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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 07:03

Bernard van Blokland

Bernard came to St. Peter’s after emigrating from Holland in 1993 at the time of his marriage to June and has been here ever since. Bernard and June and have one son, Jesse who graduated SAIT in 2015 and is currently employed in Calgary.
As a younger man his passion was technology and computers.  He has worked with computers for over 40 years and the industry is still his love and current business.  Bernard is also an avid notaphilist (one who collects bank notes/paper money). In an interesting twist, he is a Dutchman who loves Thai food and is allergic to cheese!
Bernard provides the visuals at Sunday services as well as maintaining and upgrading St. Peter’s computer systems and network. He is an integral part of the sound ministry, is currently Assistant Rector’s Warden and is a valuable asset on Parish Council. On Sunday mornings he leads us all in cheering for the people who have had birthdays or anniversaries in traditional Dutch fashion.  During the winter months he is a valued member of the team that is responsible for snow removal and sidewalk clearing.
One of Bernard’s favorite pastimes is walking their dog, Jemima (Jemmy) who is an ongoing challenge as Jemmy has a mind of her own!
Bernard has a great love for the people of St. Peter's as evident in his dedication to our church. A prized Bible passage is Jeremiah 29:11 which speaks of His promises; “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.

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