World Vision Canada recognizes extraordinary Canadians with the Heroes for Children Awards

NEWS RELEASE FROM WORLD VISION CANADA

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World Vision Canada’s Heroes for Children Award recipients from left to right: Michael Messenger, President and CEO, World Vision Canada, Pastor Ed Buller, Cherie Wai, Maria Martini, Dr. Samantha Nutt, Don Joshua, Suanne Miedema, Chair, World Vision Canada Board of Directors

MISSISSAUGA, ON  World Vision Canada is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Heroes for Children awards. Each year, World Vision recognizes individuals who have displayed their heart for children, and their extraordinary efforts toward making the world a better place, especially for children.

“I’m delighted to recognize the invaluable contributions of World Vision Canada’s Heroes for Children Award recipients and all they do to serve the world’s most vulnerable children,” said Michael Messenger, President and CEO, World Vision Canada. “Along with our award winners, we are so grateful for our volunteers, sponsors and partners across Canada and their generous support.”

The recipients of this year’s Heroes for Children awards are:

Courage Award: Don Joshua
Don Joshua has volunteered for World Vision Canada for more than 15 years; for many of those years he would come into the office to help every week. His sensitive approach to donor communications and ready smile has made him a valuable part of the office. Don’s dedication has been an inspiration to staff and supporters.

Ken McMillian Memorial Award: Pastor Ed Buller (Heart of Worship International Church)
Pastor Ed Buller and the Heart of Worship International Church family are no strangers to World Vision, having hosted events such as 30 Hour Famine and the Matthew 25 challenge. Pastor Ed also brought the World Vision Global 6k for Water to Winnipeg for the first time and convinced 13 other churches to join, resulting in more than 600 participants raising more than $42,000.

Ruth Roberts Award: Cherie Wai
At just 20 years old, Cherie Wei is a bright young leader with an intense passion for the developing world. A youth ambassador since 2014, she later became the President of the University of Waterloo World Vision Club where she organized numerous fundraising events. Her voice was instrumental in 2018 where she joined the World Vision delegation at the G7 and was a leading advocate for educating girls in crises (the G7 that year culminated in a landmark Government of Canada declaration). Cherie continues to use her voice and network to spread awareness of and engage others in World Vision’s work.

Power of Generosity Award: Maria Martini
The founder and executive director of Food For Famine Society (FFF), a charitable organization based in Langley, BC., Maria Martini was inspired to make a difference after learning how a fortified peanut paste product known as Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) could be used to treat young children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. She partnered with a RUTF manufacturer and struck a partnership with World Vision in 2012. In that time, FFF has donated nearly $6 million in RUTF packets. This year, Maria and FFF have committed to donate almost two million more packets to World Vision Canada programs in Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, Somalia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.

Voice for Children Award: Dr. Samantha Nutt
Dr. Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and recognized public speaker. A medical doctor and the founder of the renowned humanitarian organizations War Child Canada and War Child USA, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises – from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan. A leading authority on current affairs, war, international aid and foreign policy, Dr. Nutt is one of the most recognized voices in the humanitarian arena. With a career that has spanned more than two decades and dozens of conflict zones, her international work has benefited millions of war-affected children globally.

Hate crime charges pending against man who smeared feces on California church building

A California man police say has a history of yelling obscenities at church members has been arrested after U.S. police say he smeared feces and threw eggs at a church building.

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Danny Lee Terpin (Tulare County Sheriff’s Office , U.S.)

Tulare County sheriff’s deputies arrested Danny Lee Terpin, 48, after they say his actions were caught on video at the Iglesia Christiana Fuente de Vida on Friday. The Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page that the video surveillance and a history of incidents led deputies to a nearby home where they made the arrest.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson on Sunday said Terpin faces felony hate crime vandalism charges.

Federal Court: Church of Atheism is not a church

A federal court has ruled a group called the “Church of Atheism” is not a church; therefore, can not be treated as a church for tax purposes.

CTV reports the Federal court of Appeal upheld the minister of national revenue’s decision to refuse the Chruch of Atheism of Central Canada as a charity.

According to a report in The Toronto Star, Justice Marianne Rivoalen said the organization, “… did not demonstrate that its belief system is based on a particular and comprehensive system of doctrine and observances.”

The decision was unanimous and and the appeal was dismissed, with costs.

Church in Ottawa welcomes refugees

A congregation in Ottawa puts love in action as it welcomes 28 people who fled growing violence in Congo.

Here’s the story from the CBC 

The Church’s web site says its Refugee Mission Program started in 2011 in consultation with the church council and the government of Canada. The church applied to the government and became a SAH (sponsorship agreement holder) in July 2012. That year, it worked with other SAH groups and shared the 5 allocated spaces with those groups.

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Historic California church heavily damaged by fire, cause unknown

Fire heavily damaged a 140-year-old California church building in Forestville, California.

A spokesperson for Forestville No. 3 Fire District said the fire was prevented from spreading from the building owned by the Forestville Church of Christ.

The Press Democrat reports the church was built in 1879 with old-growth redwood and was a, “piece of local history as well as a religious gathering place.”

The cause of the fire remains unknown.  The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting in the investigation.