A woman who has known ministry work for most of her life is celebrating her last day at Union Gospel Mission today before retiring. 

Diana Fields started working at UGM in Demeber of 1990. 

"I was recommended by a friend who had been asked by the executive director whether she wanted a job," says Fields. "She said, 'No I've got one but I know someone who needs one.'"

Just like that Fields found her calling to help marginalized people in the downtown area of Winnipeg. 

"This is the Lord's work and it's where I felt He needed me."

Fields also met her husband working at UGM. 

"At the time I started, Wayne was picking up the mail every day. He came up every morning. We had a coffee maker up here that made better coffee than downstairs, so he came up for coffee in the morning so we connected."

Fields and Wayne met in December 1990 and got married by September the following year. They had 27 years of marriage together before he passed away four years ago.

As for what Fields is going to do during retirement, she says simply, "I haven't decided yet. I have some hobbies and I do a lot of needlework, so we'll see."


With files from Mike Thom