Harry J. Kits, Executive Director, CPJ and PJRC.
40th Anniversary Celebrations
During 2003 and 2004 Citizens for Public Justice and the Public Justice Resource Centre celebrated their 40th Anniversary in Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver.
The highlight of the events were the addresses from a diverse and thoughtful group of speakers.
Here is a compilation of those speeches [PDF 1.15 MB].
Although a quick glance through the list below attests to their variety, what they have in common is the experience, wisdom, insight, and passion that each speaker brought in challenging CPJ and PJRC to continue and expand their vision of public justice in Canada.
We hope they inspire you as much as they did the audiences.
In each location where we celebrated, Executive Director Harry Kits repeated: "We thank God for the blessing of all of you - a loyal supporting community. Thank you for celebrating with us tonight. We continue to feel blessed by God who has sustained these organizations in good times and bad, and has given them an opportunity to be a blessing in Canadian society. We rely on your continued prayers, participation, challenges, and financial support as we go forward, past and future together."
Dance to the Music of Prophets Mending the World by Linda Siebenga, Blackfalds, Alberta.
Artwork for the 40th Anniversary of Citizens for Public Justice and the Public Justice Resource Centre by Matth Cupido, artist living in Canning, Nova Scotia
3 Panelists: Jim Visser, Kathy Vandergrift, and Janet Wesselius, Edmonton, May 29, 2004.
A 40th Anniversary Reflection by Marilyn Gunn, Executive Director of Calgary Community Kitchen Program
Calgary, May 27, 2004.
Rene Fumoleau, poet, story teller and long-time priest to the Dene in the Northwest Territories tells wonderful stories that give pause for thought. A 40th anniversary reflection, Vancouver, 2004.
Rev. Susan Eagle, London City Councillor and United Church Minister
London, April 23, 2004.
Alex Neve, Secretary-General, Amnesty International Canada
Ottawa, March 24, 2004.
Aiden Enns' report of an address given by Justice Murray Sinclair
Winnipeg, March 19, 2004.
A 40th Anniversary Reflection by Mayan Francis, Director and CEO, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Halifax, March 6, 2004.