Marie Ens returns to Chilliwack for Cambodian performance

Rescue Dance Tour makes final tour stop at Chilliwack Alliance Church on Sunday.

The Rescue Dance Tour will arrive in Chilliwack this Sunday.

The Rescue Dance Tour will arrive in Chilliwack this Sunday.

A Chilliwack woman who has spent much of life living in Cambodia will return to town on Sunday, Oct. 25, to share a presentation of tradition dance.

Marie Ens and her team will be at the Chilliwack Alliance Church, with the Rescue Dance Tour. It’s their last stop on a tour that began in Manitoba, and is a fundraiser for Ens’ lifework, the Place of Rescue.

Marie first went to Cambodia with her husband and two children in 1961. Later, two more children were added to the family and they lived in Cambodia for many years until the takeover by the Khmer Rouge forced them to return to Canada. Marie returned to Cambodia as a widow in 1994, and continues her work with Place of Rescue, a safe haven for families living with AIDS, orphan children, orphaned grandmothers, and young, unmarried pregnant women.

The Place of Rescue was founded as a Cambodian NGO in 2003. As of April 2014, Rescue was responsible for 522 people, cared for by a staff of more than 100.

Ens acts as an advisor, and has been made an honorary citizen of Cambodia by that country’s prime minister.

The Rescue Dance Tour  will perform a program of traditional dances and share about the work of Rescue in their lives and the lives of others. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 at Chilliwack Alliance Church, and everyone is welcome.