Mennonite Historical Society hosts fundraising dinner

Event to take place Saturday, Oct. 3 at Emmanuel Mennonite Church

Stephanie Stobbe

The Mennonite Historical Society of BC hosts its annual fundraising dinner on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at Emmanuel Mennonite Church, 3471 Clearbrook Rd.

Dr. Stephanie Phetsamay Stobbe, a former Laotian refugee, will speak on “From Refugee to Citizen: The Resettlement of Indochinese Refugees in Canada.” Stobbe teaches at the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, where she heads the Peace and Conflict Studies program.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese forces. Canadians were extremely generous in accepting and sponsoring tens of thousands of “boat people” fleeing death and destruction in Southeast Asia.

Mennonites, many of them remembering their own refugee heritage, were actively involved in helping out.

Stobbe will focus on the role of Mennonite Central Committee in helping resettle Southeast Asian refugees. She will also look at the current flood of “boat people” arriving on the shores of Europe.

Tickets for the dinne3r are $25 and can be purchased at the MHSBC office at 2825 Clearbrook Rd. (604-853-6177) or online at


Just Posted

Can protected bike lanes get more kids cycling to school in Abbotsford?

Planners hope safer bike facilities can encourage pint-sized commuters to hit the road on two wheels

Man pepper-sprayed and arrested near railroad tracks in Abbotsford

Police and fire crews called to incident at Marshall and Riverside

MEI three-peats as Spartan Cup champions

Senior boys finish first, junior boys place second at Langley event

UPDATE: Highway now open after several hour closure at Herrling Island

Westbound traffic is stopped, and some cars have been seen driving the wrong way on the highway

Rainbow crosswalk plan gets council support in Hope

Council writing letter of support to community group for crosswalk project

‘I shouldn’t have done it,’ Trudeau says of brownface photo

Trudeau says he also wore makeup while performing a version of a Harry Belafonte song

35 of 87 dogs in 2018 Williams Lake seizure were euthanized due to behavioural issues, BCSPCA confirm

The dogs did not respond to the behaviour modification and remained terrified of humans

‘We still did not get answers’: Vancouver parents demand expulsion after students’ racist video

‘We were unable to get confirmation from the VSB, but he hasn’t returned as of yet,’ says Marie Tate

B.C. ‘tent city’ disputes spark call for local government autonomy

UBCM backs Maple Ridge after province overrules city

B.C. drug dealers arrested after traffic stop near Banff turns into helicopter pursuit

Antonio Nolasco-Padia, 23, and Dina Anthony, 55, both well-known to Chilliwack law enforcement

‘What goes up will come down’: Gas prices spike in Metro Vancouver

Petroleum analyst Dan McTeague says prices will fall Thursday

B.C. MLA calls on province to restrict vaping as first related illness appears in Canada

Todd Stone, Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, introduced an anti-vaping bill in April

Most Read