Woman of Faith Award

The Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Order of Diaconal Ministries and the Women’s Missionary Society have established an award to recognize the work of women within The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

The Presbyterian Woman of Faith Awards will be given to women who are part of The Presbyterian Church in Canada who should be honoured either for faithful service, a specific accomplishment, or a lifetime of achievement.

The recipients of this award will be recognized at a banquet at the National Presbyterian Women’s Gathering on Sunday May 21, 2017.

Only individuals who are nominated will be considered for the award. A nomination form must be completed by a court or organization of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. The Woman of Faith Awards Committee considers all submitted nominations and decides the award recipients.

All nominations must be received by November 30, 2016.

One of the purposes of the Woman of Faith Awards is to create an environment within The Presbyterian Church in Canada where the stories of women in ministry can be shared and celebrated. With that in mind, we encourage all nominators to share the profile that is written with the woman who has been nominated and to celebrate her and her ministry in your group and/or congregation.

Faithful Service

  • dedicating her efforts to her local congregation and/or community

Specific Accomplishment

  • envisioning, launching and sustaining a particular ministry or project that has impacted the church and/or community

Lifetime of Achievement

  • impacting the church through her legacy within the congregation(s), committees, courts and ministries of the PCC, in Canada or internationally

Eligibility

The award is open to women who are part of The Presbyterian Church in Canada including lay, elders, diaconal ministers, missionaries and clergy.

Criteria

Faithful Service
Nomination form details required

  1. Provide a short profile of the woman being nominated.  (max. 200 words)
  2. Describe the areas of involvement and or service in her congregation or community. (max. 250 words)
  3. How does her involvement impact the church and/or community?  (max. 200 words)
  4. Describe the way her faith is expressed and demonstrated in her life. (max. 100 words)
  5. Summarize the reasons why you are nominating this woman for this category. (max. 150 words)

Specific Accomplishment
Nomination form details required

  1. Provide a short profile of the woman being nominated. (max. 200 words)
  2. Describe the project, ministry or mission and this person’s involvement. (max. 250 words)
  3. How is this ministry affecting the church, congregation and/or community? (max. 200 words)
  4. Describe the way her faith is expressed and demonstrated in her life. (max. 100 words)
  5. Summarize the reasons why you are nominating this woman for this category. (max. 150 words)

Lifetime of Achievement
Nomination Form Details Required

  1. Provide a short profile of the woman being nominated. (max. 200 words)
  2. List where and how she has been involved in the wider ministry of The Presbyterian Church in Canada and community. (max. 250 words)
  3. Describe her legacy within a congregation, specialized missions, the national church and/or community. (max. 200 words)
  4. Describe the way her faith is expressed and demonstrated in her life.  (max. 100 words)
  5. Summarize the reasons why you are nominating this woman for this category. (max. 150 words)

Deadline

All nominations must be received by November 30, 2016. Any congregation, group, college, camp or court may nominate a woman. Two people must endorse the nomination form.

Thank you to those who have submitted nominations; nominations are now closed. 

The Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Women’s Missionary Society and the Order of Diaconal Ministries established this award to recognize the courageous and faithful work of women within our church. Nominations were received from across the church.

The year 2014 was the inaugural year of the award and, as such, the committee felt it was appropriate to honour more than one woman. Six awards were presented this year.

  • Dr. Pauline Brown, India/Canada
  • Mrs. Helen Macdonald, St.Andrew’s Pres. Church Orillia, Ontario
  • The Rev. Helen Smith, Centennial Pres. Church, Calgary, Alberta
  • Dr. Margaret Taylor, Gale Pres. Church, Elmira, Ontario
  • Dr. Lois Klempa, Beaconsfield, Quebec (Posthumously)
  • Mrs. Doreen McDougall, Westminster Pres. Church, Ottawa, Ontario (Posthumously)

More about the Recipients

Dr. Pauline Brown

Dr. Pauline BrownPauline dreamed of going to India as a young girl. At the age of 25, after having served as a navy nurse, the Women’s Missionary Society sent her to work in India as a nurse among the Bhil people. For 55 years she faithfully served God and the Bhil people in various capacities, but always with a focus on health care and education. Though she knew little about being a missionary, she credits the WMS for encouraging her to stay in India to work and minister alongside the people. Now retired, she lives most of the year in Jobat, India as a beloved elder in the community she served for many years.

Helen Macdonald

Helen MacDonaldHelen has faithfully served her congregation for many years and in many roles, including being a member of the mission and outreach committee, ladies auxiliary, cemetery board and clerk of session. Not only has Helen served her church, but she has shared her expertise and talent with her community through Richmond House, Couchiching Jubilee House and helping to found the ODAC (Orillia District and Area Churches). Helen has also actively participated in the Quota Club since 1963, including serving as the International President from 1989-1990. She has worked tirelessly for over 50 years supporting those in their time of need and carrying out commitments faithfully.

The Rev. Helen Smith

Helen SmithHelen serves the church with creativity and faithfulness in a wide variety of ministries. For 35 years, Helen has ministered from Evangel Hall Mission in Toronto, Calgary Urban Projects Society, Camp Kannawin in Sylvan Lake, AB, to congregational ministry in Edmonton, Southern Ontario and Calgary, giving generously of her time and many talents in each ministry. Her wide experience is deeply appreciated as she serves on boards and committees, both in her local community and nationally, working to carry out God’s call to ministry. She represented The Presbyterian Church in Canada on the Caribbean and North American Area Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. She is currently the chair of the Life and Mission Agency.

Dr. Margaret Taylor

Dr. Margaret TaylorMargaret is a pioneer in the advancement of the status of women in The Presbyterian Church in Canada. She crisscrossed Canada, by any mode of transportation, to present her vision of Christian Education. Margaret was the first woman appointed to the Board of the Missionary and Deaconess Training School and later the chair of the Building Campaign to build a new training college which was renamed Ewart College. As a ground breaker, she was the first woman to chair an Assembly Board of the PCC. She served on a number of national boards and committees within the PCC as a member and chairperson, often as the first or only female member, including chairing the task force on “Liberty of Conscience as it pertains to the Ordination of Women.” Margaret also served as a member of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women. She is a role model and an inspiration to all women.

Dr. Lois Klempa

Dr. Lois KlempaLois, who studied at Ewart College, was a passionate feminist who fought for women’s rights and was a spirited advocate of women in ministry. She travelled and worked in churches in the United States and Scotland and was an energetic member of her home congregations. She was very active in her local WMS and served as president of the presbyterial and synodical, and on the national executive. She also served on the 1997 Presbyterian Hymn Book and Worship Book committees and was a strong advocate for inclusive language in worship. Her enduring legacy is her history of the WMS, Certain Women Amazed Us, for which she was the principal author.

Doreen McDougall

Doreen McDougallDoreen was a woman of faith that reached out to others, to stand with them during times of stress. She was an active leader in her congregation, serving on many committees such as mission and outreach, worship and nurture, Christian education, pastoral care and congregational life. She was a long-time elder and served as the clerk of session during a very difficult transition and subsequent amalgamation in the life of her congregation. Doreen was an inspiration and a great comfort in all situations, never wavering in her own faith. Well done good and faithful servant.

Photos courtesy of the Presbyterian Record

 

For More Information

Liz Brewer
Ministry and Church Vocations
The Presbyterian Church in Canada
1-800-619-7301 ext. 248