Offering Christ's hope to youth and families
for over 50 years, in northern Canada and beyond.

Ida Marie Miller


I grew up in a family which included sisters, half-brothers, and half-sisters. Our father died when I was ten. Mama married a widower fifteen years later. His children became our step-brother and sisters, but never lived with us.

My first experience in ON was a visit to Niagara Falls in the 1960’s. In 1976 I discovered Beaver Lake Camp and was involved there for six weeks. A year later I moved to Cristal Lake Girls’ School. A Cristal Lake highlight was music. It was my privilege to work with the Cristalaires, teaching them many of the songs my sisters and I used to sing.

In 1986 we moved to Stirland Lake High School. After five years, SLHS closed and I returned to Cristal Lake which was now a Marriage and Family Counselling Centre. After several years of teaching the staff children, child care for client children, cooking, and office work, I went back to school. In 1997 I graduated from Providence Seminary with an M.A. in Biblical counselling.

In 2003 the counselling centre relocated to Dryden. Here in Dryden I work with clients at Beaver Lake Camp, teach courses in the Ten Course Counselling Program, and do contract counselling in northern communities. I thoroughly enjoy continued contact and visits with students from CL, SLHS, and the ten course program. Through them I have many beloved “grandchildren.”

I enjoy music and mountains, birds and books, children and cooking, and rainbows.


Give me the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, enlighten my understanding, make me know the hope of Your calling and the greatness of Your power as I believe. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord. Thank You that you are able to keep me from falling and present me faultless before His presence with great joy.

Arctic Ministries

Business Office,
Arctic Counsellor/Teacher

Home town/church:
Grantsville, MD: Maple Glen Mennonite Church

Year(s) of service: 40

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