David Neufeld was born onto a quiet farm family in southwest Manitoba. Following a five year stint in the construction industry as a young man, David found himself studying Political Science – Peace and Conflict at Waterloo University. Here he explored questions including: ‘Who has political power?” and “How do they use and abuse it?”
Following his studies, David took up a position with the Mennonite Central Committee as a community worker under the South African Council of Churches -- led by anti-apartheid cleric Bishop Desmond Tutu at the time.
After one year in South Africa, David proposed to his future wife Maggie Andres, herself from the prairies and studying at Waterloo. During their eight years in Africa, David and Maggie learned much about commitment to a cause, and how habits of the more wealthy perpetuate pollution, poverty and injustice. He learned at the time that we all have power - but don’t readily use it.
Maggie and David have four children – all grown and independent. Along with friends and family they farm and run a guesthouse on a quarter section of Turtle Mountain woodland. It’s their home, business and place of retreat called ‘Room To Grow’. Maggie works as a small school Principal/Teacher, while David manages an organic greenhouse and market garden, and provides innkeeper services to visitors. Recently David and Maggie have become grandparents, they know now who has the greatest power over them!
Over the years David and his wife have done a good bit of low budget, backroads travel around Africa, North and Central America, Australia and Eurasia – being intrigued, as they are, by cultural diversity.
His life journey has prompted him to become involved in many community-building organisations, including: Founding Chair and Board Member of the Organic Food Council of Manitoba, Board Member of the Turtle Mountain Community Development Corporation, Co-Founder and Chair of the Turtle Mountain–Souris Plains Heritage Association, Chair of the Boissevain-Morton Farmers’ Market, and Member if the Boissevain and District Chamber of Commerce.
David is running for the Green Party because he has become concerned by the various ways governments at higher levels discourage, distract and even destabilize people of good intent. He feels as a community, province and country we can do better, and has entered this election to advocate for the community builders among us.
The Green Party is excited to have David Neufeld as our candidate in the riding of Brandon–Souris.