by Ron and Judy Plett
MORWEENA, Man.— Many former students of the Interlake Mennonite Collegiate (IMC) gathered at Morweena, Man., on Aug. 21, 2016, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its founding.
Former students, and their spouses, came from throughout western Canada to celebrate and re-establish friendships. What a time of visiting and celebration it was! Some people had not seen each other in 40 to 50 years.
Mrs. Levina Friesen, widow of IMC’s teacher, Mr. Harry Friesen, also came and shared memories as well as encouraged all of us as we continue onward in faith. The event hosted a wonderful banquet and closed with a Southern Gospel and Country concert by Wilmer Reimer, the husband of Pearl, a former IMC student now living in Strathmore, Alta.
The school was established in 1966 during an era when the province had increased the mandatory age of education to age 16 and the country schools were being consolidated. IMC was started in response to parents in Riverton, Morweena, and Fisher Branch desiring to send their youth to a Christian high school.
In 1970 Christian schools covering Grades one to 10 were established in Mennville/Riverton and in Morweena/Arborg, absorbing the students who would have attended IMC; and, thus, IMC was closed.