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Bridging the border (MCC Photo/Reimar Goetzke)

(MCC Photo/Reimar Goetzke)

Bridging the border

June 21, 2011

Donald Peters, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada, center left, and J Ron Byler, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee U.S., center right, demonstrate the bridging relationship integral to the new partnership between MCC Canada and MCC U.S. Arli Klassen, executive director of MCC binational, stands between them. MCC binational will be dissolved next year as the Canadian and U.S. organizations share leadership of MCC.

They are joined by MCC executive directors, who are standing on both sides of the Canada and U.S. border in Abbotsford, British Columbia, and Sumas, Washington, to symbolize their cooperation and support of MCC’s international program. The border, crossing MCC property, is indicated by the cut in the trees. MCC is committed to a partnership between MCC Canada and MCC U.S. that will encourage the free movement of people, material resources and ideas from both countries to support a jointly owned international program, even as their respective identities are valued. The executive directors were meeting with MCC delegates, board members and staff from Canada and the U.S. on June 10-11 for the MCC binational Annual General Meeting.

The executive directors include, left to right, Wayne Bremner, MCC British Columbia; Claire Ewert Fisher, MCC Saskatchewan; Peter Rempel, MCC Manitoba; Rick Cober Bauman, MCC Ontario; Donald Peters, MCC Canada; Arli Klassen, MCC binational; J Ron Byler, MCC U.S.; Ruth Keidel Clemens, MCC East Coast; Zenebe Abebe, MCC Great Lakes; John Stoesz, MCC Central States; and Sheri Plett Wiedenhoefer, West Coast MCC. Not pictured is Abe Janzen, MCC Alberta.