Photo: The collapsed balcony at Camp Péniel in Wentworth-Nord, Que. (Photo provided by Esther Lachance)
Updated August 6, 2013
On July 28, at approximately 5:30 pm, a balcony collapsed at Camp Péniel in Wentworth-Nord, Que. Fifty-eight people were standing on it at the time. The collapse resulted in 20 people being injured but all are expected to recover quickly.
A Montreal based church was conducting a baptism when rain began, leading attendees to seek shelter under the balcony awning. The Quebec government building board will investigate to determine the cause of the collapse. The camp remains open however the building the balcony was attached to is closed for security reasons.
Camp Péniel is a retreat centre and camp founded in 1974 by the Mennonite Brethren church in Quebec (AEFMQ). Its mission is to offer a place of rest and spiritual renewal.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families injured in the balcony collapse at Camp Péniel. While we praise God the injuries were not life threatening, we pray for the full recovery of those injured and for the wisdom for camp directors Jason and Esther Levesque and Quebec leadership as they walk through this tragedy,” says Willy Reimer, executive director for the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches.
Visit CTV Montreal for more information: http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/20-injured-one-seriously-in-laurentians-balcony-collapse-1.1388809
Ellen Paulley is the communications coordinator for the Canadian Conference of MB Churches.