2015 Grads and Companion – Wish Them Well

This weekend (April 18 & 19) is a time of celebration at CCS.  We will be rejoicing at the graduation of the two students in our Integrating Year, and honouring the recipient of 2015 Companion of the Centre Award.

There are many ways you can pass on your congratulations to graduates Jim and Mark or Companion Irene:

  • If you’re going to be in the Winnipeg area you can come to the banquet on Saturday night (tickets are $40, contact Cheryl at office@ccsonline.ca by tomorrow),
  • or you can come to the Annual Service of Celebration on Sunday (2 pm at Thomson Funeral Chapel, 669 Broadway, everyone welcome).
  • Or, if you’re not close enough to come in person, leave a comment below to wish them well.
2015 CCS graduates Jim Hatt and Mark Laird
2015 CCS graduates Jim Hatt and Mark Laird

Jim Hatt from Essex, Ontario started the CCS program in 2006.  Mark Laird from Caledon, Ontario started in 2008.  It’s been a long journey for these two men who will be receiving their Diplomas in Diaconal Ministries this weekend and are scheduled to commissioned into Diaconal Ministry in the United Church of Canada this spring.

2015 Companion of the Centre: Irene Rainey
Irene Rainey at the 2014 fall learning circle

Irene Rainey is a United Church diaconal minister with a long history of commitment to social justice and advocacy.    She will be receiving the Centre for Christian Studies’ Companion of the Centre Award this weekend.

Congratulations Jim, Mark, and Irene.

8 Replies to “2015 Grads and Companion – Wish Them Well”

  1. Congratulations to Mark & Jim — so pleased for both of you. It was an honour to have shared learning circles with each of you. Enjoy the upcoming weekend’s celebrations!

  2. Congratulations Jim and Mark the gifts that you share in your ministry will be a blessing to many.

  3. Very happy for you and Arleen . It has been a tremendous amount of work and devotion. Essex United is blessed to have you☺️

  4. Congratulations Hatt! What a long journey you have taken. Many many blessings to you!


  5. Congratulations Mark!!!! What an accomplishment to be so proud of!!!! Blessings and love to you and your family as you start the next phase of your journey. Enjoy all the celebrations—we will be thinking of you!

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