Gloria was born the 7th child in a family of all boys. As a result, she loved to climb and throw and play in the great outdoors along with her brothers. After graduating from high school, Gloria became a teacher and worked for 10 years. She also enjoyed serving in her church, investing in the lives of youth through involvement with camps and clubs. And each summer she traveled, often visiting her brother who was a missionary. At the ripe age of 31, Gloria married Don and began a new life with him. During their first 9 years or marriage, they served together in youth ministries. During that time God gave them three amazing children (Christine, Michael and Daniel) who have been a great blessing and joy to them.
In 1990, God led Gloria and Don to Papua New Guinea to serve in support roles at Ukarumpa, SIL’s main centre for Bible Translation in the country. Their kids loved growing up in PNG and they loved serving there. Even though many challenges abounded, their faith and relationship with the LORD deepened.
In 2002, Gloria and Don returned to Canada and have been serving at the Canada Institute of Linguistics. Don works as the Director of Personnel, and Gloria works in alumni relations, starting to connect with students while they are still at CanIL. She leads prayer groups, mentors students, corresponds with former students now working all around the world, and aids missionaries returning from the field. Recently, Gloria and Don celebrated 25 years of involvement with WBT/SIL. She says, “Don and I look back and thank the LORD for His faithfulness.”