Magazine article Anglican Journal

CoGS Names Five to Receive the Prestigious Award of Merit

Magazine article Anglican Journal

CoGS Names Five to Receive the Prestigious Award of Merit

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Two social justice activists, a passionate advocate for philanthropy, a lawyer, and a business administrator are this year's recipients of the Anglican Award of Merit.

The award is the Anglican Church of Canada's highest distinction given to lay people who have contributed to the life and work of the church at the national and international level.

The 2010 recipients were announced at the spring meeting of the Council of General Synod, the church's governing body in between General Synods. They are:

Robert "Rob" Dickson, business administrator for the diocese of New Westminster, has been recognized for his contribution to various church committees at the national level. Currently a member of the Anglican Journal board, Dickson has served as chair of General Synod's financial management and development committee. He chaired the task force that developed and presented the current General Synod proportional gift formula. He was also a member of the Residential School Settlement Task Force that resulted in a national settlement.

At the local level, he served as fundraiser for New Westminster's healing and reconciliation fund, and as treasurer, parish warden and trustee. He was warden, trustee and treasurer of Christ Church Cathedral from 1980 to 1986.

"It is my privilege to offer my service 'to our beloved church' and its work in forwarding the mission of God in this world," said Dickson.

An outspoken social activist, Canon Alice Jean Finlay, or "AJ" as she is known, is a member of the board of directors and former vice-chair of Kairos, the ecumenical justice and peace organization, of which the Anglican Church of Canada is a member. She also represented the church as a member of the Central Committee, the World Council of Churches' governing body. In 2001, she represented the church in an ecumenical mission team that visited the war-ravaged area of Southern Sudan. …

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