Tina Derksen

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Tina’s family immigrated to Canada in 1926, settling on a farm in Newton Siding, Man., where Tina’s father pastored the MB church. He led Tina to the Lord when she was 13. Although learning English was difficult, Tina enjoyed learning at Kelvin Country School, and Winkler (Man.) Bible College was an answer to her prayers. She completed school at St. Catharine’s (Ont.) College. Longing to be a missionary nurse, she attended Mack School of Nursing in St. Catharines, then worked at the General Hospital. She earned a BRE from MB Bible College, Winnipeg, 1951–54. Due to health issues, Tina’s missionary service was fulfilled in Canada. She spent a year in St. Anthony, Nfld., with MCC and then returned to the Niagara Region to serve 11 years in public health. Her final years of nursing were with geriatric patients. In retirement, Tina enjoyed travelling, painting, visiting friends and family, volunteering and attending Nurses Christian Fellowship. She supported her nieces and nephews and she took delight in their company. Tina describes her life as a walk of faith, always thanking God that his grace was sufficient for her and his strength made perfect in her weakness.

  • Birth: August 21, 1922
  • Birthplace:
    Blumstein, Ukraine
  • Death: October 31, 2016

  • Parents:
    John & Katherine (Friesen) Derksen
  • Family:
    3 siblings
  • Church:
    Grantham MB, St. Catharines, Ont.
  • Baptism:
    Assiniboine River, Man., as a teen