History Archive

Gerald Vandezande: How did his life’s work inspire us?

“Mr. Speaker,

I rise today to place into our national record my commendation of a very extraordinary Canadian; a man who was not only a champion of justice, a voice for the voiceless, and a man deep and compelling faith, but a mentor and cherished friend. His name was Gerald Vandezande.”

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Gerrit de Boer, Gerald’s brother-in-law

It has not been easy for Gerry in the last years. Sometimes in conversation he would tap the side of his head to get that thought out. But even with that, Gerald was still phoning politicians, involved with social advocacy groups, helping family. Gerald was driven by His God, driven by social responsibility. But social…

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Taking up the mantle – CPJ gives thanks

In this 45th anniversary year, we look back with thankfulness to the many different people who helped lay the foundations for CPJ and public justice in Canada. From the founding members to our new supporters, CPJ has been blessed with many dedicated, strong voices for justice.

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CPJ in Ottawa: Making Public Justice Front and Centre

“I see CPJ’s role as bringing a very strong justice perspective to policy discussion, engaging seriously with government debates, and presenting doable policy alternatives.”

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Parliament of Canada

CPJ is called to the nation’s capital

Read CPJ’s press release here.

On July 1, 2007, CPJ will open the doors of its new national office in Ottawa, and the Toronto office will close soon after.

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Convocation address: hope-filled advocacy

Address delivered by Gerald Vandezande at a reception the day he was awarded a honorary doctorate from the Institute of Christian Studies, on Oct. 20, 2006.

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Gerald Vandezande awarded the honorary Doctor of Letters

At a special convocation on October 20, 2006, the Institute for Christian Studies (ICS) honoured Mr. Gerald Vandezande by awarding him the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

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Parliament of Canada

In Diversity with Faith, Coming Together for Justice

Harry J. Kits, Executive Director, CPJ and PJRC.

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Poem: Dance to the Music of Prophets Mending the World

Dance to the Music of Prophets Mending the World by Linda Siebenga, Blackfalds, Alberta.

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Artwork: We Live As One To Love As One

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

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