The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has a new patron for its initiative to sponsor 50 refugee families: Adrienne Clarkson.
Clarkson, who is Anglican and former governor general, came to Canada as a refugee. “It is important for people to realize that Canada has always been a welcoming country,” said Clarkson in a press release from PWRDF. “I feel particularly strongly about this having been a refugee myself, arriving in Canada at age three in 1942 in the middle of the Second World War with one suitcase for each one of us-my mother, father, brother and I. As a Canadian, I can’t think of more useful work joining our religious commitment to our duties as citizens than being a part of a settlement program for specific refugee families.”