Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba (MCCM) is celebrating its 50th this year with a series of events around the province, culminating in a November 15 gala featuring former Prime Minister Joe Clark as keynote speaker.

With over $200 million raised in the province during its first fifty years, MCCM has become the trusted organization for tens of thousands of Manitobans both when responding to international crises and to support lasting community development. Closer to home, MCCM’s impact is felt through local efforts such as peacebuilding, refugee assistance and abuse prevention, and its 16 thrift shops in various Manitoba communities. It also had a hand in the founding of important local organizations including Opportunities for Employment, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, SEED Winnipeg, Mediation Services and Initiatives for Just Communities.

Thousands of Manitobans have worked or volunteered with MCCM through its thrift shops, local offices, and international work.

Along with its November gala, MCCM will host events throughout the year including the tour of a newly commissioned play written to help celebrate the occasion.