A Year of Amplification
Our splendid CPJ staff put their heads and hearts together day after day in 2018 to research and write policy briefs, letters to Members of Parliament, issues of The Catalyst for our members and other interested folks, and reports on important policy matters. All of this work focused on our three areas of advocacy and activism: poverty elimination, refugee rights and ecological justice. While we have not amplified the number of policy issues that we focus on, as you read this report, you will see that we have deepened our research and programs, encouraging more members, as well as faith and school communities across Canada, to dedicate many hours in our Give it up for the Earth! and Chew on This! campaigns.
We have also amplified our public voice in cooperation with other justice-related organizations: in joint appeals to legislators; in public meetings in churches, schools and various social spheres; during many visits to Parliament Hill; and in towns and cities all over Canada. I invite you to read this report with thanks to our staff, as I, on behalf of CPJ’s Board of Directors, extend our thanks to you for your support and encouragement year after year.
In keeping with our theme of amplification, after several years of consideration, CPJ’s Board decided to hire a full-time policy analyst for refugee rights. We pray that this position will continue CPJ’s witness for people who find a home in Canada after fleeing religious persecution, political unrest and wars in many parts of God’s world.
Finally, with deep gratitude, we bade farewell to Joe Gunn early in 2019, wishing him well in his new position at St. Paul University. For a decade, Joe dedicated himself to CPJ in the office, on Parliament Hill, and on visits to supporters and donors. We will miss Joe’s warm and engaging presence.
Of course, Joe’s departure occasioned the Board’s search for a new Executive Director. CPJ’s Board is confident that we found a worthy replacement in Rev. Willard Metzger. Willard comes to CPJ with 18 years of experience as a Mennonite pastor, five years developing World Vision Canada’s Church Relationship Department, and eight years as Executive Director of Mennonite Church Canada. Welcome to this new amplified ministry Willard!
With that, and on behalf of CPJ’s Board, I offer you, our faithful and devoted members, this annual report, thanking you for your interest and support of CPJ, and praying that CPJ continues to provide a deep and resonant voice for biblically-informed thought and action in Canada’s public square.
—Rev. Jim Dekker (chair of the Board)