Everyday Saints

Church warden from 18 to 81

In the summer of 1955, Sherman Niles had recently finished high school and was working on his parents’ dairy farm on Wolfe Island, the first and largest of the St. Lawrence River’s Thousand Islands, at the eastern end of Lake Ontario.

Nancy Mallett is honoured at the 2014 exhibit on the military chaplaincy. Photo: Michael Hudson

Nancy Mallett: Curator, keeper of history, powerhouse

When I first met Nancy Mallett, ODT, curator of the museum and archives that bear her name at Toronto’s Cathedral Church of St. James, she was the organizing genius behind a major international conference and exhibition on the history of the crèche, hosted by the cathedral in November 2011. She was 82.

Knitting nonagenarian

Mary McDonald, 96, is a veritable “knitting machine. Really. She knits continuously. She never stops.”

Every day, McDonald’s clicking needles turn out thick, warm mittens and hats for London, Ont.’s, homeless. Each year, she donates boxes and boxes of finely wrought winter wear for people ages two to 92 to the Hospitality/Out of the Cold program at London’s St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church.

A lifetime of giving

For much of her 75 years, Mary Teya has been a voice for the church and for people in her home community of Fort McPherson, N.W.T., and far beyond.

Yukon priest has heart for Swaziland

The territory of Yukon and the kingdom of Swaziland couldn’t be farther apart-in distance, size, climate and economy. But both are home to the Rev. Canon David Pritchard, priest-in-charge-at least until December-of St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Carcross, Yukon.