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The Reverend Canon Beth Bretzlaff was born in Shawville, Quebec and spent her first years learning to love life on a dairy farm. After high school, Beth studied Humanities for a year at John Abbott College in Ste Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, before achieving her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) degree at the University of Ottawa. Wanderlust led her to Calgary, Alberta where Beth experienced working in sales and administration before pursuing her Master of Divinity at the Vancouver School of Theology. She was ordained as a deacon in the Anglican Diocese of Kootenay in 1993 and as a priest the following year. For the next eight and a half years, Beth served as curate and then assistant at the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels in Kelowna, British Columbia. Loving change and challenge, Beth then worked as publicist for Wood Lake Books before moving to Invercargill, New Zealand in 2004. She was the child, youth and family educator for the Diocese of Dunedin, followed by a period of study and work in youth justice, obtaining her Post-Graduate Diploma in Community and Social Work from Otago University, Dunedin. Returning to Canada in 2010, Beth enjoyed a 'gap year' and then loved ministering as the Chaplain at Ashbury College in Ottawa prior to coming to St John's. Most days, you will find Beth by her laugh - enjoying life and those she meets with all her being.
An interesting article about Beth recently was posted at an online blog: click here to read it.