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Past Honourees of the Fun Run

Each year since 2010 the Foundation has honoured a special CASC/ACSS Member who has made a significant contribution to the life of the organization.

Banff 2010 Marcia Wiley

Text of Marcia’s Acceptance Speech:

I join your conference in Spirit today and enter into your continuing endeavor to influence the Healing Ministry of Health and Wholeness.

It is with heartfelt gratitude and humility that I accept this privilege of being honored by your Foundation as a “Pioneer” ~ contributing to the development of the Canadian Association of Pastoral Practice and Education.

When Marj Prettinger and Don Misener wrote and also spoke to me about this recognition I felt disbelief, excitement and honor all in the same moment.  However, how can one stand out when it was together that we created a future open to so many possibilities and depth?  Indeed it was through collaboration, networking, dialoguing, dreaming and yes, arguing, that CAPE was being birthed into a broader vision…one that saw professional development, participation, and standards of practice strengthened.  Inclusion of a variety of “streams” including Pastoral Counseling, Prison Ministry,  Parish Ministry alongside Institutional Hospital/Long Term Care Ministry was blooming.  The role of the Specialist was becoming clearer as a professional practitioner and that of the Supervisor as Educator, both having tremendous contributions to offer to our organization.  The strength of a bi-lingual, national, integrated organization was being recognized with greater enthusiasm.

The firm Ecumenical foundations upon which CAPE was built enflamed our Mission and Vision and propelled us forward into outreach to the broader faith communities and organizations.  CAPE was being transformed as together we endeavored we embraced the many challenges presented.

A wonderful moment in our development was when CAPE changed its name to CAPPE which truly witnessed our journey and the changing times.  Having Education and Practice as pillars upon which to expand  our future, we moved forward in HOPE.  Yes, the times were demanding, yes, we did not see clearly where this would lead, yes, it was work and… Yes, it is God’s work.  Is it any wonder why these were “the best of times and the worst of times”? and yet, these were our times for which I am so grateful to have been a part and contributed a little, along with many others, to build a future where God’s Spirit is central to Health and Healing. 

 I pray this is so today as together you continue to create Ministries which make a positive difference in the lives of those you touch.  May your “race” to the finish line be blessed Abundantly and may you all be creative to build a future full of HOPE!

Thank you so very much for this recognition and God be with you.   Marcia Wiley, sgm, Toledo, Ohio

April 13, 2010

Toronto 2011 Donovan Brown

Born in Newfoundland (1933) Ordained by the United Church of Canada (1957)

Founding Minister of St. James United Church, St. John’s, Newfoundland

Served on Board of Can. Assoc. of Pastoral Education (CAPE) as Vice-Pres.(2 Yrs.); Pres. (2 Yrs.) and Past Pres.(2 Yrs)

Founding Chair of the Association’s Foundation-1996-1998

Supervising Chaplain at the Peterborough Civic Hospital for twenty-seven years.

Retired 1998 Resides in Peterborough Ontario.

Sydney 2012 Avery Kempton

Leonard “Avery” Kempton died August 15, 2014.  His obituary follows:

Age 76, of Halifax, passed away on August 15, 2014, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s. Avery was a son of the late Alice and Clayton Kempton. He was ordained as a United Church of Canada minister in 1961. Later, he completed studies for a Doctor of Ministry degree in Psychology and Pastoral Care from Andover-Newton Theological School in Boston. Clinical Pastoral Education became his specialty. For many years, Avery was pastor, counselor, and educator as a United Church Chaplain in the hospital and university settings in Halifax. He also served pastoral charges in the areas of Inverness, Tantallon, and Marion Bridge. He enjoyed times with his family, basketball, running and spending time “out on the Mira”.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; his children, Alan, Karyn, Allison and son-in-law, Daniel Organ; his grandchildren, Mark, Laura, Grant, and Brayden as well as his sister Betry Powell, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings, Daisy Kempton, Gloria Bryan, Anne Lowe, Frances Harding, and Robert Kempton. At Avery’s request, there will be no funeral. Special thank you to close friends, Dr. Adrienne Watson, homecare workers, VON, and the Palliative Care Unit at the VG Site, QEII.

Ottawa 2013 Doug Perry

Dr. Doug Perry, a native of Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, is a graduate of Acadia University in science and theology and of Andover Newton Theological School In pastoral care.  A Baptist minister, he had two pastorates in Nova Scotia followed by seven years as a chaplain in the Correctional Service of Canada at Warkworth, Ontario. In 1978 he joined the faculty of Queen’s Theological Collage, Kingston, Ontario, from where he retired in 2006. His area of teaching was the practice of ministry. Doug was a Teaching Supervisor in Pastoral Counselling Education with CASC, a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Diplomate of the American Association of Pastoral Counsellors.  For several years he was a member of the Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy in the Correctional Service of Canada.  Doug and his wife, Marilyn, have two daughters, Jane, a professional musician in Calgary, and Ann, a senior communications officer at the University of Toronto. 

Winnipeg 2014 Harold King

Can any one remember a time when CASC, CAPPE or CAPE had no King? Rumor has it that Harold went to Nursery school with Anton Boisen. Retired Dean of Theology at the Faculty of Theology, U of Winnipeg, supervisor of both CPE and PCE, Harold now loves to travel and mentor the “young ones”. (And They’re all young ones) Long live the King! (From Harold’s Retirement celebration held at the 2014 CASC conference in Winnipeg.

Sadly Harold died January 31, 2019. 

The Following was posted on our web site after Harold’s death:

It is with deep sadness we acknowledge the death of Harold King, who helped to shape the spiritual care profession in Canada. One of the pioneers of our Association, he was a tireless supporter of CASC/ACSS for more than 40 years.

Harold was the 12th President of CASC/ACSS when it was still called CAPE (1977) as well as the Treasurer of CAPPE from 2006 to 2011. He was also the Treasurer of the Canadian Foundation For Spiritual Care from 2005 to 2009 and he and his wife Doreen generously supported its fundraising initiatives. He was always proud of the fact he had not missed an Annual Conference for over 40 years—since he began attending them in the late 1960s. Only his declining health in later years forced him to miss his Annual Conference trip. One of the traditions started by Harold, was when, with a glint of mischief in his twinkling eye, Harold would announce during the Conference banquet that it was a certain person’s birthday, and then proceed to lead the assembly in a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday for the surprised and bewildered victim, whose birthday was certainly not on that day!

Always known for his unique blend of articulate intelligence, wit and humour, Harold invariably raised the level of conversation in any room he entered.  With his quick and incisive observations, and an irrepressible sense of playfulness never far below the surface, exchanges with Harold were always educational and entertaining.  A true gentleman and a scholar, with amazing recall and memory, he could regale his listeners with stories and exploits from his past.  Harold was one of CASC/ACSS’s few remaining “story keepers;” a pioneer from our formative years who played an influential role in the growth and development of our Association over five decades. He left a lasting impression on all who knew him and will be greatly mourned and missed.

Some years ago, Harold and Doreen made a significant contribution to the Canadian Foundation for Spiritual Care. The Harold and Doreen King Education Fund was established. It has helped many students preparing for careers in spiritual care and psycho-spiritual therapy and will continue to help others. Contributions to the Harold and Doreen King Education Fund can be made through the CASC/ACSS Foundation.





Hamilton 2015 Peter Van Katwyck

Professor Emeritus, Waterloo Lutheran Seminar

Ph.D. Degree in Theology and Personality. 1978, Claremont, California




Places of work

2003-               Professor Emeritus and Lecturer, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Waterloo, ON

2001-2003       Professor of Pastoral Care and Counselling and Director of Pastoral Counselling Programs, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (WLS)

1985-2002       Supervised Pastoral Education Program Director at the Kitchener Interfaith Pastoral Counselling Centre and WLS Faculty member

1977-1985       Executive Director, Interfaith Pastoral Counselling Centre, Cambridge

1965-1973       Congregational Ministry in Canada

Supervision and Teaching

(Fall 2004 – Spring 2012)

  • Supervisor in clinical pastoral supervision units at St.Joseph’s Health Care, Hamilton, ON. ( 2004 and 2005)
  • Graduate Course Therapeutic Relationships in Pastoral Counselling, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Waterloo, ON. (2009 – present)
  • Developed and wrote educational modules for the Curriculum of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (2008,2009)

Scholarly and Professional Activities

(related to CASC)

-President, the Society for Pastoral Counselling Research, 1999 – 2001

-Chair, National Judicial Committee, CAPPE, 2001 – 2003

-Chair, National Theological Education Committee, CAPPE, 1993-1999

-Chair, National Certification Committee, CAPPE, 1984-1990

Vancouver 2016 Dale Johnson

Dale Johnson was the 2016 Fun Run Honoree in Vancouver, BC. Originally from the states, Dale was certified as a Teaching Supervisor with ACPE in 1989 while serving as a chaplain at John Umstead State Hospital in North Carolina. In 1991 Dale joined the Department of Pastoral Care at Vancouver General Hospital and quickly became active in CAPPE. He represented BC on the Education Standards Commission for a number of years and was chair of the ESC from 1999 – 2004. He served as President of the Association from 2005 to 2006.

Dale retired as the Clinical Coordinator of Spiritual Care and Multifaith Services at VGH in 2011. Since then he has served as the minister of three parishes of the United Church that were in transition. He recently retired (yet again) at the end of October of 2019.

Saskatoon 2017 Bill Nelson

Rev. Dr. Wilburn Nelson
Wilburn (Bill) Nelson is the Canadian Foundation for Spiritual Care Fun Run/Walk Honouree for the 2017 Annual Convention. Bill was born and raised in Minnesota and flirted with a theological education while pursuing a career as a journalist. Eventually theology, and more particularly pastoral theology, won out. Bill completed a divinity degree, STM and eventually a Ph. D. in communication. Upon completion of his Ph. D. he was offered a position with the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, Switzerland. It is fortunate for Saskatoon that Bill was wooed north to the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon where he served as Professor of Pastoral Theology for over three decades. Bill’s contribution to Supervised Pastoral Education began in 1984 when he initiated the province’s first and only centre for Pastoral Counselling Education at the seminary. During a sabbatical the previous year, Bill studied pastoral counselling at the University of Winnipeg under the tutelage of the Rev. Dr. Harold King. This intensive year of preparation in pastoral counselling followed upon earlier SPE experiences including CPE units at St. Elizabeth’s Mental Health Institution in Washington D.C., and the Institute of Religion at the Texas Medical Centre in Houston. He states that while instructors and textbooks enhanced his learning, his real education came from reading “living human documents.” Bill built strategic alliances with the Saskatoon Correctional Centre and the Saskatoon Family Service Bureau to ensure that his students had meaningful placements in their PCE process. He persuaded the faculty of the seminary to create the Master of Pastoral Counselling degree which celebrated a number of graduates over the course of a decade. Bill’s retirement created a significant loss for Supervised Pastoral Education since reduced budgets and new priorities resulted in the end of the PCE program in Saskatoon. Numerous students are indebted to Bill for their acumen in care and counselling. In addition to PCE he was a Supervisor with AAMFT, supervising approximately 28 therapists in the province including pastors, social workers, psychologists and family physicians. Bill and his wife Barb have enjoyed retirement with Bill finding satisfaction in creating art and poetry. Bill continues to provide spiritual direction for a number of individuals and, as an ongoing AAMFT Fellow, he continues to maintain a small counselling practice. He is one of two Canadians on the Board of the Journal for Spirituality and Mental Health. When asked for a piece of wisdom for would be counsellors and care-givers he offered the following: “Sit gently as a person of grace with those who seek out your care.” Thanks Bill for all your many contribution to SPE in Saskatchewan.

Deerhurst 2018 Toni Delabbio

Toni is the Canadian Foundation for Spiritual Care Fun Run/Walk Honouree for the 2018 Annual Convention. 

Toni was born in Detroit and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Significant experiences included living next door to her Aunt Tonietta who had been paralyzed from the shoulders down in a car accident. Toni’s close relationship with her aunt showed her that even a person who is paralyzed could learn (i.e., typing) and be involved in many activities such as opera

At the University of Ottawa, Toni earned her B.Sc in Biology. In the summers worked at the Sault General Hospital as a nurse’s aide.  While she was working, her mother had an acute gastric hemorrhage, Toni was struck by the words “pray for us now and at the hour of our death”. After major medical intervention Mrs. Delabbio survived. Toni completed a B.Ed at University of Toronto. Toni entered the Sisters of St. Joseph and remained for 9 years, leaving before making final vows. Toni taught for 14 years. She earned her M.Div at Toronto School of Theology after working 3 years as a university chaplain at St. Jerome’s, University of Waterloo. Toni worked at the Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto as Programme Director having finally realized that she was a lesbian woman. This was a huge watershed moment for a Catholic, Italian/Irish girl from Sault Ste. Marie.  This struggle with her orientation would inform her moments with many gay, lesbian and transgender patients in the years to come.

Toni began a CPE residency year 19 years ago at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. The CPE residency year was the most challenging year of Toni’s life yet one of the most significant. CPE was soul boot camp. Toni remembers helping address unhealthy piety, assisting with a pipe ceremony where the shaman said, “Imagine this happened in a Catholic hospital, I never thought I would see this day”. Toni’s case study for Specialist documented her biggest CPE learning. Many staff members had broken professional boundaries when caring for a very personable long term patient. Toni even sent the patient a post card during vacation. The discharge process was very painful for staff and for the patient felt rejected and “thrown out” because unrealistic expectation had been cultivated. This taught Toni that when we break professional boundaries we create false expectations and increase pain. Toni was hired fulltime at St. Mike’s during the SARS crisis and remained there for 14 years. This informed Toni’s work on the CAPPE National Ethics Committee for 7 years. She also completed a certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

2 highlights of Toni’s career included: 1, Working on the Professional Ethics Collaborative team with Ethics chairs from the five American Chaplain Associations who developed the reciprocal Professional Code of Ethics. She also worked on the required Professional Ethics workshop for CASC members. 2, Being awarded The St. Michael’s Clinical Excellence Award recognizing the importance of spiritual care practitioners for patients and their families among the hospital professionals.

After retirement Toni and Ginette moved to Milford Bay outside Bracebridge where took a part time position at Muskoka Algonquin Health Care (MAHC) in Bracebridge and Huntsville. During which time she became a Registered Psychotherapist. In retirement Toni continues to contribute to the profession by arranging fund raising coffee houses in support of a Spiritual Care Practitioner at MAHC

 “One’s theology must always be big enough to hold one’s experience” is a piece of wisdom that Toni would like to pass along.

Thank you to Toni for your many contributions to the spiritual education, growth and development of students, patients, staff, colleagues and now to the greater community of Muskoka.

Moncton 2019 Christopher Coffin

Here is a short summary of Chris’s CASC/ACSS connections.

I have been a member of CASC (formerly CAPPE) for over 30 yrs. In 1996 I was certified as a Specialist. At that time I was a full time Chaplain in a small provincial correctional facility. My employer was very pleased that I had received this certification. In 2000 the Department of Justice closed this small institution in favor for a new facility (Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility), that was two and half times larger than the old one. I was transferred to the new facility and immediately realized that I needed help. Having been refused an additional chaplain and with the support of my employer I decided to start working towards certification as a Teaching Supervisor.

In 2001, I began looking for a Supervisor who would take me on as provisional in a correctional setting. In spite of the fact, like all his colleagues; the Reverend Canon Ed Fiander, who also had no correctional experience, agreed to take me under his wing. We did three units together as a Provisional before I applied for Associate and completed the required two units. I worked another five years as a Teaching Supervisor at CNSCF, completing 6 units; one of which was a joint venture with the Capital Health Authority.

After eighteen years I retired from CNSCF in 2010. One year later the Atlantic Regional Chaplain for Correctional Services Canada asked if I would start teaching again in the Springhill Institution. I agreed and started a program in 2012. I encouraged the resident chaplain Peg Noseworthy to join my team as a Provisional. Over the next few years we worked together, including helping her with her Associate application. Peg was successful and in is now the Teaching Supervisor in the newest provincial institution in Nova Scotia.

I have been asked to tell a story. I have worked in or visited in every federal and provincial correctional institution in the Maritimes. There are so many beautiful people I have met in every one of them. I could write a book. If I have to pick one, it would be someone I journeyed with over twenty years. I will call her Mary.

I first met her in my first years as a chaplain. She was17. How she arrived in jail at that age I don’t know, but I was asked to see her. When I first saw her,  I just wanted to take her home to be a sister to my three girls. Mary had been on the streets since she was 12 years old. She had run away from home to stop being a victim of sexual abuse from her mother’s boyfriend. Every time she entered my facility she asked to see me. We talked about life on street, her boyfriend who also introduced her to drugs and the general struggle to get clean. Over the years I tried get her in programs and help from community support groups, to no avail.

My final meetings with Mary, was when I visited her several times in hospital. The years of street life and dirty needles finally caught up with her. She was dying of Aids. My last prayers for her were when I presided over her funeral. I can never forget her. She will always be a child to me. May she finally rest in peace.

I am so grateful for my wife Dianne and my children who supported and sacrificed so much for me, and for all the people who recognized that Corrections is a valid setting for Spiritual Care.

Rev. Dr. F. Christopher (Chris) Coffin, BA, MDiv, MTh, DMin

Virtual Conference 2020 Kathy Greig

Due to the Covid-19pandemic, we were unable to gather as planned in Cleveland Ohio, and so were unable to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of Kathy Greig in person.  Instead we honoured Kathy’s achievements at a virtual conference. The actual Fun Run was replaced by a virtual “No Show Variety Show” in June, a week before the virtual conference.  

Kathy has been the heart of the CASC/ACSS family since she joined her partner Tony Sedfawi in the national office in 2004. As Operations Manager she nurtured the Foundation over the past 10 years.  To be continued… 


International Prowess

The annual Foundation Fun Run has gone international!

In 2017 Marj Pettinger once again organized a Fun Run in Africa to coincide with the run taking place at the CASC/ACSS conference. Below is Marj and her niece Michelle walking the 5k event in Zimbabwe at a National Parks site called Sinamatella. Marj also donated beautiful African paintings as prizes for the top fund raisers. We so appreciate Marj’s wonderful support of the Foundation.