Helen Mack Fund

A bequest in support of the church's outreach ministry

Helen Elizabeth Mack

Helen Mack

This feisty, determined woman was faith in action all of her life. Helen did not know until 1972 that she was "legally blind"! She laughed as she told her story which began many years ago in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, where she was born. Both she and a brother were born with inherited albinism causing skin and hair colouring to be white and eyesight to be limited. Both grew up to live fruitful lives.

Helen's accomplishments were quite natural for her. She enjoyed Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT), camping, singing, fellowship, learning to become a leader, becoming the "girl God would have (me) her be". Her local church welcomed and knew her and encouraged her all the way. But elsewhere, Helen had to prove herself to others. So she proved herself when she graduated from High School; then from Business College; then she became a teacher, again proving herself. Her dream to become a Deaconess was finally realized after proving herself once more to the church authorities. Helen graduated in 1950 from The United Church Training School -- on probation.

Helen's first Home Mission assignment was to All People's Mission, Sudbury, Ontario, where her efforts resulted in two (!) churches being organized and built; she also worked with the "Women's Federation," a bridge and forerunner to the amalgamation of Women's Auxiliary (WA) and Women's Missionary Society (WMS) to United Church Women (UCW). She proved herself so well that Helen was granted "Full Standing" status, 1952. Following further education at Columbia University, Helen was located to St. Columba House, Montreal, and was there in 1962 when UCW was born. Life continued with educational trips abroad, work at Fred Victor Mission, Toronto, and then to Edmonton to work in Hospital Chaplaincy. Helen received an honorary Doctorate, 1982, St. Stephen's College. She was busy in Robertson-Wesley with senior's work, UCW leadership, and training courses for volunteer hospital visitors.

We celebrated her Fiftieth Anniversary as a Deaconess and Diaconal Minister in 2005. And we celebrate Helen's courageous life and work, her smile, her sometimes acerbic ways, but oh, how she loved her Lord and was happy to be in service "For Jesus' Sake".

Submitted by Donna Krucik, 2012 October

Helen Mack Fund

Robertson-Wesley has a long history and passion for "outreach" service (some of our current projects are described on our Social Service page). Helen Mack was a long-time resident of the Oliver community and congregant of Robertson-Wesley who shared this passion for helping others.

Her will stated that her bequest to Robertson-Wesley United Church (RWUC) was to be used "for the work and services provided to the community by the Outreach Committee, more particularly but not limited to, the community dinners program." In accord with her wishes, the RWUC Outreach Committee accepts small funding requests to the Helen Mack Fund for projects that meet a need in reaching out to others. Typically these requests will be evaluated twice per year, based on the project description, need, and availability of funds.

Use this application form to apply for funds from the Helen Mack Fund. Two annual deadlines for applications: Feb 1 and Aug 1.