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Heritage centre gets interim director


Winnipeg, Man.—Alf Redekopp has been appointed as interim director of the Mennonite Heritage Centre of Mennonite Church Canada. The appointment was made by the general board November 12, on the recommendation of the Heritage Committee.

Redekopp began in his new role on November 15 and extends until June 30, 2000. He replaces Ken Reddig, who left the position to become executive director of Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba.

"Given the time that we had to hire a replacement, we decided to go for an interim appointment, to give us more time for the search process. I’m happy we could get someone that is so knowledgable about the Mennonite Heritage Centre," said Paul Friesen, chair of the heritage committee.

Redekopp has worked part-time as the archivist for Mennonite Heritage Centre since August 1, 1994. He also worked part-time as the archivist at the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies, also in Winnipeg, since 1987.

"The Centre for MB Studies was gracious enough to give Alf a leave of absence," said Friesen. Duties of the heritage centre director include, overseeing operations of the Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, supervision of staff, archiving of materials and coordination of writing projects (such as J.J.Thiessen biography, David Toews biography, Conference of Mennonites in Canada history, and indexing of Der Bote). The centre is located on the campus of Canadian Mennonite Bible College.

"I’m pleased to be able to serve the church in this capacity, and look forward to the challenges of the new position," said Redekopp.

He has taught both public and private high school for a total of 18 years. He and his wife Kathy are members of Home Street Mennonite Church