The Sanctuary was built by the Rev. (Lt.-Col) G.O. Fallis, C.B.E, E.D., D.D as a memorial to those who served and died in World War One.
Rev. Fallis made a solemn commitment to the soldiers whose memorials he presided over while he was serving as a chaplain in France to return and build a peace memorial.
His intention was in no way to glorify war; on the contrary, it is, above all, a peace memorial. The mission of peace-making – cultivating right relationship with God, self, neighbour – and the planet remains an important focus in our congregation.
Regular services commenced on November 11th, 1928, exactly ten years to the day after the Armistice in 1918. Specifications for the Chapel involved ten stained glass windows; one for each province and the Yukon Territory, as well as the Chancel window and an All-Canada window. The striking part of the story is the unique manner in which funds were raised to underwrite the cost of these windows. The goal – which Rev. Fallis accomplished – was to involve Canadians from coast to coast with the ideal of making this a truly national church.
Canadian Memorial also bears the distinction of housing the only other copies of the Books of Remembrance outside of Ottawa. The Books of Remembrance contain the names of all Canadians who served and died in World War I, II and the Korean War. These books are available to the public but please contact our office for viewing.
The Centre for Peace, which holds the church offices and meeting room space to serve the community, was built in 1997 and was named in recognition of Colonel Fallis’ vision for peace. For more details on the Centre for Peace rental facilities go to Rental Facilities.