Menno Place welcomes Ms. Sujata Connors as our new Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Directors of the Mennonite Benevolent Society is pleased to announce Ms. Sujata Connors as our new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Sujata is a values, faith-based leader, with over 20 years of progressive leadership experience.

Sujata was born in Halifax and raised in New Brunswick.  Having grown up in a small town of 2500 people, Sujata deeply values community and connection and very much appreciates the need of the residents at Menno. She started her career in nursing working both in the UK and Canada. She transitioned to leadership roles and has worked for a number of years within the BC Health Authorities, currently serving as a Director within the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.  Her career has been predominantly focused on supporting seniors and providing high quality health services that promote wellness, independence and choice through a person-centered approach.  Additionally, Sujata has been actively involved in collaborative partnerships to build coordinated care and streamlined systems across local and regional levels.  She has led facility redevelopment, rebuilds, capital planning and property management to support clinical services.

Sujata holds a Master of Public Administration, a Bachelor of Nursing and a Bachelor of Science. She has also had significant training in quality improvement through the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council as well as the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement.

I want to extend my appreciation to the senior leadership team for providing interim leadership.  They will work closely with Sujata to ensure a seamless leadership transition to Menno over the next few months.

We are confident that Sujata will bring leadership, fresh eyes, thoughtfulness, creativity, care and devotion to the position.  She will be starting at Menno Place on February 22, 2023.

Carol Dyck, MBS Board Chair
on behalf of the MBS Board

Menno Place says good-bye to CEO, Karen Biggs who retired today

Menno Place said good-bye to retiring CEO, Karen Biggs today, January 13, 2023.

After 9.5 years of faithful and dedicated service to Menno Place, Karen Biggs did a final walkabout. The Menno Place Team gathered to wish her well in her retirement, sharing photo memories from her first week of work in 2013.

Thank you, Karen, for your leadership, your advocacy and the improvements that you brought to residents, families and staff while you led us. We thank you for your leadership, especially during the COVID pandemic when care for the elderly was most challenging.

We wish you a wonderful retirement with many opportunities to share your love, knowledge and skill with others.

Blessings to you, Karen!


Until a new CEO is announced, Kathrin McMath (COO) will be Acting CEO of Menno Place.

Hymn Stories – January 2023

This month’s hymn is a All Creatures of our God and King. This inspiring expression of praise found in nearly every hymnal was originally written in 1225 by one of the most interesting figures in all of church history. Giovanni Bernardone, who was better known as Saint Francis of Assisi, was a medieval monk who spent his lifetime as an itinerant evangelist, preaching and helping the poor people of Italy.

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Hymn Stories – December 2022

This month’s hymn is a Christmas classic from the 19th century. Written by Father Joseph Mohr and composed by Franz Gruber, the story of “Stille Nacht” features a broken down organ on Christmas Eve, a poem, and the lofty desire to write the perfect Christmas song!

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Hymn Stories – November 2022

The hymn, “Jesus Paid It All”, has ministered to and blessed countless numbers of people for more than a century. “A woman scribbles a poem on the flyleaf of her hymnal, an amateur church musician unknowingly creates a matching tune, an unknown pastor provides encouragement and another hymn is born.”

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Hymn Stories – October 2022

The deeply personal hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour” was written out of the daily experiences of a busy housewife and mother, Annie Hawks, in the year 1872. “Suddenly, I became filled with the sense of nearness to the Master, and I began to wonder how anyone could ever live without Him, either in joy or pain. Then, the words were ushered into my mind and these thoughts took full possession of me – ‘I need Thee every hour’.”

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National Day for Truth & Reconciliation – Sept 30

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The day honours the children who never returned home and survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Menno Place will recognize September 30th as a Statutory Holiday.

As a Christian faith-based organization, we believe in a God who reconciles us to Himself and to one another. We value this opportunity to reflect, learn, and seek healing together as a nation. 


Here are a few helpful resources to get you started:

Learn more about Residential School History

Watch first-person stories of survivors

Four Ways the Church Can Observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

Approaching Truth and Reconciliation with Love in Our Hearts, the MB Herald’s conversation with John Johnstone of the Leq’á:mel First Nation

National Seniors Day – Oct 1, 2022

This Saturday, October 1, 2021 is National Seniors Day! THANK YOU, seniors for your wisdom and love and for the impact you have in all of our lives!

Hymn Stories – September 2022

A favourite hymn for many, “Be Thou My Vision” has a storied history going back to the 8th century! Find out more about this hymn and other helpful resources for seniors.