JANIS LEE THIESSEN

Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Winnipeg
Associate Director, Oral History Centre, University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3B 2E9

email: Ja.Thiessen at uwinnipeg.ca
website: JanisThiessen.ca
twitter: @JanisThiessen

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS
• labour history; business history
• oral history and methodology
• food history
• lived religion; social history of religion; Mennonite history

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship
, University of Winnipeg, 2009-2011.
Research project: Religion and Work in Post-War North America: Mennonite Responses to Labour Activism, 1945-1995. Supervisor: Dr. Royden Loewen.

Ph.D. (History), University of New Brunswick, 2006.
Dissertation: Faith and Factory: Russian Mennonite Workers in 20th Century Manitoba. Advisor: Dr. Gregory S. Kealey. Fields: Comparative labour and working class history (Dr. Gregory S. Kealey); Canadian women’s history (Dr. Margaret Conrad); Social history of religion (Dr. Gary K. Waite).

M.A. (History), Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba, 1997.
Thesis: Friesens Corporation: Printers in Mennonite Manitoba, 1951-1995. Advisor: Dr. Gerald A. Friesen.

Programme Spécial de Français pour Non-Francophones, Université Laval, 1996.

Manitoba Education and Training, Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate No. TA-44586.

B.Ed., (Chemistry and History), University of Manitoba, 1994.

B.Sc., (General), University of Manitoba, 1992.

PUBLICATIONS
PEER REVIEWED BOOKS
Snacks: A Canadian Food History. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2017.

Necessary Idealism: A History of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate. Winnipeg: Canadian Mennonite University Press, 2017.

Not Talking Union: Mennonites in Canada and the United States. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016.

Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.

PEER-REVIEWED BOOK CHAPTERS
“Religious Borderlands and Transnational Networks: The North American Mennonite Student Press in the 1960s.” Chapter in Entangling Migration History: Borderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada, ed. Benjamin Bryce and Alexander Freund (Gainesville FL: University Press of Florida, 2015), 181-206.

“Winnipeg’s Palliser Furniture in the Context of Mennonite Views on Industrial Relations, 1974-1996.” Chapter in Prairie Metropolis: New Essays on Winnipeg Social History, Esyllt W. Jones and Gerald Friesen, eds. (Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2009), 200-222. Recipient of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award 2010.

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES
“‘It’s a hard thing to talk about’: ‘Fringe’ Mennonite Religious Beliefs and Experiences.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 33 (2015): 189-209.

“From Faith to Food: Using Oral History to Study Corporate Mythology at Canadian Manufacturing Firms.” Oral History 42 no. 2 (Spring 2014): 59-72.

“Education for Identity: A Half Century History of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate.” Oral History Forum d’histoire orale Special Issue on Education (2012): 1-19.

“Communism and Labor Unions: The Changing Perspectives of Mennonites in Canada and the United States.” Direction 38 no. 1 (Spring 2009): 17-28.

“Committed to Christ or Conformed to this World? Postwar Mennonite Responses to Labour Activism.” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 36 no.2 (2007): 317-338.

“Work in Mennonite Theological Perspective.” Canadian Society of Church History Historical Papers (2004): 5-14.

“Mennonite Business in Town and City.” Mennonite Quarterly Review 73 no. 3 (July 1999): 585-600.

“Business and Labour Relations at Friesens Corporation.” Journal of Mennonite Studies 16 (1998): 181-202.

BOOK REVIEWS
Review of Christopher D. Cantwell, Heath W. Carter, and Janine Giordano Drake, eds., The Pew and the Picket Line: Christianity and the American Working Class (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016) in Labour/Le Travail 78 (Fall 2016): 356-8.

Review of William A. Mirola, Redeeming Time: Protestantism and Chicago’s Eight-Hour Movement, 1866-1912 (University of Illinois Press, 2015). Labour/Le Travail 76 (Fall 2015): 250-252.

Review of Ruth Derksen Siemens, Daughters in the City: Mennonite Maids in Vancouver, 1931-61 (Fernwood Press, 2013). Mennonite Quarterly Review 88 no. 3 (July 2014): 403-405.

Review of Tracy K’Meyer and Joy Hart, I Saw It Coming: Worker Narratives of Plant Closings and Job Loss (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Oral History Review 39 no. 2 (Summer-Fall 2012): 383-385.

Review of Leo Driedger’s At the Forks: Mennonites in Winnipeg (Pandora Press, 2010). Mennonite Quarterly Review 86 no. 1 (January 2012): 119-121.

“Redefining ‘demonstration’: a review of Tobin Miller Shearer’s Daily Demonstrators.” Oral History Forum d’histoire orale 31 (2011): 1-3.

Review of Alessandro Portelli’s They Say in Harlan County: An Oral History (Oxford University Press, 2011). Oral History Forum d’histoire orale 31 (2011): 1-4.

Review of Frances Swyripa’s Storied Landscapes: Ethno-Religious Identity and the Canadian Prairies (University of Manitoba Press, 2010). Journal of Mennonite Studies 29 (2011): 278-280.

Review of Marlene Epp’s Mennonite Women in Canada: A History (University of Manitoba Press, 2008). Pacific Historical Review 79 no. 3 (2010): 479-481.

“History/Popular Culture: A Review of Frost/Nixon, the Book and the Movie.” Oral History Forum d’histoire orale 29 (2009): 1-8.

Review of Isabel Kaprielian-Churchill’s Like Our Mountains: A History of Armenians in Canada (McGill-Queen’s, 2005). Oral History Forum d’histoire orale 27-28 (2008): 1-2.

Review of Hans Werner’s Living Between Worlds: A History of Winkler (Winkler Heritage Society, 2006). Journal of Mennonite Studies 25 (2007): 265-266.

Review of Gary K. Waite’s Heresy, Magic and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003). Journal of Mennonite Studies 22 (2004): 305-306.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS
“Post-War German Mennonite Identity in Manitoba: Westgate Mennonite Collegiate.” Celebrating 15 Years of Research in German-Canadian Studies, 1997-2012, Report of the German-Canadian Studies Fellowship Program, 1997-2012, pp. 179-184.

“Favourite Foote Photos: Janis Thiessen.” Blog entry, Lost Foote Photos, a project of the University of Manitoba Press, 20 January 2012, http://lostfootephotos.blogspot.com/2012/01/favourite-foote-photos-janis-thiessen.html.

“Conference Report: Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 12-16 October 2011.” Oral History Forum d’histoire orale 31 (2011): 1-3.

“Stalin’s Legacy, the St. Petersburg Memorial Society, and Historians as Activists.” Editorial. Oral History Forum d’histoire orale 29 (2009): 1-4.

“Religion and Work in Post-War North America: Mennonite Responses to Labour Activism, 1945-1995.” Research note on postdoctoral project. Oral History Forum d’histoire orale 29 (2009) and Mennonite Quarterly Review 84 (January 2010).

“David W. Friesen.” Encyclopedia entry. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online 2004.

“Cornelis Gysbrechtsz, d. 1535.” Research note. Preservings: Journal of the Hanover-Steinbach Historical Society 3 (January 1994).

“Church Historians.” Editorial. Preservings: Journal of the Hanover-Steinbach Historical Society 3 (January 1994).

PRESENTATIONS
ACADEMIC CONFERENCES (peer reviewed)
Boutique Potato Chip Producers in Canada: A History. Scarborough Fare conference (joint meeting of the Association for the Study of Food and Society; the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society; and the Canadian Association for Food Studies), University of Toronto at Scarborough, June 2016.

Business History, Oral History, and the History of Capitalism: A Canadian Perspective. ABH-GUG (UK Association of Business Historians and Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte) international conference, Humboldt University, Berlin, May 2016.

Bring Back the Cuban Lunch! Nostalgic Collective Taste in an Anti-Junk Food World. A Taste for Feeling: The Affect Project (Memory, Aesthetics, and Ethics) symposium, University of Manitoba, February 2016.

Necessary Idealism: A History of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate. Mennonite Education: Past, Present, Future Conference, Bluffton University, October 2015.

Current Canadian Oral History Research. Roundtable participant, International Workshop on Oral History, Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg, October 2015.

“It’s easy to write a paper”: Limits to the Mennonite Moral Vision. Invited paper presented at the “Religion and Labor: Moral Vision from/for the Grassroots” symposium, Syracuse University and Le Moyne College, April 2015.

Taste and Class: Snack Food vs. Junk Food. Social Science History Association annual meeting, Toronto ON, November 2014.

Humbling Moments: Facing Failures in the Field and Debriefing on Oral History Practice. Roundtable participant, Oral History Association annual meeting, Madison Wisconsin, October 2014.

Project Wonka: Oral History, Business History, Labour History. International Oral History Association biennial meeting, Barcelona Spain, July 2014.

Past and Present in the Contemporary Crisis of Food. Roundtable participant, joint session of the Canadian Historical Association and Canadian Association of Food Studies, Brock University, May 2014.

Canadian Snack Foods: Old Dutch Potato Chips and Hawkins Cheezies. “Food in History,” Anglo-American Conference of Historians, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, July 2013.

From Faith to Food: Using Oral History to Study Canadian Manufacturing Firms. “Corporate Voices: Institutional and Organizational Oral Histories,” annual conference of the Oral History Society in conjunction with the Centre for Life History and life Writing Research, University of Sussex, July 2013.

North American Mennonite Student Radicals in the 1960s. Canadian Historical Association annual meeting, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Victoria, June 2013.

“I tell you these things because it cast my view of God“: Mennonite Religious Narratives. International Oral History Association biennial meeting, Buenos Aires Argentina, September 2012.

“It’s a hard thing to talk about“: Mennonite Orthodoxy and Judgment in North America. Oral History Association annual meeting, Denver Colorado, October 2011.

“Not part of the landscape“: Mennonite Lived Religion and Labour History. Canadian Historical Association annual meeting, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of New Brunswick, May-June 2011.

“It’s easy to write a paper; it’s not so easy to live“: North American Religious Institutions and their Mennonite Employees. Economic and Business History Society international conference, Columbus OH, April 2011.

“What would you say, for the archives?” Mennonites and the Memory of Cesar Chavez. Southwest Oral History Association international conference, Los Angeles CA, March-April 2011.

Labour Activism: Mennonite Church and Community Views. “Mennonites and Money” international conference, University of Winnipeg, October 2008.

Gender and Family in Three Mennonite-owned Businesses in 20th Century Manitoba. “Family & Sexuality in Mennonite History” international conference, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, October 2007.

“Would you like to hear about my life?” Reflections on the Effects of Ethnic, Religious, and Class Position on the Interview Process. “Oral History in Canada” international conference, University of Winnipeg, August 2005.

The Mythology of the Mennonite Work Ethic: A Case Study of Loewen Windows. Canadian Historical Association annual meeting, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Western Ontario, May-June 2005.

Labour and Class in North American Mennonite History. “State of the Art in North American Mennonite History” international conference, University of Winnipeg, October 2004.

Work in Mennonite Theological Perspective. Canadian Society of Church History annual meeting, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Manitoba, June 2004.

Problems in Labour History: The Mennonites of Manitoba, 1945-2003. University of New Brunswick-University of Maine international graduate student history conference, Fredericton NB, October 2003.

Immigrant Mennonite Factory Workers: Ethnicity, Class and Integration. “Return of the Kanadier: A History Conference on a Migrant People” international conference, University of Winnipeg, October 2002.

Class and Ethnicity among Post-War Immigrant Factory Workers in Manitoba. Regional Metropolis Project Conference of the Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research in Immigration and Integration (PCERII), Winnipeg MB, November 2001.

Mennonite Business in Town and City. “One People, Many Voices: Charting the Next Generation of Mennonite Historical Writing in the U.S. and Canada” international conference, Abbotsford BC, May 1998.

Working with Friesens: Labour within a Manitoba Mennonite Business, 1933-1995. Manitoba Historical Society Annual Conference, May 1995.

COLLOQUIA AND SYMPOSIA (invited)
Not Talking Union. History Seminar Series, University of Winnipeg, November 2015.

Religion and Labor conference, Syracuse University. Invited speaker. April 2015.

“They Worked with Troubled Conscience”: Conscientious Objection to Unions in Manitoba, 1972-1976. History Seminar Series, University of Winnipeg, January 2013.

Hawkins Cheezies: History and Mythology. Canadian Food History Symposium, University of Winnipeg, October 2013.

Manufacturing Mennonites: Work and Religion in Post-War Manitoba. University of Winnipeg Department of History Seminar Series, 13 February 2013.

Religious Borderlands and Transnational Networks: The North American Mennonite Student Press in the 1960s. Borderlands, Transnationalism, and Immigration to North America workshop, Glendon College, York University, October 2012.

“What would you say, for the archives?” Mennonites and the Memory of Cesar Chavez. University of Winnipeg History Research Colloquium, University of Winnipeg, October 2010.

Mennonites and Labour Issues. Peace/Mission Colloquium at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminaries, Elkhart Indiana, November 2009.

Class, Ethnicity and the Workplace: Intergroup Differences Among Mennonite Immigrants to Manitoba. “Race, Ethnicity and Migration” symposium, University of Minnesota, May 1999.

Oral History of Immigrant Mennonite Factory Workers. Winnipeg Immigration History Research Group (WIHRG) colloquium, University of Winnipeg, October 1998.

Employee Ownership and Workplace Democracy at Friesens Corporation. WIHRG colloquium, University of Manitoba, October 1997.

Ethnicity and Industrial Relations at Palliser Furniture, Winnipeg. WIHRG colloquium, University of Manitoba, September 1997.

COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS
Mennonites and Labour Unions. Charleswood Mennonite Church adult Sunday school class, 3 and 10 April 2016.

Not Talking Union. Winnipeg Millennium Library Skywalk Lecture Series, February 2016.

Manufacturing Mennonites. Guest author at Canadian Mennonite University’s “Take and Read” book discussion group, April 2014.

Manufacturing Mennonites. Fred Douglas Place, The Wellington, and the Portsmouth, Winnipeg MB, December 2013 and April 2014.

Mennonites and the Farmworkers Movement. Fred Douglas Place and Charleswood Seniors’ Centre, Winnipeg MB, February and March 2013.

Education for Identity: A Half-Century History of Westgate Mennonite Collegiate. Chair in German-Canadian Studies and Spletzer Foundation public lecture series, University of Winnipeg, March 2011.

Class, Ethnicity and the Workplace: Intergroup Differences Among Mennonite Immigrants to Manitoba. “History and Popular Resistance” public lecture series, Winnipeg History Workshop, Mondragon Bookstore, Winnipeg MB, March 2000.

MEDIA INTERVIEWS
L’actualite Alimentaire interview by Thérèse Garceau on Québec snack food manufacturer Krispy Kernels, http://www.actualitealimentaire.com/articles-a-decouvrir/krispy-kernels-le-gout-dinnover-depuis-trois-generations, 19 May 2016.

CBC/Radio-Canada interview by Samuel Rancourt on the history of chocolate in Manitoba, http://ici.radio-canada.ca/regions/manitoba/2016/02/13/001-chocolat-saint-valentin-cadeaux-ventes-commercialisation-constance-popp-mordens.shtml, 13 February 2016.

CBC News interview by Robin Summerfield on my research in Canadian snack food history, 4 November 2015.

Mennonite World Review interview by Tim Huber, “Ontario business closes after workers vote to unionize,” http://mennoworld.org/2015/08/31/news/ontario-business-closes-after-workers-vote-to-unionize/, 31 August 2015.

CJOB Radio (Calgary and Winnipeg) live interview on the history of Mennonites and labour unions and my book Not Talking Union, “The Weekend with Greg Glatz,” 23 August 2015.

CBC Radio One (Thunder Bay) live on-air interview on the history of Mennonites and labour unions and my book Not Talking Union, “Superior Morning with Lisa Laco,” http://www.cbc.ca/superiormorning/index.html, 21 August 2015.

CBC News interview by Amber Hildebrandt, “Battle for your breakfast buck: Fast food attacks cereal’s supremacy,” http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/battle-for-your-breakfast-buck-fast-food-attacks-cereal-s-supremacy-1.2748472, 21 September 2014.

CBC News interview by Amber Hildebrandt on food history, 26 August 2014.

UMFM Radio live on-air interview by Christian Cassidy on my SSHRC-funded snack food history research, 17 August 2014.

CJOB Radio live on-air interview by Greg Glatz on my Canadian Food History Symposium, 20 October 2013.

CBC Manitoba Radio live on-air interview by Marcy Markusa on my SSHRC-funded snack food history research, 7 June 2013.

CBC Manitoba Scene interview by Robin Summerfield on my SSHRC-funded snack food history research, http://www.cbc.ca/manitoba/scene/food/2013/06/04/sweet-and-salty-history-of-junkfoods-being-studied-by-u-of-w-prof/, 4 June 2013.

MANUSCRIPTS REVIEWED FOR PUBLICATION
Anonymous reviewer for University of Toronto Press, University of Manitoba Press, University of Regina Press, Journal of Mennonite Studies, and Labour/Le Travail.

Member of readers’ committee for Seeking Places of Peace: North America, volume 5 of the Global Mennonite History Series, by Royden Loewen and Steven Nolt (Intercourse PA and Kitchener ON: Good Books and Pandora Press, 2012.

Member of readers’ committee for John J. Friesen, Building Communities: The Changing Face of Manitoba Mennonites (Winnipeg MB: Canadian Mennonite University Press, 2007).

Member of readers’ committee for Helmut Harder, David Toews Was Here (Winnipeg: CMBC Publications, 2002).

GRANTS, AWARDS, AND FELLOWSHIPS
International Travel Grant, University of Winnipeg, ABH-GUG international conference, Humboldt University, Berlin, $2000, 2016.

Canadian Business History Association Travel Grant, $500, 2016.

University of Winnipeg Major Research Grant, $5200, 2015.

Award to Scholarly Publishing Program grant, Government of Canada, Not Talking Union, $8000, 2015.

University of Winnipeg publication subvention, Not Talking Union, $1000, 2015.

University of Winnipeg Faculty of Arts Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2014.

University of Winnipeg Award of Merit, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.

SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Government of Canada, “Snack Foods: A Canadian Social History, 1945-2010,” $69 720, 2012-2014.

James Burns Oral History Pilot Project in Business, via University of Winnipeg Oral History Centre, $10 000, 2014-2015.

International Travel Grant, University of Winnipeg, International Oral History Association biennial conference, University of Barcelona, $1500, 2014.

International Travel Grant, University of Winnipeg, Oral History Society “Corporate Voices” Conference, University of Sussex, and Anglo-American “Food in History” Conference, Institute for Historical Research, University of London, $2000, 2013.

Aid to Scholarly Publishing Program grant, Government of Canada, Manufacturing Mennonites, $8000, 2012.

International Travel Grant, University of Winnipeg, International Oral History Association biennial conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina, $2000, 2012.

Faculty of Arts Research Grant Seed Money Fund, University of Winnipeg, “Snack Foods: A Canadian Social History, 1945-2010,” $2000, 2011.

Research Start-Up Grant, University of Winnipeg, $5000, 2011.

Domestic Travel Grant, University of Winnipeg, Oral History Association annual conference, Denver CO., $1000, 2011.

Canadian Historical Association travel grant, CHA annual conference, $500, 2011.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Government of Canada, $72 833, 2009-2011.

Spletzer Foundation Grant, “Post-War German Mennonite Identity in Manitoba: Westgate Mennonite Collegiate,” $2500, 2010.

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Government of Canada, $72 833, 2009-2011.

Graduate Research Assistantship, University of New Brunswick, $12 581, 2002-2006.

C.D. Nelson Memorial Graduate Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, 2002-2003 (declined).

James H. Gray Medal for excellence in prairie history, University of Manitoba, 1998.

Margaret McWilliams Medal for best university thesis on Manitoba history, Manitoba Historical Society, 1998.

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship, University of Manitoba, 1995-1997.

Donald V. Snider Memorial Fellowship, Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba, 1996-1997.

Senator Thomas Alexander Crerar Scholarship, University of Manitoba, 1995-1996.

French Language Bursary, Government of Canada, 1996.

P.M. Friesen Mennonite History graduate student essay contest, Mennonite Brethren Church Historical Commission, first prize, 1995.

John Horsch Mennonite History graduate student essay contest, General Conference Mennonite Church Historical Committee, third prize, 1995.

Alex Noble Memorial Scholarship for aptitude in science teaching, University of Manitoba, 1993-1994.

Canada Scholarship for Sciences and Engineering, Government of Canada, 1989-1990.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
Canadian Historical Association
Canadian Business History Association
Business History Conference
Canadian Committee on Labour History
Oral History Association
Association for the Study of Food and Society

LANGUAGE SKILLS
English and a reading knowledge of French, German, and Plautdietsch.

ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT
POST-SECONDARY
Associate Director, Oral History Centre, University of Winnipeg, 2016-2019.
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Winnipeg, 2015-present.
Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Winnipeg, 2011-2015.
Instructor, Department of History, University of Winnipeg, 2007-2008, 2010-2011.
Instructor, Department of History, Canadian Mennonite University, 2009.
Instructor, Department of History, University of Manitoba, 2007.
Research associate, Winnipeg Immigration History Research Group, 1997-2001. Affiliated with the Metropolis Project’s Prairie Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration. Principal investigators: Dr. Gerald A. Friesen and Dr. Royden K. Loewen.

SECONDARY
Teacher, Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, 1995-2011.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Chief negotiator, Regular Academic Staff Bargaining Committee, University of Winnipeg Faculty Association, 2015-present.

Editor, Oral History Forum d’histoire orale, 2014-2017.

President, Canadian Committee on Labour History, 2014-2016.

Treasurer, Canadian Oral History Association, 2015-2017.

Editorial board member, Journal of Mennonite Studies, 2012-present.

Director, Canadian Business History Association, 2016-2019.

Steering Committee member, Canadian Business History Association, 2015-2016.

Member-at-large, Executive Council, University of Winnipeg Faculty Association, 2013-present.

Member, Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives Reference Committee, 2014-present.

Board member, University of Winnipeg Club, 2014-present.

Board member, Mennonite Heritage Village, 2014-2015.

Member, conference planning committee, “Mennonite Education: Past, Present, and Future,” Bluffton University, 2014-2015.

Secretary-treasurer, Canadian Oral History Association, 2006-2014.

Vice-President, Canadian Committee on Labour History, 2012-2014.

English language book review editor, Oral History Forum d’histoire orale, 2011-2014.

Co-editor with Joan Sangster, Working Lives: Special Issue on Oral History and Working-Class History, Oral History Forum d’histoire orale, 2012.

Divergent Voices of Canadian Mennonites II committee, Mennonite Historical Society of Canada, 2005-2012.

Secretary, Publications and Marketing Committee, Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, 2007-2013.

President, Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, 2007-2008.

Board member, Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, 2006-2008.

Secretary, Canadian Committee on Labour History, 2005-2007.

Chair, Educators’ Conference planning committee, Canadian Association of Mennonite Schools, 2005-2006.

Member, Heritage Commission, Mennonite Church Canada, 2000-2002.