On Saturday, May 26th 40 grads and 10 spouses of the MEI graduating class of 1978 met for a 40th year reunion afternoon and back-yard BBQ dinner at the home of Tanya (Klassen) Thiessen and her husband Howie. The plans were in the works for approximately two months prior to the event and were fairly easy to manage with a committee of 6-7 volunteers.
A Facebook group was set up and a digital booklet of current photos and mini-biographies was shared electronically during the time leading up to the reunion. Name tags, and an ice-breaker game were used to help grads of 78 to meet and greet, and catch up with each other on the actual day. Overall, those efforts seemed to pay off as the atmosphere at the reunion was warm and inclusive.
One of our beloved teachers John Ratzlaff joined us in the afternoon for a visit and photo op. Next, our student body president Peter Kroeker welcomed the grads and opened with prayer for the get-together and prayer for one of our fellow grads who is suffering with stage-4 cancer. The dinner and party carried on into the later evening. Meaningful re-connections were made and we wondered why we waited so long to plan this reunion?
Submitted by Lynn Klassen DuMerton
Reunion is on Saturday afternoon, May 26, 2018 at the home of Tanya (Klassen) Thiessen in Abbotsford. Contact Tanya as to how you can get involved.
Invitations have been sent out via email and tickets are available online via Eventbrite, or by contacting Ed Wiens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To Keep Informed:
- Join MEI Grad 1978 Reunion group on Facebook
- Update your address with the school
- Contact Tanya Thiessen (Ph: 604-613-6163 | Email: email@example.com)