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.”