Thursday, June 30, 2016

'Not my choice to leave:' retired Anglican priest reflects on 60 years in the Arctic

From Canada-

With a heavy heart, retired Anglican priest Mike Gardener is preparing to leave Iqaluit after a lifetime of work in the Arctic.

"It's not my choice to leave," says the 85-year-old.

After 61 years of life on Baffin Island and more than 41 years of work with the Anglican church in Kimmirut, Cape Dorset, Pangnirtung and Iqaluit, Gardener is moving to Ottawa next week.

His wife, Margaret, is moving into a special facility for Alzheimer's patients.

"And I want to be there in the place she is," he says.

Gardener says he is anxiously waiting for a facility to open in Nunavut that can accommodate patients like his wife, who need special care.

A group of people in Iqaluit, spearheaded by Gardener's daughter, MLA Pat Angnakak, is proposing to build an 80-person long-term care elders facility in Iqaluit as early as next year.

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