Harmony Movement's Statement on the passing of June Callwood (1924-2007)



    TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Members of the Harmony Movement today join our
friends across Canada to mourn the passing of June Callwood (1924-2007),
writer and social activist.
    "It is the passing of an era. June Callwood was a genuine heroine of our
times," said Gordon Cressy, founding co-chair of the Harmony Movement. "June
will be remembered as a tenacious warrior with a knack for getting things
done. She had the capacity of language and social relations to court the heavy
weights and champion the marginalized."
    June Callwood was instrumental in the founding of the Harmony Movement
(www.harmony.ca) when she came out and support the nascent organization in a
defining race-relations issue in City of Markham. As honourary patron,
Callwood had actively championed many of the organization's causes. In 2004,
the Harmony Movement awarded her its Harmony Award and named their scholarship
program after her.
    "June was able to bring people with different points of views together,"
mourns Dr. Joseph Wong, Harmony Movement's other founding co-chair. "The fact
that June founded or co-founded over fifty social action organizations speaks
volumes about her commitment to social equality, her boundless energy and her
concern for other people's pain."

    Harmony Movement was established to promote equality and diversity in
Canada. It has earned a national reputation for its innovative youth
leadership programs in the schools. Each year, Harmony Movement awards ten
June Callwood Harmony Scholarships to high school students across Canada who
demonstrated leadership in promoting equality and combating prejudice.




For further information:

For further information: Cheuk Kwan, (416) 804-1527, ckwan@harmony.ca

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