“It is hoped that through their experience of this installation, people will grow in their understanding of and appreciation for Indigenous culture and wisdom about how to live a good life,” says the Rev. Jonathan Khouri, priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s. “This will also be a place where people can come to seek healing and reconciliation in their relationships.”
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“I am so proud of our youth who attended, as they showed their courage and strength to attend an event so far from home and context. The Indigenous youth look forward to again being able and blessed to participate and be acknowledged as members of the church and to celebrate youthful energetic faith with all young Christians from across this broad and glorious land we together call home.”
As Grants Committee members commended individual projects, they spoke of both the sense of “urgency” and “delight” in supporting as many applicants as possible and acknowledged AFC’s role in providing not just funding but “peace of mind,” especially to those churches seeking to repair damaged or at-risk infrastructure.
Whether motivated by their love for sacred music, belief in the value of leadership and education, a vision to reduce poverty, or a desire to support the Indigenous church, an increasing number of Canadian Anglicans are partnering with AFC to achieve their philanthropic goals.
Churchwarden Chris Yeomans is grateful to all the parishioners and many other people in who have given so generously to the church’s Say Yes! to Kids campaigns. “Most of all we are grateful to the Anglican Foundation of Canada for launching this innovative program that is having such a transformational impact on youth here at home but across Canada as well.”
“Two thirds of the Say Yes! to Kids teams reached or surpassed their goals,” says Michelle Hauser, Development and Communications Officer for AFC, “and the remaining third achieved between 50% and 80% of their targets.“ Hauser says each team received a $1,000 AFC Angel Donor match thanks to this year’s $25,000 matching sponsor.
“With these gifts comes our deepest gratitude for your ministry as a Chancellor, as a mentor for new Chancellors, as a wise confidante of Primates and Bishops, and a gentle hand at the tiller of navigating the needs of many General Synod gatherings. We pray that your well-earned retirement will be filled with time to read, rest, and enjoy your West Coast Island home in good health. Thank you from the Anglican Church of Canada.”
“We are tremendously grateful for the support of the Anglican Foundation of Canada,” says The Ven. Cathy Laskey, Episcopal Archdeacon. “By investing in our churches—so that our buildings are safe, accessible, and welcoming—and by driving innovation with their special focus on children and youth through the Say Yes! to Kids program, AFC is not just a dependable partner in ministry, but a visionary one as well.”
“We are very fortunate to have a compassionate partner like Burgundy to boost our support for this year’s Say Yes! to Kids campaign,” says Dr. Scott Brubacher, Executive Director, AFC. “Burgundy has a history of support for AFC through both the SYTK campaign and the Kids Helping Kids Fund. This donation is yet another example of their generosity and commitment to helping young people reach their full potential.”