BRESLAU, ONT.- Tax season at Breslau Mennonite Church, near Kitchener, was punctuated by many members sitting down at computers set up in the church foyer during the Sunday school hour and requesting the Canadian Revenue Agency to divert $1,000 of their taxes to peaceful means.
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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