Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Society - Twelfth Annual Vancouver Raoul Wallenberg Day

Civil Courage in Today's World:
A tribute to Doctors Without Borders

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2017, 1:30 P.M.

VANCOUVER, Jan. 5, 2017 /CNW/ - The Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Society (WSCCS) is pleased to announce the Twelfth Annual Vancouver Raoul Wallenberg Day event highlighting civil courage in today's world with a tribute to Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières, MSF).

WSCCS recognizes and honours acts of civil courage, as exemplified by Swedish Diplomat Raoul Wallenberg and Japanese Diplomat Chiune Sugihara.  Raoul Wallenberg served as Sweden's special envoy in Budapest between July and December 1944, where he rescued thousands of Jews during World War II.  Following Soviet capture of Budapest in 1945, Wallenberg disappeared.  Chiune Sugihara was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania.  During World War II, he helped thousands of Jews leave the country in direct violation of orders from the Japanese Government, thereby risking his career and his family's lives.

Over the past years, the Wallenberg Day event has screened films highlighting the acts of Wallenberg, Sugihara, and others.  Recently we have also given two Awards for Civil Courage in B.C.  These stories remind us of the inherent good within people and will inspire us and future generations to act with courage and live their values, thereby helping to heal the world.

Join the Wallenberg Day tribute to MSF January 15 in the Auditorium at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, for the documentary film "Access to the Danger Zone", which will be introduced by Dr. Joseph Copeland from Doctors Without Borders.  Dr. Copeland, a UBC / BC Children's Hospital emergency physician with vast field exposure from the Arctic to the tropical regions, will introduce the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization and share his own experiences from the MSF frontline work.  A reception will follow.  Entrance is free; donations are appreciated and all proceeds will be shared with MSF.

The WSCCS is seeking people who, at significant personal risk, have helped improve the lives of others by going against unjust laws or conventions.  Go to www.wsccs.ca for the civil courage award criteria and for more information about the society.

About the Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Society (WSCCS):
The WSCCS was formed by members of the Swedish Community, including the Honourary Swedish Consul and descendants of Holocaust victims and survivors.  It aims to educate and inspire.

Website: www.wsccs.ca 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wsccs.ca/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wscivilcourage

SOURCE Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Society

For further information: Alan Le Fevre, Director, at 604-266-0358 or info@wsccs.ca


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