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Ray Dirks (left), curator of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Art Gallery, honours Michino Phillips (Tsuboi) at an April 20 Mennonite Church Canada volunteer recognition dinner.

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May 3, 2005
- by Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man. — Ray Dirks, curator of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Art Gallery, honours Michino Phillips (Tsuboi) at an April 20 Mennonite Church Canada volunteer recognition dinner. Dirks first met Phillips through her artist father while in Japan collecting artwork for the In God’s Image art exhibit for the Mennonite World Conference in Zimbabwe. Phillips later traveled to Canada to study English, has since been married, and now resides in Winnipeg, helping out at the Art gallery whenever called upon.

Numerous Mennonite Church Canada ministries benefit from volunteers: PrayerNet and the World of Witness International Report are edited, folded, and stuffed in envelopes by volunteers. Volunteers at the MC Canada Resource Centre help to catalogue items and maintain the database. The Mennonite Heritage Centre and Art Gallery benefits from guest archivists, sign makers, and record compilers. MC Canada’s German language paper, Der Bote, has had the same group of volunteers help with an annual mailing for over 13 years. Lois Bergen, Der Bote assistant, says, “It’s not unusual for one of our volunteers to call and ask if it’s once again time to do another mailing!”

In addition to volunteers from member churches, spouses of staff were also recognized for their contribution in helping to host events, cooking, and providing hospitality for traveling guests of Mennonite Church Canada. In all, 47 were honoured. Staff cooked a potluck meal of lasagna, salad, and dessert.

“These dedicated volunteers help reduce our expenses and expand our capacity for ministry. We are grateful for their gifts of time and energy to God’s work, and are glad that we work together in so many ways,” said Dan Nighswander, general secretary, at the presentation.