18 Canadian Mennonite March 2, 2009
Photo By Dan DyCk
MC Canada fellowship dinner, with Neufeld and his
wife Anne, along with some of his family
members, all seated at centre stage in the
says farewell fellowship hall.
Among the long-time members to
to Peters-Pries express blessings on Neufeld was Aron
Rempel, who recalled those early years
beginning in 1950, when Neufeld moved
By Aaron Epp
to the community to serve as one of the
teachers in the local school. Former teach-
er and principal Harold Schulz said that
W orking for the church can leave
some feeling disillusioned, but not
Pam Peters-Pries. Ultimately, the seven
Neufeld was his mentor.
Many more fond memories came to the
fore, in particular from a much younger
years she spent working as executive sec- Robert J. Suderman, general secretary of generation who appreciated Neufeld’s
retary of support services for Mennonite Mennonite Church Canada, humorous- words of encouragement. Several students,
Church Canada has affirmed her faith in ly presents Pam Peters-Pries, outgoing who later became co-workers with him in
the church. executive secretary of support services, the church, appreciated his expertise in
“I really feel that MC Canada is on a good with the traditional—and expected— running business meetings, writing con-
path, with good people to lead it,” Peters- departure gift: a Mennonite Church stitutions and always starting meetings on
Pries said, taking a break from clearing out Canada coffee mug. time!
her e-mail inbox on the eve of her final day A special guest for the occasion was
on the job. nate for having had the opportunity to Henry Kliewer, conference minister for
Peters-Pries resigned from her pos- work with Peters-Pries. “Pam is a person of Mennonite Church Manitoba, who de-
ition and finished at MC Canada on Jan. great integrity,” said Kirsten Schroeder, dir- livered greetings from the conference.