Yesterday, we said “’Bye for now” to our dear friend and colleague CBM Regional Representative for the Central Region, Anne Drost, as she begins her retirement after 30 years of faithful service.
Anne has quite a remarkable story – born and raised in New Brunswick, she graduated with a Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of New Brunswick. She went on to teach for a few years before she felt called to serve in Kenya with CBM. Unfortunately, she had to prematurely return home due to the sudden onset of multiple sclerosis.
After her return to Canada, an opportunity came for Anne to come volunteer at CBM’s office in Mississauga. Shortly after a miraculous healing from her MS symptoms, she accepted the role of Coordinator for The Sharing Way (CBM’s then-relief and development arm), where she led the charge in development education, as well as resourcing, mobilizing and enabling over 300 mission associates throughout Canada. For the past 20 years, Anne has served as CBM’s Regional Representative for the Central Region. In her role, she has acted as the primary liaison between CBM and Canadian Baptist churches in Ontario and Quebec. Her heart for global mission and those who live in the margins are a true witness to Christ’s love for his people. During her time serving at CBM she received a Master of Religious Education from McMaster Divinity College and was ordained in 2013.
On Tuesday of this week, Anne led our chapel service for the last time as a CBM staff. She poignantly shared how immeasurably more God gives us – more than what we could ever hope for or even imagine. Her life is a true testament to God’s healing power and she has inspired all of us to love, obey and act in faith.
In a celebration event for Anne’s retirement, friends, family and colleagues gathered from near and far at the CBM office to send Anne off into her new season. It was a fun-filled and meaningful night with messages of appreciation from those who have worked alongside her over the years.
We love Anne and will miss her dearly, but we know that we will cross paths with her again. Happy retirement, Anne!