A Brief History of Our Church
The history of the Anglican Church in Powell River is almost as old as the original Powell River Company. Many Christians shared space for worship in the very early days. Services were conducted in various locations, including an area under No1 and No 2 paper machines and Michigan Beach, now Willingdon Beach. In 1920 Anglicans were permitted to use the kindergarten room in what then was the library building. That building was to be immediate right of our building today. The teacherís desk was turned back to front, covered with a white damask tablecloth, which substituted for a reredos. Mr T Morrison conducted the first Anglican services in Powell River in 1911. Services were conducted by missionaries who traveled from Vancouver. In 1921 Rev P Wade was appointed first Parish Priest of St Paulís Parish.
Rev PC Wade 1921-1923
FROM POWELL RIVER LIVING MARCH 2017 prliving.ca
Faun Heather Harriman is the new Anglican priest at St. David and St. Paulís Church in the townsite. She came into the ministry late in life after a long and successful media sales career. An animal lover, Faun lives in the rectory with her cat Pita, whom she adopted after fostering. Shortly after moving here six months ago, Faun purchased a cottage by the sea that she plans to move into next year.
She has a daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons who live in Comox and a son, daughter-in-law, grandson and granddaughter in China.
Why did you choose to move to Powell River?
Faun: I applied for the position of Vicar for the Anglican Parish of St. David and St. Paul in the Townsite. I was fortunate to be hired.
When? Where from?
Faun: I was the rector at St Albanís in Burnaby and lived in New Westminster. I moved here in September 2016.
What surprised you about Powell River once you moved here?
Faun: People are very friendly. For instance, a cashier at QF not knowing me was very friendly and by week two she knew my name. I felt like I was on the set of Cheers.
What made you decide to move to Powell River?
Faun: I moved here to work and to be closer to my family in Comox.
Where is you favourite place in Powell River?
Faun: Driving along Marine Avenue and looking at the ocean.
How did you first hear about Powell River?
Faun: I heard the church was looking for a new priest. I have been able to buy a cottage by the sea.
What would make Powell River a nicer community?
Faun: If everyone came to the Anglican Church!
If you were mayor, what would you do?
Faun: Be very intentional about re-vitalizing downtown Marine Avenue. It is a treasure.
If you were a fly, which wall would you inhabit?
Faun: The Mayorís office.
What are Powell Riverís best assets?
Faun: Location, location, location, ocean, mountains, islands, sunsets.
What is you greatest extravagance?
Faun: Renovating my house.
Which superpower would you most like?
Faun: I would like to have wisdom in all situations.