Valerie Hobson’s Story

I first became aware of the Women’s Inter-church Council of Canada through my Pastor at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in London, Ontario.  Soon after, my name was recommended to our national church (ELCIC) to fill the Lutheran seat at the WICC table.

Now a WICC board member, I am very excited about the work we do, “Restoring hope to women touched by injustice”. Both this mandate, and our main initiative – World Day of Prayer – effects this kind of change both locally and globally.  It feels important to me that as an ecumenical Christian movement we come together in Christ from different denominations to link prayer with addressing women’s social justice issues.

I am honoured to serve in the volunteer roles of board member and Marketing and Communications Chairperson, and am excited about the WDP grants that are changing the lives of women in Canada and internationally.   As an example, this past year we offered a WDP grant to Valley Outreach and Sanctuary House in New Brunswick, to support their main goal – “relationship abuse prevention”.

I support our organization’s mandate through my own participation in World Day of Prayer services, by wearing Black on Thursdays to stand in solidarity with others to end violence against women, and through sharing WICC’s important messages to others.  I see how WICC empowers the women in my own church through their involvement with WDP.

Christ’s message reminds me daily about the importance of “Love one another”, through actions.  Isaiah 1:17 speaks to me as well: “learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow”.  Amen to that!

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5 comments on “Valerie Hobson’s Story

  1. Shirley DeMerchant on

    Thanks Val! You are such an asset to WICC and a delight to work with! You inspire me by your commitment to work for justice not just as a WICC board member, but also on a personal level in your own community.


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