Remembering a Founder and a Friend

Horizons of Friendship Mourns the loss of Christine Stewart

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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.”

OUR PROJECTS

Indigenous & Women's Rights on Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast

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Partner:
Association of Indigenous Women of the Atlantic (AMICA)
Location:
Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua
Themes:
Gender Equality, Violence Against Women
Berna Carneras Anderson one of the Whita's - a traditional Miskitu authority - trained in the project

Berna Carneras Anderson one of the Whita's - a traditional Miskitu authority - trained in the project.

Promotion of Indigenous women's rights to prevent and address violence against women in Miskitu Indigenous communities:

The project aims to build capacity in local communities amongst both men and women to prevent inter-family, sexual and gender-based violence. The project has 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.

BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE

Spring/Summer Appeal

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Dear Friends:

I’d like to tell you about the dreams of the children of Chajabal, a remote village in Guatemala.

We met Santiago, Juan, and Catalina and all the other kids at their small rural school during Horizons’ Educational Tour to Guatemala in February. They greeted us in their best clothes and with big smiles on their faces. Their delight in meeting us, their far away “family members,” was obvious. And we, in turn, were delighted to meet them.

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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.

Volunteering at Horizons a Life-Changer

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“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.

CANADA & LOCALLY

Welcoming The Workers That Grow Our Food

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Spring and early-summer is an exciting and busy time at the Horizons of Friendship (Horizons) office, especially with the arrival of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers in the Northumberland community. Since 2002, Horizons has been working with the Seasonal Agricultural Workers within Northumberland County. 

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