Heritage Group meeting of February 15, 2018.
by Leslie Walsh
Ray is a lifelong resident of Manitoba. He and his wife Linda adore spending time with their three married children and nine grandchildren, aged two to eleven. They also enjoy travelling and spending time at the lake.
Ray’s day job is as the President of a General Motors dealer in Altona. He started in the car business in 1973 as a salesperson and, as Ray says, “One thing led to another”.
Ray’s passion is a non profit organization called Build a Village that he helped found in 2001 in response to the earthquakes in El Salvador. In partnership with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), they have raised one million dollars to help build 400 homes for people who had lost theirs. Over a period of a few years, they have sent ten teams to that country to help with the rebuilding process.
Build a Village began sponsoring refugee families in 2005. A commonly held belief in those days was that urban centres were better suited to settling refugees than rural settings. Since that time they have sponsored 30 refugee families (over 200 people), and have plans to sponsor many more in the coming years.