Entries by Rick Rake

MCSS marks 45th anniversary

Happy 45th anniversary, Mission Community Services Society! MCSS has a rich history, and is celebrating at the same time Mission marks its 125th anniversary and Canada fetes its 150th birthday. MCSS has humble beginnings on the second floor of the old Recreation Centre in Mission.  It was launched in 1972 by Glen Barkman (director) and […]

Sharing Christmas joy on Dec. 25 at MCSS

Misson Community Services Society doors were open Dec. 25 for Christmas joy and holiday spirit for newcomer refugee families, enjoying their first Christmas in Canada. Gifts, foods, stories were part of the fun . . . thanks to donations from community partners and members, and those directly involved with MCSS. The Night Before Christmas was […]

Spirit of giving very much alive: Dolls, toques, gifts

MCSS Spirit of Christmas, the one of giving, is very much alive we are discovering during this festive season. Raman, leader of our Meals on Wheels program, is shown here with colourful donated boxes of Christmas chocolate, baked goods, oranges and tea for all of the Mission Meals on Wheels clients. These boxes went out with the […]

MCSS secret Santa makes rounds with seniors

Smiles were found everywhere on Dec. 13 at Mission Community Services Society when our secret Santa made his rounds, bearing carefully-wrapped gifts at Welton Towers and Pleasantview in Mission. Debbie from our Seniors department served as a very helpful elf with the bounty of sparkling presents. Click VIDEO link for some festive cheer. Some 104 gifts, […]

Starfish Pack donations ensure meals for kids

Want to donate to the Starfish Pack program in Mission,  click HERE and when the donate page comes up, select STARFISH PACK from the menu where the word GENERAL is initially listed. What is STARFISH? First of all, let us tell you  it is estimated that more than 100 local Mission school students arrive at school each morning having […]

Cultural Diversity Awards nominations sought

Nomination are now being sought for the Friday, March 3, 14th annual  Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards. This premiere event begins at 6 p.m. at the Quality Inn & Conference Centre. Have you purchased your tickets yet? To nominate click HERE. What is cultural diversity? Simply stated it is the inclusion of diverse people in a group […]

2016 Christmas Bureau launched

Mission Christmas Bureau, a division of Mission Community Services Society, is now open for registration and donations. The Bureau launched its 2016 campaign by opening the doors of its new location at the Junction Mall. The office is located by The Source store. Phil Hope, coordinator of the MCSS Mission Food Centre and Christmas Bureau, has been […]

Full house for Power of Small immigration forum

A full-house crowd of 50 community leaders attended The Power of Small: Refugees Welcome cafe-style forum on Nov. 19 put on by Mission Community Services Society (MCSS) at Martin’s Downtown Restaurant. Stories of refugees from Syria and the Congo were told by Mission newcomers Alex Kabala (Congo) and Ismail Al-Youssef (Syria) as they made their way […]

Light the Stairs: Parade party on Dec. 2

MCSS and The Neighbourhood School Champions group involving École Christine Morrison Elementary and École Mission Central Elementary, a grassroots collective of parents, are partnering to put on a Mission Candlelight Parade preview party on Friday, Dec. 2 starting at 5:30 p.m. The Light the Stairs event encourages parade-goers to park at Central School and safely […]

Power of Small: Refugees welcome. Nov. 19

David Guthro of The Consulting Edge is back in Mission to facilitate a special cafe-style conversation around settlement and refugees in the community on Nov. 19 at Martin’s Restaurant. There’s room for about 50 passionate people to hear the stories of our Congolese and Syrian refugees and the updates of our New to Canada programming. […]