On Sunday, December 11th at All Saints’ Cathedral, Edmonton, more than 100 people from the local Anglican and medical communities showed their love and appreciation for Dr. Mark Armstrong, who for 25 years has served as a Christian role model for children and youth in the Diocese of Edmonton as the Director of Base Camp and Chair of the Camping Committee. Members of the camping committee (past and present), campers, counsellors, chaplains and staff joined in the celebration with Mark, his wife, Fran and mother, Dona. Campers and counsellors invited Dr. Mark to sing along with them as they performed a spirited rendition of “The Cat Came Back” – Mark’s signature campfire song.
Thanking Mark on behalf of the diocese, Bishop Jane Alexander said, “it is rare to find someone who has changed so many lives and is so humble about his gifts”. She added that Mark is an incredible leader because “he sees the potential in each and every person…” Through Unicef, the diocese purchased several “Survival Gifts” in Mark’s name. It is hoped that these gifts, such as: maternity ward medical supplies, sports equipment, nutrient-packed ration bundles and a Mobile Health Unit (including a bicycle and vaccine carrier to help transport vital medical supplies), will ensure his legacy of ministering to children and youth continues throughout the world.