British Columbia and Yukon Church Aid Society

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British Columbia and Yukon Church Aid Society

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The British Columbia Church Aid Society, based in London, England, was formed in 1910 as an organization to represent the interests of and raise support in the home country for the British Columbia dioceses and institutions such as the Anglican Theological College. It unified into a provincial scope the work of the various existing diocesan missionary societies: the Columbia Mission, founded in 1859; the New Westminster Association (later called New Westminster and Kootenay Missionary Association) founded in 1880; and the Nishga Union (later called Caledonia Missionary Union) created in 1905. The former diocesan organizations retained their identity as diocesan committees of the larger organization. In 1913 the Diocese of Yukon was added to the Society's activities resulting in a new name, British Columbia and Yukon Church Aid Society (B.C.Y.C.A.S.). The Society's long-time serving General Secretary was the Rev. Canon Jocelyn Perkins who remained active in office from the Society's beginning until after the Second World War.

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