Erica Grimm-Vance of St. Helen's, Vancouver, has been made a full-time professor at Trinity Western University in Langley after several years of teaching art there on a part-time basis. She's also preparing for a solo exhibition in May and will be represented in a travelling show that opens in Italy and will then go to Toronto and several points in the US. However her most widely viewed work is in the movie "Catwoman." Shot in Vancouver, the movie's title character, played by Halle Berry, is an artist. Her paintings and sketches are actually Erica's.
The Rev. Esther North, retired from Christ the Redeemer, drew on her many years in the priesthood to write an essay, "Who Will Be Joseph?" and won a $10,000 US prize from the John Templeton Foundation. The story, based on her own life as a child, adult, and priest, appeared in the Christmas Eve edition of the Vancouver Sun.
The new rector of St. John's Sardis is the Rev. Dale Yardy of Grafton, Australia, and lately an assistant at St. Paul's, Vancouver.
The Diocese of New Westminster is well represented in national church councils, Diocesan Council was told last month. Twelve diocesan members serve on national committees, councils, or boards.
They include Bishop Michael Ingham, a member of "COGS," the Council of General Synod (COGS), and Dean
Peter Elliott, the Prolocutor (Speaker) of General Synod, also on COGS.
Others are the Rev. Canon Bern Barrett and Carole Christopher, both on the Magnificat Network steering committee, a social justice group; Lorie Chortyk, member of the Anglican Journal board of Directors; Denise Hambidge, PWRDF board of directors; Shirley Harding, Healing Response Committee, the Ven. Ronald Harrison, pension committee, the Rev. Dr. Richard Leggett, Fair Worship and Ministry Committee, Charles Nurse, Communications and Information Resources Committee, Sherry Small, Anglican Council of Indigenous People; Mike Wellwood, Administrative and Finance Committee.