A longtime finance employee at the synod office has put down her spreadsheets and retired after more than 30 years in the job. Terry Mikkonen, who worked in the finance and payroll department, officially retired in December. Born in Saskatchewan and raised in Surrey, BC, she worked briefly for the federal tax department and the provincial government after studying finance at BCIT. She had switched to a job at the Okanagan retreat, Sorrento Centre, when a chance meeting with Bishop Shepherd, then head of our diocese, led to a job in Victoria.
During her tenure, she has served four bishops and admired Bishop Logan’s vision for reconciliation. As the office grew, she handled many of the administrative roles. “I like the flexibility of a small office and working for the church,” she said. “They treat people with dignity.” Terry will be guiding new staffer Gillian Astbury until the end of March. After that, she hopes to pursue her interests in music (she’s been active in church choirs all her life) and travel, although both options may continue to be curtailed due to the pandemic. She is a member of the Church of the Advent in Colwood.