This summer at St. George was truly a time to give thanks and say goodbye to some staff members and to welcome some new faces to St. George Parish


Margaret MacRae

This summer was filled with opportunities to give thanks to some amazing people who have worked and ministered at the parish for many years. At the end of June we said goodbye and thanks to Margaret MacRae, our Office Administrator, who retired after just about 25 years of loving service.

Jim Cookson

In the middle of August we celebrated the retirement of Jim Cookson, one of our pastoral ministers, who retired after 18 years of loving service to the parish. Jim was famous for his love of the RCIA, liturgy and the founder of the St. George Bus Trips. We are thankful that his daughter-in-law, Jeannine, will continue the tradition of the bus trips for the years ahead. What a wonderful ministry of faith, community and entertainment!!

Herb Stockley

At the end of August we said goodbye and thank you to Herb Stockley, our Maintenance Manager, after 13 years of service. Herb has worked so hard making sure that our parish was ready and welcome for all the groups, ministries and celebrations over so many years. He has truly cared so beautifully for our parish community. The work was hard but he did it with love and faithfulness!!!

This summer we also thanked Joan Hamilton, the rectory housekeeper for the last 10 years. Joan worked once a week at the

Joan Hamilton

rectory in addition to cleaning the parish hall kitchen and washing the Mass linens. Her hard work and dedication to the parish is greatly appreciated. Joan will be spending more time with her husband Russell, who recently retired.

As you can seen, this summer we have had to say goodbye to some amazing people who have truly helped make St. George Parish the amazing community it is. This summer we have also welcomed two new staff members who will continue the tradition of faithful and loving service to the parish family.


In mid-July we welcomed Allison Powell, our new Office Administrator, who lives in Byron and her two children attend St. George Catholic School. Allison comes to us from Mary Immaculate Parish, where she was the office administrator for the last year. She has also worked for the university parish and the Liturgy Office. Allison comes with many wonderful skills and has jumped in right away and has truly learned the ropes of St. George Parish. We are very happy that she is with us and we are thankful for all her hard work. Allison has taken on a lot of administrative and computer responsibilities from Mary Catherine and myself. We are super grateful!!

In mid-August we welcomed Jason Howlett, our new Maintenance Manager, who is a parishioner, husband and father of two. His kids attend St. Theresa Catholic School and for the last two weeks has worked with Herb to learn the ropes. They both have been super busy the last two weeks painting all three meeting rooms, the bottom portion of the parish hall, the Reconciliation Room, touching up the office and painting Jim Cookson’s old office. In addition, they have waxed all the floors, cleaned all the carpets in the parish and painted the steel doors in the hall kitchen area. They both also just completed the change over of the hall lights to LEDs which will save us money on our hydro bill.


As in any organization, personnel changes are inevitable, but the mission is the same. To serve the faithful with love and joy. Please pray for the staff and please let us know how we can help.