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Sunday
Aug282016

Life after disaster 

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By Sue Careless

AS A RAGING wildfire approached Fort McMurray, the Rev. Dane Neufeld told his young son that the Athabasca River would stop the fire in its march towards the city in northeast Alberta. But the fire progressed unimpeded, spreading across the river and forcing evacuation of the entire city.

“Daddy, you said fire couldn’t cross the river,” six-year-old Anton said, “but it did” – even the waters of the mighty Athabasca.

The wildfire was jumping over rivers and highways and by May 4th had engulfed Fort McMurray, forcing the mandatory evacuation of almost 90,000

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Sunday
Jan312016

New home for Christian Environmental Centre

Barn at Brooksdale Environmental Centre in Surrey, home to A Rocha Canada.

(Photo: A Rocha Canada)

THE DONATION of a 4.1 million dollar heritage property to A Rocha Canada, a Christian conservation organization, was made by the Neufeld family of British Columbia this past December.

The gift marks the fulfillment of a dream Arnold and Elizabeth Neufeld have had since the 1990s. Their 18-acre farm in Surrey, B.C. was originally established

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Wednesday
Oct072015

The Mystery of St. Michael's 

Third-year Michaelites at the Maritime St Michael’s Youth Conference.

(Photo: Elizabeth Stockall)
By Gisele McKnight

WHY WOULD a group of busy adults spend precious August vacation time with teenagers at St. Michael’s Youth Conference? It’s a God-inspired mystery.

Priests, professors and others come together to mentor young people ages 13-19 at Camp Wildwood in Bouctouche – without payment – and  “work harder than they do at work,” said Janice Stockall, who has been doing exactly that as site manager for 24 summers.

She describes it this way: “It’s the best week of the year. It’s a second family. It’s a safe place.”

St. Michael’s, 29 years running, is a six-day camp of intense Anglican and theological mentoring

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Wednesday
May272015

A Wartime Wedding

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By Sue Careless

MY ENGLISH PARENTS married during the constraints and austerity of the Second World War. Perhaps, given today’s typical North American extravaganza, we could learn something from a simple wartime wedding.   

My mother, Pat, a city girl, was serving in the Women’s Land Army when she first encountered my father, Ralph, an engineering officer in the Royal Air Force. They met near Coventry

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Wednesday
May272015

Tribute: Marianna Stack – Advocate for women inmates  

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WOMEN in Canadian prisons have lost a true friend and advocate. Marianna Lorraine Stack, 73, died suddenly on Easter Monday, Apr. 6th, in her birthplace of Saint John, NB. Stack was the co-founder and president of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Saint John, an organization that helps to improve the lives of marginalized and imprisoned women in New Brunswick.

She developed a number of programs through the Elizabeth Fry Society

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