what others are saying . . .
Rev. Dr. Cam Yates
Former Vice-President of Administration and Professor: Carey Theological College, Pastor, Facillitator of Formative Spirituality Retreats
I have known Deb for many years in my capacity as professor, retreat facilitator, and friend. Her exuberant heart, quiet joyfulness, care for and love of others are clearly rooted
in her depth of spiritual maturity. Quiet
presence, attentive listening, respect, and spiritual companionship are but a few
of the gifts she offers to all in this most valuable of disciplines, "soul care." I am witness to the reality that Deb lives in the wonder of the Buechner quote appearing
on her Home page, ... all moments are key moments and life itself is grace. Deb is
among the best of companions for all who
seek to journey into such grace.
Dr. Julie Zepp Rutledge
Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners
Deb Ash is one of the most compassionate people I know. Her kind and gentle spirit shines through her eyes in every moment you engage with her. Her gaze tells you: "you are important, you are beautiful, you matter". She listens to you with her whole heart. The support she offers is loving yet firm: asking meaningful questions that serve to gently guide you towards your own place of wisdom within and to reconnect you with the magic and wonder of the Spirit, God, that fills us all. She is a cherished gift and her presence in my life challenges me to become the best most authentic and loving person I can be.
Sharon Saip Ezewski
Deb Ash was with our mother and our family in the last few months of Mom's life. Deb was always there for anyone of us in need and has the most calming, caring, loving way about her. Deb is full of compassion and was so able to guide our Mom through her next journey. It was a difficult time for us all, however having Deb by our sides, and I mean 'truly' by our sides, made this a beautiful journey for our mother as well as for our family. Authentic in her love of God and all of mankind is what she truly radiates.
Major Carolyn Doonan
I met Deb during our mutual time of post-graduate studies, we instantly made a connection that will last a lifetime. It has not been a surprise to discover that Deb develops this same type of relationship with many. She is just that type of person - caring, genuine, bright, discerning, wise, loving, fun, gifted, well-rounded, deeply spiritual, and real. I'm sure you get it ... in a nutshell, Deb is someone that adds value to life. If you have the opportunity to journey with her, through the services she provides, I encourage you to do so.
It may be one of the most valuable lifetime decisions that you make.
Without the kindness and compassion of Deb, I know I would not be the person I am today. Her willingness to just listen validated ME, she reminded me that as a child of God I am loved whether I believe it or not. I had lost myself and believed God has abandoned me like all the adults in my life had done. With her guidance she has helped strengthen my spiritual awareness, that I had given up on for my own survival needs. Deb has shown me that if I am willing to be open and mindful of God's messages they will appear, and they are amazing! This willingness brings peace and I am able to 'rest in the arms of God'. "When the student is willing to learn the teacher will appear." Deb is truly a blessing in my life and I look forward to the rest of the journey with her by my side. I thank God for Deb every day!
Joel & Nicole Hunter
Not only were my husband and I blessed and lucky enough to be married by Deb, we also got to attend some pre-marital classes with her as well. It was at these classes that Deb became one of our favourite people. Her kind and non-judgemental demeanour, her encouragement and wisdom make her a truly amazing woman and counsellor. She was able to open us up, and always made sure we felt like we were in a safe environment to talk freely. The exercises and sessions we had benefitted my husband and I prior to our wedding and continue to do so throughout our marriage. We remember to take time each day to appreciate, accept and love one another for our differences and similarities - with much thanks to Deb.
Dr. Axel Schoeber
Former Professor : Carey Theological College
I have had the privilege of knowing, teaching and supervising Deb as a student for over four years. She showed herself to be very astute in her interpersonal skills, disarming potential conflict, guiding with wisdom those who sought her input, and modelling high support to those in distress. I certainly commend her abilities and experience. I am very supportive of Deb and her one-on-one pastoral abilities and the work she is now doing.
I recently had the privilege of attending a spiritual retreat focusing on creativity that was led by Deb.
It was a meaningful, thought provoking experience. Deb is supportive, caring, knowledgeable and non-judgemental. The retreat reflected her attention to detail, her desire to help others grow, and her heart for people. I would love to take part in a retreat led by Deb again! She is a wonderful group leader with a love for others and for the Lord, and that shows clearly is all that she does.
Dr. Barbara Mutch
Consulting Director, Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation:
Association of Theological Schools
Deb is a person of wisdom, compassion and deep Christian maturity. With Deb you will find warm welcome, skillful spiritual companionship and practical insights for daily living.
Rev. Judith Tod
It is an honour and a responsibility to endorse a ministry. It really rests upon the integrity, training and experience of the pastor, and on all counts I have complete confidence in
Deb Ash. Spirit lives within and shines forth from this wise woman who will receive you with compassion and understanding, seasoned with common sense and deep faith.
Deb is the most welcoming person and a delight to be with. With a gentle thoroughness she listened intently to what I had to say and encouraged me into new ways of thinking about and relating to God. Deb is well qualified academically to help people burdened with many of life's trials but she is also deeply gifted by God with an acute insight into getting to the heart of the matter. She has also been given a tremendous care for those she seeks to help on the path of life.
I attended a silent guided retreat with Deb several years ago at St. Michael's Retreat Centre. Her careful attention to details and planning created anticipation for what God wanted to do in our hearts. Allowing God to speak to us through the prayer time, music, intimate atmosphere, and subsequent silence was very meaningful. Each of us came away with a whole new appreciation for hearing God in the stillness. We left knowing we had met with Him at a much deeper level.
Since writing this endorsement, Rhoda has passed away. Her words remain here, as her voice and her kind recommendation remain precious.
kind words can be short
and easy to speak
but their echoes are truly endless