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Mennonite Media establishes presence in Canada


Winnipeg, Man.—Burton Buller, Executive Director of Mennonite Media (Harrisonburg, Virginia), will work out of an office at Mennonite Church Canada on a part-time basis, starting immediately, for a one-year period.

In a brief presentation to MC Canada staff at a welcome event, Buller noted that he is seeking to establish a stronger connection between Mennonite Media and the stories of Canadian Mennonites.

"I'm currently working on a one-hour documentary on forgiveness that will air on a major US network next fall. One of the stories we're highlighting is the Candace Derksen story," said Buller, citing the tragic, unsolved 1986 murder of a young Winnipeg student.

Buller hopes that spending an average of two days a week at Mennonite Church Canada offices will help him network with others, identify communication needs that can be met by the electronic media, and cultivate the creative process.

Dan Nighswander, Mennonite Church Canada general secretary, is buoyed by the move. "Mennonite Media hosts the popular Third Way Café web site and produced our recent missions video. They are good at what they do. I'm looking forward to the possibilities of forging some new paths of partnership with a media producer who carries the Anabaptist vision and perspective," said Nighswander.

Buller, formerly of MB Communications in Winnipeg, was appointed to the new post in August of 1999.