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MDS Family Project in Alberta
This summer MDS is building cabins at a church camp in Alberta and we are inviting FAMILIES to participate. The project is located at Camp Evergreen, a Mennonite Brethren facility near Sundre, AB. We need six families per week from July 21, 2013 to August 16, 2013. All you provide is your time, a positive work ethic and work clothes for the construction sites including good work shoes with steel toes (if available). Sites are available with power for your RV. There are a few RVs available if you don't have an RV, but you must indicate this at the time of registration. MDS will provide supervision, cooks, tools and food for everyone on the project. There will be a nominal registration fee of $75.00 per family. Please contact our office in Winnipeg at (866) 261-1274 for registration and additional information.
Region V Fund Raisers, Banquets and Meetings
Region V Board Meeting Oct. 25-26 in Winnipeg, MB
Ontario Unit partners with NY Unit for Hurricane Sandy Response
The MDS Ontario Unit is partnering with the New York Unit in their response in Staten Island, NY, after Hurricane Sandy. The New York Unit has been working on clean up and repairs in Staten Island since Sandy hit. The Ontario Unit will partner with them in the rebuilding phase. New York City officials are coordinating the distribution of jobs and funds for materials. Ontario volunteers interested in working in NY should contact Jason Eckert, jasonecker(at)hotmail.com, for information.
To read the most recent report from the Staten Island Project, click here: Staten Island Report
View of Seminary where MDS volunteers are housed in Staten Island.
The Saskatchewan Unit of Mennonite Disaster Service has launched a Hay Drive to assist farmers in drought-stricken areas of Eastern Ontario and the US Midwest. The MDS Ontario Unit is launching a project to receive and distribute the hay.
Drought has severely impacted the livestock sector, not only creating a shortage of hay, but forcing farmers to feed hay stored for winter to their livestock now. MDS is working at moving surplus Saskatchewan hay to drought stricken areas. MDS Ontario is working collaboratively with other organizations to ensure broad awareness in drought affected areas, to be positioned to receive hay, and to distribute it in the most effective way possible.
Farmers willing to donate hay should contact Ike Epp via e-mail at birwood(at)littleloon.ca or call the Region V office, (866) 261-1274, for Epp’s contact information. Anyone else wishing to support this cause is invited to donate financial resources to help defray the cost of moving surplus hay. Donations can be sent to the MDS Region V office, 6A-1325 Markham Rd Winnipeg, MB, R3T 4J6, or any MDS Unit. Farmers in Ontario or Quebec suffering from the drought and in need of assistance should e-mail Delmer Erb, edm(at)cyg.net, or call the Region V office, (866) 261-1274, for Erb’s contact information.
July 5 Update– The Perth-Andover Long Term Recovery Committee is now functioning and has recently completed an assessment of the homes that had applied for assistance. MDS, together with Christian Disaster Relief (CDR),the relief...
Region V Office
6A-1325 Markham Rd
Winnipeg , MB R3T 4J6
T: (866) 261-1274 (Can. only)
T: (204) 261-1274
F: (204) 261-1279
Download: Short-term travel reimbursement policy
Click below to down load reports from Fall 2009 meetings.
Region V Reports
Area: 2,180,101 square miles (5,646,426 square km) without the North; includes Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Yukon, the Territories and Nunavet Units: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan; Atlantic Canada has a board representative but no formal unit.
Congregations: 828 in MDS database
Most common disasters: floods, wildfires, tornadoes/high winds, ice storms, landslides
Biggest disasters: fire storms, British Columbia, 2003; Red River floods, Manitoba, 1997; ice storm, Ontario/Quebec, 1998 2006 major local responses: flood cleanup, Manitoba; windstorms, rebuilding after house fire, Ontario; extreme weather, British Columbia; floods, Newfoundland