2017 WARDEN’S REPORT
This has been a busy and challenging year for your wardens. Lenore and Letta were new on the job, so in March, to broaden their knowledge, they attended an interesting and informative full day Wardens’ Workshop at the Diocesan Synod office, during which the Bishop played a major “hands on” role.
Much thought has been given to Holy Trinity’s financial position and how to reduce the worrisome deficit. We were approached with requests to consider renting our church hall. To this end we have now successfully completed negotiations with two groups:
- Wind and Tide – Initially offering morning and afternoon Junior kindergarten program, from September to June. The scope of the program is expected to increase as enrollment grows.
- Sage Counselling – A government-funded Addictions counselling program, offering daytime and evening sessions, from April to June
A great deal of time and money has been spent on Building Maintenance this year, not by choice but by necessity. Work was required on the heating system, alarm system, and most urgently, the roof. Our sacristy and flower room enjoyed a much-needed facelift courtesy of Herb Smart and Bob Ives, and paid for by the Altar Guild. We must, however, give credit to our rector for his innovative fund-raising initiative to raise money for our new roof. Through his marathon sermon in August, he raised close to $17,000! Our thanks to Neil for such a major achievement.
We had several fund-raisers during the year, including a Dinner and Dance in January; the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper in February, a Spring Garage Sale in June, and our annual Christmas Fair in December. Thanks are due to all the planners, volunteers and those who attended – through your support, all events were very successful.
The FOCUS Community Group held two very enjoyable evenings, both of which were well attended by Holy Trinity parishioners:
- March – A Sausage and Mash Dinner. Speakers were from Stapleton’s Sausages, a successful family business whose products were featured at the dinner.
- September – The group hosted a Hog Roast that was finger-licking good! The speaker was Vince Coyne.
Sadly, we are still awaiting the arrival of our Syrian Refugee family, whose numbers increased last year with the arrival of a new baby boy! Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
As we look to the year ahead, we have mixed feelings. We shall be saying goodbye to our Rector, Neil, who has been our spiritual leader for the past 15 years. This will be a sad occasion, but we wish him well on his new journey.
There is a great deal of work ahead of us before we have a new Rector. Following the advice of the Bishop, we have begun the process of self-examination as a preliminary step which will provide the data and opinions that will eventually form our Parish Profile.
In closing, we would like to thank: our Rector, The Rev. Neil Gray, and our Deacon, The Rev. Paul Richards, for their guidance and support; our staff, Music Director and Organist, Ulo Valdma, Office Manager, Jann Callaghan Cullen, for her hard work and never-ending support; our Caretaker, Joan MacLeod, who looks after our church and keeps everything neat and clean; to everyone in our church family for everything they do to make us such a wonderful, caring community. Thanks be to all of you, and thanks be to God.
Letta Lewis, Bob Ives & Lenore Richards