, Burnaby
Peg has been attending St. Stephen’s for over 55 years. She has worked with the Altar Guild, coffee duty, Thrift Shop, bazaars, receptions, and on the prayer chain. She has been a Good Shepherd seeing to her flock. She has touched the lives of hundreds in the parish and beyond. If anyone is in need, Peg is there - to listen, encourage and console. Peggy’s doors are always open, literally and figuratively. She is humble, spiritually caring, compassionate and truly selfless.
Dorothy May Saunier
St. John the Apostle, Port Moody
Dorothy has been a faithful parishioner, warden, ACW member and wise elder for many years at St. John’s. Active with the ACW, she contributed to annual bazaars with homemade preserves and items from her garden, planning special events, and caring for others in the congregation. She was honored to serve a term as People’s Warden. She became a dedicated supporter of the church’s building fund and was delighted by the enhancements to the facility to provide accessibility to all with entrance ramps and railings.
In her later years, ill health has prevented Dorothy from attending regular services at St. John’s but she remained active in the prayer circle and now enjoys the monthly senior teas and regular calls and visits from her friends and the clergy. Dorothy treasures the long friendships she’s found through St. John’s. The church will always hold a special place in her heart as a comforting space where she feels closest to God.
Mr. Greg Scott
St. David, Delta
Greg and his wife Jean joined St. David’s in 1972 and were involved in every ministry at St. David’s. Greg started and ran the Men’s group, helped with the Youth group, marriage counselling, Alpha, new members, stewardship, the construction of “Abbeyfield” and was on Parish Council, and has looked after facilities and maintenance. Greg was also instrumental in purchasing a wheelchair accessible van so he could bring seniors to church services.
Greg died in July 2014 and is invested in the order posthumously. Ms Hope Eleanor Sealy
Bishop’s Nominee (St Mary, Kerrisdale)
Hope is an active member of the parish of St Mary Kerrisdale where she is a reader, intercessor and lay administrator. She has served on the Parish Council, a recent Selection Committee, the Chancel Guild, Worship, Outreach, Stewardship and Finance Committees, and as Associate People’s Warden, People’s Warden, and Member of Synod. Her interest in the arts led her to arrange, originally for the Deanery of Point Grey and then as a Lenten series at St Mary’s, presentations on “Art-Spirit-Community”. Hope served on the committee that organized the service of Consecration for Bishop Skelton. Many will recognize Hope from her distinguished career as a broadcaster in Canada, Jamaica and the UK.Mr. Robert Quintin Sheng (Deceased 2016)
St. Matthias and St. Luke, Vancouver
Robert Sheng, his wife and firstborn son moved to South Vancouver in 1956 and subsequently joined the neighbourhood parish of St. Luke’s church. Led by the inspiration of the many active members of the parish, Robert became involved in the maintenance of the church building and rectory, made necessary repairs, helped with construction and volunteers to replace the rectory’s old furnace.
Robert has served as warden, member of the Canonical Committee and member of the Transition Team to the St. Matthias site in 1997.
More than 25 years ago, Robert introduced a Chinese exercise known as “Qi Gong” as an Outreach for the community. Up to this day, he tirelessly holds classes in the Church hall every Thursday morning volunteering his time and knowledge to promote the necessity of having a healthy body, sound mind and a true spirit in loving God.
Mrs Helen Tataren
Bishop’s Nominee (St James, Vancouver)
Helen became a member of the parish of St James 62 years ago, in 1952. In the mid-1960s she started work as housekeeper to the priests residing in the Clergy House at St James, a role she continued for twenty years. She has been a tireless member of Women’s Guild and the Sanctuary Guild, and still can be found every Saturday morning in the sacristy using her needlework skills keeping the church’s vestments in good repair. Helen is known for her regular attendance at High Mass, even when others are immobilized by Vancouver’s odd snowstorms. Her deep faith and long and humble life of worship and service at St James are a shining example to all who know her.Mr. Gregory (Greg) Tatchell
St Michael, Vancouver
Greg came to St. Michael’s originally as an intern from VST. Over the years, he has helped the parish move to a more sustainable and stable financial status and currently chairs the Financial and Strategic Planning Committee 2018. Greg’s ministry focuses on Multi-Cultural Ministries, Racism, and the beauty of working together for the church and for God’s glory.Mrs. Michiko Tatchell
Holy Cross Japanese Canadian Church, Vancouver
Michiko has been a long-time faithful contributing member of Holy Cross.
She was one of the founding members of the Japanese Canadian/Vancouver Consultative Council which was established to investigate the fate of the Japanese Anglican churches during and after the Second World War. In addition to this work she participates in the work of Holy Cross, including preparing bulletins in both English and Japanese, and translating sermons for visiting clergy.
Kennth Douglas Turnham
St. Mark's, Ocean Mark
Ken Turnham first attended St. Mark’s in 1989. Since that time he has had an exceptional history of servant leadership at both the parish and diocesan levels. Commencing in 1991 Ken served a 3 year term as Rector’s Warden, followed by another 3 years as the People’s Warden. He also served as a Trustee, Synod Delegate, Chalice Bearer, and Eucharistic Minister. He served on many committees during a period of growth that established new foundations and momentum for mission and ministry in the 1990’s. He established an extensive lay ministry network, and was successfully in obtaining community support for philanthropic programs. This included raising funds for St. Mark’s beautiful stain glass window. He worked on the Stewardship Communications Committee. He chaired the Ministry of Invitation for a decade of evangelism at St. Mark’s. He chaired the fundraising committee for the new church sanctuary. The necessary funds were raised and the construction was completed on time and under budget, despite the main contractor going bankrupt. Ken is currently providing weekly mentoring to a St. Mark’s Warden. Ken worked for the Diocese of New Westminster for 3 years starting in 1990 as a marketing consultant to many different groups involved in a number of projects. One area of extensive involvement included developing a pilot project for the National Anglican Church. The Diocese was used as the initial trial location to test the design and implementation of a marketing and advertising program to stimulate congregational growth. He also worked on developing the Anglican Initiatives Fund which helped enable new ministry and mission initiatives. He was a key developer and became the coordinator for the Diocese Aging Ministry. This ministry helped parishes develop programs for seniors, which included facilitating a sense of vision concerning the spiritual, social, and personal gifts and needs of the elderly. It also helped seniors to be supportive of their peers and sought ways to reach out to those of younger demographics. He participated in groups exploring and identifying possible future changes in the church and how best to manage those changes.
Mr. Richard Pieter Van Delft
St. Paul’s, Vancouver
Richard has been the chair of the Church Committee for the last ten years having started attending St. Paul’s in 1988. He facilitates the Sunday 9:15 service – choosing and leading the music a capella. His responsibilities range from two successful Canonical committees and the discernment and calling of a parishioner to the priesthood, to arranging and organizing an Eastertide Passion play with parishioners, as well as producing “Crepes Tuesday”, an alternative Shrove Tuesday event.Mr. Paul Wagler
Holy Trinity, Vancouver
Paul has been involved in many aspects of parish life at Holy Trinity. These include house groups, teaching Sunday School, choir, lay preaching and planning for the continuing growth of the parish by chairing the building committee which eventually oversaw the parish move to its present location at 12th and Hemlock. He has served as a Warden, Synod Delegate and Diocese Council member and is committed to the parish and its future growth.Mr. Richard Whiteside
St. Martin, North Vancouver
Richard’s involvement in the Anglican Church has been largely focused on his love of music and his dedication to choral music. After an early career as a boy soprano at St. Mary’s Kerrisdale, Richard sang in choirs in St. Paul’s West End, St. Helen’s West Point Grey, St. Catherine’s North Vancouver, and, for the last 47 years at St. Martin’s in North Vancouver.Mr. Frank Alexander Rutherford Willis
St. Catherine, Capilano
Since 1960 Frank and his wife Mary Anna have been committed and involved in the life of St. Catherine’s. As Rector’s Warden Frank chaired a Canonical committee. As chair of Buildings and Grounds he devoted hundreds of hours to the maintenance of the church property, and in his “spare time” he has used his woodworking skills to make several lovely items in constant use at the church, including two beautiful oak lecterns and the sign that announces the church’s presence in the community.Mrs Elaine Young
Bishop’s Nominee (Christ Church Cathedral)
Elaine has held leadership roles in the Diocese of New Westminster and at Christ Church Cathedral since 1990. She served on the Diocesan Christian Education unit, and the Hospice Unit during which time she organized a hospice education conference. At the Cathedral she was coordinator of Newcomer Ministry and the Welcoming Teams as well as serving on the Parish Council, the Cathedral Corporation, and acting as a Trustee.