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The Reverend Dr Ian Coutts was farewelled by the Diocese with a grand morning tea on 25 September as he leaves to take up the post of Bishop of Bunbury in South West Western Australia.

Jeremy Halcrow, CEO of Anglicare, Glenda Richards from St John’s Care and Bishop Trevor spoke words of acknowledgment for Ian’s contribution to the Diocese and of farewell.

In his time with the Diocese Ian has: served as lecturer with the Charles Sturt University School of Theology and as trainer and coordinator of ministry formation with St Mark’s Registered Training Organisation; made a significant contribution to Anglicare, most recently as General Manager for Mission including his passion for Indigenous reconciliation and expertise in child protection policy development; been involved in development of staff values formation programs, pastoral care of staff and oversight of the growth of Anglicare’s community service partnerships with parishes in this Diocese as well as the Dioceses of Riverina and Bathurst.

Ian was presented with two momentos of Canberra – a Fink Water Jug, designed and made in Queanbeyan, and book Treasures of Canberra – from the Diocese, ADS and Anglicare.

A motion put forward at Synod in September gave thanks to God for the significant leadership, ministry and faithful personal witness to our Lord Jesus Christ of both Ian and Anne Coutts in this Diocese.

Anne was thanked at Synod for her leadership as Principal at Canberra Girls Grammar School for nearly eight years. In that time, Anne has: contributed to the design and construction of the state of the art Science wing and the newly opened multi-purpose lakeside Yhuuramulum building; the founding and championing of the CGGS Music Academy; the roll out of fantastic leadership programs for Years 5, 7 and 9; the broadening of the cocurricular and sports programs and the expansion of the award winning Early Learning Centre for the 2019 academic year.

The Diocese wishes Ian and Anne every blessing and God’s grace as they leave Canberra to serve in the Diocese of Bunbury.