Pat Winwood, Rector's Warden
I began attending Good Shepherd church when my children were young and I was looking for a Sunday School for them. That was 33 years ago. Not only did I find an active Sunday School, but also a Youth Group as they grew older. I was pleased to find such a welcoming community, where I have made many good friends through the years. I have happily participated in church groups in many ways from teaching Sunday School, working on committees, serving on Vestry and now as Rector’s Warden. Each of these commitments has strengthened my own Christian education and faith. I truly enjoy the fellowship, friendships and Anglican worship I find at Good Shepherd Church.
Marguerite LeFeuvre, People's Warden
My daughter Stephanie and I were lucky to find this warm and welcoming church in 2001. Since that time I have found spiritual comfort, friendship, a place for my Outreach passion, a caring Christian community, and every Sunday I get to participate in the rich and vibrant Anglican service. My current position as People’s Warden will allow me to participate in guiding this Christian community into the future.
I have always had a profound sense of the importance of ‘community’: community of believers, neighbours, contributors, and engagers. This led me to an academic career as an historian who studies social relations and community values. Ultimately, this also led me to Good Shepherd when I was searching for a new spiritual home. From the very first service that I attended, I knew this was a community in which I could continue to grow both spiritually and socially. I was pleased to be called to join Vestry as it gives me an opportunity to invest further by contributing as a lay leader.
I was born into the Good Shepherd Anglican Church and have been a member for many years. My grandfather and uncle started the Good Shepherd (they built it!) and my grandmother was the first president of the WA (Women’s Auxiliary) the forerunner to the Anglican Church Women. My mother played the organ during the early days and periodically for the next 70 years.
I’m a longtime Anglican, but pretty new to Good Shepherd! I joined in 2016 after many years at St. Catherine of Alexandria in Port Coquitlam, BC, where I served on vestry, diocesan council, Anglican Church Women, and was awarded the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster in 2013. I also serve as the national president of the Anglican Church Women in Canada. I am pleased to serve on Good Shepherd’s vestry and look forward to contributing to our continued growth.
My wife and I began attending Good Shepherd about 20 years ago. We felt welcomed and included from the start. I have previously served on vestry as a vestry member or synod delegate. I have also served a term on the Diocesan executive committee. I have participated in the support of Sunday worship as a reader, sidesperson and lately on the soundboard. I have been on clergy search committees, discernment committees and involved in the Marriage Encounter and Cursillo communities in the Diocese.
Barb Emerson, Treasurer
I am a long-time veteran in the service of the church, in Edmonton and elsewhere. I have experience as a warden, prayer leader, synod representative, and vestry member. My husband and I love Good Shepherd for its strong community and commitment to one another.