By Father David Reilander
It is with sadness that two long-term employees left us at the end of June. At their retirement lunch at Biagio Ristorante in Toronto, farewells were paid to Kathleen Ancker and Anne Hanley.
Kathleen began 25 years ago as a clerk and worked her way up to the Director of Development. She served under many Presidents and saw the Tastes of Heaven Gala grow from $30,000 to nearly $300, 000 net profit. Under her watch, Kathleen brought CMIC communications to a professional level. More importantly, she guided CMIC staff through the years of Msgr. Philip Kennedy’s battle with cancer. I came to know of her two years ago when I was asked to take over CMIC. Numerous people told me that I would have a “good woman” in Kathleen. I found her to be diligent and hard working. She will be missed.
Anne served for 12 years as our Communications Officer after having worked at the Yonge St. Mission for 5 years. She’s had a focus on social justice after listening to Robert Kennedy’s call for a just society. In coming to CMIC, she wanted to work for the Catholic Church. Currently working on her MTh, Anne wrote many articles for our magazine and is the author of most letters sent to our donors. Go in peace, Anne, knowing that you worked in the vineyard of the Lord.
We are in the process of hiring their replacements who will have big shoes to fill.
Father David Reilander