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Richard Schmidt

Rick Schmidt

Wednesday, August 24th, 1955 - Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023
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This Policy outlines Company’s general policies and practices for protecting your private information on this Site. It covers why Company collects information, the types of information it gathers, how it uses such information, and the notice and choice affected individuals have regarding Company’s use of and their ability to correct their information. This Policy applies to all personal information received by Company whether in electronic, written, or verbal format.

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1. Scope

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3.Reasons the Company Collects Personal Information

Company collects your Personal Information because it helps deliver a superior online experience, gives you convenient access to the Site for browsing, and allows key features of the Site to function properly. In order to better provide you with this superior level of customer service, our Site collects two types of information (referred to in this policy as "Personal Information") about our visitors: Personally Identifiable Information and Non-Personally Identifiable Information. In addition, your Personal Information helps Company keep you informed about the latest announcements, special offers, and events that you might like to hear about.

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Company may contract with third-party service providers to assist it in better understanding its Site Users. These service providers are not permitted to use the Non-Personally Identifiable Information collected on Company’s behalf except to help it conduct and improve its business.

When you access the Site from a computer, mobile phone, or other device, Company may collect Non-Personally Identifiable Information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about the user base as a whole. Company will not use the information collected to market directly to that person.

Company keeps track of some of the actions you take on the Site such as member profiles and pages you view. Even if you do not provide certain information, Company may obtain it from you profile or the pages of its Site that you visit. Company may retain the details of connections or transactions you make on the Site.

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Company may also collect information from ads you click on when using the Site. Company may also keep track of links you click on in e-mails you receive from Company. This is done to increase the relevancy of the ads you see.

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Company will use the information it collects to provide, without limitation, services and features to you and facilitate payment for any Donations between Campaign Organizers and Donors and provide information to Campaign Organizers and Campaign beneficiaries. Company will also use the information to measure and improve the Site, and to provide you with customer support.

Company may contact you with new or updated products or services, designs, routes, surveys, or other related announcements from time to time. You may opt-out of all communications except essential updates. Company may include Content in the e-mails sent to you.

Certain software applications and applets transmit data to Company. Company may not make a formal disclosure if it believes its collection of and use of the information is the obvious purpose of the Site or its related application. If it is not obvious that Company is collecting or using such information, it will disclose its collection to you the first time you provide the information.

Company may use the information collected to prevent potential illegal activities. Company may also use a variety of methods to detect and address anomalous activity and screen content to prevent abuse.

Company may use your information to serve you personalized advertising. Company does not share your information with advertisers without your consent. Company allows advertisers to choose the characteristics of Users who will see their advertisements. Company may use any of the Non-Personally Identifiable Information it has collected in any fashion to select the appropriate audience. Company will not tell the advertiser who you are as part of this process. When you interact with an advertisement there is a possibility that you may receive a cookie from the advertiser.

7. How Company Shares Your Information

Company shares your Personal Information with third parties when it believes you have permitted such sharing, that it is reasonably necessary to offer services, or when legally required to do so. Company will not share your Personally Identifiable Information with third parties in a way that it thinks violates your privacy. The following non-exhaustive list contains examples of how Company shares or could share your information:

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  3. Company provides some public information to search engines. This information allows search engines to locate the Site. It also allows people to locate you on the Site using a major search engine. This does not mean all information you post on the Site may be accessed using a search engine.

  4. There are also times when Company may make certain Personal Information about you available to strategic partners or third parties. These companies may help Company process information, render services to you, manage and enhance customer data, provide customer service, assess your interest in products and services, or conduct research or satisfaction surveys. Without such information being made available, it would be difficult for you to use Company's Site and services.

  5. Company may also share Personal Information when it has a good faith belief it is necessary to prevent fraud or other illegal activity, to prevent imminent bodily harm, or to protect itself and you from people violating the Terms and Conditions of the Site. This may include sharing information with other companies, lawyers, and courts or other government entities.

  6. Company may disclose information pursuant to subpoenas, court orders, or other requests (including criminal and civil matters) if it has a good faith belief that the law requires such a response. This may include requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States if Company has a good faith belief that the response is required by law under the local laws in that jurisdiction, is applicable to users from that jurisdiction, and is consistent with generally accepted international standards.

  7. Company may disclose analyzed data in the form of purchasing trends or statistical data. No Personally Identifiable Information will be attached to this disclosure.

8. Business or Asset Transfer or Sale

Company may be sold, sell or buy businesses or assets of businesses, or merge with another business. In such transactions, Personal Information generally is one of the transferred business assets. Also, in the event that Company, a line of business of Company, or substantially all the assets of Company are transferred, Personal Information may well be one of the transferred assets. Company will make a reasonable effort to provide notice on the Site, and to notify you via e-mail to the most recent e-mail address that you have provided of any such change in ownership or control of your personal information.

9. Miscellaneous

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    YOU MUST BE EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OR OLDER TO ACCESS THE SITE OR USE ITS SERVICES. IF YOU ARE UNDER EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE, YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ACCESS ANY OF COMPANY’S SERVICES FOR ANY REASON. DUE TO THE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR USE OF COMPANY’S SITE AND SERVICES, NO INFORMATION OBTAINED BY COMPANY FALLS WITHIN THE CHILDREN’S ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT OF 1998 AND IS NOT MONITORED AS DOING SO.

    Protecting children’s privacy is especially important to Company. Company does not knowingly collect Personal Information from children under 13, but because some information is collected electronically, it can appear to be the Personal Information of someone over the age of 13, and will be treated as such by this Policy. If a child under 13 submits Personal Information and Company learns that Personal Information pertains to a child under 13, it will attempt to delete the information as soon as possible. It is Company’s policy to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 and all other applicable laws. Therefore, Company restricts the Site and all other provided services to persons 18 years or older.

  2. Agreement with Policy and Continued Use of Site

    Unless stated otherwise, Company’s current Policy applies to all information that Company has about you, your account, and access to the Site. By using the Site, you consent to this Policy and having your Personal Information and data transferred and processed as described.

Obituary

Richard George Schmidt August 24, 1955 – October 3, 2023.

Rick was born in Winnipeg, first child of Henry and Ruth Schmidt. Siblings John & Lori followed. Childhood involved lots of outdoor play and adventures, like making a pipe bomb – that endeavor was interrupted when Dad found Rick carefully sawing shotgun shells open to get the powder! This period of life was also challenging for Rick as the family moved every few years, as Dad built or bought, renovated and sold houses. As an introvert and not a roughhousing or competitive/team sports kind of boy, Rick didn’t find it easy to make friends in each new neighbourhood or school. But his life changed at age 14 when he discovered solitary pursuits like cross-country skiing, running (he did 5 full marathons), hiking and biking, which energized him and fed his soul. In high school he had a small but close group of friends, and this continued through his university days.

At age 19, Rick met Sara Jane Suderman (just about to turn 18) at Camp Discovery (!). Cousin Eric was leading a youth group that Sara Jane was part of for a work weekend at the camp and invited Rick to come along. It was love at first sight for Sara Jane as she recalls the circle of girls gathered around Rick in the camp kitchen while he regaled them with stories. Rick’s stories are a bit of a legend: always interesting or funny, always long, gaining detail with every telling. A story they both loved to share was about the Sunday morning of that weekend at Camp Discovery when they had each gotten up early, unbeknownst to the other. Rick had set off on the misty lake in a canoe, Sara Jane had gone to sit on a rock on the shore. As she sat, she saw a head moving above the layer of mist. Eventually it was connected to a body in a canoe. Could it be him? Rick, meanwhile, spied a figure on the shore. Could it be her? When he got close enough to see that it was in fact Sara Jane, he pulled up, and asked if she wanted to join him. She jumped in rather eagerly, almost upsetting the boat and they continued around the peninsula, pulling up to the dock as everyone was gathering before breakfast. No one was convinced that this had happened by chance! Thus began their life together as paddling partners, on the water and in life.

In their marriage, they were truly best friends and enjoyed outdoor activity in particular, from gardening and yard work to backpacking and white-water canoe trips. They usually agreed on the big things but there was often heated discussion about the small things; the children sometimes just rolled their eyes and left the room. One neighbor christened Rick and Sara Jane “the Bickersons” – ouch! Rick was also exceedingly fussy about his things and woe betide the one who damaged something from carelessness. One longer term struggle involved lining up what he professed about an egalitarian partnership, and overcoming the cultural norms and what was modeled in his own family, to make that a reality.

Rick and Sara Jane welcomed two children into their family, Keli Jane in 1981 and Paul Richard in 1983. As they grew and developed their talents, Rick was proud of their accomplishments. More importantly, he was gratified to see the thoughtful, intentional persons they have become. He was grateful for the wonderful partners they found, and delighted by his two grandchildren, Annika and Elliot. Grandpa Rick was very sad that he would not be around to see them grow up and celebrate milestones.

Rick had intended to study botany at university, pursuing his love of and curiosity about the natural world, without a particular job in mind. But two passionate uncles – outstanding agronomists – persuaded him to do his science degree in Agriculture. Upon graduating he thought nursery work might suit him. Unfortunately, the owner he worked for was anything but a good mentor and he left after a few months. Some framing carpentry followed, work he enjoyed but didn’t see as a career path. Not knowing what to do, he eventually approached his father about joining Schmidt Insurance, the brokerage Henry had established, and John had already joined. The next 18 years were spent there. The actual work of selling insurance was rather neutral for Rick, but he very much enjoyed his interactions with clients and staff and getting to know them, to the point that he wasn’t always very “efficient”, but he did garner loyalty.

A chance encounter with an older friend who was volunteering in victim/offender mediation and the conversation that ensued resonated strongly with Rick. He took the training and began volunteering. Eventually he realized his job was interfering with his newfound passion so he left the business and enrolled in a Master’s degree, done via distance learning at Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Other than two three-week stints in Ohio, the next three years found him labouring in his basement office, reading and writing. The thesis almost killed him but he got it done. (And then often said, “Shoot me if I ever talk about pursuing a PhD!”) We have wondered whether the many hours spent in the basement then and since, resulted in radon poisoning (emanating from the soil) and precipitated his IPF diagnosis (usually only seen in miners with high levels of exposure). We’ll never know.

Post-graduation was a nervous time as he wondered how he was going to provide for his family. Keli was worried about whether we'd be able to afford the bagels she liked! But contracts came in and he steadily built a practice. Whenever he came home from a mediation (which almost always went well) he was stoked with excitement and satisfaction.

He taught courses at Menno Simons College and loved his interactions with students. A regular assignment for students was to write about a personal conflict and how what they were learning had been or might be helpful to them. He felt honoured to receive their stories, as the students often wrote about deeply personal things, such as coming-out stories, something that really moved the needle on his views of and acceptance of LGBTQ+ people. Heartbreaking stories, particularly from Indigenous students, were foundational in his leaning in to reconciliation. He loved having mature students in class as they increased the depth of interaction that the 18-year-olds found amazing and sometimes disconcerting.

Intense weekend workshops were also a thrill as he got to witness “live” transformation. This was the last part of his career that he had to give up when his body couldn’t keep up and he was very sad to let it go. It pleased him immensely that a former student whom he also mentored in leading workshops replaced him. The circle had been closed.

Besides his involvement with victim/offender mediation, Rick volunteered his time and energy in numerous ways, often unofficially. When people asked to borrow his truck, he often said that “he came with it” and helped with the task (admittedly partly because he wanted to watch over his truck!). A program briefly sponsored by Youth For Christ had him sign up to be a “Big Brother”. His “little brother” Chris became a friend and that relationship was still ongoing with that boy/man (and now his family), almost 40 years later.

Rick had a very curious mind. When brother John got a road racing set for Christmas, Rick was more interested in taking apart one of the cars to see how they worked than racing them. This curiosity extended to all kinds of questions in life, and later, theology. His parents were not the inquiring sort, solidly grounded in their views and they remained baffled as to why Rick would need to ask his questions. This lack of interest in dialogue left Rick at loose ends and it wouldn’t be until he met Sara Jane, who was attending Mennonite Brethren Bible College, and where they lived for their first year of marriage, that he would find kindred spirits amongst the students and teachers he met there. Some became life-long friends.

His quest to make sense of his Christian faith continued throughout his adult life. He read many books, those of René Girard being particularly influential, along with writers like Brian McLaren, Richard Rohr, Walter Brueggemann and Peter Enns, to name just a few. The period of de-construction of one’s given system is always a precarious time but in the last ten years or so, he and Sara Jane, in the context of the nurturing community of River East Church, which they re-joined in 2005, had done enough re-construction so that in his final days, Rick could say with conviction that God. Is. Love., full stop. He had no fear about what lay beyond this life.

In spite of Rick’s passion for keeping fit, he was dogged with medical issues from his late forties on, starting with arthritis, resulting in two hip replacements in his fifties, followed by triple bypass surgery at age 62. The arterial blockages were only found in the quest for what was causing noticeable breathing issues. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis was eventually diagnosed in February 2018. This was a terminal diagnosis, with no way to know how much time was left to him. He declined slowly and in November 2021 the possibility of a lung transplant was offered. After a lengthy assessment process, June 2022 saw him accepted into the program. In January 2023 he was listed and on April 10 we got “the call”. The surgery went well but complications set in almost immediately which kept him in Edmonton for three months. Once back in Winnipeg yet more complications ensued. For five and a half months, in spite of these, and repeated ICU admissions, intubation and other uncomfortable life-saving procedures, Rick made a valiant effort to get well, faithfully doing whatever exercise he could, eating as best he could and just generally being a model patient. But the doctors finally conceded that his chances of recovery were very remote. On September 24 the decision was made to move into palliative care. Being taken off the strong anti-rejection/anti-microbial medications, he suddenly felt better than he had for a long time, for a full week. This was precious time together as family and also allowed many friends to come say their goodbyes. He breathed his last in the early hours of October 3, cradled by Sara Jane. He transitioned from her arms into the arms of Love.

Rick is survived by his wife of 46 years Sara Jane; daughter Keli and son-in-law Dave Sikkema, son Paul and daughter-in-law Leah Klassen, grandchildren Annika and Elliot. Also brother John (Phyllis), sister Lori (Kerry) Enns, sister-in-law Marilyn (Norman) Cameron, nieces and nephews and their families

Throughout our journey we gained a deep appreciation for our public health care system and those working within it. Strained as it may be, we experienced incredible dedication and compassion from the vast majority of the hundreds of staff with whom we interacted. Family, friends and new friends rose up to support us in Edmonton where we didn’t have a lot of connections. Facebook friends were a loyal support for Sara Jane. Back in Winnipeg folks were taking care of our house and yard. Upon our return to Winnipeg we continued to be showered with love and care. We felt thoroughly blessed and honoured. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Love.

And yes, this has gotten rather long, but then, it IS a Rick story!

In lieu of flowers, donations in Rick’s memory may be made to:

Mediation Services, by:
Cheque made out to Mediation Services and mailed to:
302 - 1200 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3G 0T5

Online at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/943?v2=true.

Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life, by:

Cheque (made out to Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life) and mailed to:
Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life
Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg
SR3 - 820 Sherbrook St.
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9

Credit card, over the phone by calling the Health Sciences Centre Foundation at 204-515-5612. When you make the gift, please indicate that it is for Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life.

Online at https://www.hscfoundation.mb.ca/donate/. Under “Comments” specify that your gift is to go
to “Transplant Manitoba - Gift of Life.”

And don’t forget to Sign Up For Life! https://signupforlife.ca/

A private burial took place on Friday, October 6, 2023.

Memorial service was held on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. at River East Church, 755 McLeod Ave.

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Heartfelt thanks for the love and support shown along the way by so many.
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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, November 3rd, 2023 | 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, November 3rd, 2023 7:00pm
    Location
    River East Church
    Address
    755 McLeod Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB R2K 0B8
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    Notes
    ''Check back here for a zoom link to the service.''
    Officiant
    Pastor Mary Anne Isaak

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Sara Calnek

Posted at 01:53pm
Dear family of Rick,

First, thank for sharing Rick’s beautiful story of life. It all makes sense to me now. I did not know him, but was lucky enough to have him as a Mediation instructor. I can’t explain to you how much I learned from him (in only 4 days - two full weekends) about mediation, conflict resolution, compassion, empathy, biases, and just how to be a better human. He taught me to examine my own inherent biases and how to apply that to working in mediation and in my life! He was instrumental in changing the way I view the world and the people in it.

He had a way of looking at the world with such compassion and empathy, that it was impossible to not be in complete admiration of him.

This world was a better place because he was in it.

Rest Rick.
LJ

Leo jansens

Posted at 08:35am
So sorry to hear of Rick's passing! I have missed his friendly visits at Pen and Paper already during the months he was in medical care, but I'm sad to know that there won't be another opportunity down here. Nevertheless, thankful to also know that He is at peace in a better place and I will see him there! May the grace and peace of the Lord be with you, Sara Jane and family. - Leo Jansens
 
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SJ Schmidt Posted at 11:20am

Thanks Leo. I guess we're members of the same club now.
DH

Dan Hoch

Posted at 09:20am
Rick and I first connected when we were in the same grade 7 class together at Robert Andrews school in East St. Paul. From then on we moved up through the grades and were in grade 9 at Chief Peguis school where his dad was the principal. When we finally got to university, my brother and I would pick Rick up and his neighbour and go to university and I think that happened for at least a year. During all of that time we had great chats and visits and lots of laughs and came to really value our friendship. Nothing but pleasant memories on every level. In our adult years, came to understand the role and career that God had called him to and we were able to compare notes send know that God was with us in all that we did. Thanks Rick, it was a joy and a treat to know you from grade 7 and to know now that you are with God. God bless you my friend. Sincerely, Dan Hoch
 
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SJ Schmidt Posted at 11:21pm

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