Want to make a difference but you’re not sure how? Ruth is available for speaking engagements to talk about the global refugee crisis, the Canadian private sponsorship program, fundraising, opportunities to get involved, and the impact of our work.
As the founder of Walk Like a Refugee and the Westside Refugee Response, Ruth is an outspoken ambassador for the refugee cause and for the Canadian Private Refugee Sponsorship Program, a program that is unique to Canada. She leads creative fundraising campaigns and has spearheaded and participated in numerous private sponsorships. She has witnessed the life-changing impact of helping the world’s most vulnerable people.
Her involvement has roots in her Jewish heritage and in her connection to the holocaust.
“Like every other Jew living in the second half of the 20th Century, I grew up in the shadow of the holocaust,” she explains. “When I was a child in the 1970s, my parents would take me to visit my Great Uncle Sam and Auntie Goldie at their little house in Toronto’s Kensington Market. They were Polish concentration camp survivors whose first spouses and children were all killed in the camps.
“I sat on the floor staring at the wall of framed black-and-white photographs of all the men, women, and kids in our family who had died at the hands of the Nazis.”
It didn’t have much of an impact at the time, and it was only after she grew up and had a child of her own that she started paying attention to the global refugee crisis and thinking a lot about how badly the world failed the refugees of that war, and about what “never again” really means.
I am available for speaking engagements to talk about the global refugee crisis, refugees around the world, the Canadian private sponsorship program, fundraising, opportunities to get involved, and the impact of our work.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about the holocaust and the millions of European Jews of whom the world washed its hands. While I’m not entirely in agreement with those comparing our current global crises with the holocaust, my personal connection to this is what motivates my involvement with refugee causes today.
“The world is closing its doors and blacking out its windows, pretending it’s not home to 70 million displaced people – 25 million of whom are refugees. Italy is arresting and imprisoning the people who save refugees from drowning at sea.”
But history will turn, she says.
“History eventually turns not just on the bad guys, but on those who stood by watching and doing nothing. It might not be today, it might not be tomorrow, but history will turn. I want to be on the side of right, and I encourage others to join us on this side.”
Get in touch to invite Ruth to speak at your next event.