SHERMA ALINA EDWARDS-SALANDY
May 4, 1945 – September 15, 2018
Sherma Alina Ingrid Edwards-Salandy was born on May 4, 1945 on the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean. She was the mother of three sons and two daughters. She was also the devoted wife of the same husband for nearly half a century, a mother-in-law to every girl to whom she was introduced, and “Aunty Sherma” to many.
She lived a wonderful and happy life here in Montreal and was well-known, loved and respected in the community. Throughout her life, her name was suffixed by almost every letter of the alphabet at some point—but most importantly, she was known to be kind, generous, and above all, compassionate.
The First Church of the Nazarene in Dollard-des-Ormeaux was the first congregation where she became a member, and for about 18 years, she was totally involved and dedicated to the board there— of which she was a member for several years as well. She led many of the ministries, including the women’s ministry, choir, and drama, among others, and was under the ministry of several amazing Nazarene pastors and superintendents. Her children were christened and baptized in that church.
Church had always been a large part of her life. After Nazarene, she spent 14 years at Fairview Alliance, 10 years at the Imani Family and Full Gospel, and then moved to Assembly of Hope, where she had become part of the family where Rev. Kendall Johan served as pastor.
She ministered with her choir and chorale at many churches in Montreal and was one of the pioneers of a dance and drama ministry—which was not always accepted—and certainly paved a path for many to replicate. With her group, which once contained as many as 35 young people, she ministered in Montreal, Ontario, and the U.S.
She also did all this while raising her children–and sometimes half of the neighbourhood–playing netball, selling cosmetics and jewelry, and being a top salesperson at every company she represented.
After having left a job as secretary for several departments within the same company—a role she’d held more than 18 years—she was still referred to by her then immediate supervisors as “the best secretary there ever was”. After having left the company many years prior, she was still called upon to locate files, and was able to supply the file numbers, locations, and content that she had archived.
She organized women’s conferences, Sunday-best concerts and fashion shows, tea parties, hosted a gospel radio show for a bit—anything that could take the church to where people were in the world.
Minister Sherma was a minister of the gospel for many years and faced much adversity, but always stood for the cause of Christ. Minister Salandy was installed into the sacred office of Pastor – Evangelism & Discipleship, by Citadel of Hope Ministries International, on August 19, 2018. She passed away less than a month later, on September 15, 2018.