Community News

 March 11, 2022


“I couldn’t believe it” – an update with Maxym Oliferovski

On February 28th, MCC was able to interview Maxym about his experiences in Ukraine since the invasion began on February 24th. He is a church planter and MCC partner in Zaporizhzhia. At the time of interview, Max was less than 100km from the front lines of the conflict. He and his wife have chosen to stay where they are so they can help their neighbours with things like food and water.

Below is a short video from Maxym:

Full interview with Maxym Oliferovski

Those who are interested to hear the full 20-minute interview with Max can listen to “Relief, development and podcast” by clicking here.

A message from Anna Vogt, Co-Director, MCC Canada Peace & Justice Officer:

“Many of you have asked some very good questions like—what does MCC’s peacebuilding work look like in the midst of violent conflict? What does advocacy for peace look like in a moment like this? For many of us, it’s hard to imagine what it’s like for a community to embody a peace perspective in a situation like this.

To help us answer some of these questions, I’m excited to share that I’ll be participating in a “virtual visit” next week.

This special, hour-long session will take place next Wednesday (March 16) and will include stories from Ukraine and DPRK (North Korea) about what it looks like to try and build peace during times of violence or conflict. I’ll be sharing some of my own experiences working in Colombia and what we can learn from faith communities about peacebuilding and the role of advocacy.

I’d love it if you could join us. The registration link is here.”


CMU Campus Visit Days on March 29, 30 – Potential students are invited to a half-day in-person experience. Tour the campus, visit a class, meet profs and current students, learn about financial aid opportunities, and enjoy a treat from folio café. To register click here.

Music at CMU Open House, March 31, 1:30-4:00 PM CST – For those considering a Bachelor of Music, Music Therapy, or a Bachelor of Arts with a Music major. Meet with professors, discover what classes are like, and tour the campus. To register click here.

Science at CMU Open House, April 1, 1:00-3:30 PM CST – Why science at CMU? Students have the opportunity for fieldwork and research, learn in small classes and labs, and talk about the relationship between science and faith. Join us to meet professors, take part in a university-style lab, go on a campus tour, and enjoy some time at our on-campus café. To
register click here.

CMU’s Master of Business Administration– Our collaborative program is designed for working professionals with a focus on leadership for the common good. For information or to register for the Fall 2022 cohort, click here.


Service Opportunities

Volunteers needed in Princeton, B.C. MDS has been active in Princeton since early December last year. We are planning to continue doing work there until May. Weekly volunteers are needed through to the end of May. This site requires all volunteers to be vaccinated. Contact Kelsey Friesen to sign up ( or 204-261-1274).
Volunteers are also needed in the Fraser Valley. Volunteers are needed for a day, a few days or a week at a time. We need people with construction skills to serve as crew leaders, along with cooks. If you can serve, contact Shelley Dueck at or 778-255-1088.
Summer youth project: Youth groups are invited to apply to serve in New Brunswick at Camp Shiktihawk, a Baptist Bible camp northwest of Fredericton. While there, youth will help repair cabins, blaze and maintain trails, and build a new ropes course. To apply, contact Kelsey Friesen at or call 204-261-1274.


Multiply Central Canada invites you to join them online or in-person (Winnipeg) for a time of learning together.
We have two modules coming up this spring:
OUR GLOBAL CONTEXT: April 29-May 1 | Hosted by Fort Garry MB Church | Reaching out to newcomers. | Register at EVENTBRITE for more details and ZOOM link.
HEARTSHIFT: May 13-15 | Hosted by The Meeting Place | An understanding of First Nations and Reconciliation | Register at EVENTBRITE for more details and ZOOM link.