Magazine article Anglican Journal

Anglican Volunteer Chaplains Receive Awards

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Anglican Volunteer Chaplains Receive Awards

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Three Anglican priests, one of whom comforted families and recovery workers after the 1998 Swissair Flight 111 disaster at Peggy's Cove, N.S., were recognized recently for their roles as volunteer chaplains with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Two of the chaplains, Canon George Ferris of Paris, Ont. and Rev. Malcolm Wilson, of Moorefield, Ont., who is retired, were presented with their awards live on CTV's Canada AM morning show by assistant commissioner Freeman Sheppard, the commanding officer of the RCMP in Ontario.

The third volunteer chaplain to be recognized, Canon John Roberts, who was unable to make the television show, is also full-time chaplain in Brampton, Ont. at the Ontario Correctional Institute. The longest serving volunteer chaplain of the three, Mr. Roberts has been a volunteer chaplain with the RCMP for 11 years. He is a critical instance team leader and is certified in critical instance stress management.

Because of this special training, and his experience, Mr. Roberts was asked to go to Peggy's Cove to help the 7,000 people -- including navy, police, fire fighters and fishers --involved in recovery efforts following the crash of Flight 111. "We'd do debriefing one day, and then the next, we'd look after the families," he said in an interview.

One group particularly traumatized, he said, was the telephone operators who had to contact family members to come to the area and identify personal items of the deceased. "The family members would latch on to the telephone operators and treat them as information sources and lifelines. …

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