Fort Massey United Church of Canada



On Sunday, November 24, 2019 Fort Massey United presented The William S. Fong Volunteer Award to Peter Coulthard.
The Award was established on September 16, 2007 to honour our long serving treasurer at the time, the late Bill Fong. Each year the Nominating Committee reviews a list of potential worthy recipients who have contributed to the life of the congregation in a significant way over the past year. Our first recipient, in 2007, was Bill himself. 2019 marks the 13th anniversary of presenting the award.
Bill took over the job when J.A. Bowman retired as treasurer in 1971. He served in the volunteer role until he passed it on to others in 2010 (39 years later)!!
The 2019 recipient is an Elder, Board Member, and Trustee. To say that he has been fully engaged in the life of Fort Massey Church for well over 30 years would be an understatement. His committee work in these three areas of governance has been exemplary, whether it was as Sunday School Superintendent or as our Finance Chair. In recent years, as our facility took on a more community role, and along with that role, liability control of the rental space, his legal opinion to the Board of Management is always forthcoming in a timely, professional manner, gratis to the church, allowing us to pass along the savings to community groups.
Long before our present minister arrived in 1993, he had taken charge of the greening of the sanctuary for the holiday season, with help from his wife, Stephanie, and they did so again for 2019.  His latest 'green' project on behalf of the Board of Management is an investigation in the installation of solar panels on our church roof, which would provide the church with excess electricity that we could sell back to the grid, bringing Fort Massey Church well into the 21st century of renewable energy and making a contribution to the greening of our planet.