Chair: Victoria Turner Shoemaker

Victoria Turner Shoemaker joined the MCRS Board of Directors as Secretary in 2017. With a B. Comm, MBA, and 20 years of business experience, including with several non-profits, Victoria enjoys using her skills in service to MCRS. She is currently self-employed and lives in Elmira with her husband, Dean (MEDA) and children Koron and Maya. (And her beloved Golden-Doodle, Clea.)

Treasurer: Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis joined the MCRS Board of Directors in January 2018. Scott has two degrees in International Development, from the University of Guelph and from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, NS. Scott has previously worked with the Mennonite Central Committee in Cambodia and Laos and is a member of Erb Street Mennonite Church. He currently works at the Centre for International Governance Innovation as a Program Manager. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Evonne, daughter Dorothy and son Simon.

Secretary: Manuela Jimenez

Manuela Jimanez was a child when her family arrived in Canada as refugee claimants and was helped by MCRS.  She grew up hearing deep appreciation for that aid. Today, Manuela is working towards an MA as a Global Governance Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo. With a background in Sociology and Legal Studies, she is aiming toward a career in immigration law. Manuela brings a youthful perspective to MCRS where, for the past two years, she has served weekly with our guests and case workers as a Spanish translation and interpretation volunteer.

Member: Fabienne Prior

Fabienne Prior brings a wealth of experience working in municipal government, both in Kitchener and Calgary, with community groups seeking and using community services, and in non-profits with the United Way. She has applied her background in Sociology, Cultural Anthropology, and Social Work doing community development with neighbourhood associations, community centres, and diverse community groups across the Region. Fabienne first became aware of MCRS through her volunteer work with Immigration Partnership of Waterloo Region. With an appreciation for policy and an understanding of the bureaucratic challenges our guests face, Fabienne looks forward to serving refugee claimants through MCRS.

Member: James Pankratz

James Pankratz is a Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies & Theological Studies, of Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo. His research areas were Inter-religious encounters and relationships. He has lived for a number of years in India and Bangladesh. Jim retired from his Dean and Graduate Officer duties at Conrad Grebel University College in 2014 and returned as the Interim President from 2016-2017. Jim and his wife, Goldine, live in Waterloo and are members of Waterloo North Mennonite Church.

Member: Peggy Snyder

Peggy Snyder is a Nurse Practitioner with over 25 years’ experience providing primary health care for clients across the lifecycle. She has worked in program development addressing the determinants of health for clients at risk, and coordinated the Ont. Min. of Health and Long-Term Care’s Nurse Practitioner Demonstration Project. Peggy has a BScN, a Nurse Practitioner-Primary Health Care certificate, and an MN. She served as a board member with MCC Ont. and MCC Canada, chairing the MCCC board from 2012-2018. In 2000, she served in Jamaica supporting a local Mennonite congregation in building capacity for their medical clinic. Peggy attends Waterloo North Mennonite Church. She and husband, Dennis Cok, enjoy relationships with their adult children, spouses, and grandchildren.

Member: Rafael Vallejo

Dr. Rafael Vallejo, originally from the Philippines, completed his PhD in Missiology and Migration in December 2017. He started his theological studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, and continued on at Conrad Grebel University College and the Toronto School of Theology. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 2012. His research areas include migration ethics, diaspora studies, refugee rights, migrant justice and cosmopolitics. Rafael and his wife, Eva, live in Cambridge.

Member: Thom Dixon

Thomas Dixon has lived and worked on three continents and has forty years’ experience serving the private sector, non-profits and donors. Since 2011, he has worked with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA); currently as Senior Director responsible for Business Partnerships. In addition to this half-time work, Thom has an international consulting practice. Thom and his wife, Kimbra, have 4 adult children and live in Elmira, Ont.

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