Entries by Rick Rake

Dual purpose for West Coast Express Santa train

  A huge Thank You goes out to the people behind West Coast Express who offered two Saturday Santa Trains in December. Mission Christmas Bureau reports the give-a-gift, get a free return ride to Vancouver on the train proved to be very popular. Some 1,200 toys were collected for children of all ages for the […]

Baltej Dhillon keynote speaker at March 17 immigration forum

SAVE THE DATE: March 17 in Mission. Baltej Dhillon is keynote speaker at We’re Your Neighbours immigration conference put on by Mission Community Services Society New to Canada department. Baltej’s compelling presentation is on ‘Tolerance is Not Enough.’ Baltej is the first RCMP member to be permitted to wear a turban. Here is a sampling of […]

ECGs (Engaged Community Guides), supervised by MCSS, hit the streets

  They are called ECGs.  And just like an ECG measures a patient’s heartbeat, Mission’s ECG (Engaged Community Guides) program through Stone Soup and supervised through Mission Community Services Society (MCSS) are out on Mission streets as guides and ambassadors. All ECGs have had direct experience with homelessness and the many factors that can cause it. The […]

Generous funding from Mission Community Foundation

Through the generosity of Mission Community Foundation,  Mission Community Services Society is celebrating the arrival of two special grants and a fundraiser donation. Foundation executive director Angie Hetlinger said $1,000 was raised for MY House through a three-week fundraiser which grew $10 at a time.  An additional $500 Mission Community Foundation grant was earmarked for MY […]

Float partnership at Candlelight Parade

MCSS and the Mission Christmas Bureau appreciate the collaborative float effort with the Fraser Valley Toy Run for the 34 annual Mission Candlelight Parade.  The images here show the float as it was being built and how it looked at night. The group shot shows the very talented students at Riverside College who donated their […]

December events supporting Mission Christmas Bureau

  Many efforts in Mission are what help make the Mission Christmas Bureau great in reaching out to others during the festive season. If you’re wondering which event you can support with your donations of non-perishable food, cash or unwrapped toys, check out our December calendar of events, each with its information-packed date. Click HERE to […]

MCSS website event calendar introduced

What’s happening at Mission Community Services Society?  In terms of programming from seniors to settlement, food centre to the MCSS Christmas Bureau, we find you like to know. In November, MCSS introduced its first all-program website calendar.  So if you are wondering what events are linked to fundraising for the Mission Christmas Bureau or when […]

MCSS Christmas Bureau storefront opens

Mission Christmas Bureau storefront office is officially open next to The Source at The Junction Shopping Centre.  With photos of local politicians, Mission Community Services Society board members, staff and volunteers taken by the Mission Record’s editor Kevin Mills, the excitement was well under way on Nov. 20. Those who spoke, including MCSS board president Roger Dowker […]

$5,000 from Chances Mission to MCSS Christmas Bureau

Thank you to Chances Mission for your wonderful contribution of $5,000 to MCSS Mission Christmas Bureau. How did that happen? Well . . . Chances Mission is proud to be celebrating Gateway Casinos and Entertainment’s 25th Anniversary. “As part of the #GatewayGives program, each of the 26 facilities across Canada requested nominations from their site […]

Early registration starts for Christmas Bureau hampers

Mission Christmas Bureau – Wish Campaign is launching nicely in the community with a team of new and experienced volunteers . . . and early registration of Christmas hampers starts on Oct. 23 (see poster below). The Rotary Clubs of Mission already provided support at the MCSS Festival of Light: Diwali where they collected donations for […]