Distinguished Alumni 2019
Harold Fuller graduated from Prairie in 1950 and was accepted as a missionary to Nigeria with SIM. Assigned to the African Challenge in Lagos, he soon found himself the editor of a magazine with Africa’s largest monthly circulation. His growing leadership included Africa Now editor, Director of Literature for SIM, Deputy Field Director for West Africa, and Director for Ghana and Nigeria. The ability to observe details and an amazing understanding of world history enabled him to become a gifted author.
Harold served as Deputy General Director of SIM International from 1979 to 1990 and was also on the executive of a consortium of missionary radio stations. This required extensive travel during which he preached and taught on six continents. The author of thirteen books, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature from Biola University and the 1996 Leslie K. Tarr Award for career achievement and outstanding contribution to the field of Canadian Christian writing.
Fellow Prairie student, Lorna Parrott, had been involved in the Prairie Overcomer department where she gained an appreciation for the value of the printed word. After graduating in 1953, she was accepted by SIM and arrived in Nigeria to take a secretarial assignment at African Challenge. There she met Harold Fuller and after their marriage in 1956, she served as manager of the Challenge Bookshop in Lagos.
On their return to Canada in 1977, Lorna continued to be her husband’s secretary during the years that he was Deputy General Director. One of her greatest contributions has been that of editing the many articles and books that Harold has written. Spending months alone as her husband travelled the world doing research, she has been tirelessly committed and meticulous in her work in both editing and critiquing.
The Fullers, now both in their 90’s, make their home in Stouffville, Ontario, and enjoy each new generation of their family.
Peter (HS ‘64; BS ‘67) was born in China to missionary parents, Marvin (BS ‘32) and Miriam Dunn. At the age of six he came to the CIM home in Three Hills and spent the next 14 years of his life at Prairie, attending grades 2-12, and three years of Bible School. LeAnna (BS ‘69) came to Prairie from a Mennonite farm community in Ohio.
They met at school and were married seven years later after LeAnna had graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and Peter from the U of A. For 3 ½ years they worked with street girls in New York City under the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions. The work was difficult, but it was during that time, in an effort to keep the girls busy, that Peter discovered his passion for creating, producing, and selling products. Realizing that this, too, could be done for God’s glory, the Dunns moved back to Ohio and began a business known as P. Graham Dunn.
They started out as a supplier to Christian bookstores, making gifts using Scripture and other inspirational quotes. The business has since diversified into other markets, still keeping the Scriptural and Christian emphasis. P. Graham Dunn now has 300 employees (many of them Mennonite or Amish), and has become a respected name in the gift industry. The production plant and unique retail floor draw many visitors annually.
Along with her role as “keeper of the home,” LeAnna was involved in the business for many years. She is also part of a Bible Study Fellowship and jail ministry. Peter continues to spend time at the business daily, and has served on several boards. Their oldest child, Anna, succumbed to cancer in 2013 and their three younger children include a physical therapist, a pastor, and a midwife. The Dunns are both active in the Kidron Mennonite Church and enjoy visiting their three grandchildren in Arizona.
Peter Fast is a 2007 graduate of Prairie College, holding degrees in Biblical and Intercultural Studies. He also completed a Master of Arts in Judeo-Christian Studies at Masters International University of Divinity.
Deanna attended Prairie as well and then continued her studies in music at the University of Lethbridge. She was involved in university, community, and chamber ensembles as well as teaching saxophone and piano and guest conducting the university wind orchestra and holding workshops for local bands. In 2008 she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance.
Between 2010 and 2013, Deanna and Peter had the opportunity to live in Israel for three years as volunteers with Bridges for Peace. While continuing her involvement in music, Deanna had many unique opportunities as the human resources manager for BFP to work with Christian volunteers from around the world as well as with local business people and government ministries. The couple formed many lifelong friendships and when the Fasts returned to Canada, Peter became the Deputy National Director of BFP. In 2019 he was chosen as the National Director.
Peter and Deanna are passionate about healing the divide between Christians and Jews, and travel frequently, speaking to both audiences. They also make regular visits to Israel, leading discipleship tours, attending conferences, and participating in meetings as members of BFP’s international senior leadership team. Deanna continues to share her love for music and the Lord through church and other events and teaching music privately as she works in a part-time capacity for the ministry. Peter teaches on subjects such as Hebraic Roots, Historical and Modern Israel, Christian anti-Semitism, and Early Church history, and is an accomplished author of two novels. They have two children and live in Winnipeg where the Canadian National Office of Bridges for Peace is located.
Distinguished Alumni Nomination Criteria
Prairie College wishes to honour and recognize three alumni who personify Prairie’s values and have translated their educational experience into distinguished achievement in Christian ministry or the professional world.
One alumnus will be recognized in each of the following areas:
- Lifelong Christian Ministry
- Integration of Christian Faith and Professional Achievement
- Early Career Excellence – an individual who is 40 years of age or younger
- Be a graduate of one of Prairie’s schools.
- Have made a significant contribution to the cause of Christ through Christian ministry or in their chosen career.
- Bear witness to Christ through a sincere walk with the Lord and exemplary Christian character.
- Be nominated by their peers.
If you know someone who fits our criteria, please send your nomination to email@example.com or mail it to PO Box 4000, Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0, by May 31, 2019 with the following information:
- Nominee’s name, address, and phone/email.
- Details as to why they should be considered for this award.
- Your name and contact details.