I’m an Anglican priest serving in the Diocese of Toronto. I have served in the Toronto since 2010 and, before that, in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
I call PEI home. I am enjoying being a WOMAN in ministry. And I think that when my church makes the only right and just decision that is true to the Gospel by offering ALL of GOD’S sacraments to ALL of GOD’S people, we will be a much smaller church, but a lot stronger.
I am a wife, daughter, sister, friend and beloved child of God, in no particular order.
Here is the “academic” biography.
Rev. Dawn grew up in Souris, Prince Edward Island. She is very proud of her island roots. Growing up she was blessed to be part of many different churches including Presbyterian, Baptist and United Church of Canada.
Rev. Dawn was baptized as an infant in the Anglican Church of Canada, but did not worship as an Anglican until her university days at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, PQ. During her time at Bishop’s she spent a semester at Royal Holloway, University of London in Egham, England. After graduation, she worked for a community development organization and then on to serve as Christian Education Director at St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Belfast, PEI. She was confirmed in the Anglican Church in May, 1997 at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Charlottetown. She then moved on to work for an information company for professional fundraisers where she worked with many colleges, universities and national organizations in Canada, the United States and England.
In 2002, Rev. Dawn began her studies at Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, NS. In May of 2004, she was accepted as a postulant in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and continued her studies towards ordination to the diaconate and priesthood. During her studies she worked with St. Paul’s Anglican Church in downtown Halifax and Christ Church, Dartmouth. In 2004 she completed her basic unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. The following year she went to India to work with the Church of North India Synodical Board of Health Services HIV/AIDS Programme through the Student Theological Partners in Mission program. Upon graduation, Rev. Dawn was appointed to the Parishes of Antigonish and Bayfield with Country Harbour based in Antigonish, NS which, under her leadership, amalgamated into the Parish of Three Harbours in 2009. She also served as a visiting chaplain, building relationships with students, faculty and staff at St. Francis Xavier University as part of her parish ministry. Since then she has served different churches including Trinity Aurora, Christ Church Stouffville, Parishes of Parrsboro, Port Greville and Springhill and All Saints’ Kingsway specializing in interim ministry, youth and children’s ministry, outreach, congregational development and preaching in various settings.
Rev. Dawn was ordained to the Diaconate on the Feast of the Visitation in 2006 and to the Priesthood later that year on the Eve of St. Andrew, the 30th anniversary of the ordination of women in the Anglican Church of Canada.
Rev. Dawn has shown excellence in building relationships across generations, preaching, justice, outreach, and exploring new ways to be church. She is married and is currently living in Toronto, Ontario.