Our speaker was Rev. Mary Dodge-Bovaird. Mary is the Manager of Pastoral  Care at Credit Valley hospital and also the current President of the Rotary Club of Mississauga West.
 

Mary was born in the USA and a member of the NRA as a teenager. Because her parents moved often, she was educated in the US and Japan. At University she majored in English with minors in psychology and acting. She loved theatre but knew she wasn't going to make a living at it.

Romance lured Mary to Toronto. Whilst here she went to teacher's college, and became a teacher. Unfortunately this romance didn't survive.

Mary later married, had children and went back into theatre. She liased between the schools and actors.  She was a girl guide commissioner and at one of the banquets she was asked to take part in a skit. The minister who was sitting next to her said "you'd make a dam good minister". The next day she followed up with him and he suggested she enroll in college right away. As this was June and most colleges had accepted all the students she thought she would have a year to think about this, however she was in theology college that September.

Mary continued with supply teaching whilst at college, and after her ordination she was given a settlement in Toronto. She fell in love with her congregation over the 6 years she was there.  One night her phone rang and it was  a guy she was in high school with 37 years earlier asking if she wanted to go for dinner. She assumed he was in Toronto, however he was in South Carolina. She went for dinner, they married and she lived there. Unfortunately he died.

Mary came back to Toronto a year later and a friend showed her a job in the newspaper - Manger of Pastoral Care at Credit Valley Hospital. She had no resume ready, but sent off an application anyway, thinking she would just be turned down for the position. She was on her way back to South Carolina when they called and she got the job.

It is now 12 years later and she loves what she does. Not only is Mary there to meet the need of the patients, but also the families in their time of crisis and also for the staff who often tell her they are glad she is there for them.