Magazine article Anglican Journal

100-Year-Old Ottawa Priest Receives Canada 150 Medal

Magazine article Anglican Journal

100-Year-Old Ottawa Priest Receives Canada 150 Medal

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Canon Ken Cowan, who was born 50 years after Confederation, before the end of the First World War, and before his birth-province of Saskatchewan became a teenager, was presented with a Canada 150th Anniversary Medal January 21 at his home parish of Christ Church Bells Corners, in the Anglican diocese of Ottawa.

Liberal MP Chandra Arya was on hand at the reception to congratulate 100-year-old* Cowan and pin the medal on him as dozens of parishioners, guests and two of his sons looked on. The medal is given to Canadians whose generosity, dedication, volunteerism and hard work make their communities a better place to live in.

It was the Rev. Kathryn Otley, rector of Christ Church, who nominated Cowan for the medal. "We made a nomination on Ken's behalf--without telling him--so it was a big surprise," she told the gathering.

She noted that Cowan became a deacon in 1941 and a priest in 1942, for a total of 77 years of ordained service. He is "still serving today and still attends our vestry, our annual general meeting and advocates for mission," said Otley. "He's just an amazing force in the community and not without a sense of humour."

Cowan, who is also honorary assistant at the church, is confined to a wheelchair and wears a hearing aid, but attends services each Sunday and participates in discussions about church issues.

He did not speak at the reception, but in an interview with the Anglican Journal at his residence in a retirement home near Christ Church January 24, Cowan was asked what the happiest time in his life was. …

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