July 18, 2011

Remembering Gerald Vandezande

A friend and former colleague, Gerald Vandezande, passed away on the weekend. Gerald helped to found Citizens for Public Justice, an ecumenical Christian voice for justice in Canadian public affairs. I had the good fortune to start my career in anti-poverty advocacy working with Gerald. I learned a lot just watching Gerald as he appeared before Commons committees at pre-budget hearings or in meetings with federal cabinet ministers and Members of Parliament.

Gerald had a passion for social justice that was infectious. I certainly caught the bug working with him. And Gerald had a way of drawing good things out of people to advance the cause of justice in Canada.

I have been blessed by having had the chance to know and work with Gerald. And will miss him.

1 comment:

  1. It’s been six long months today. A long time to be with you in spirit only. You are missed by all who loved and knew you.
    I wait for the day to have the have the chance to talk with you again my friend.