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Long-time Anglican leader retires

A special Sunday afternoon service was held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, honouring the Venerable Mavis Brownlee as she steps into the next adventure of her life – retirement. Pictured, Brownlee thanks parishioners for attending her retirement party at the parish hall, following the service.
From left: Peter Morrison shares a performance review of Brownlee’s from a few years back, while Bob Bretzlaff, Doris Beck, Brownlee and Hilary Rathwell wait for their turn at the mic.
Guests travelled in from across the area church of Renfrew-Pontiac and beyond to wish her well in retirement. From left: Garry Belair, a.k.a. Chief White Owl, the Venerable Mavis Brownlee, and Lisa Beausoleil display the gifts of a smudging bowl, feather, Thunder Hawk pendant and mixture of sage, tobacco and sweet grass, gifted from the Algonquin Pontiac Outaouais Tribe.
Reverend Tim Kehoe played emcee for the afternoon party, sharing a few stories and laughs with the audience gathered.

Donald Teuma-Castelletti
SHAWVILLE April 29, 2018
Gathered in St. Paul’s Anglican Church, it was a picture-perfect send-off for one long-time, dedicated spiritual leader in her community. Her congregation, gathered in close together with hands placed on her and each other, as they shared one last blessing.
That was the scene at the end of the Venerable Mavis Brownlee’s final service on Sunday afternoon in Shawville, as she heads off into retirement after serving nine years in the community.
“I’m just very thankful for each and every parish, and our leadership here in Shawville, in Holy Trinity Radford, in St. Paul’s and now in the greater parish, up to Danford Lake and Otter Lake, Renfrew,” said Brownlee, following the service. “I mean, this has been a real gift to me. To be able to, just before I retire, see this blossoming and coming together, with the incredible team that we have now. I couldn’t leave at a better time.”


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