I grew up in the town of Altona in southern Manitoba, about 100 km south-west of Winnipeg and 133 km north of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Mennonites arrived in Manitoba from Russia in 1874. Altona is the sunflower capital of Canada. Growing up, there was only one Asian family and one Indian family and had 30 Mennonite churches. Growing up in a small town with limited opportunity, I was excited to head to the bigger city. But I am also very proud because the town sponsored 300 Syrian refugees to join the community which is 10% of their population.

Michelle B – INLIV

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