Ingrid Stahl – Chaplain

Ingrid has been at Menno Place since October of 2016, serving as part of our chaplain team. With previous experience at Valhaven Care Home and Tabor Court, she is an amazing asset to our campus.
Today, we got to ask her a couple questions to get to know her more…

Q: What do you do to relax?

Reading, taking the dog for a walk, having coffee with a friend, and gardening.

Q: What is one thing you will never do again?

A: Eat sushi.

Q: What was your first job?

A: Working full time in a small hospital for $50/month.

Q: What is your favourite thing about working at Menno Place?

A: I feel blessed and I am so grateful to be part of an amazing team who honors, respects, and loves our residents. During each day that I am at Menno Place, I observe how our values are lived out, in particular, where staff extends God’s care through kindness, empathy, and graciousness in their work with our residents. I enjoy listening to resident’s unique life stories; their life experiences and words of wisdom are inspiring. It is a privilege to work at Menno Place and to care for one another.

Q: What training did you get in order to do your job here at Menno Place? 

A: Before coming to Canada, I became a nurse in Germany and also studied for 3 years Bible and Theology. Here in Canada I volunteered for several years at a crisis line, received a diploma in caregiving/counseling from Columbia Bible College, and a Masters Degree in Christian Studies/Chaplaincy from ACTS Seminary. During my studies, I completed internships in spiritual care at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and in chaplaincy here at Menno Home, with Ingrid Schultz as my amazing mentor.

Q: What is your favourite place that you’ve been to?

A: Germany. And here in BC, the West Coast.

Q: What’s the last good movie you watched?

I don’t really have time to watch movies, but I enjoy reading good books. Currently I am reading “Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God” by Timothy Keller, “Second Forgetting: Remembering the power of the Gospel during Alzheimer Disease” by Dr. Benjamin Mast, and “Dementia: Living in the Memories of God” by John Swinton.