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March 29, 2004

Nova Scotian Named at the Helm of Canadian Bible Society

TORONTO — The Canadian Bible Society (CBS) has appointed the Reverend Phyllis Nesbitt, a Congregational Christian Church ordained minister from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, as its interim National Director.

"My ministry will be a transitional one in order to facilitate the changes that CBS identifies as needed. It is to prepare the foundations on which the next permanent National Director will build," said Reverend Nesbitt. The mandate given to the Reverend Nesbitt is for two years, with the understanding that she will not apply for the permanent position.

The appointment of Reverend Nesbitt follows the resignation of the Reverend Glen Pitts, who held the position of National Director until mid-March of this year. "We're grateful for what Glen has brought to the Society," declared the Right Reverend George Lemmon, Chair of the Board of Governors of the CBS. "We also look forward to working with Phyllis, as well as in collaboration with all our volunteers and staff, in the Districts and the National Support Office. We want to ensure that CBS continues to be at the forefront of the Bible ministry here in Canada and to the world," added Reverend Lemmon.

The Bible Society has been active in Canada for almost 200 years. It operates within 16 Districts in Canada, an associate District in Bermuda, and a National Support Office located in Toronto. Its parent body, the British and Foreign Bible Society, is celebrating its bicentennial this year. These and 136 other Bible Societies collaborate together as the United Bible Societies, to ensure that the translation, publication and distribution of the Bible in as many languages as possible, is carried throughout the world.

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