Reflecting on Progress


Since the mid 1960s, Kathy has seen and contributed to many provincial and local community changes. So how do things change now for her personally now that she and her friends are no longer young women with high energies and untested hopes for innovation? What is the role now of the W.I. for her and her peers, especially given the younger generation's departure, and given the current activities of the W.I. across the province? Essentially, it is "support and friendship for one another as we age". Equally as important, though, are those internal reflections upon and assessments of one's own gifts and strengths.

Isn't it in thinking over our lives and what we are doing and what we want to do that gives us impetus for change? I think one of the great things as we grow older is that we learn more where our gifts and talents are, and what we can do and what we can't do. And it's all right to say "no" to what you know you don't do well. … And strengthen those gifts and use them; and don't feel you have to do everything. Nobody is good at everything.

One activity that still carries a high commitment from Kathy is her Anglican Church work, preaching and conducting services as a qualified Lay Minister. She follows a foundational principle, based on her Christian faith: "From those to whom much is given, much shall be required". She acknowledges with great satisfaction the positive changes that have happened and which pay greater respect for women’s skills and their status in the Anglican Church: "when I did my training I was director of Christian education in the Church. I never even took part in the service in 1962 when I was in New York. Never even read a lesson. So that’s all changed dramatically."