Fonds menn-34 - C. Blake Friesen and Louise Friesen family fonds

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C. Blake Friesen and Louise Friesen family fonds

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MENN menn-34

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  • 1925-2009 (Creation)
    Friesen, C. Blake

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85 cm of textual records. -- 3 photographs.

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Clarence Blake Friesen, 1918-2012, was born in Langham, Saskatchewan, the son of Cornelius and Elizabeth (Thiessen) Friesen. He married Louise Emma Toews, 1912-2010, daughter of David and Margarethe (Friesen) Toews. David Toews, 1870-1947, was the highly respected chairman of the Canadian Mennonite Board of Colonization, which facilitated the immigration of over 21,000 Mennonites from Russia in the 1920s. Blake and Louise lived in various communities in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, always becoming deeply committed to a congregation and getting involved with various Mennonite community service organizations and efforts. Blake was an accountant who worked as an assessor and auditor for Revenue Canada -- Taxation (later Canada Revenue Agency) for many years. He played formative roles in the development of Grace Mennonite Church in Regina, the Mennonite Foundation of Canada, and the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta. He was a board member and Chair of Rosthern Junior College. He became involved in educational rights advocacy for the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. He is best known for his contributions to the Mennonite Foundation of Canada. Louise Friesen earned a degree in piano and theory from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She had a career as a music teacher and church musician. Blake and Louise had three children: Gary (1946- ), Alan (1948- ), and Howard (1951- ).

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The fonds consists of six series: A) Mennonite Foundation of Canada, B) Congregational Affiliations, C) Educational Involvements, D) Heritage Involvements, E) Biographical / Personal / Familial, F) David Toews and Louise Friesen papers.

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Gift by Blake and Louise Friesen and Gary Friesen, 2001-2012.


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  • The material is in English.

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For records related to the C. Blake Friesen fonds, see Mennonite Foundation of Canada fonds at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario. For information on David Toews, see: Helmut Harder, David Toews Was Here, 1870-1947. 2nd ed. (Winnipeg : Canadian Mennonite University, 2006).

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Record No. Accession 2002.028, 2003.003, 2009.026, 2012.010 filed at 2002.028 and 2009.026.<br><br>

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