The Bishop has appointed Michael Burpee of St. Laurence, Coquitlam, to chair the Task Force on Diocesan Physical Resources.  Mike, an examining chaplain for the discernment process towards priesthood, begins in this added role in November. The new task force, as requested by Synod and Diocesan Council, will “…recommend processes and procedures for the allocation and re-allocation of new and existing physical resources and property for the current and future mission of the church in this Diocese.”

The Bishop has received notice that the Rev. Dawn McDonald of Holy Cross, Vancouver, was appointed by Bishop Terry Buckle of the Yukon to a parish position in Fort Nelson, BC effective November 15. Her last Sunday at Holy Cross will be Nov. 13. Daughter of a missionary in Japan, her knowledge of Japanese has enabled her to serve the Japanese-Canadian parish. Dawn’s husband, the Rev. Neville Crichlow, will continue to fulfill his duties at St. Mary, Sapperton until he retires.

The Revs. Bob Korth and Celia Howard, a husband and wife team, will jointly become the priests-in-charge of St. Andrew’s Pender Harbour beginning Advent Sunday, November 27. Bob has been priest associate at Christ Church Cathedral for the past decade. Celia last served St. Catherine’s, Port Coquitlam. This will allow the congregation at St. Andrew’s to worship Sunday morning; they have been served with afternoon services provided by the Rev. Mark Lemon of neighbouring St. Hilda’s, Sechelt.

Melanie Wallace, a master’s graduate this year in the archival studies program at the University of BC, joins the diocesan staff in December with the retirement of Diocesan Archivist Doreen Stephens. Besides taking care of the diocesan archives, she will manage records of the provincial synod and the former Cariboo Diocese. The archives will continue to be located at the Vancouver School of Theology. For more from Doreen, archivist for the past two decades, see Letters.

The Rev. Donald Walls had his last day as chaplain at St. Jude’s Anglican Home in Vancouver recently, with Bishop Michael Ingham officiating followed by a farewell tea to honour him. Don is moving to Victoria. Staff praised him for his continual care and kindness to the residents of the home, and many members of St. Alban’s, Richmond, and St. Jude’s volunteers were in attendance. as well as several fellow clergy members.