The Helen Catley Youth Fund

Published on Jun 20th, 2014 by Webminister | 0

The Helen Catley Youth Fund is an endowment fund comprised of funds by the originating donor, Helen Catley, a Nelson United Church member whose life reflected commitment and dedication to youth, together with funds donated by members of Nelson United Church who share Helen Catley’s interest in youth.

“To Mobilize in the Memory of
60 Years of Church Service
was Endowed and Launched
June 15, 2014″

The purpose of the fund shall be to create a platform for youth action at Nelson United Church that will involve youth in the wider Nelson community. Programmatic activities will be determined by the principle participants in the fund; viz., the youth themselves, together with a Nelson United Church representative. These activities will be deemed appropriate to, reflective of, and expressive of the purpose of Nelson United Church, “To Dare to Live the Way of Jesus, embodying the Love of God” and in line with its mission.


On Sunday, June 15 we welcomed Margaret Catley-Carlson to our service and celebration of the creation of the Helen Catley Legacy Fund. In accordance with Margaret’s wishes, the donated fund of $40,000 will support youth programming and youth outreach.

Helen was a long time resident of Nelson, a teacher and a member of Nelson United Church. Many will remember her feisty nature and strength of character. For me, I will remember Helen’s support as my very first practicum teacher at South Nelson School in 1967. She helped me believe that a teaching career was what I was meant to do. For her guidance, wisdom and certainty, I am grateful.

presentationIt is an honour to have Margaret here to present the legacy. She is a respected, Canadian public servant with many accomplishments. In 2002, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her distinguished service career and received many honorary degrees from Canadian universities. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. At an International level, her achievements include the following positions: President of CIDA, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nation’s Children’s Fund, Deputy Minister of Health and Welfare, President of the Population Council and Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. Reader’s Digest reported, “Catley-Carlson’s passion for protecting water supplies around the world is a culmination of 40 years of working for global good. She now sits on the boards of dozens of Science and policy agencies, including the UN Secretary General Task Force on Water.”

We celebrate the start of our Legacy campaign, to remember Helen Catley and to visit with her daughter, Margaret.

A “Big Thank You” for this generous gift to Nelson United Church.

submitted by Nancy Jones, Chair of NUC Board

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(L to R) Nancy Jones, Morgan Gould, Margaret Catley-Carlson, Rev. David Boyd

Nancy Jones, Morgan Gould, Margaret Catley-Carlson, Rev. David Boyd


Presentation of Margaret Catley Carlson by Morgan Gould.

Litany of Blessing:

All: Giver of all good gifts, it is by your power that all things are made holy.  We give thanks for your creative presence in our lives and the life of the world.  We are grateful for the work of human hands that make life more whole and just.  Be with us now as we receive and create this generous gift of the Helen Catley Youth Fund.  We ask your blessing upon us and the work that this fund will enable in our future together.  In Christ we pray.  Amen.

Margaret: In memory of my mother, Helen Catley, I present this donation to Nelson United Church for the creation of the Helen Catley Youth Fund , to be used for the glory of God and for the service of young people.

Morgan: With gratitude, we receive this gift.  We will care for the fund, grow the fund and use its assets reverently in support of youth initiatives through our church.

David: In the name of our God, Creator, Christ and Spirit, we gratefully receive this gift and donate the Helen Catley Youth Fund to the glory of God.  May the work that this fund will enable be a blessing to the world.

Congregation: We are grateful for this gift and for the opportunity to work with and for the youth of our community.  Together, we can make a difference in the world that God has made.

All: Amen!



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