Gather Chapel - Anne Woolger

Passage: Numbers 15:15-16, Luke 10:25-37

Anne Woolger uses examples from her experiences working with refugees to explore the topic of loving one's enemy. 

As the founding director of Matthew House, Anne has been working with refugees in Toronto since 1988. She has a BA (Hons) from Queen’s University and a Master's degree in Theology from Tyndale University College and Seminary. She also holds a certificate in International Human Rights Law from the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France. Since beginning her work at a city-run shelter for refugees in 1988, Anne has helped with the hands-on resettlement of approximately 4,000 refugees in Toronto. Anne’s vision was the catalyst behind the establishment of Matthew House Toronto as well seven other refugee shelters across the country. Anne has served on both local and international refugee committees. She has represented the Canadian Council of Churches at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) meetings in Geneva and at other human rights consultations. Her desire is to encourage and inspire Canadians to overcome their fears and reach out and welcome the refugees arriving on our doorstep. In 2002 Anne received the “Distinguished Alumni” award from her alma mater (Tyndale ) and in 2013 she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for of her work with refugees in Canada. She has traveled extensively including to the Kurdish enclave of Northern Iraq. She loves travelling, kayaking and swimming and has a growing passion for gardening, having recently completed requirements for a Certificate in Garden Design through George Brown College.

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Speaker: Anne Woolger
Chapel Date: Wednesday February 17, 2016
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