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Knox to grant Margaret Taylor Honorary Doctor of Divinity

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Knox College is honoured and excited to grant Margaret Taylor the degree of Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) at our 172nd Convocation on May 11th, 2016.

The convocation ceremony will take place in Convocation Hall at 7:30 pm. For more information about Convocation, click HERE

All are welcome to attend.



Margaret Jean Taylor (B.A., D.D.)

Margaret Taylor has served the Presbyterian Church in Canada in a number of roles for over 60 years.  From her time in 1944 as a WMS Student Summer Placement in Val d’Or, Quebec, to her role as Convener of the Special Task Force on Liberty of Conscience as it Pertains to the Ordination of Women in the early 1980s, Mrs. Taylor has made significant contributions to the development of Christian education and the role of women within the PCC, diaconal, and ordained ministry.

When named Chairman of the Board of the Missionary and Deaconess Training School in 1957, thus becoming the first woman to chair an Assembly Board of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, Mrs. Taylor spearheaded the campaign to build a new college. As chair, she travelled to Western Canada and throughout Ontario raising awareness and funds for the Building Campaign. Ewart College was completed and dedicated in 1962. Mrs. Taylor went on to serve as a member, and then chair, of the Administrative Council (’64-’70), recruitment/Chairman of the Congress Committee organizing the 1967/1971 Presbyterian Congresses, Chairman of the Board of Congregational Life (72-’76), and member/Chairman of the Communications Services Committee (’76-’81).  As convener of the Special Task Force in 1981 to address the growing debate over ministers’ rights to refuse to participate in the ordination of women for reasons of liberty of conscience, Mrs. Taylor oversaw the Task Force whose majority report recommendations were passed by the General Assembly in 1982.

Mrs. Taylor was also involved in establishing the PCC’s Experimental Fund (Avonbloem Fund) and was a member of the Federal government’s Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women (’85-’88).

A proud supporter of Ewart College through the gift of her time and resources, Mrs. Taylor continued to support the work of Ewart when that college was amalgamated with Knox in 1991. Among other contributions, Mrs. Taylor was instrumental in founding and maintaining the McKay Educational Resource Centre. Mrs. Taylor was also a member of Knox College’s Senate (’92-’94).

Mrs. Taylor received a Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) from Presbyterian College in 1983 and, in 2014, was one of six recipients of the Women of Faith Award given by the Women’s Missionary Society of the PCC on the 100th Anniversary of that society. A prolific writer of letters, materials for the PCC, and commentary on church life, Mrs. Taylor completed her own memoir in 2015. Thankful for the years of love and support from her late husband Denton, Margaret continues to be a proud mother of three, a grandmother, and a great grandmother.

Mrs. Taylor’s papers are deposited in the PCC’s Archives and Records Office.