The millions of refugees who leave their homeland in search of a better life are surely navigating entropy one determined step at a time. SPACE is pleased to host two local experts on refugees to Canada: Paul Clarke, the Executive Director of Action Réfugiés, and Marjorie Villefranche, the Directrice Générale de La Maison d’Haiti. They will consider the challenges refugee claimants face upon arrival in Canada and recommend improvements to the refugee determination system.They are keenly interested in public perceptions of the increase in people crossing into Canada on foot from the USA. Mr. Clarke and Ms. Villefrance will also offer suggestions as to how we local residents might become involved in providing support to refugees.
Paul Clarke has been the Executive Director of Action Réfugiés for 5 years. Prior to working in the non-governmental sector he worked in the banking world for over 30 years. As a bank manager he met many refugees. He welcomes opportunities to address varied audiences and loves to be interviewed on television and radio.
In his personal life he likes to write letters to the editor.
Marjorie Villefranche is the Directrice Générale de La Maison d’Haiti. She arrived in Quebec at the age of 12 and has since made it her home. With a background in philosophy and art history, she now devotes her energies to assisting new arrivals to Quebec, with a special focus on youth, women and education.