TUCC’s Heart & Vision Awards recognize significant contributions to social justice. Since 2009, twenty-two individuals have been honoured with the award. This year, the award will be presented to two church leaders whose life works have made a significant contribution to the church’s and Canada’s understanding of the systemic nature of anti-Black racism within our nation.
Reverend Dr. Anthony Bailey
Dr. Anthony Bailey experienced the deep racism at the heart of Canadian society in his youth. In response to these painful experiences, he embraced the healing promise of his Christian faith. Trained as a social worker, Dr. Bailey has served the church in Alberta and Montreal, and internationally in Kenya and Jamaica. He was recently appointed to the Order of Ottawa for his selfless service to community through his anti-racism teaching, including with Ontario Police Chiefs, federal and municipal civil servants and audiences throughout the church.
Dr. Hazel E. Hume Bigby
Dr. Hazel E. Hume Bigby has spent her lifetime serving congregations in Ontario and Quebec. Her volunteer service has supported and strengthened United Theological College in Montreal, Montreal Presbytery, and General Council and its executive and executive subcommittee. Dr. Bigby has offered her leadership to organizations such as Elizabeth House, a Montreal home for pregnant teenagers, and a series of ethnic ministry units and multicultural committees. She was a leader in Montreal Union United Church’s anti-apartheid activism in the 1980s and ‘90s.
Join us for a free online celebration featuring the music of Jackie Richardson.
Donations made to this year’s Heart & Vision event will fund programming to reduce anti-Black racism through TUCC’s Community Relief Fund and the Winston & Merle Roach Camp Leadership Fund. Donations are 100% tax receiptable.