OTTERBURNE, MB – Providence is saying goodbye to two of its faithful board members this fall. Lorna Dueck from Burlington, ON who has served on the Board for seven years and Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht from Winnipeg, MB who retired from the Board after serving for 10 years, including five years as Board Chair.
“The influence of these two members over the last number of years has been crucial to the success of Providence. We thank them for their sacrificial service and pray God’s richest blessing on them. We are happy that they will stay connected in various ways with Providence,” said President David Johnson.
The Providence Board of Governors is responsible for the school’s stewardship, purpose, viability, vitality and integrity. The members of the Board are committed to advancing Providence’s mission and vision. Members serve four-year terms, and Providence has recently approved Libby Hanna to serve another term, and welcomed two new board members and alumni– Ken Friesen and Terry Kaufman.
“Ken and Terry each bring a wealth of board experience and will be great assets to Providence as we move forward,” President Johnson remarked as he reflected on the year ahead.
Ken Friesen has served as a Councillor and Deputy Major for the City of Steinbach. He has also pursued a career in sustainability consulting. He co-founded Earthbound Environmental and is currently President of Reclay StewardEdge Inc. which is based out of Toronto. He shares his time between Manitoba and Ontario, and attends both Mitchell Community Fellowship and Grace Toronto Church. He also actively serves on boards with various charitable foundations and non-profits, including the Steinbach Campus Foundation and the Eastman Education Centre.
Terry Kaufman started out with 10 years experience in business as a managing partner of his family business, a Home Hardware Building Centre. After graduating from Providence Seminary, he has served in various leadership roles at the Evangelical Free Church of Canada (EFCC) national office as well as pastoring for more than 20 years – first in Kelowna, BC and then in Steinbach, MB at Emmanuel EFC. Currently, he is back at the EFCC national office, serving in the role of Leadership Catalyst for the denomination. He’s also teaching part-time at Steinbach Bible College, giving oversight to Marketplace and Ministry Leadership.