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Celebrating Adele’s ministry

Adele Finney served as Executive Director of PWRDF from 2010-2016. Photo: Simon Chambers

June 2, 2016

By Simon Chambers

Yesterday, PWRDF joined with colleagues from the Anglican Church of Canada to celebrate the ministry of our Executive Director, Adele Finney, who is beginning her retirement today—driving with her husband Gordon to British Columbia to be close to children and grandchildren there.

Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate and President of the PWRDF Board of Directors, lauded Adele’s accomplishments through her ministry with PWRDF—including three agreements with Global Affairs Canada for funding several development projects, building strong relationships globally and ecumenically, and theological reflection and presence in meetings and leadership.  He also spoke of Adele’s humility, quoting from her letter to the board, “My proudest achievement was listening well enough to allow people to articulate into light their hopes and fears, to connect what is deepest within themselves to their work, to help make space and time for hearing one another, freedom to try new things and have some of the new things work and some of them not. ”

Adele’s history at PWRDF was varied, including covering several maternity leaves and serving in many different roles before returning in 2010 to become first interim Executive Director and then to take the position permanently until her retirement today.

Her ministry with PWRDF touched people around the world as well as those in Church House.  Peter Goodwin, Diocesan Representative for New Westminster, sent his thanks to the party, saying, “You have provided years of visionary leadership to our wonderful organization inspiring Anglicans and others to reach out in support in creative and impactful ways to the most vulnerable in our world and to be honourable stewards of God’s creation. You have been instrumental in the recognition and respect that PWRDF has increasingly gained amongst various significant and respected entities in both the ecclesiastical and secular world for its programming through partner organizations to the needy of our world.”

Adele spoke of the importance of small things as well as large: “…very small acts make a difference. Small acts mattered in these halls, in the lunch room, in the chapel, in our offices—how we treat one another, the words spoken, the transparency offered, the laughter, celebrations and sorrows that we share. And the large acts of partnership, accompaniment, justice and reconciliation we do as a church, and as PWRDF, matter, too. Those small acts of the spirit hold one another in the dynamic gravity, sending waves out that touch lives, times and places we have not seen and do not know.”

Adele’s ministry has touched many lives in many places, and her contribution has helped PWRDF to grow and prosper under her care.  God bless, Adele, and God speed to British Columbia!

Adele shares a laugh with Primate Fred Hiltz.
Adele shares a laugh with Primate Fred Hiltz.
Adele sang some favourite hymns with her husband Gordon.
Adele sang some favourite hymns with her husband Gordon.
Eileen Scully celebrated at Adele's retirement Eucharist.
Eileen Scully celebrated at Adele’s retirement Eucharist.
bulletin covers from the service
Farewell, Adele!
Adele pouring water for a renewal of baptism.
Adele pouring water for a renewal of baptism.

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