This week we express our appreciation to our two churchwardens who have come to the end of their terms. Dariel Bateman has served as People’s Warden for two years and Neil Miller as Rector’s Warden for three. Much has been accomplished under their watch, though most of their efforts have been behind-the-scenes.
Neil is a problem-solver. Perhaps it’s his engineer’s training, but bring a logistical conundrum to the table and Neil sits up and takes notice. You can just see the synapses firing as he does the math, tries a variant scenario, critiques that, and moves on to another. It really is rather amazing. And we have benefitted from his critical thinking through the most problem-ridden chapter of our history.
Dariel comes from the world of education where she was both a front-line teacher and a principal. She also knows the not-for-profit world through her work with the United Way, Calgary Reads, and a host of volunteer involvements. So Dariel has been our resident motivator, our mover and shaker, and our process development officer. Whether chairing Parish Council or overseeing our nursery, Dariel has a genius for engaging others in work that is both meaningful and productive.
Together with the Rector, churchwardens have responsibility for the finances and physical fabric of the church. But their personal commitment extends to the quality of our programs, the effectiveness of our staff, and the contentment of our members. Well done, Dariel and Neil: you have served us well! Now enjoy your well-deserved retirement.