The event was well attended with 53 members plus guests. Bishop John Stephens presided at the Eucharist, installed the new board and blessed the ACW members and guests who were present.
The guest speaker for the event was Joan Stewart of the diocesan-related, Westside Anglicans Neighborhood Ministry, a collaborative ministry offered by the Anglican parishes of St. Anselm’s, St. Philip’s, St. Helen’s, and St. John’s Shaughnessy on Vancouver’s Westside. The Neighbourhood Ministry offers care, companionship and practical help to their most vulnerable neighbours living on the Westside streets and in marginalized conditions. The newly elected president, Kelly Bowman remarked that the information contained in the talk provided wonderful examples of how we can "Thrive in God's Service"
When asked for comment about how Kelly Bowman sees her new role, she said:
As the new diocesan ACW President, I am delighted and honoured to be part of such a giving and gifted group of women. As I step into the role of president, I pray that God will inspire me to walk in the path Jesus set for us in servant leadership.
My vision is to lead into a thriving future that will last for generations. All Anglican Church Women, young and senior, to grow and flourish together. Let’s build upon the legacy gifted to us by learning and changing to adapt to our current and future progress as ACW.
I'm looking forward to meeting and working with many of you over the next 3 years. Together, we will thrive.
Left to Right (in front of Bishop Stephens): Judy, Sylvia, Ann, Kelly, Gail, Ameila, Beth, Alberta, Mary