"Two social justice activists, a passionate advocate for philanthropy, a lawyer, and a business administrator are this year's recipients of the Anglican Award of Merit. The award is the Anglican Church of Canada's highest distinction given to lay people who have contributed to the life and work of the church at the national and international level." The five recipients announced at the May 2010 meeting of the Council of General Synod were: "Robert "Rob" Dickson, business administrator for the diocese of New Westminster" .... "An outspoken social activist, Canon Alice Jean Finlay, or "AJ" as she is known" .... "David Jones has chancellor (legal officer) for the diocese of Edmonton since 1995 and provincial chancellor for the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land since 2005" .... A passionate advocate for women's rights and social justice, Mary Elizabeth Loweth" .... and Monica Patten, chair of General Synod's national financial management and development committee".
"The Anglican Church of Canada sent its largest delegation -- 13 women from various dioceses across the country -- as delegates to the 52nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women scheduled at the UN headquarters in New York from Feb. 25 to Mar. 7 . The delegation joined more than 60 other representatives from other provinces of the Anglican Communion. Anglican women are accredited through the office of the Anglican Consultative Council's Observer at the U.N. The theme for this year's conference was 'Financing for gender equity and the empowerment of women'. Aside from the regular sessions, Anglican women met at a caucus of faith-based delegates co-sponsored by the Anglican Consultative Council and other groups. Among the concerns raised by ecumenical women were that 'economic growth patterns increase inequalities and representation of women in trade and financial institutions is needed', said Elizabeth Loweth, co-chair of the Canadian branch of the International Anglican Women's Network, who represented the Canadian Church as a provincial delegate". "This year's meeting was meant to focus on 'how different groups and government agencies finance programs for women and what role financing plays in either allowing things to happen or preventing them from happening', said Bishop Sue Moxley in an interview prior to the conference, which she attended for the first time".