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Valley UCW Celebrate Canada

2017

Valley UCW Celebrate Canada

Celebrate Canada, was the theme of the 2017 United Church Women (UCW)

 

Spring Rally, held on May 17th, at the Aylesford United Church.  There were 109 women

 

from Weymouth to Scotch Village in  attendance.  Mae Kellough, a spritely 99 year old ,

 

was one of the special guests.  Every Spring, the Valley UCW groups meet to join in

 

fellowship and song.

 

In celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary, the women wore their patriotic colors

of red and white.  They were welcomed by Aylesford UCW president, Shirley

 

Thompson, followed by the singing of the national anthem.

 

Joy Myrah presented the devotions with an “O Canada Vignette,” which

 

highlighted the beauty of our country and its’ people.

 

Guest speaker was the Rev. John Moses, who made a presentation entitled,

 

Celebrating Canadian Women.  The focus was on the courage and achievements of

 

Canadian women and women’s groups over the years.  Rev. Moses also spoke of the

 

struggles of women in the past, who met road blocks while trying to enter

 

 universities and certain careers.

 

The struggles of indigenous women were also highlighted.  Many women in the

audience were shocked to hear that indigenous women had to wait until 1960, to be

 

granted the right to vote.  Rev. Moses also spoke about the injustices and the inequalities

that Canadian women still struggle with today.

 

The perseverance and achievements of great Canadian women such as Viola

 

Desmond, Maud Lewis and Nancy Greene Raine were highlighted, among many

 

others.

 

 

Following the presentation, a lovely lunch was served.  The women later joined

 

their voices in song under the leadership of Sarah Keddy.  A selection of hymns

 

and Canadian themed songs were sung with gusto.

 

Sandra Allwright made a presentation, highlighting the accomplishments and

 

contributions that the Valley United Church Women have made over the years and what

 

they continue to do today.  A memorial service was held to honor the UCW members in

 

Valley Presbytery, who passed away in 2016 and who worked so very hard during their

lives to make great contributions to their communities and to their country.

 

  As part of the rally festivities, postcards were sent to United Churches across

 

 Canada, to extend a hand of friendship to fellow Canadians.

 

After the closing, the women filed out into the sunshine, amid the red and white

 

tulip-filled gardens, prepared to take up their tasks in the “good Canadian way.”

 

 

                                                                                  Submitted by Joy Myrah