As a part of our Archiepiscopal visit our very own Madeline was awarded the Order of the Dioceses of New Westminster. A part of the citation that Patrick read about Madeline reads:
Madeline has been an active member of the parish of St John the Evangelist since 1987. Prior to that, she had visited the old church a few times in 1984, and the church hall in 1986 (after the church had burned down and while the new one was being built). Madeline’s first volunteering duty was looking after the children in the nursery. She has given many years of service in multiple roles: Treasurer of the Women’s Group, Eucharistic Administrator, counter, Member of the Altar Guild since 2004, helping with seniors’ luncheons, and starting and leading the Prayer Shawl ministry for the past five years. She feels guided by many years of practicing Contemplative Prayer at St John’s. Madeline joined the Caring Ministry in 2003 and took over leadership of this ministry for some time in 2006. She assisted one parishioner and friend during her struggles with cancer and death, when the woman’s only brother lived in Victoria and was struggling with cancer himself. She spent many hours with this parishioner in care and would use her cell phone to contact her brother so the siblings could chat. Madeline was with her when she died. The brother died shortly thereafter. His family were very grateful for Madeline’s care and devotion as they could not be with their family member in her final days.
Well done Madeline! It is an honour very much deserved and we all here at St John's are very proud of you. The pictures by Margaret include on of all St John's inductees to the ODNW. They are Ann, Bob, Linda Dana and now Madeline.