News coverage:

June 7, 2013 - "Government of Canada Invests in the Mennonite Archives of Ontario" publicized at Grebel Press Release.

March 9, 2012 - "Breaking New Ground for Growth" publicized Grebel Press Release

November 11, 2011 - "$1 million gift will establish peace centre" publicized at Waterloo's Daily Bulletin.

November 10, 2011 - "Mennonite Savings and Credit Union donation" publicized at 570 News.

November 10, 2011 - "Mennonite Savings and Credit Union gives Grebel $1 million for peace" publicized at Grebel Press Release.

November 7, 2011 - "Mennonite archives marks anniversary" publicized at The Record.

August 2, 2011 - "New Grebel building will honour President Paetkau and supporter Schlegel" publicized at Waterloo's Daily Bulletin.

July 28, 2011 - "RBJ Schlegel Holdings to fund Community Education Room" publicized at Grebel Press Release.

June 7, 2011 - "Library named after visionary" publicized at Grebel Press Release.

May 7, 2011 - "Mennonite archive expansion will reveal history to the public" publicized at The Record.

May 2, 2011 - "Conrad Grebel to build $6.3 million addition to academic building" publicized at the Canadian Mennonite.

May 2, 2011 - "Grebel moves forward on library and archive expansion" publicized at Grebel Press Release.

December 13, 2010 - "New agreement for archives" publicized at Grebel Press Release.


Press release:

Mennonite Savings and Credit Union gives Grebel $1 million for peace

(Waterloo, Ontario) November 10, 2011. Grebel Press Release.

Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) and Conrad Grebel University College (CGUC) are pleased to announce the creation of the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel. MSCU’s one million dollar commitment will empower Conrad Grebel to create an accelerator centre committed to collaborative peace innovation with lasting impact.

“We’re thrilled to make such a transformational commitment to peace building in our world. We believe the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement will be an innovative expression of our core values and are gratified that we’re able to share our resources to enhance the Mennonite tradition of building peace-filled communities,” stated Brent Zorgdrager, chief executive officer of MSCU.

Together, MSCU and CGUC envision an MSCU peace centre that is a hub of entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary collaboration, fostering new ways to advance peace in a conflict-filled world. In addition to teaching and research facilities, the centre will provide shared seminar and project space for students and faculty, as well as space for community service organizations, pastors, and other peace builders.

Conrad Grebel is uniquely positioned to accelerate peace research and action. The college houses Canada’s oldest Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program which interacts with theology, music, and other academic programs of the college to foster a fertile ground for growing ideas that reach beyond the campus. Grebel has a rich legacy of peace teaching and research, including the genesis of Project Ploughshares, Canada’s premiere ecumenical peace research and advocacy organization. Adding the centre will now increase the current building plans to four floors, with construction slated to start in March 2012.

“This is a new day at Grebel,” stated Susan Schultz Huxman, Grebel’s new president. “A day marked by a great partnership with MSCU to advance peace education and action here at home and around the world. Grebel and the University of Waterloo understand how interdisciplinary education and innovation work hand in hand. We’re excited to enhance our peace education work through this creative initiative!”

MSCU and Conrad Grebel share a rich history and complementary values. Both organizations were profoundly shaped by the vision of J. Winfield Fretz, Conrad Grebel’s first president. They have worked in partnership over the past years, and from these shared roots, they look forward to preparing the next generation of community leaders, peace researchers, and social innovators.

About MSCU

Mennonite Savings and Credit Union is a Mennonite financial cooperative serving communities of faith across Ontario. MSCU provides every day banking services to over 18,000 members with the "barn-raising" mutual aid traditions of the Waterloo County Mennonite community. From modest beginnings in 1964, MSCU has grown in size to over $800 Million in assets under administration and rank seventh among credit unions in Ontario. MSCU has eight full-service branches and five sub-locations offering a complete range of banking, investment and loan products.

About Conrad Grebel University College

Founded in 1963 by Ontario Mennonites, Conrad Grebel University College is a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the University of Waterloo. The college’s mission is “to seek wisdom, nurture faith and pursue justice and peace in service to church and society.” Grebel’s core values include inspired teaching, scholarly excellence, compassionate service, community building, active peacemaking and global engagement. These are expressed through the academic and student life programs. Today, Grebel is expanding its mission with a graduate program in Theological Studies and the development of a masters program in Peace and Conflict Studies.

For more information contact:

Pam Fehr
Director of Marketing 
Mennonite Savings and Credit Union
Phone: 519.772.5211
Cell: 519.588.3822


Fred W. Martin
Director of Development
Conrad Grebel University College