Dear Friends and Ministry Partners,
As a result of ongoing conversations with the Canadian Conference, the Manitoba Conference has accepted an invitation to move its offices back to 1310 Taylor Ave in Winnipeg. This move allows for greater collaboration, eliminates redundancies and reduces costs. The Canadian Conference has graciously made resources available in accounting, IT, secretarial support and HR. This amalgamation gives us the ability to direct more funds towards education, leadership development, church planting, training and resource development on a provincial level.
We will continue to provide the service you have come to expect and believe this move will allow us to serve you better. Our hope is to be fully operational at our new location by the middle of December.
There are always sad and painful pieces to a move like this. We are saying goodbye to two great people that have served this conference well, Roger Friesen and Dorothea Schalm. Both Roger and Dorothea are examples of dedicated servants and we will miss them. Roger has been the Conference Administrator for the last 5 years and Dorothea has served as an Administrative Assistant to the MCE Director and later to the MBCM office.
Dorothea has worked for the Manitoba Conference for the last 26 years. We are thankful for their service and dedication and pray God’s richest blessing on them.
I welcome your responses and invite you to pray for us during this significant time of transition.
Elton DaSilva, Executive Director
A Word from Willy Reimer,
Executive Director of Canadian Conference of MB Churches
Re: relationship between MBCM and CCMBC
Dear Elton and MBCM staff and board,
I am overjoyed at the increasingly positive relationship that is developing between the leadership of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Manitoba and the Canadian Conference of MB Churches. Your leadership has played a significant role in this positive turn of events. I am also excited at the prospect of the MBCM staff moving your offices into the Taylor Ave. location.
As we have noted, the circumstances around the departure of the Manitoba staff during your previous tenure in the Taylor office created significant pain for you, and resulted in broken trust between MBCM staff and CCMBC. On behalf of the Canadian conference I want to express my sorrow for what transpired and ask forgiveness from both the Manitoba conference leadership and staff.
I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship that will maximize ministry effectiveness for the glory of God and the benefit of the MB church in Manitoba.