Unsung Hero Award 2017 Every year, in our service of the Living Tradition, we celebrate the shared ministry of our congregation, knowing that this is how we make our spiritual quest, our moral convictions and need for meaningful fellowship vibrantly real and concrete. And so we rise, in turn, in acknowledgment and appreciation for the myriad ways in which we serve and bless one another. Most years, we try to recognize persons who have contributed to our beloved community in special ways that tend to fall outside the limelight. And we honour them by extending an Unsung Hero Award—we ask them to step into the limelight for a moment to receive our special thanks.
Lifetime Member Award 2017 On rare occasions, it is an honour in this congregation to recognize an individual for their outsized and enduring contributions over time to this church and the wider Unitarian community. In accordance with the By-Laws of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver, the Board of Trustees can extend a Lifetime Membership in this congregation—that means, no matter where life may take this person, they hold an honoured place in our hearts and minds and all the privileges of membership in the Unitarian Church of Vancouver. Today it is my privilege to call Mary Bennett to the stage to receive an Award of Lifetime Membership in this congregation. Mary has been an active member of UCV for more than a quarter century. She served with distinction as Executive Director of the Canadian Unitarian Council in those extraordinary first years when the UUA and the CUC separated institutionally, and … Continued