This was what went into the official register for Mr. Allan William McDowall from St. Cuthbert, Delta, upon the presentation of the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster 2018.

Al joined St Cuthbert’s in 1979. His work experience in human resources at BC Hydro has helped St Cuthbert’s, and other parishes in the diocese, define and reach their goals of harmonious working relationships. He served as Rector’s Warden, chaired two Canonical Committees, and been a member of Parish and Diocesan Councils. In the 1980s, he was very involved in the completion of the new parish buildings, including as Project Manager. Al continues as an active participant in the activities of the parish. This was read out while he was presented the Order of the Diocese Of New Westminster.


The introduction of the recipient read at the service.


Al joined St. Cuthbert’s in 1979. His work experience in human resources at BC Hydro has helped St. Cuthbert’s, and other parishes in the diocese, define and reach their goals of harmonious working relationships. He served as Rector’s Warden, chaired two Canonical committees, and has been a member of Parish and Diocesan councils. In the 1980s, he was very involved in the completion of the new parish buildings, including, as Project Manager. Al continues as an active participant in the activities of the parish.

The Citation as recorded in the Permanent Register of the Order.
Allan was a land agent and accredited land appraiser for BC Hydro. Later in his career he became a BC Hydro Human Resources Manager. He joined St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church in 1978. Within a year, he was asked by the late Reverend Bert Ainsley to be his Rector’s Warden. Al served in this role for two years. He then chaired the Canonical Committee in the selection of the Reverend Dan Anonby to lead St. Cuthbert Church in 1983. Reverend Anonby selected Al to be his Rector’s Warden for a total of nine years, which saw the completion of the new parish buildings in 1989. During the construction, Al was the on-site Project Manager. After the new building was completed, Al effectively retired from his role as Church Officer. Throughout the construction of St. Cuthbert’s, Al was elected to Diocesan Council and appointed to the Bishop’s Selection Committee. At Archbishop Douglas Hambidge’s request, Al developed a training program for assessors at ACPO (Advisory Committee on Postulants for Ordination) and he served as assessor himself. He acted as a human resources consultant to various parishes’ Canonical Committees during their selection process. Al assisted several parishes in resolving performance issues, setting goals and their church priorities. Recently Al was again involved in Parish Council and participated in their activities. In 2015 he was again asked to chair the Canonical Committee which resulted in the selection of our current priest, Pastor Paul Woehrle. Currently Al continues to be an active participant, worshipping and enjoying the activities of St. Cuthbert Anglican Church.