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Alley, The Rev. Elspeth

  • A-2014.2
  • Person

Elspeth (McAlpine) Alley (1924-2000) was one of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of New Westminster. She was born on November 24, 1924 in Vancouver, B.C. and lived most of her life in this area. Her school years were spent at Crofton House School in Vancouver. She entered the University of British Columbia in 1942 and completed two years; moving on to Mills College in Oakland, California, U.S.A. where she completed her Bachelor of Arts with a major in music in 1946. After teaching music for a year she married John G. Alley, Barrister and Solicitor, in 1947. They had three daughters together, Claudia, Jennifer, and Frances. Prompted by her daughtersメ questions, she decided to learn more about her Christian heritage. Elspeth enrolled at the Vancouver School of Theology in 1967 and graduated with a Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1972. In 1977, the Vancouver School of Theology changed this to the Master of Divinity degree which she was awarded in 1980. Elspeth was ordained to the Diaconate on Whitsunday, May 21, 1972 in Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver by the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster, the Right Reverend T.D. Somerville. Her first posting as Deacon Assistant was to St. Catherineメs Church, North Vancouver, working with the Rector, Ian Grant, from May 1972 to September 1974. During this period her husband died, due to an accident at home, on May 1, 1974. From October 1974 to April 1975 Elspeth became the part-time Assistant at St. Chadメs Church, working with the Rector, Henri Taudin-Chabot. Then, in June 1975 she became a full-time Assistant at St. Faithメs Church, working under the tutelage of the Rector, Peter Davison, until February 1977. A milestone both personally and in the history of the Anglican Church of Canada took place on St. Andrewメs Day, November 30, 1976. Elspeth Alley and Virginia Briant were the first women to be ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of New Westminster and, simultaneously, part of the first group of women in the Canadian Church to be so ordained. This took place in Christ Church Cathedral; the Metropolitan, Archbishop T.D. Somerville presiding. On a personal note she officiated at the wedding of her daughter, Jennifer, to James M. Britton on December 30. 1976 ヨ presumably the first woman priest in Canada to do this. Subsequently, Elspeth became priest-in-charge of St. Edwardメs Church from March 1977 to November 1979. In November 1979, she received her first appointment as Rector, at Holy Trinity Church in Vancouver, one of only three priests in the Canadian Anglican Church to hold the office at this time. She continued at Holy Trinity until March 1985. From November 1985 to September 1987 she was an Honorary Assistant at St. Philipメs Church, Dunbar. In January 1989 she became an Honorary Assistant at Christ Church Cathedral, a position she held until her death on September 9, 2000 in Vancouver. The funeral Requiem was held at Christ Church Cathedral on September 15, 2000. An important aspect of her ministry was writing. She prepared a history of the Diocese of New Westminster for the Diocesan Centennial Committee but her major undertaking was a biography of the Most Reverend Edward Walter Scott, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada from 1971 to 1986. She obtained permission from the Archbishop in 1983 to begin her work, entitled モCall me Tedヤ, published in 1992 by Brenda Stenson, Best Business Solutions, Vancouver. B.C.

Antle,The Rev. John

  • Person
  • 1865-1949

The Reverend John Antle was born in Brigus, Newfoundland, on October 25, 1865. His father, Stephen Antle, was a ship owner and captain. John went to school in Brigus and became a teacher for three years before entering Queen's Theological College to study Theology, from which he graduated in 1890. Following his graduation from Queens Theological College in 1890, he was ordained to the deaconate, and two years later to the priesthood. The Reverend John Antle served for five years in Newfoundland, then followed his family to Washington state, USA. During his service in Washington, he made efforts to get the Episcopal Church to establish hospitals and a mission boat for the benefit of loggers in the Puget Sound area. The proposal was turned down in 1898. During the same period, the Reverend John Antle got to know Vancouver, B.C. quite well and decided he would try to get a parish in the city. He succeeded and, in December 1899, he was given the task of organizing a parish for the Fairview district, an area which had been cut off from St. Paul's parish. He was the first vicar in charge of Holy Trinity church. One of the social activities he developed in the newly created church was a boys' club. With their help, he built a boat called Laverock and organized Sunday cruises for the boys. In 1903, a little freight and passenger boat "Cassiar" steamed into the Port of Vancouver from a logging camp with four dead men on board, victims of careless methods of logging and lack of medical aid. The Reverend Antle decided to tackle the problem. He obtained a $ 100 grant and, on board the Laverock, he undertook a survey to study the medical, social and religious needs of the loggers and settlers. The Laverock went as far north as Alert Bay. Following this trip, Antle made several recommendations: the creation of a hospital mission ship working from a centrally placed hospital on shore; the provision of medical and surgical care; a circulating library to combat the influence of the saloons, and the publication of a monthly magazine to contain camp news and to furnish a medium for the mission to reach every person on the coast. His proposals met with considerable opposition. However, after much discussion, Reverend Antle's scheme was accepted and he volunteered to take charge of the new mission. The Missionary Society of the Church of England in Canada (MSCC) provided him with a grant to cover the cost of the boat. In 1905, the mission ship Columbia was built and launched in Vancouver. The ship was a dispensary, a consultation room, an emergency ward or an ambulance, as occasion demanded. It was also a travelling library and a chapel. A doctor was hired; he was also a mechanical engineer. The Reverend John Antle was trained to be an anaesthesist; he combined this job with his other work as chaplain, skipper of the Columbia, first-aid expert, nurse, sometimes cook , editor of the monthly magazine and superintendent of all activities of the Mission. The need for the Mission was obvious very shortly after the beginning of its operations. Two months after the Columbia started its missionary trips, a small hospital was opened at Rock Bay, site of a big logging camp. In 1907 the Columbia Mission was asked to operate a second hospital at Van Anda. By the fall of the same year the Mission was approached about starting a third hospital at Alert Bay. While the Mission developed rapidly, financing for it did not. Antle tried to promote the idea of selling one dollar medical insurance tickets to the loggers. The system would entitle the purchaser to be treated on the Columbia or in the most convenient Mission hospital and would provide the Mission with a stable source of income. But the loggers were migratory workers, often without foresight, and the hospital ticket idea was never entirely successful. Antle made a trip to Eastern Canada and England and came back with $ 10.000 which allowed him to build a bigger hospital boat. In 1910 Columbia II was launched in New Westminster. The new vessel had all the necessary facilities for giving medical and surgical aid, and in addition had a radio-telephone which facilitated the emergency communications. Initially the Columbia Coast Mission had a phenomenally rapid growth. As the years passed, the Mission continued to expand, but at a slower pace. The activities of the Mission were numerous: it undertook annual medical examinations of school children, conducted outpost clinics, gave pre-and post-natal care, and established well baby clinics for Indian mothers. The number of Indian maternity cases admitted increased steadily and there was a consequent reduction in infant mortality. The Reverend John Antle retired around 1930, at the age of 70, with the satisfaction of seeing his dream translated into reality. He did not stop sailing though. In 1939 he went to England, purchased a boat called Reverie and sailed it out to Vancouver via the Panama Canal. World War II saw him back in service in a parish on Mayne Island. In 1948 John Antle was 81, but, as the sea and the Reverie still beckoned, he set sail from Vancouver to the West Indies. Bad weather and misfortune dogged his trip and failing health curtailed the activities of this adventurous spirit. The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club sent two members to San Francisco to help sail the Reverie back to Vancouver. This was the Reverend Antle's last long trip. He died in December 1949. His burial service was held on the deck of the Columbia and his body returned to the sea at Manson's Deep, off Bowen Island. «

Ashworth, Mollie

  • A-2014.1
  • Person
  • 1928-2012

In 1976 after visiting a number of times and travelling from coast to coast, Mollie decided to immigrate to Vancouver where she joined her cousins and began a new adventure as a hopeful Canadian. Only four years later, in 1980, she enthusiastically became a Canadian citizen. Mollie settled in East Vancouver, in the parish of St. David of Wales, Vancouver. This is where Mollie found her spiritual home. Mollie instantly felt welcomed and at home at St. David’s and was a member of their congregation from 1978 to 2006. After retirement in 1988, from her long career as a Midwife, back in England and Practical Nurse at Grace Hospital, Mollie was able to dedicate more time to her involvement with St. David’s. Since 2006 Mollie has been a member of Christ Church Cathedral and has regularly been involved with the Cathedral’s monthly Senior’s Fellowship, the Thursday Eucharist and Healing Service and the Family Eucharist on Sunday mornings.

Barbara Stopford

  • A-318
  • Person

Barbara Stopford (nee Bould) was active in the Anglican Young Peoples Association (A.Y.P.A.) in the 1940's, serving on the Vancouver West Deanery Council and the B.C. Provincial Council. The A.Y.P.A. society was founded by Rev. Canon Brown in 1903. The purpose of the organization was to promote religious, social and intellectual welfare of the youth. The affairs of the association were administered by the Dominion Council represented by Provincial Councils in all provinces. The Provincial Councils worked in close relationship with parishes through actions initiated and fulfilled by various branches. The badge of the A.Y.P.A, worn by members, was in a shield shape with Chi Rho, the first two letters for the Christ's name in Greek, on its face. As an active member of the A.Y.P.A. at the provincial level, Barbara Stopford held the position of Promotion and Extension Convenor (1946-1948) and attended the local, provincial and Dominion conferences.

Business Administrator

  • A-289.44
  • Person
  • 197?-

Before the existence of the Business Administrator, administrative duties were divided amongst the Diocesan committees, the Executive Archdeacon and the Registrar/Chancellor/Agent. Since that time, the position has been held by Nigel Snelgrove, XXXXX, Barry Foord, Mike Wellwood, and Robert Dickson.

Done, Frederick Ernest, 1901-1979

  • A-310
  • Person

Fred Done was a long-time parishioner at St. Philip's, Vancouver. He was an active member of the Church Committee and deeply involved in Anglican Young People's Association (A.Y.P.A.) activities. The A.Y.P.A branch started at St. Philip's in 1927, with E.W. Dean as president. As a member of the association, E.F. Done did much to promote religious and social fellowship in the parish and to give the young people the opportunity to participate in many aspects of church life. He organized dances, sports, beach and badminton parties, and field trips. As an active member of the Dunbar community he participated in debates that were raised as a consequence of the economic and social development of the Dunbar area. The issues under discussion included: the operation of the street car service by the city, government control and liquor regulations. He was also active in other social events organized by the parish, such as: festival suppers, church concerts, and outdoor activities

George Egerton

  • Person
  • 1942-

George Egerton was born in Winnipeg on 6 May 1942. After graduating from public school in Winnipeg, he attended the University of Manitoba and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963. His interst in historical studies led him to a Masters Programme at Minnesota University.

After completing the programme in 1964, he went on to the University of Toronto as a Ph.D. student; and in 1970 he defended his thesis "The British government and the peace making of 1919." He specialized in Modern History and International Relations.

In 1972 the University of British Columbia (UBC) offered him a teaching position in the Department of History where he continues his successful career as an Associate Professor, teaching a variety of 20th Century history courses and guiding graduate and doctoral theses.

Brought up in a family with no strong ties to a particular religious community, George Egerton was drawn to the Anglican faith while a student in London. He joined the Anglican Church in 1969 and became a prominent member of the Canadian Anglican community. His commitment - based on an historical analysis of the present discontent and the loss of identity within the Anglican community - has been expressed constructively in different areas of activity.

Between 1975-1976, Dr. Egerton was a member of the Long Range Planning Committee of the General Synod. The major focus of the Committee's work has been in the area of the membership growth and development of the Anglican church. In 1987, the Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster asked him to Chair the diocesan Commission on Levels of Ministry to: study and identify the inconsistencies of ministry distribution within the diocesan boundaries; and recommend short and long term propopsals with regard to the level of Anglican ministry in the 1990's. Within his mandate, Dr. Egerton tried to establish new contacts outside the parishes to spur interest within the Anglican community of the University of British Columbia.

In 1989 - as a follow up and implementation of the Commission's final recommendations, Dr. Egerton offered his experience and expertise as a member of the Ministry and Congregational Development Committee. The Committee's efforts were intended to further the expansion and revitalization of the diocese as endorsed by the Diocesan Council.

As an active member of the General Synod as well as at the diocesan and parish levels, George Egerton and his family attend the Vancouver parish of St. Philip's, Dunbar. He is eager to promote the Anglican mission through his writings. Beginning in 1992, together with his wife, Manya, he became western editor of "Incourage", a quarterly journal published since 1980. His book "Anglican Essentials: Reclaiming faith within the Anglican Church of Canada" was published in 1995.

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