Oakella Prison Farm

A Moment from Yesterday

November 17, 2021 | Opinion | Volume 25 Issue 24
Laureen Harder-Gissing | Mennonite Archives of Ontario
Photo: The Canadian Mennonite / Mennonite Archives of Ontario

Herb Wiebe, facing camera, visits with an inmate at the Oakalla Prison Farm in Burnaby, B.C., in 1970. A growing number of British Columbia Mennonite men volunteered to befriend inmates through the M-2 (Man to Man) program, a prison visitation program then in its early days in Canada. Later known as M2/W2 (Man to Man/Woman to Woman), the program matched prisoners with volunteers during incarceration and post-release. Mennonites in other parts of Canada soon also became interested in this work.

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