SPECIAL. Archbishop Tutu to meet with Canadian Jewish leaders in Toronto


The Canadian Press Images PHOTO/St. John Ambulance

The Canadian Press Images PHOTO/St. John Ambulance

TORONTO, May 27, 2014 jewishinfoNews has learned from an informed source that Archbishop Desmond Tutu has accepted an invitation to meet on Tuesday morning, May 27, with a delegation from Canada’s Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs (CIJA).  Led by Shimon Fogel, CIJA’s Chief Executive Officer, the private meeting will take place in Toronto. CIJA is the advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations of Canada. The  CIJA delegation see the meeting as a constructive opportunity to share their perspective with a significant Church leader and human rights champion.

Archbishop Tutu, as the Order’s South African Prior, together with approx. 60 senior-level volunteers of the Order of St. John from North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand are attending an international gathering of the Order of St. John in Toronto. 

The Archbishop is learning more about the valuable contributions of about 350,000 St John global staff and volunteers, including various Canadian community service activities through St. John Ambulance, such as the national Therapy Dog Program.

“It is an honour to attend this international gathering and to share stories of compassion,” said Archbishop Tutu. “No matter where you are in the world, people’s lives are saved by first aid, and communities are strengthened by the many programs offered by St. John, such as their innovative and uniquely Canadian, Therapy Dog initiative.”

“We are delighted to have Archbishop Tutu attend and participate in the international gathering of the Order of St. John in Toronto,” said St. John Ambulance Chancellor Mairi Arthur. “The Archbishop and all the delegates who have travelled from around the world to attend the 2014 Grand Council Meetings, deserve to be applauded for their caring and devoted contributions to helping the people and communities they serve.”

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