[TORONTO] The first woman to be elected prolocutor of the Anglican Church of Canada, Miss Betty Graham is also one of only three lay people to have been prolocutor since the first general synod, held in 1893. Miss Graham was originally elected deputy-prolocutor in 1969 and within a few months became prolocutor through the election to the episcopacy of Dean Roy Gartrell.
At the next General Synod (Niagara in 1971) Miss Graham was re-elected as prolocutor and one of her first tasks was to conduct the election of the new Primate.
Miss Graham recalls this occasion as one of the highlights of her life.
Born in Toronto she was educated at Havergal College and University of Toronto. She served in the R.C.A.F. during the war.
Miss Graham, a professional social worker first worked for children's Aid in 1946. She is now Director of Child Welfare in Ontario, with responsibility for advising and supervising 50 children's Aid Societies.
That the Organization Committee be instructed to examine the respective roles of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Prolocutor, Assessors and Archivist and the functions connected to these roles and respond to the next General Synod. CARRIED ACT 22
That Article 14(3) of the Constitution be repealed and the following substituted therefore. "The Prolocutor and Deputy Prolocutor will continue in office until immediately prior to the prorogation of the Session of Synod at which their successors are elected." CARRIED
That this General Synod amend section 3 of the Constitution to read as follows:
3. President and Chairperson of the General Synod
- a) The President of the General Synod shall be the Primate of The Anglican Church of Canada, who shall be elected and hold office under, and have such privileges, powers, authority and duties as are defined by the Constitution, Canons and Rules enacted by the Synod.
- b) In case of the absence of the Primate for any cause, the archbishop senior by appointment or election, or if no archbishop be present the bishop senior by appointment or election, shall be and act as President of the Synod.
- c) The President shall be chairperson of the General Synod.
- d) In the absence, or at the request, of the President, the Prolocutor shall be the chairperson of the synod.
A letter from the Very Rev. F.F. Nock, Bishop-Elect of the Diocese of Algoma, submitting his resignation as Prolocutor of General Synod.
The Primate expressed congratulations to Dean Nock on his recent election.
That the resignation be accepted. CARRIED
The Primate explained that Mr. Desmond Smith, as Deputy Prolocutor, now becomes the Prolocutor and that an election must be held for a new Deputy Prolocutor. Mr. D. Gibson, Registrar of General Synod, explained the Rules of Order for an election of a Deputy Prolocutor and indicated some discrepency in the Handbook. He recommended that the decision of the last General Synod be followed, ie.
"That words 'clerical and lay' be deleted from subsection 1 of Section 4 (Election of Prolocutor) on page 33 of the Handbook." (Act 12) - 1973 General Synod.
Moved by Graham, seconded by Rayner,
That this recommendation be accepted. CARRIED
The Deputy Prolocutor will be elected by all members of the National Executive Council - Bishops, Clergy and Laity.
There were two nominations for the office of Prolocutor: the Very Rev. F.F. Nock, nominated by Mr. Wm. Wadley, and Miss Betty C. Graham, nominated by Dean J.S.P. Snowden.
THAT nominations cease.
CARRIED IN BOTH ORDERS
On the first ballot, there was a tie vote with Miss Betty Graham receiving 111 votes and Dean Nock receiving 111 votes, with one spoiled ballot. As there was no election, a second ballot was called for, and the result as declared by Archdeacon Starr showed that Dean Nock had received 122 votes, Miss Betty Graham 109 votes, and there was one spoiled ballot. The Primate declared Dean Nock elected Prolocutor.
Lt.-Col. M.L. Douglas was nominated by the Ven. R.K. Naylor, and Brigadier Aeneas McB. Bell-Irving.
The Ven. Cecil Swanson and the Very Rev. J.O. Anderson were also nominated, but withdrew their names.
The Prolocutor declared Lt.-Col. M.L. Douglas duly elected which announcement was received with applause by the House.
The Ven. R.K. Naylor and Brigadier Aeneas McB. Bell-Irving were deputed to accompany the Prolocutor-elect to the Upper House, and upon their return it was announced that the Upper House had received the information with acclaim.
Election of Deputy Prolocutor
The following were nominated: The Ven. F.R. Gartrell, the Very Rev. J.O. Anderson, the Rev. Canon W.H.H. Crump and the Rev. Canon R.R. Latimer.
Upon the ballot being taken, the Very Rev. J.O. Anderson was declared elected. (See pp. 40, 95.)
Message U-14 -- Concurrences. The Upper House concurs in the following Messages: L 22, L 23, L 24, L 25, L 26, L 27, L 29, L 32, L 34 and L 35. (See pp. 29, 30, 31, 32, 35, 37, 39, 46, 48, 94.)
Message L-24 - Election of Deputy Prolocutor
That the Lower House begs to inform the Upper House that the Very Rev. J.O. Anderson has been elected as Deputy Prolocutor of the Lower House. (See p. 31.)
The Upper House concurs in Message L-24 of the Lower House, (See p. 40.)