ACW: Meet our Cuncil members

Barbara Jackson, V.P., Council for the Diocese of Huron ACW

When Barbara was attending St. Mark’s, Windsor (now closed), there wasn’t an ACW. But she was invited to an Essex Deanery Fall Tea 12 years ago – a great meeting, talking and exchanging ideas with ladies from other churches. In her own words, she was hooked and she began attending all the deanery events.

After four years, she was voted in as the deanery president. In her fourth year as president, she was voted in as the Essex Deanery Diocesan ACW Council representative. It is now her fourth year as Deanery Rep. In April, she was installed as the Diocese of Huron ACW’s Council Vice President.

Barbara admits that she was surprised to be asked to take on this role. She never thought of herself as a leader. But, as she says, God’s Power working in us is constantly amazing. When we submit our will to Him, we just don’t know where He will lead us.

Born a Canadian, she grew up in Michigan. Barbara returned to Canada 32 years ago. She is now a retired bookkeeper. She had worked in the U.S. and she learned: “Old bookkeepers never die. They just lose their balance.”

Her daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren, whom she dearly loves, are very close to her heart. Her church family at Ascension is precious to her. The terrific ladies she has met on Council are an inspiration: “We get the job done, but have fun doing so.”

Treasurer Esther Moore, has been a member of the Diocesan Anglican Church Women Council for the past 14 years.

Esther is a life-long Anglican and has been a member of St. Paul’s Cathedral since 1960, and was the Cathedral Verger under Dean Bruce Howe and Dean Terry Dance. She is an active member of the Evening Women’s Group and heads up the annual Seville Orange Marmalade fund raising project at the Cathedral.

Esther is a retired bookkeeper who worked for the same London family business for over 45 years. She spent many years as a volunteer leader with Girl Guides of Canada working with Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders & Rangers over the years.

She also held various administrative positions ending up as a District Commissioner. Gardening and processing the produce, and the making of jams, jellies and pickles occupy leisure time as well as knitting, embroidery and learning machine quilting.

Esther enjoys attending the theatre with Stratford, Grand Bend and Drayton being the destinations of choice.

Esther’s term as Treasurer will end next April. She will miss working with the ladies on the Council very much.