Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Beloved' Arctic Missionary and Broadcaster to Receive Top Honour

Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Beloved' Arctic Missionary and Broadcaster to Receive Top Honour

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Two Anglicans--a priest who has devoted more than 50 years as a cleric and volunteer in the Arctic and a popular broadcaster--were among those recently named to the Order of Canada.

Dean Mike Gardener, 75, was only 24 years old when he took up his post as minister of Lake Harbour (now Kimmirut). Described by Nunatsiaq News as "one of Baffin region's most beloved Anglican missionaries," Mr. Gardener also served Cape Dorset, Pangnirtung, and then Iqaluit, where he served as dean of St. Jude's Cathedral until his retirement in 1996. Today, he is "a fixture in Nunavut's capital, after a long career as a minister and tireless volunteer in several communities throughout the territory," said the newspaper.

"He's known to everyone. He's one of those kind souls who would do anything for anybody," said Susan Spring, head of Iqaluit's Rotary Club.

As a boy, Mr. Gardener was inspired by the story of Scottish missionary David Livingstone, who had worked in Africa.

However, he told Nunatsiaq News, he didn't care for tropical temperatures. …

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