1966 alum Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff Recognized

1966 alum Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff Recognized

Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff, MEI Class of 1966 (Jr. Matriculation) and 1967 (Senior Matriculation) for being recognized as one of Canadian Mennonite University‘s Distinguished Alumni for 2018. Source: CMU Distinguished Alumni Awards 2018 Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff (MBBC ’70) of Edmonton, AB has been on the faculty of the Department of Music at the University of Alberta since 1981, teaching in the area of choral music. Ratzlaff co-founded and directs the most established graduate training program for choral conductors in Canada. He directs the University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, one of Canada’s leading university choirs, which has gained both national and international competition awards for their performances and recordings. As a professional baritone soloist and ensemble singer, he has sung in numerous projects in North America and Europe. His honours include induction into the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for distinguished service to Canadian choral music, induction into the Alberta Order of Excellence, induction as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and being named to the Order of Canada. In 2011, he and RES celebrated 30 years of his leadership as...
MEI Class of 1979 40 Year Reunion

MEI Class of 1979 40 Year Reunion

Save the date! Colleen and your reunion committee invite MEI Class of 1979 for a 40 year reunion on Saturday, June 1, 2019. Bring your reunion ideas (venue still needed) and get more info by visiting your reunion group on Facebook > more info about class reunions To Keep Informed Join MEI 1979 Grad Reunion group on Facebook Contact Colleen Isfeld (P: ___-___-____ E: 1979meigrad@gmail.com) Update your address with the school Pictures from MEI Class of 1979...
[Recap] MEI Class of 1954 Impromptu Mini-Reunion

[Recap] MEI Class of 1954 Impromptu Mini-Reunion

’54 grads had a mini get-together on Monday, September 10, 2018 at the Rose Café in Abbotsford, on occasion of a visit by Dave & Alice Martens (Waterloo). 22 came together for this delightful time together… set up by ’54 grad “Huppa”. It was a great time of sharing, where each former grad could give us a thumbnail sketch of what was happening in their lives and that of their family. A number had sent their regrets of being unable to attend, due to prior commitments, or the great distance to travel.  Amazing how many already had great grandchildren, but even more amazing were the exploits, and the accomplishments of so many of the children and the grandchildren. It was also a blessing to learn how many of the descendants were meaningfully occupied in the Vineyard of the Lord. In various states of mobility, we old-agers were just grateful to the Lord for the strength and health (and oh are some still vigorous indeed), to gather together.  We even had the audacity to speak about, Lord-willing, the 70th Reunion in 2024…Lord, is it possible!?   Many thanks to the MEI Alumni Office for all the work it does in promoting these gatherings.  May God’s grace be sufficient for everyone’s needs, and may all be done to His honour and glory. Submitted by Henry Hooge (Senior Matriculation, Class of 1954); picture from 60 Year Reunion in 2014 ** pictured is MEI Class of 1954 at 60th Reunion in 2014; no pictures from most recent...
MEI Class of 1998 20 Year Reunion

MEI Class of 1998 20 Year Reunion

Update: Change in date for MEI Schools Class of 1998 reunion. Reunion is now on Friday, October 5, 2018. You are warmly invited to join an informal 20 year reunion gathering for appetizers / dinner in reserved space at Cactus Club (34650 Delair Road, Abbotsford) on Friday, October 5 at 6:00 pm. Keep Updated Contact Katrina Carpenter via email shortgirl333@hotmail.com  (She needs to hear from you to gauge interest!) Join the Facebook Event (and share it with classmates!) Update your mailing address with the MEI Alumni Office From the 1998 MEI Yearbook...
MEI Class of 1989 30 Year Reunion

MEI Class of 1989 30 Year Reunion

Save the date! Sonya Larnder and your reunion committee invite MEI Class of 1989 for a 30 year reunion on Saturday, July 6, 2019. Bring your reunion ideas (venue still needed) and get more info by visiting your reunion group on Facebook > more info about class reunions To Keep Informed Join MEI Class of 1989 group on Facebook Contact Sonya Larnder (P: 778-220-0569 E: smlarnder@gmail.com) Update your address with the school Pictures from 25th...
MEI Class of 1983 35 Year Reunion

MEI Class of 1983 35 Year Reunion

Sharon Simpson and your reunion committee invite MEI Class of 1983 to get together to catch up and celebrate our time together at MEI and 35 years of life after MEI. A class reunion is being planned for Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Evy (Thielmann) Klassen’s home in Abbotsford. For more info > visit your reunion group on Facebook  > more info about class reunions To Keep Informed Join MEI Class of 1983 group on Facebook and add yourself to the event Email Sharon Simpson > Sharon.Simpson@mennoplace.ca Update your address with the school From the...