Four-time Crossroader and honorary patron Lawrence Hill recalled meeting midwife Aminata catching babies while he was on placement in Mali in 1989. This chance encounter later would inspire and inform his best selling work Book of Negroes and its protagonist Aminata. Hill was speaking to a sold out crowd of more than 100 Crossroaders and Crossroads supporters at a benefit October 24 at the Salam Bombay Restaurant in Vancouver. Hill also spoke to global citizenship and how Canadians can make a global impact and how his overseas mandates in Niger, Mali, Cameroon and eSwatini have influenced his writing and his life.
Emcee Cassie Doyle said values of solidarity, compassion and respect and respect for human dignity are why millions of Canadians are donating to international development. Doyle volunteered with Crossroads in India in 1976 and a has had distinguished career of public service currently serving as Chair of BC Housing.
More than $15,000 was raised in support of Crossroads International and its work to alleviate poverty, advance the rights of women and girls, and stop gender-based violence.
This event was made possible thanks to the commitment and support of the members of the Vancouver Volunteer Advisory Committee: Val Embree, Patsy George, Vera Radyo, Linda Roberts, Nimrit Sidhu, Tejal Barde, Deepthi Jayatilaka, Renita Pinto and Gisèle Yasmeen, as well as our on the spot photographer David Murchie, and audio support Hayne Wai.
Crossroads International gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsor:
Photos from the event can be found online.