Joani Neufeldt has been hired by Mennonite Church Canada as the event co-ordinator for Youth Gathering 2022 in Alberta. “Amplify: Giving Voice to What We Have Seen and Heard” is for youth ages 12 to 18; it will take place at Camp Valaqua, near Water Valley, from July 31 to Aug. 4, shortly after the main Gathering 2022 event in Edmonton, from July 29 to August 1. Neufeldt has extensive event planning experience. She plans the annual charity dinner and silent auction at Alberta’s Interfaith Food Bank. She is also a “lifer” at Camp Valaqua, having been a camper as a child/teen; most recently, served as head cook. She is excited that Gathering 2022 youth will meet at one of her favourite places. Currently a member of Lethbridge Mennonite Church, she graduated from Canadian Mennonite University in 2006 with a degree in biblical and theological studies. Recently she completed her second term as Christian education coordinator at Lethbridge Mennonite. Neufeldt looks forward to leading the Youth Gathering 2022 planning team and bringing her creativity to materials around the theme. She is passionate about youth programming because she has seen how important it is for teens to feel supported as they grow up.
—Mennonite Church Canada
Joani Neufeldt has been hired by Mennonite Church Canada as the event co-ordinator for Youth Gathering 2022 in Alberta.