News & Events
May 15, 2017
Sisters of St. Ann donate $4 million to Development and Peace
Press Release, Development and Peace, Montreal
On May 4, 2017, Development and Peace—Caritas Canada was delighted to receive a gift of $4 million from the Sisters of St. Ann of St. Joseph Province, which will be invested in a Solidarity Fund supporting the organization for many years to come. The donation is the single largest private contribution that Development and Peace has received to date.
“We are extremely grateful to the Sisters of St. Ann for their very generous contribution to the long term vision and mission of Development and Peace,” said Serge Langlois, Executive Director, “It is especially poignant to receive their support in our jubilee year, as we celebrate 50 years of solidarity with the people of the Global South and reaffirm our mission to helping the world’s most vulnerable.”
The announcement of the donation was made at St. Patrick’s Parish in Victoria, British Colombia, where the Sisters of St. Ann joined Serge Langlois and other supporters and members of Development and Peace and the Parish of St. Patrick’s for a small recognition ceremony.
With the interest generated from the capital in the Solidarity Fund, Development and Peace will support education, advocacy and international development projects: 75 percent of the interest will be directed to projects focussing on four main goals: peace and reconciliation; equal rights for women and men; ecological justice; and, democracy and citizen participation. Twenty-five percent will be allocated to international aid to mitigate humanitarian crises.
“From the beginning of our congregation The Sisters of Saint Ann have worked to alleviate poverty through education and health care both in Canada and elsewhere. From its beginning 50 years ago, Development and Peace has been a valued partner as our members became part of local, provincial and national initiatives. Today more than ever, the goals of Development and Peace need to be pursued and we are pleased to be able to provide a lead donation to the Solidarity Fund, ensuring its work continues into the future,” said Sr. Marie Zarowny, Province Co-leader, Sisters of Saint Ann.
Nancy Stuart, BC/Yukon National Council Member (R), with members of the Sisters of St. Ann
Serge Langlois, Development and Peace Executive Officer (L) and Sr. Marie Zarowny SSA, Province Co-Leader, Sisters of St. Ann
Serge Langlois (far R), with the Sisters of St. Ann