Staff Directory

The face of MDS is the thousands of volunteers who serve in communities in the U.S. and Canada helping communities recover from disaster. Behind the scenes are a dedicated staff serving in leadership, administration, project operations, volunteer coordination and communications. In Canada, this includes staff in the Winnipeg office and volunteers in the provincial/regional units across the country. (Click here for directory of MDS staff in the U.S.)

MDS Canada is made up of six regional/provincial units that respond to disasters in their regions/provinces. Volunteers are also available to speak about the work of MDS. To contact an MDS unit leader in your province:

Atlantic region: Benny Penner
Ontario: Nick Hamm
Manitoba: Greg Dyck 
Saskatchewan: Henry Schmitt 
Alberta: Glen Kauffman
B.C. Gerald Dyck

MDS Staff

Danielle Peters

Accounting Bookkeeper (On Leave)

MDS Canada Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba

John Longhurst

Communications Coordinator

MDS Canada Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Kelsey Friesen

Volunteer Coordinator

MDS Canada Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Peter Dunford

Accounting Bookkeeper

MDS Canada Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba 

Ross Penner

Director of Canadian Operations

MDS Canada Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Invite a Speaker

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) has representatives available to help share about the organization, the work and the mission of MDS with any group gathering or congregation. We are happy to come alongside your church to speak on the life-changing affect serving others has on both the ones we help and in the volunteers. We also encourage you to consider inviting us to speak at any convention, meeting or special event related to disaster relief or providing service for those in need. We will provide an informed speaker, cover transportation to and from your location, and supporting materials.

Please contact us to find out who is available to come speak to your group. Please let us know if you have any personal connection with any of the speakers or have had someone speak at your gathering before.