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Book Launch: It Takes Raindrops to Fill a Lake

You are Invited!
MHM BOOK LAUNCH:  “It takes Raindrops to Fill a Lake” by Walter Paetkau

Presentation begins at 2:00pm at the Mennonite Heritage Museum,
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 2pm.
Books will be available for purchase from the MHM Bookstore.
Meet the Author, Walter Paetkau.
Light refreshments.
The Museum will be open from 1pm to 4pm and you are free to peruse the exhibits.

This is a free event and we welcome you to bring family and friends!

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About the Author  Walter Paetkau received his teaching degree from the University of Alberta. After a few years in classrooms, he enrolled as a student at the Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. During his second year he was accepted as an exchange student at the Interdenominational Theological Center, an African American seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. It was there that he was influenced by the civil rights movement which led to his growing interest in peace, justice and social service issues.

Walter moved to British Columbia and worked for the BC Mennonite Conference and the Mennonite Central Committee, developing service projects. He was one of the founders of Matsqui-Sumas-Abbotsford Community Services in 1967; the constitution was drafted in 1968, and the Society was registered in 1969.

Mr. Paetkau served the organization in the role of Executive Director of Abbotsford Community Services from 1969 – 2000 and received the Order of Abbotsford in 2008.

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About the Book   “Archway Community Services (formerly known as Abbotsford Community Services) is proud to announce the telling of our story, from our 1969 origins through five decades of cooperation, volunteerism, community response and service.

The book, spearheaded by founding member Walter Paetkau, recounts how our organization has developed into one of the most diverse service agencies of its kind in Canada.

It tells the story of the our early years, development, and growth of services through the decades and includes stories of success and cautionary tales for future generations, based on our experiences.

The book draws from archives, interviews with former and current staff, volunteers, and people in the local community.”

Audience  The book is intended for anyone interested in the history of social services and / or the history of Abbotsford.

Reviews and Links

https://archway.ca/acs-book/reviews/

https://canadianmennonite.org/acsbook

https://vancouversun.com/entertainment/books/book-review-honestly-tracing-the-history-of-abbotsford-community-services


Book Launch: All That Belongs

MHM BOOK LAUNCH:  All That Belongs by Dora Dueck
Presentation begins at 2:00pm at the Mennonite Heritage Museum, Saturday, October 19, 2019.
Books will be available for purchase from the MHM Bookstore.
Meet the Author, Dora Dueck.
Light refreshments.
This is a free event and we welcome you to bring family and friends!
Museum will be open from 1pm to 4pm.

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All That Belongs (Turnstone Press)

Catherine, an archivist, has spent decades conserving the pasts of others, only to find her own resurfacing on the eve of retirement. As she mines memories of her difficult uncle and troubled brother, she discovers something even darker at play. All That Belongs is an elegant and moving portrayal of ephemeral histories and the startling consequences of familial ties, silences, and shame.

Dora Dueck Headshot

Dora Dueck is the award-winning author of numerous books, articles, and short stories. Her novel, This Hidde

n Thing, won the 2010 McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and What You Get At Home won the High Plains Award for Short Stories. Dueck’s novella, Mask, was also the winning entry for the 2014 Malahat Review novella contest. Dora grew up in a Mennonite community in Alberta, lived for many years in Winnipeg, but currently makes her home in Delta, British Columbia.

FROM THE BACK COVER

ALL THAT BELONGS
Dora Dueck
Catherine, an archivist, has spent decades conserving the
pasts of others, only to find her own resurfacing on the
eve of retirement. As she mines memories of her difficult
uncle and troubled brother, she discovers something
even darker at play. All That Belongs is an elegant and
moving portrayal of ephemeral histories and the startling
consequences of familial ties, silences, and shame.

Praise for All That Belongs

Dora Dueck’s new novel is a lyrical, keenly-observed study
of the strange and difficult beauties of family life.
Her writing captures the crackle and hiss of submerged
memories and mysterious loyalties. All That Belongs is
flavoured with delicacy and integrity.
–Sue Sorensen, author of A Large Harmonium

Dora Dueck weaves an eccentric tapestry of present and
past from the uncomfortably scratchy fabric of family
secrets and lies. In each of our lives there are those who
remain puzzles. All That Belongs offers insight that goes
far beyond archives.
—Betty Jane Hegerat, author of The Boy
All That Belongs is a gentle but compelling meditation
on love, aging, the nature of memory, and the need to
acknowledge and forgive the pain of the past.
—K.D. Miller, author of Late Breaking
Dora Dueck is the award-winning author of numerous
books, articles, and short stories. She grew up in a
Mennonite community in Alberta, lived for many years in
Winnipeg, and currently makes her home in Delta, BC.
ISBN 978-0-88801-681-2
photo by Paige Fraser