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New finance director appointed: MC Canada

   

June 14, 2004
- by Dan Dyck

 
   

Winnipeg, Man.— Mennonite Church Canada has appointed Randy Wiebe to the position of director of finance.

Wiebe (Douglas Mennonite Church, Winnipeg), is currently employed with Shelter Canadian Properties Ltd. as a Financial Accountant. He has studied for seven years at the Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion Catholic University, attaining Bachelors’ Degrees in Business Administration and in Accounting.

For four years Wiebe was the Administrative and Financial Manager for Sociedad Cooperativa Colonizadora Chortitzer Komitee Ltda in Paraguay—a successful cooperative of over 3500 members selling dairy products at a rate of about US $100 million annually. His responsibilities included supervising a team of 14 staff and attending to all treasury and finance responsibilities.

Wiebe has alternately lived in Paraguay and Canada, graduating from junior high school in Canada and then returning to Paraguay with his parents where he completed high school in the German language. Since returning to Canada one year ago, he has begun studies in the Certified General Accounting program where he has advanced standing because of his previous studies. Wiebe is fluent in English, German, and Spanish.

He said his decision to seek a job with the church, “… in my opinion came from God. I wasn't searching for a new job… but I think I can continue to grow in my profession, doing the work I have best prepared myself to do and do it for a good cause.”

Wiebe looks forward to the challenges of working in a non-profit environment, but sees similarities with his experience of working in the cooperative environment in Paraguay. “The position has a lot of challenges… But I guess what I most look forward to, is the people, the working environment and seeing my staff and I, together reach our objectives, and feeling the satisfaction and pride of a job well done.”

Although he enjoys floor hockey and likes to practice ice skating, any time left over after job and study commitments is devoted to family life. He current cycles to work, and hopes to continue doing so to his new job. Wiebe and his wife Laura Kasper-Wiebe, have two daughters: Nikita (4) and Natasha (21/2). They are expecting their third child in September.

Wiebe will succeed Paul Klassen, who worked in MC Canada’s finance area for 14 years. Klassen resigned his position in early May to accept a position at Investors Group. Interim Financial Consultant Lloyd Plett will continue to give overall leadership to the finance department on a part-time contract basis through July 2005.