The new Mennonite Central Committee B.C. headquarters building in Abbotsford, B.C., has been opened officially, with the MCC legacy featured prominently during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Wayne Bremner, MCC B.C. director, described the new $18-million building as a milestone “building on our legacy of compassion.”
He believes the thrift store on the site is the largest in B.C. He paid tribute to the volunteers who staff it, adding, “These people are the heart and soul and engine of what drives MCC.”
Executive director of MCC Canada Don Peters spoke of MCC’s help to needy people all over the world, and added that the new Abbotsford building is a “house of hope.”
MCC relief kits and blankets will be packed and shipped from the new facility, and funds for support and relief projects will be raised in part from the thrift operations.
Bremner said literally several hundred people have made capital donations and the fundraising committee hopes that by the new year, they will top $12-million dollars.
Two other participants in the opening ceremonies, trade minister (and local MP) Ed Fast and new Abbotsford mayor Henry Braun, paid tribute to the legacy of MCC, saying their families are in Canada thanks to the work of Mennonite Central Committee decades earlier.
—Barrie McMaster, B.C. correspondent