Two prominent Anglicans were honored by being named to the Order of Canada, the nation?s highest honor this summer.
Retired Anglican bishop John R. Sperry, formerly diocesan bishop of the Arctic, and Willy (Christine) Hodgson former chair of the Anglican Church of Canada?s council for native ministries were honored.
Born in Great Britain, Bishop Sperry emigrated to Canada in 1960, serving parishes in Kugluktuk (formerly Coppermine) and Fort Smith. He was diocesan bishop from 1973 to 1990. In retirement, he works with health and volunteer organizations and is chaplain of the Canadian Forces northern region.
Ms. Hodgson received Canada?s highest honour for a lifetime of championing aboriginal and social causes. A member of the Plains Cree nation and a psychiatric nurse by training, Ms. Hodgson served the province of Saskatchewan as a social worker, rehabilitation co-ordinator and therapist and in employment counselling for Indian and Métis people, particularly women.
Ms. Hodgson also served as chair of the national church?s council for native ministries.