Magazine article Anglican Journal

Church's 'Treasure' Recognized: Former Prolocutor Receives Merit Award

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Church's 'Treasure' Recognized: Former Prolocutor Receives Merit Award

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Fitzroy Harbour, Ont.

Amy Newell is a treasure, not only for her parish but for the whole Anglican Church of Canada as well as a gift to the Anglican Communion, said the primate, Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, in presenting her with the Anglican Award of Merit.

The presentation of the award, the highest for a lay member, was made on Sunday, Jan. 2, at her parish church of St. George's, Fitzroy Harbour, Ont., just west of Ottawa.

"Now it would give you some insight into Amy's nature, (and I know that you know that already, better than I do)," the primate told the congregation, "that I proposed that this presentation be made yesterday in the cathedral church of the diocese (in Ottawa) on the first day of the year, and Amy said 'no thank you, I would rather get this in my parish church.'"

There are those in the church, he said, who believe that this kind of award is inappropriate, because everybody's witness and ministry is of equal value in the eyes of God.

That is true, he added, but on the other hand "we do this ... because we need to recognize exceptional contributions to the life of the church."

The primate noted that Ms. Newell's service to the church had not been "a bowl full of cherries." He recalled a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) in Winnipeg in 1994, where Ms. Newell was called upon to preside at the gathering of the church's governing body as the then-primate Michael Peers was on sabbatical. …

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