The Archdeacon A.C. McCollum Fund was established in 1957 to assist students who are enrolled in an Anglican seminary in Ontario and are engaged in advancing the faith and teachings of the Anglican Church of Canada. The deadline for application for a given year of study falls in October of the previous year. Information and application forms for the bursary are available on the SJYM website.
This year, the Fund Committee decided to award a $5000 bursary, and on November 24, 2015 the members met to review seven strong applications. After much discussion, four students were selected to share the bursary, two from Wycliffe College and two from Saint Paul University in Ottawa (see below).
The co-chairs wish to thank all the members of the committee for their hard work reviewing this year’s applications.
— Max Dionisio, McCollum Fund Co-Chair
Recipients of Bursaries for 2016
Karen Issacs, Wycliffe College – Karen, who works at the office of the Diocese of Toronto, is studying part-time at Wycliffe College to supplement her Master of Theological Studies degree, and doing a parish placement at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church near High Park. Karen hopes to be ordained to the priesthood in 2017. Her interests lie in all things mission- and outreach-related; in past years she worked with mission organizations in Europe and Africa.
Ted Williams, Wycliffe College – Ted did undergrad studies at the University of King’s College, Halifax. It was there that he developed and interest in mission and its role in the church. Now he is studying at Wycliffe College where he has opportunities to study mission further. Aside from studies, he is active in community activities: in Halifax he coordinated students volunteers at soup kitchens and founded a student musical society; in Toronto he is involved with the student council.
Colin McFarland, St. Paul University – Colin first studied music at Trinity Western College, and then became an administrator at a not-for-profit arts organization. It was during those years that he was drawn into church life and into the community at a drop-in centre. The process of learning to listen, to serve, and to pray, and to draw people toward God awakened a calling to ministry in him. Colin is now in the first year of studies toward a Master of Divinity degree.
Ryan Boivin, Saint Paul University – Ryan originally studied math and education with plans to become a teacher, and pursued that career for seven years. He then felt himself called to ministry and so decided to change course and follow a new road. Ryan is now studying in the third, and final, year of his theological education in Ottawa, and he is also doing his third of three internships. God willing, he plans to be ordained in 2016.
The candidates complete stories can be found in the Spring 2016 issue of the Link starting on page 8.