The executive board provides overall direction, governance, and fiduciary oversight to the Canadian MB Conference. We want to put “a face” to the current board by introducing its members. We began last month, and continue this month with another 5 of its 20 members.—Eds.
Ron Dyck was first elected to the executive board in 2004 as a member at large. In 2005, he became moderator of the Saskatchewan provincial conference and has served on the board in that capacity since then. He is employed by Saskatchewan Telecommunications Co. as a core network manager. He and Marilyn, who have 2 adult sons, live in Regina and serve their church, Parliament Community, on worship teams (Ron on guitar). One of the most rewarding aspects of being on both a provincial and national board, Ron says, is “to see the visions, goals, and initiatives of both conferences coming into alignment” and the growing “harmony” there.
Nancy Boese began her executive board work as a member at large and is now secretary. In her day job, she is a project manager with Bell Canada; she has been with the company 32 years. She and Tom live in St. Catharines, Ont., and have 2 adult children. She also serves as mission chair and worship leader at Fairview MB Church. “Board work is anything but boring,” Nancy says. She enjoys working with skilled and dedicated people, but her favourite aspect is the fellowship. “We laugh and share a lot with each other.”
Ginette Rolland is vice-president of the Quebec provincial MB association and has served on the executive board 4 years. She is also on the leadership team of her home church, Église chrétienne de St-Jérôme. She is married to Guy and they have 4 adult children. Ginette teaches adult education. “There’s a wonderful team spirit that has developed on the board over time,” she says. “One of the exciting challenges I find is discerning and planning for the future all the while listening to God’s direction and having enough flexibility to let the Spirit guide and intervene in the process – a challenge we take on gladly and humbly.”
Don Petker has served on the executive board since 2003, first as Manitoba moderator, then member at large, and now as assistant moderator. After 9 years as pastor at Selkirk (Man.) Community Church, Don and Lou moved to Abbotsford, where he is pastor of King Road MB Church. The couple has 3 adult children. “I love the church,” Don says, “not just the local congregation, but also the larger family of MB churches. Being on the board offers the opportunity to work together with leaders from across the country, helping to shape the ministry focus of the large MB community.”
Former Canadian conference minister Ike Bergen serves the executive board as member at large, and is its representative to the board of MB Mission and Service International. He and Shirley have 2 adult sons, and live in Abbotsford, B.C. They are members at Yarrow MB Church, where Ike is on the pastoral staff part-time. In addition to the camaraderie others mention about the executive board, Ike appreciates “seeing younger leaders join the board and working together with them.”