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  • Voices for Non-violence

    Retrieval numbers: Volumes 5339-5342

    Title: Voice for Non-violence fonds
    Dates: 1990-1998
    Extent: 32 cm of textual records
    Repository: Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives

    Historical note

    Voices for Non-Violence was established in 1991 in response to the need for a better response to domestic violence and abuse. It grew out of the concern of a group of Mennonite women who started meeting in the fall of 1989 to discuss what could be done to initiate healing for many individuals experiencing the pain of abuse in their families. This group was known as the Domestic Violence Concerns Adisory Group (DVCAG). With the support of Mennonite Central Committee, the DVCAG conducted the research and proposed that a resource be developed to assist the church community. MCC agreed to support one staff person and later also donated office space. Heather Block, the first coordinator of VNV began in 1991. With funding from Health and Welfare Canada for 3 years the organization focused its efforts toward developing a preventative and restorative approach to domestic violence and sexual abuse. the organization struggled financially after the initially fundings was not renewed, and from December 1998 to January 2000 the organization became dormant when it had no staff and could offer no program. As of February 1, 2000 VNV became a Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba program when Eleanor Epp-Stobbe was hired as its half-time coordinator.

    Scope and content note

    This fonds consists of governing docuemnts (constitution and philosophy) board minutes, staff reports, annual reports, proposals for funding, media reports, publications, financial records and personnel records from the time that Voice for Non-violence was established in 1991 until it became non-active toward the end of 1998.

    Index terms

    Subject terms

  • Domestic violence and abuse


  • Voice for Non-violence

    Adjunct descriptive data

    Finding aids

    Inventory file list available.


    Custodial history

    The records were transferred to the MHC archives by MCC Manitoba in 2006.




    Arranged and described by Alf Redekopp, July 2008.

    Restrictions on access

    Some restriction apply to personnel files.

    Voice for Non-violence fonds inventory file

    Volume 5339
    Voices for Non-violence (VNV) fonds
    1. History. 1991, 2000.
    2. Policy (constitution, philosophy). 1991-1992.
    3. Statistics. 1991-1995.
    4. Media reports. 1991-1992.
    5. Board minutes. 1990-1994.
    6. Board minutes. 1994-1998.
    7. Proposals. 1990-1994.
    8. Publications. 1991-1993.
    9. Fundraising history. 1994-1996.
    10. Staff reports to board. 1991-1994.
    11. Staff reports to board. 1994-1998.
    Volume 5340
    Voices for Non-violence (VNV) fonds
    1. Annual reports. 1992, 1993.
    2. Annual reports. 1994, 1995.
    3. Reports and correspondence (mailings) to the board. 1991-1992.
    4. Reports and correspondence (mailings) to the board. 1995-1997.
    5. Partner mailing list. 1998.
    6. Financial statements. 1991-1994.
    7. Financial statements. 1994-1998.
    8. Revenue Canada. 1992-1998.
    9. Bank Account (H & W or FVPD). 1993.
    Volume 5341
    Voices for Non-violence (VNV) fonds
    1. Detail Financial ledger. 1993-1996.
    Volume 5342
    Voices for Non-violence (VNV) fonds

    Personnel Files (RESTRICTED ACCESS)
    1. Bedford, Judy
    2. Block, Heather
    3. Block, Kathy
    4. Braun, Susan Nickel
    5. Dyck, John
    6. Enns-Dyck, Vicki
    7. Fonseca, Marcia
    8. Hull, Kathleen
    9. Lautens, Kathy
    10. Reimer, Rhonda
    11. Rose, Eileen
    12. Siemens, Barbara
    13. Stevens, Gwen
    14. Wiebe, Christy