Dr. Margaret Cottle will be the guest speaker at the Williams Lake Leadership Prayer Breakfast taking place at the Pioneer Complex Friday

Dr. Margaret Cottle will be the guest speaker at the Williams Lake Leadership Prayer Breakfast taking place at the Pioneer Complex Friday

Dr. Cottle prayer breakfast speaker

Dr. Margaret Cottle will be the guest speaker for the third annual Williams Lake Leadership Prayer Breakfast.

Dr. Margaret Cottle will be the guest speaker for the third annual Williams Lake Leadership Prayer Breakfast.

The breakfast will be held Friday, Oct. 14 at the Pioneer Complex starting at 7:30 a.m. sharp.

Cottle is a palliative care physician who works with the home hospice programs in the Greater Vancouver area.

A graduate of the University of B.C. medical program, she has been caring for patients at the end of life for more than 27 years.

She is a clinical assistant professor at the UBC medical school and has spoken in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Europe about ethical issues, caring for aging loved ones and palliative care.

In 2006 she gave an invited presentation about end-of-life issues to members of the Canadian parliament in Ottawa.

Dr. Cottle is a member of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the Latin American Palliative Care Association.

Dr. Cottle and her husband, Dr. Robin Cottle, an ophthalmologist, sponsor the UBC student chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, hosting the students weekly for dinner and discussions.

Colin Carter is organizing the prayer breakfast in Williams Lake.

“The Williams Lake Leadership Prayer Breakfast serves in a quiet way to reaffirm our faith in God to uphold our leaders in prayer and to provide an opportunity for our community to share in spiritual matters,” Carter says.

He says prayer breakfasts have been held in Ottawa for more than 50 years and are now held in more than 50 countries, each in its own way contributing to a wider spiritual awakening.

He added prayer breakfasts are a public affirmation of the privileges and responsibilities of leaders and are sponsored by concerned government, business, labor and professional leaders.

Tickets are $25 and available by calling Colin Carter at 250-297-0102, Kerry Cook at 250-398-7213, Dr. Elmer Thiessen at 250-392-7902, from Coun. Sue Zacharias or Pennie Daffurn.

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