When Anne Germond graduated from high school, a card of congratulations from a Catholic nun mentioned a bed was waiting for her at a convent.
Even at a young age, religion was important to the South African native.
Germond ,57, respected the work nuns did, but she knew she didn't want to be come a sister. Marriage and children were important priorities in her life.
Fast forward some 40 years and Germond, now a married mother of two, is set to become the first female bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Algoma. The diocese was founded in 1873.
It's a milestone Germond acknowledges is "pretty cool."
She also notes the responsibility of overseeing 95 parishes is a heavy one.
"Suddenly, your world increases," the former elementary teacher said. "You're looking at things on a much different level. You consider what's best for the diocese. That's a whole different ball game."