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“I have really loved being at St. Laurence,” she said recently. “It has been a joy to work with the people here and revitalize a struggling church. I love this place and it is bittersweet to be leaving, but for everything there is a season and 14 years is a long tine to be an incumbent.”
Greenwood-Lee helped to found the Wisdom Centre based out of the church in a bid to revitalize both corporate and individual spirituality in the 21st century through ongoing courses, retreats and seminars and by bringing in not just Anglican speakers but those from other faiths.
“This has been a life-giving ministry not only for me but for a lot of people,” she added.
After helping to turn around the fortunes at St. Laurence, she broadened her mission and became an advocate for vulnerable populations across the entire city.
Last year, Greenwood-Lee helped organize a successful protest against a planned transit fare increase for low income commuters and she is now pushing Calgary City Police to hire a second Indigenous liaison officer for the service.
And though she will soon be leaving Alberta, she is still mindful of the serious challenges her home province currently faces.
“Our province was heavily subsidized by oil and gas revenues for a long time and we enjoyed that Alberta Advantage,” she said. “But we now are wrestling with the fact the world is changing and we are going to have to continue finding ways to care for the vulnerable and retain strong social programs and ensure that no one gets left behind. We are facing some serious questions about how we do that.”
Married with two children, aged 12 and 16, Greenwood-Lee expects to be doing a lot of commuting between Calgary and Victoria until next summer as both her kids will remain behind until then so they can complete their respective school years.
Meanwhile, the fight on behalf of disadvantaged Calgarians will continue until the day she leaves.
“There’s another round of budget cuts coming in November at city hall and I’ll be involved again, trying to see that any cuts must do the least harm to the vulnerable,” she said, adding: “No, I’m not finished yet.”