Screening of “Selfless” Documentary by MEI alums

Screening of “Selfless” Documentary by MEI alums

Update: Screening rescheduled to Wednesday February 20th, 2019 due to poor weather conditions.  Event organizers sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to greeting you, and your friends on the new event date. Pre-purchased ticket(s) will be honoured on this day and tickets will still be available at the door. (Screening was previously scheduled for ❄️Feb.12❄️and was postponed due to snow) Fresh Independence Productions presents at the Clarke Foundation Theatre in Mission. Doors: 6:15 PM Screening: 7 PM The documentary opens the conversation about the ever growing epidemic with selfies, social media and technology by asking – ‘What are we reaching for?’ Filming of the new documentary Selfless began two years ago in southwest England. Many of our MEI alums are involved, including local filmmakers Kim Laureen (Director, Class of 1978) and her daughter Meg Dirksen (Producer, Class of 2008). Meg’s brother Nicolas Dirksen (Class of 2006) is a composer for Film and Television, and he composed the instrumental music for the film. Sophie Dirksen (Class of 2018)  participates as a subject in the film for the classroom discussion component. Meg’s father Mark Dirksen (Class of 1978) is an investor in the film. / Submitted Photo s e l f l e s s – Official Trailer from Fresh Independence on Vimeo. Ticket info Tickets $15 each, available at the door, via Eventbrite, or by telephone (604-768-8214). This is not an anti-technology film, but rather a reflection about our devices and how we can help our kids to grow strong and healthy in this new age. In earliest days of storyboarding we asked one another – ‘If a girl lived in the forest – no...
Bio: Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald

Bio: Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald

MEI Schools Class of 1986 Source: RCMP website (edited) Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald grew up in the Lower Mainland graduated from MEI Schools in 1986, and joined the RCMP in 1995 where he began his policing career with the Burnaby RCMP. While at the Burnaby Detachment he rose through the ranks of Constable, to Sergeant as he worked in General Duty, Community Special Projects, Strike Force, the Emergency Response Team and Major Crime. After 12 years in municipal policing, Assistant Commissioner McDonald transferred to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team where he served as a Sergeant Team Leader and was later promoted to the position of Staff Sergeant, Team Commander. During his four years with IHIT (2007-2011) he had responsibility for multiple investigative teams and managed over 50 homicide investigations throughout the Lower Mainland. In 2011 he transferred to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) where he assumed to role of Team Commander for project E-Nitrogen, the investigation into the gangland slaying of Jonathan Bacon. In 2012 he received his Commission to the rank of Inspector as an Operations Officer/Senior Investigator at CFSEU-BC. In addition to being an advocate for the End Gang Life campaign, he also worked with key stakeholders to target, disrupt and prosecute individuals or groups that pose the highest risk to public safety due to involvement in gang violence. In 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent and returned to IHIT as the Officer in Charge (OIC). As the OIC he led the largest homicide unit in Canada with 110 police officers, civilian members, and public service employees. In 2017,...
Cornelius Dietrich Redekop

Cornelius Dietrich Redekop

Source: The Abbotsford News, with additions from the memorial program January 18, 1934 – December 14, 2018 Cornelius Dietrich was born to Mary and William Redekopp in Chilliwack.  The fourth of seven close siblings, he is survived by his brothers Ervin, Harold and Len, his four children, Esther, Camille, Janice and Howard and his four grandchildren, Raoul, Takara, Norman and Sean.  Dick grew up working on the family farm, graduated from MEI (Jr. Matriculation 1953; Sr. Matriculation 1954) and trained as a radio technician. While working for BC Tel installing telecommunications equipment, he carpooled home from Northern BC with a young man named Larry, who wanted to stop off in White Rock to say “hi” to his sister. Dick and that young lady were married in 1960, and went off to Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto together, where Esther was born in 1962. His adventurous nature stood him in good stead when he and Nina (who was expecting #2) and their young daughter crossed the ocean England in 1966, on their way to Africa to serve with the South Africa General Mission. A stevedore’s strike prompted his invitation to join a chartered flight the rest of the way. Camille was born in 1966, Janice followed in 1967, and Howard arrived in 1971. Dick and Nina worked for 20 years in Swaziland, South Africa and Zambia with SIM, thereafter serving as mission representatives based in Abbotsford until retirement in 2002. Dick loved a challenge; together with Nina he parented 30 missionary kids for a year, ranging from 8 to 18, when their eldest was 9 and the youngest was not quite...
Dr. Elmer Stobbe Memorial

Dr. Elmer Stobbe Memorial

Dr.  Elmer Henry Stobbe January 26, 1936 – January 1, 2019 Elmer graduated from this life to Glory, suddenly at ARH, from a massive heart attack.  Surviving are his wife Wilma, of 56 years; children Sandra Benoit (William), of Ottawa; Colin Patrick (Lenora) with Joseph (7) and Alexander (3), Winnipeg.  Also surviving, are siblings Les (Rita), North Carolina and Wilma Friesen, Steinbach, MB and Ruth Smith Stobbe. He is predeceased by son Russell (aged 8), parents and siblings Lillian and Vernon. Elmer was born in Abbotsford, attended South Popular School and MEI (1955 Jr. Matriculation, 1956 Sr. Matriculation). He graduated from UBC and Oregon State University.  He was an Agronomist at University of Manitoba for 27 years with a 2 1/2-year stint conducting research in Kenya, also, teaching on sabbatical at UBC. After retirement, Elmer returned to B.C. working in many countries with CESO (Canadian Executive Services Overseas). He was on the board of Logos Canada for 6 years.  In the past 8 years his attention was on BBL (Basotho Building Lesotho) Africa. At his request, cremation has occurred.  A memorial service will be held January 26 (1:00 PM) at South Abbotsford Church (32424 Huntington Road, Abbotsford). In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to: Basotho Building Lesotho (Africa) 2825 Clearbrook Road Abbotsford, BC, V2T 6S3 or Logos Canada (Russia) PO Box.  2249, Station A Abbotsford, BC, V2T 4X2 (Obituary as provided by family) Previously Posted December 14, 2018 Dr. Elmer Stobbe: Crop scientist turned church planting booster Source: MB Herald MEI Schools alum Dr. Elmer Stobbe may be long retired from his career as a professor of crop science at University...
Paige Nagata Memorial Fund

Paige Nagata Memorial Fund

Posted with permission, and with all our love. Paige Anny Eiko Nagata MAY 7, 1999 – NOVEMBER 18, 2018 > Donate to Paige Nagata Memorial Fund After a long, and difficult fight for her life, it is with a deep grief and sadness, that we announce the passing of Paige Anny Eiko Nagata, who left our family November 18th, 2018, and now forever lives with the Lord. Our wonderful Paige was a shining, and loving daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, niece and friend. She had hopes of finishing her post-secondary education, and then to go forth and create positive change in the world. She believed in family, justice, and in the mission to reach communities globally, sharing the gospel of Jesus. After having spent a short 19 years with us, she will always be remembered for her love and care, her strength and perseverance, a maturity beyond her years, and keen spirit to learn and explore. She will forever be in the hearts of her mother Marlene, her siblings Brooke, Max, Teresa and Stephan, her niece and nephews Ava, Fabian, Ethan, and all those to come, her boyfriend Trevor, and her friends. We warmly would like to invite anyone who would like to celebrate Paige to attend her Celebration of Life, which will take place at 4:30 PM on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018, at Church in the Valley, 23589 Old Yale Road, Langley BC. To honour Paige and who she was, warmly coloured attire is preferred. Source: Dignity Memorial Donate to the Paige Nagata Memorial Fund In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Paige Nagata Memorial Fund...
Join Livia’s Prayer Warriors

Join Livia’s Prayer Warriors

Please join us in praying for our dear Livia (MEI Schools Class of 2015) and family. Join Livia’s Prayer Warriors 🙏🏼 (Facebook group) to keep updated with specific prayer needs as she continues to heal after a tragic car accident on November 4,...