Welcome to the McGill Echenberg Human Rights Fellows’ blog

Dear McGill Echenberg Human Rights Fellows ’07,

It’s been 2 ½ years since The Global Conference on the Prevention of Genocide. While we have had some direct contact with several of you, including visits, we’re delighted and hopeful that the creation of this blog will allow us to reconnect and stay in regular contact.

Of course, the primary purpose of the blog is to give all of you a common platform to discuss issues and compare notes. It will also introduce the ‘succeeding generation’ of Young Leaders to you in the hope that you will all work together to make your voices heard. The objective is that you do so in whatever manner and whatever level you feel appropriate and most effective. A unified voice has great potential!

One benefit for us that resulted from the last Conference is that we have developed a special friendship with Esther Mujawayo. We always look forward to her visits with us while she is in, or travelling through, Montreal.

It is tremendously gratifying for us to know that by building on your strong foundation and adding layers of new, committed Young Leaders, we are striving to make a contribution together.  We’ll be watching for new content on this blog…and looking forward to hearing both from you and about you!  (Photos by Owen Egan)

It is tremendously gratifying for us to know that by building on your strong foundation and adding layers of new, committed Young Leaders, we are striving to make a contribution together. We’ll be watching for new content on this blog…and looking forward to hearing both from you and about you! (Photos by Owen Egan)


To give you a brief update from our end, we had a wonderful time traveling through Rajasthan, India with friends last fall, and we recently celebrated hard as Canadians, at the Olympics in Vancouver.

Penny’s volunteer work has expanded to include Chairing the inaugural gala for The Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill, in early June. Andrew, who is now living in Toronto, is on the cusp of launching his online business, ’JoySpoon,’ which allows online information to be shared instantaneously through multiple digital platforms. Jessica is temporarily living in Sydney, travelling throughout Australia, enjoying new experiences, and perfecting her culinary skills.

Gordon just celebrated his 70th birthday with a clean bill of health; his cancer surgery is now behind him. His enthusiasm for, and involvement in the second Echenberg Family Conference on Human Rights, entitled “A Global Conference on Human Rights and Diverse Societies”, tops his priority list.

Currently, applications are being considered for 25 Young Leaders for 2010. Their Conference will be held from October 4th to October 7th, with the main Conference running from October 7th through October 9th.

At the end of this Conference, there will be 60 ‘McGill Echenberg Human Right Fellows’ from around the world, representing a diversity of ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds – all working in different aspects of the Human Rights agenda, towards a common goal. We appreciate and feel proud of each of you!

It is tremendously gratifying for us to know that by building on your strong foundation and adding layers of new, committed Young Leaders, we are striving to make a contribution together.

We’ll be watching for new content on this blog…and looking forward to hearing both from you and about you!

Penny & Gordon

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