“I am honoured to be chosen for this distinction by such a venerable institution with such deep roots in Canadian Anglicanism,” said Rois, who completed a doctorate in homiletics at the University of Chicago in 2006.
Since its founding in 1841, the college has prepared people for ordained and lay leadership in the tradition of the Anglican Communion and other Christian traditions.
In choosing Rois, the college and the three sponsoring Anglican dioceses in Newfoundland and Labrador noted that they have “benefited greatly from the commitment and partnership that the Anglican Foundation has continually provided to our theological colleges and dioceses. ”
They also acknowledged Rois’s successful efforts at rebranding the foundation and implementing programs to “empower the powerless,” such as the Hope Bear and Kids Helping Kids campaigns. “In your distinguished ministry you have constantly been a trailblazer for new and innovative programs, which have furthered the goals, aims and directions of the Anglican Church of Canada,” wrote the Rev. Dr. Alex Faseruk, Queen’s provost.
The Anglican Foundation is a funding agency that provides resources for innovative ministries, supporting Anglican presence and infrastructure improvements.
“I am humbled at being selected by Queen’s for this honour, and I hope that the foundation’s partnership with the Anglican Church in Canada’s eastern-most dioceses will be a long and fruitful one,” said Rois, who joined the foundation as executive director in January 2011.