The Venerable Lou Rivers set the tone for worship at St. Christopher, West Vancouver when he complimented Rob Dickson on his excellent commitment to the parishes "Bring a Friend to Church Sunday" by bringing several friends with him on the morning of September 19th, 2010. Among the many friends present were, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Most Reverend Fred Hiltz and the Bishop of the D of NW, the Right Reverend Michael Ingham.
Bishop Michael presided at the Eucharist and Archbishop Fred preached and made the presentation to Rob of the Anglican Award of Merit, the National Churches highest honour. Rob with Garth Walker and Cynthia Llewellyn is one of only three recipients of the honour from the D of NW.
Rob's service to the Anglican Church of Canada has remained steadfast and strong for over 30 years.
He has served in the Diocese of Edmonton and at the highest levels of administration, both professional and volunteer for the Diocese of Rupert's Land and the Diocese of New Westminster. While contributing at the diocesan level Rob also served on National Church boards, task forces and committees. He was a major figure on the team that negotiated the Residential Schools settlement. Through his thoroughness and caring tenacity Rob helped divert the path the General Synod was on to bankruptcy and help craft a solution acceptable to both sides.
There were many kind things said about Rob on September 19th however, Bishop Michael summed it up best in the final paragraph of his comments on the nomination form when he wrote: " His integrity, his thouroughness and his faithfulness have stood out over decades of service, gifts that run very deep in his heritage and in his family's contribution to the life of the Anglican Church of Canada."