Board of Directors


Board of Directors and Governance

Bethel Place is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, consisting of 7–12 members appointed from 4 of the founding church communities of Bethel Place.

Board members are guided and informed by the Mission and Vision of Bethel Place to carry out their responsibilities, including:

  • reviewing and developing strategic plans, policies, annual budgets and reports
  • supporting Bethel Place staff in carrying out programs and day-to-day management as needed
  • ensuring the long-term financial stability and strength of the organization

Board members meet monthly, including at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), and are appointed at the first meeting following the AGM. All meetings and decisions adhere to the Board’s By-Laws, are recorded as minutes, and are provided to the administration of Bethel Place. According to the By-laws, members can serve on the Board for a maximum of 2 three-year terms.

Bethel Place is also governed by corporate members who approve board actions and decisions on an annual basis. Like our board members, corporate members belong to, and are delegated by, one our 4 supporting churches. We are always seeking qualified and engaged individuals to become corporate members: we encourage you to contact your supporting church if you are interested in volunteering as a Bethel Place Corporate Member.

Board Members

Meet the dedicated volunteers that make up our Board of Directors:

Ron Loeppky, Chair

First term (until 2020)

Ron, and his wife Connie, are members of Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship. Ron has been a teacher and administrator during his career – in Winkler, Split Lake First Nations, Lobatse Botswana (with MCC), at CMBC and at Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary Schools. In retirement he has served in various MDS locations, with MCC and in other volunteer capacities. He enjoys spending time with their growing grandchildren, travelling and doing practical hands-on projects.

Bruno Klassen, Vice Chair/Governance

Bruno and his wife Caroline moved to Winnipeg in 2014 to be near their children and grandchildren. After graduating from MCI, Bruno attended CMBC for two years, while also spending four years with CBC Hymn Sing. He then spent four years studying singing in Detmold, Germany. After his time in Germany he joined his father-in-law’s business for a planned one-year stint. Ten years later he bought the business, and after thirty years, retired from an enjoyable career in retail.

He has always been active with choral singing and assisting with various arts organizations. He and his wife sing in multiple choirs, and attend many of the fine concerts in Winnipeg. Aside from volunteering at the Selkirk MCC thrift store, and at Bethel Place, he helps with their children’s renovation and repair projects. He and Caroline attend Charleswood Mennonite church.

Robb Nickel, Secretary & Communications

Second term (until 2020)

Robb Nickel is a retired writer and broadcaster. His hope is that this communications experience will assist in sharing Bethel Place’s mission: providing safe and affordable homes for seniors.

Dorothy Adrian, Rentals

First term (until 2022)

Dorothy Adrian (BA, BN, RN) has been a Registered Nurse for the past 36 years working in places as diverse as Mexico, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and in Manitoba from Lynn Lake (north) to Vita (rural south) and Winnipeg. She continues to work part time as a community health nurse in Manitoba’s northern aboriginal reserves. She has been a volunteer on numerous provincial, national and international obstetrical, womens’ health, and neonatal nursing organizations responsible for continuing education and promoting communication between nurses across the Canadian health care system. She has been a volunteer at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre since a young adult. As a nurse she has seen how a lack of adequate housing affects the health and well being of individuals especially those in the senior years. She has been a member of the Rentals Committee (formerly Admissions) for the past five years. She looks forward to working with the Board and residents to help make Bethel Place a home where Independent, Together is a daily reality. She is a member of Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship and a graduate of CMBC.

Larry Suderman, Property

First term (until 2020)

Larry Suderman was raised in Southern Manitoba and is a member of Home Street Mennonite Church.  He graduated from RRCC as a carpenter and has been in the construction industry for 44 years doing house building, commercial construction and presently in the kitchen cabinet industry.  Being on the Bethel Place board gives him the opportunity to see the construction industry from a different perspective and not as hands on as he is used to.

Larry and his wife Claudette enjoy different modes of travelling….whether by air, car or motorcycle.  They hope to do more when retired.

Rudy Friesen, Treasurer

First term (until 2022)

Rudy taught high school chemistry and mathematics at Mennonite Collegiate Institute in Gretna and mathematics in Winkler. For some variation in vocation, he worked in business management/administration at MCI, and also in Taiwan under the auspices of Mennonite Church Canada & US. He enjoyed almost 10 years in the finance office at Canadian Mennonite University and is closing out his working career as a part-time shuttle driver. He enjoys reading, cycling, and road trips with his wife, Sue. They are members of Bethel Mennonite Church.

Art Wiebe, Property

First term (until 2022)

Art and his wife Alma are members at Bethel Mennonite Church.  Art graduated from CMBC and has spent most of his working life as a carpenter and construction site-superintendent, with short periods of work for Manitoba’s Emergency Measures Organization.  He retired from Westland Construction Ltd. in 2011.  He has volunteered on both the WMES and Westgate boards while his children were students there, several terms on the BMC’s Property Committee, Chiara House, and MDS.  Art and Alma have a personal interest in the work of the Pilgrim Group at BMC, and Bethel’s membership in the Supportive Communities Network.  We embrace the BMCS Inc’s mission “to compassionately meet the needs of residents….regardless of faith tradition”.

Dean Joyce, Future Planning

First term (until 2020)

Dean Joyce was born in Calgary, raised in Edmonton and spent most of his working career in Calgary with Air Canada as an aircraft maintenance engineer. He and his wife Helga are blessed to have three children all living and working in Winnipeg and area. With a mother still living at a facility in Edmonton at 99 years of age, he appreciates the caring community at Bethel, looking after one another in a Christian setting.

Eric Fast, Resident Services

First term (until 2022)

Eric Fast has been a teacher and school administrator for almost 30 years in Manitoba, Zambia and Nigeria. He and his wife were also Country Representatives for MCC for 11 years in Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania. He has four children and two grandchildren and attends Charleswood Mennonite Church.

He carries respect and appreciation for Bethel Place resulting from its care and support of his mother while she lived there. He looks forward to working as a new Board member as Bethel Place continues to provide seniors with a caring and independent living environment.