2022/2023 Annual Impact Report - Saskatchewan

Thank you from MCC Saskatchewan's executive director

In the Book of Comfort (Isaiah 40-55), the prophet uses the image
of water to remind the people that God seeks their restoration. This
invitation to the water is a beautiful gift to a people who have been
displaced from their homeland, battered by losses, thirsty for life and
for peace.

MCC is a beautiful collection of churches, communities, families, and individuals who are seeking to restore lives, who are offering water into parched places, and who are building lifegiving relationships. This year you did these things through refugee sponsorship, with tangible gifts of relief buckets and school kits, through the activities of your local community thrift shop, by sponsoring Grow Hope acres, by participating in reconciliation opportunities, as well as through your generous financial gifts which empower MCC community partners here and around the world.

I invite you to explore and be encouraged by this collection of stories of peacebuilding, resilience, generosity, and hope. Thank you for offering water and healing in our thirsty and battered world. Thank you 

A headshot of Eileen Klassen Hamm

for your part in sharing God’s love and compassion for all.

Eileen Klassen Hamm

Executive director, MCC Saskatchewan

Fundraising highlights

The fifth season of this initiative resulted in another record year of contributions to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). A total of $299,387 was raised through donations and grain sales from the 330 acres committed to the project by six farmers.

A field day was held in conjunction with the annual Cherry Sunday festival held in Bruno to promote the project. People were invited to meet farmers Brian and Michelle Hergott and see the canola crop they committed to the project.

This project is a collaboration of farmers, donors and agency reps from three distinct Christian expressions—Catholics, Baptists, and Mennonites—who work together to raise funds for the emergency food distribution and longterm sustainable food projects of each of their respective partner agencies of CFGB.

This year marked the second re-designed version of this annual gathering and fundraiser. The event consisted of a drive-thru lunch and a large festival tent where people could gather to eat and visit. Approximately 800 plates were served.

Several businesses sponsored the event, and MCC’s thrift shops in the province hosted special events in their own communities which raised over $11,000 for the fundraiser. The event also included an online auction, an online quilt sale, and an online evening fundraiser for a food project in Haiti. In total, $114,694 was raised through the various activities of this event.

50 years of MCC Thrift!

The year 2022 marked MCC’s 50th anniversary of thrift and we celebrated the work of many volunteers and staff, and the contributions of donors and customers. Each shop in Saskatchewan held events to celebrate their own story and what had been achieved in the name of Christ.

In November 2022, a Gala event was held at the Community Gift & Thrift shop in Lanigan as they celebrated paying off the mortgage on their building. Doing so in under 8 years is a testament to the faithful commitment of shop supporters.

After decades of service on 20th Street in the Riversdale neighborhood of Saskatoon, the two thrift shops there (Village Green Thrift, since 1975 and Village Green Furniture, since 2000) amalgamated and moved to a larger facility on Quebec Avenue and 33rd Street East. Customers, donors, volunteers, and staff are thrilled with the new location, the increased space, and the new Village Green MCC Thrift shop.

In addition to the contributions of the seven shops in Saskatchewan to MCC projects in 45 countries, they also provide strong support to individuals and initiatives in the communities they are part of, totaling $60,000 this year alone.

"I always said I would never volunteer in my life, until I walked into this store."– Samaya Saress about the Village Green Thrift Shop

Program highlights

As churches and communities walk the path of reconciliation, we continue to come alongside them to provide content and relationship-building opportunities. This is an area of keen interest; while reconciliation related learning and events constitute 36% of our educational activities, attendance at them constitutes 70% of overall attendance.

The launch of the new documentary "Custodians: A Story of Ancient Echoes" about land, Indigenous artifacts and stewardship attracted over 250 audience members. MCC supported Mennonite Church Saskatchewan’s Walking the Path group which commissioned the film with launch coordination and promotion.

“Land of Living Reconciliation: Seeking Common Ground” was held at Lakeview Church. It promoted Indigenous-settler reconciliation through consideration of land as watershed, colonial grid and healing medicine. Highlights included a screening/panel discussion of the new documentary "Custodians: A Story of Ancient Echoes", a scrumptious lunch and teaching by Métis Chef Jenni Lessard, and a learning session out on the land. You can find video recordings of all the sessions on our YouTube channel!

"My favourite parts of the conference were the wisdom of the Indigenous presenters, the openness of conversation at our tables, and the meal! AMAZING." – Conference attendee

This year we strengthened our partnerships with constituent schools and youth groups, offering educational sessions for more and larger groups of youth & young adults. Our team facilitated workshops like the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, You Got Booked, Non-Violent Communication and the Living Library to groups that included the Introduction to Peace students at St. Thomas More College, Inspire Our Nation youth, participants at SOAR Saskatchewan, and Rosthern Junior College students.

"'You Got Booked' is a fun way to learn about hard things." – Workshop participant

A man serving food to two young girls
Interim Community Development Coordinator Mark Everett with youth program participants at Meadowgreen House for All Nations Church. (photo courtesy of Saskatoon Community Foundation)

Through after-school programming, we provided inclusive, skillsbuilding programming for 38 at-risk youth in Meadowgreen. Programming expanded with the reintegration of Equine Assisted Learning and the introduction of a Gym Night. Raise the Peace camp in August had a Treaty theme, the highlight of which was an overnight trip to Wanuskewin Heritage Park where campers got to sleep in tipis and take part in cultural learning activities on the land.

"I highly recommend [helping out at the] Meadowgreen Kid’s Club; I looked forward to meeting up with the kids every week!"
– Courtney, practicum student

MCC Saskatchewan developed a new partnership with the Enneagram Prison Project, which is new to Canada, through which we co-facilitated in-prison programming at a provincial correctional centre in March for 16 participants. The course teaches Enneagram concepts in a trauma-informed way to promote self-awareness, selfregulation and self-compassion. Through this initiative, MCCS is working with Leanne Schellenberg of Hepburn Mennonite Brethren Church, our long-time restorative justice partner.

"Enneagram Prison Project’s compassionate curriculum… shifts our attention to what’s right about us rather than what’s wrong."
– Leanne Schellenberg, EPP Guide

Financial highlights

MCC Saskatchewan is funded through the generosity of dedicated donors, grantors and thrift shops. In this year, donors continued to show their support through strong financial contributions. Donations to international program included $327,000 toward specific crisis responses in Ukraine and Syria, bringing relief and hope to people directly impacted by conflict and earthquake. Thrift shop staff, volunteers and shoppers were busy in this year, contributing $610,000 toward the work of MCC and supporting the relocation of the Village Green MCC Thrift Shop. Our community partners came alongside our local program work and provided grants that sustained new and existing projects. We are grateful to all of our financial supporters; it is through your partnership that we continue in the work of relief, development, and peace.

The financial information on this page represents the operations of MCC Saskatchewan for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2023.


Total expenses
Saskatchewan program expenses
International program expenses
A pie chart of MCC SK expenses


Total revenue
Thrift Shop contributions
Material resources in-kind
Other income
Relief sale-undesignated
A bar graph explaining MCC BC revenue

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