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“On behalf of the board and membership of the Association of Anglican Deacons in Canada, I would like to humbly express our deep gratitude for your advocacy and support on behalf of the Diaconate of the Anglican Church of Canada,” wrote Anglican Deacons Canada President, The Rev. Canon Nancy Ford, in a letter to outgoing Primate Fred Hiltz.

The letter continues: “Your thoughtful encouragement of the Diaconate when you were a Diocesan Bishop continued when you became Primate. Your willingness to tell the story and reach out to Deacons as you travelled across Canada has been affirming. Your presence with us at our 2014 Triennial conference in Nova Scotia was a tremendous gift. You have been a strong voice for the Diaconate in the councils of the church.”

As you embrace the next change in your life, know that we will continue to keep you in our prayers and give thanks for all that you have given and done in your ministry.”

Deacon Nancy Ford delivered this letter to the Primate in person when he came to Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria in October.