Remembering a Founder and a Friend
Horizons of Friendship Mourns the loss of Christine Stewart
Everyone at Horizons of Friendship is deeply saddened by the passing of Christine Stewart on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Christine co-founded Horizons of Friendship in 1973 and served as a dedicated co-executive director until 1988.
While Christine is recognized by many locally for her role as a former MP for Northumberland, Horizons remembers her most for her passion and commitment to the people of Central America and Mexico. It was this passion that took Christine and her late husband David to Honduras in 1971 for a year of volunteer service. Inspired and compelled to make a difference, she co-founded Horizons of Friendship with husband David and friend Father Tim Coughlan upon their return to Canada. She continued to serve as co-executive Director with Father Tim Coughlan until 1988.
After retiring from her role at Horizons of Friendship, Christine went on to lead a successful career in politics, where she continued to serve her community and country. She served as Liberal Candidate and Member of Parliament for the riding of Northumberland from 1988 until 2000. She also served in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Jean Chretien as Secretary of State for Latin America and Africa from 1993 to 1997. She later served as Minister of the Environment from 1997 to 1999, during which time she headed the Canadian delegation to the Kyoto climate change negotiations and signed the Kyoto Accord on behalf of Canada.
Horizons Executive Director Patricia Rebolledo says Christine will be deeply missed. “Christine was instrumental in the founding and early development of Horizons of Friendship,” said Executive Director Patricia Rebolledo “Even after her retirement as Co-Executive Director, she remained involved as an active supporter of Horizons, and was always willing to share her thoughts and advice. She will be remembered by Horizons and our partners for her vision, dedication, and generosity to the people of Central America and Mexico.”
Partner: The Association of Indigenous Women of the Atlantic (AMICA)
Location:North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua
Project Title:Promotion of Indigenous women's rights to prevent and address violence against women in Miskitu Indigenous communities.
Project Duration: March 2012 to February 2014 (Completed project)
Project Description: The project aimed to build capacity in local communities amongst both men and women to prevent inter-family, sexual and gender-based violence. The project had three major components: training young women on how to access to justice and legal services, working directly in the communities to support women who have experienced violence, and supporting community leaders and traditional Miskitu authorities in the application of the law and advocating within the official justice system.
“If anyone ever approached me about volunteering here, I would say go for it,” says Jeannine Blackett, a volunteer in Horizons of Friendship’s Thrift Shop.
Mrs. Blackett started volunteering at Horizons of Friendship over four years ago, after one of her friends who also volunteered in the Thrift Shop encouraged her to come. At the time Mrs. Blackett’s husband Don was ill, and she needed a break from caretaking every week. So she started volunteering on Mondays.
When her husband passed, Mrs. Blackett began picking up more volunteer shifts. She now spends as much time as she can helping out in Horizons’ Thrift Shop. “I volunteer every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and every second Saturday,” she says, “I like to keep busy.” Her duties in the Thrift Shop involve sorting donations, stocking the shelves and clothing racks, managing the cash register, and helping customers.
In Memory of Farley Mowat
Horizons remembers and honours the life of renowned writer, storyteller and friend Farley Mowat; one of Canada's most successful and internationally celebrated authors, a passionate environmentalist, and a long time supporter of Horizons of Friendship. Farley and his wife Claire are two of our Writers & Friends event originals.
Farley Mowat was the bestselling author of 44 books, including Never Cry Wolf, Owls in the Family, and Bay of Spirits. Nearly 20 million copies of his books have been sold in more than 25 countries. His recent book Eastern Passage has been referred to as “the last piece of the Mowat puzzle.” Farley, you will be forever remembered and missed. Thank-you for your compassion and for your words.
Our Spring/Summer Appeal showcase our work on intercultural billingual education.
We are firm believers that change starts at home in our communities. That is why we have developed a full program here in Canada to connect and engage citizens in topics that matter. This includes programs to welcome newcomers to the local area, education events on global justice topics, travel & learning exchanges, and an annual award to recognize volunteers. We invite you to join us!