The Reverend Sally Harrison
Sally, originally from Nova Scotia, trained as a nurse in Montreal and had a long career in Montreal and Ontario prior to her retirement in 1995 when she moved to Edmonton to be close to her daughters and grandchildren.
Sally was soon very active at St. Timothy’s, playing the organ, teaching Sunday school, and as president of our ACW group. In time, Sally became the president of the Diocesan ACW and eventually the National ACW before her Ordination as a Vocational Deacon in the early 2000’s.
Sally has long been an ally of the LGBTQ2SIA+ community. In the 1990’s, she ran a support group for parents of gay children. These parents were members of fundamental Christian Churches who were told by their pastors that their children were sinners and undeserving of God’s love. She also provided support to gay children who had been shunned and even forced to leave their homes. She asked everyone the question “Why would God love my (your) child less than I (you) do?”
Sally’s ordained ministry focused on pastoral visiting. She provided music ministry to the residents at Canterbury Foundation on a weekly basis, occasionally providing communion from reserved sacraments when a priest was unavailable to join her. Sally did the same monthly at Lynnwood.
Although she keeps saying she is retiring, Sally continues to declare the Gospel during worship at St. Timothy’s and will occasionally sit behind the organ and share music ministry with us. Sally remains a fixture at Book Club and other learning opportunities.