2019 Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Award

Vancover Raoul Wallenberg Day

The14th Annual British Columbia Raoul Wallenberg Day

The Vancouver-based Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Society will be presenting the 2019 Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Award on January 20 at the MacMillan Space Centre. This award is given annually to an individual associated with British Columbia who at significant personal risk helped to improve the lives of others while defying unjust laws or norms, past or present.

This year’s recipient is Mary Kitagawa, OBC, who raised awareness of the injustices suffered by Japanese-Canadian students during World War Two. Her fight against discrimination resulted in the University of BC granting honourary degrees to 76 students who were interned before they were able to finish their degrees.

The annual Raoul Wallenberg Day pays tribute to courageous actions by diplomats Raoul Wallenberg of Sweden and Chiune Sugihara of Japan. During World War Two they engaged in selfless acts of civil courage, at grave risk to themselves, their families, and their future, to rescue Jews during the Holocaust.

Their stories inspire Canadians to act with courage and live by their moral values.

This year’s event at the MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver on January 20, 1:30 pm, includes a screening of the feature film The War Between Us, which dramatizes the interaction between Japanese internees and their neighbours in the BC interior during World War Two. A reception will follow. Entrance is free; donations are appreciated.

The Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Society was formed by members of the Swedish Community, including the Honourary Swedish Consul, the Jewish Community, and others.

Raoul Wallenberg Day presentation of the annual Civil Courage Award to Mary Kitagawa on Sunday, January 20, 2019, 1:30 P.M., H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut St., Vancouver BC. Free admission includes feature film The War Between Us, and a reception.

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

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