Friday, July 10, 2020 - 7:00pm

While we're not able to meet in person for our annual Virginia-Area Alumni & Friends Spring Picnic as in previous years, we didn't want to miss the chance to still get together!

As you know, MCC's important work has continued in the midst of this global pandemic because of your support. So we thought, why don't we meet together virtually via Zoom?!?

Join us online Friday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m. for some fellowship as we hear from James and Joan Alty, MCC Palestine Co-Representatives, LIVE from their home in East Jerusalem.

If you are interested in MCC's work with both Palestinian and Israeli partner organizations, and learning more about the threat of annexation in the West Bank, you won't want to miss this virtual gathering! There will also be a time for questions.

In addition, we're hoping to have some fun celebrating MCC's centennial during this event! If you're able, we'd love for you to:

  • Change your Zoom name to include where you or a friend or loved one may have served with MCC (and the years if appropriate)
  • Change your Zoom background (or sit in front of a background with artwork, photographs, etc.) to portray an MCC program you support, where you served or your involvement with MCC
  • Wear clothing or accessories that show how/where you support/served MCC

If this is your first time using Zoom, check out these resources.


RSVP by July 10th at noon by clicking here!


Can't make it? Consider giving to MCC's work in Palestine and Israel.

About the Altys

James and Joan Alty are from Howden, Manitoba, and have three adult children. The Altys are members of Crossroads Mennonite Brethren Church (Winnipeg) and associate members of the Brethren in Christ Church (Kempton Park) in South Africa where they were residing until July 2019. The Altys are graduates of the University of Manitoba where Joan graduated with a LLB and James a BSA and MSc in Agricultural Economics. 

The Altys have been serving with MCC in Southern Africa since August 2008. They were the Swaziland-Lesotho-South Africa co-representatives from August 2008 - October 2015. Thereafter they were the Southern Africa Area Directors until April 2019. Prior to joining MCC, James was the Logistics Manager at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank for 17 years and Joan was the Deputy Director - Legal at the Companies Office for the Province of Manitoba for 22 years.

At various times in the past James has served on the Manitoba, Canada and Binational boards of MCC and Joan has served on the Manitoba board. Both, James and Joan, served on the board for the MCC / MEDA initiative, ‘Opportunities for Employment’ (2001-2008) in Winnipeg. James has also served on the Canadian Mennonite University College Council (2004-2008) and Board of Governors (2006-2008).

The Altys started their role as the MCC Palestine co-representatives in July 2019 and are based in East Jerusalem in the community of Beit Hanina.