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Michael Kalmuk and Kelly Montford were the first couple to have their Union Blessed using the Same Sex Blessing Rite developed by retired-bishop, the Right Reverend Michael Ingham well over a decade ago. Their union was solemnized during the Eucharistic liturgy at St. Margaret's, Cedar Cottage in East Vancouver.

Last year, 2016,  Michael and Kelly stepped forward and put together an excellent Vancouver Pride Parade entry on behalf of the Diocese of New Westminster. Their organizationals skills and enthusiasm were missed in 2017 because they have moved to Kelowna. Michael sent diocesan communications an email the evening of Sunday, August 20,  "the former trouble-makers from the Diocese of New Westminster are at it again in the Diocese of Kootenay" with this great photo attached.

The Kelowna Pride Parade took place August 20 and great to see Michael and Kelly present and continuing their ministry.