Community Forum: Faith in the Workplace

The Community Forums will focus on what it means to be a disciple of Christ in the workplace outside the walls of church “in the world but not of it.”  Presenters will share their personal journey in their particular fields and describe how their walk of faith has guided, and in some cases cost, them. Speakers will also highlight how they have navigated through challenging issues and experiences in their work circumstances that have driven them deeper into God’s Word and sustained them throughout their careers. Time will be allotted each evening for interaction with and questions for our presenters.


Session I: Faith and the Practice of Medicine

SESSION I COMPLETED.

In our first session Dr. Sharon Chapman and Dr. Margaret Cottle will, in addition to sharing their journeys with Christ in their chosen field of medicine, inform us about a serious development in health care referred to as MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying).  Our speakers will help us consider the impact of this issue on us as believers in Christ and the lives of those around us.  Drs. Chapman and Cottle will draw on their extensive medical practice in the areas of palliative and critical care to frame their comments.

Dates:  Wednesday | September 27
Time: 
6:45 – 8:30 pm
Location: 
House of James, 2743 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford
Fee: 
 $8 ($10 at the door)

Instructors:
Dr. Sharon Chapman
I am a Family Physician with a special interest in Hospice-based Palliative Care, currently working at St Michaels Hospice in Burnaby. I am married to To an Anglican Minister and have 2 daughters aged 19 and 17.

 

 

Dr. Margaret Cottle
Dr. Margaret Cottle, a Palliative Care physician in Vancouver, BC, works in Home Hospice Programs, and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of BC medical school. She speaks internationally about ethics and palliative care, and addressed members of the Canadian Parliament in 2006. Dr. Cottle serves on the boards for the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and the Christian Advocacy Society of Greater Vancouver.

Dr. Cottle and her husband, Dr. Robin Cottle, host the weekly meetings of the UBC chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada.

 

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Session II: Faith and Law Enforcement

In our second session Officer Dave Schmirler will present a personal perspective on his journey in police work over the past 30 years. He will reference his experiences in the field of law enforcement as both a public servant and a Christian.  He will share his journey of faith through the everyday work he carries out ensuring community safety. In the course of his talk, Officer Schmirler will underscore the provision and guidance God has given him for both the routine, and on occasion extraordinary, situations to which he has been exposed.

Dates:  Wednesday | November 8
Time:  
6:45 – 8:30 pm
Location:  
House of James, 2743 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford
Fee: 
 $8 ($10 at the door) (No fee if also taking the Transferable Leadership Course)

Instructors:
Officer Dave Schmirler
Dave Schmirler was born in Vancouver and grew up in North Surrey.  Dave’s Christian life began at the Billy Graham crusade in Vancouver 1984.  Following College he started with a Police Department as a Reserve Officer at age 19.  In 1988 he was sworn in as a regular officer at age 21 and received the Chief Constables Award of Excellence in recruit training.  He served in a  variety of operational policing services, training, and specializing in Emergency Response & Tactical  policing.  Dave and his wife Marilee moved to their first home in Abbotsford.  In 1990 he responded to a Hostage incident and was involved in an exchange of gunfire that left the suspect dead.  Dave transferred to a newly formed Police Department in 1995 and he has been promoted to the level of Deputy Chief Constable.  Dave will soon be retiring in Abbotsford with his wife of 29 years.  The have three adult children and enjoy the outdoors while attending North View Community Church.

 

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Produced By
Saint Matthew's Anglican Church
Member of the Anglican Network of Canada
2087 McMillan Road
Abbotsford, BC V2S 4Y3
www.saintmatthewsanglicanchurch.ca
604-853-6746
Rector: Mike Stewart
Associate Priest: David McElrea