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									22   Canadian Mennonite May 31, 2010




        God at work in the World


 Volunteer prison
 visitors honoured
 David Milgaard speaks at M2/W2 event
 Story and Photo by Donita Wiebe-Neufeld
 alberta Correspondent
 eDmonton, alta.


 O      n April 30, a man who spent 22 years
        behind bars took the stage at First
 Mennonite Church, Edmonton, to share
                                                     One couple, he said, “became like a
                                                  second mom and dad to me. They were al-
                                                  ways regular. . . . As a prisoner, what you get
 his story at a banquet honouring M2/W2           is that you have somebody that is there be-
 (Man 2 Man/Woman to Woman) volun-                cause they want to be there. They just want
 teers. M2/W2 is a program of restorative         to be there to be with you. We don’t get that
 justice ministries supported by Mennonite        inside the penitentiary. We don’t get much
 Central Committee that matches volunteer         of anything in there other than keeping your      David Milgaard, who spent more than
 visitors with inmates, believing that one-       eyes peeled for what’s going to come next.        two decades in prison for a murder
 to-one relationships are vital for personal      So when you actually have someone who is          he didn’t commit, is pictured at First
 growth and change for everyone.                  willing to sit down across from you and of-       Mennonite Church, Edmonton, Alta.,
    In 1970, 17-year-old David Milgaard was       fer you a smile and a warm sense of caring        with copies of his book of poetry, prose
 wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for          for you, you know, when you need that kind        and a love letter written while he was
 the murder of nursing student Gail Miller        of stuff, it’s really nice to have.”              in prison. The book is available from
 in Saskatoon, Sask. In 1997, forensic evi-          A volunteer encouraged Milgaard to             Ronald N. Storozuk, 689 Beaverhill
 dence confirmed his innocence, and an-           start writing, which he described as a            Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R2J 3P2.
 other man, Larry Fisher, was convicted of        “godsend, because it made me actually feel
 the crime.                                       good inside the penitentiary.”
    Milgaard’s story is a painful compilation        Of the work of prison volunteers,              in the world to have some
								
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