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Author Deborah Ellis Appointed to the Order of Canada

Author Deborah Ellis Appointed to the Order of Canada

Congratulations to Deborah Ellis!

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan is proud to congratulate Deborah Ellis on her recent appointment to the prestigious Order of Canada “for her acclaimed work as a young adult author and for her philanthropic support of many humanitarian causes.” One of our country’s highest civilian honours, the Order of Canada “recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.”

Deborah Ellis is a longtime feminist, peace activist and CW4WAfghan friend and supporter, who for many years has generously donated proceeds from her writing to help women and girls in Afghanistan, as well as many other humanitarian causes. Her acclaimed bestseller, The Breadwinner, is loved by students all over the world. The story about a girl living under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan will soon be turned into an animated film.

Deborah Ellis has published more than 120 books, including the most recent The Cat At The Wall and Moon at Nine, and has won numerous awards including the Order of Ontario.

Ms. Ellis has been an incredibly inspirational and generous supporter of CW4WAfghan, not only by donating the royalties from the sales of her books, but also in person at dozens of CW4WAfghan events across the country throughout the years.  Her passion for the diverse people and rich culture of Afghanistan shines through like a beacon in her writing and in her personal commitment to help Afghan children in whatever way she can.

Says Janice Eisenhauer, CW4WAfghan Executive Director, “Coming to know Deborah Ellis as a colleague, friend and benefactor has been life-changing for all of us at Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Rarely is one privileged to meet someone so talented and creative who is equally selfless and compassionate.  She exemplifies the purest forms of philanthropy and altruism.

Deborah once told us, ‘The money the books have raised has put women to work, children in school, and food in people’s bellies. I’ve been frequently astonished at how easy it is to radically improve someone’s life. It’s an honour to be a part of it.’

Deborah has transcended headlines and sensationalism to deliver the stark realities of life in Afghanistan with a grace, integrity and honesty that is rarely seen. She has lifted the everyday challenges and astounding perseverance of Afghan children into the hearts and minds of Canadians, generating support in countless ways across the country and throughout the world. Her poignant stories through the eyes of children who live daily within the grip of war and poverty are as universal as they are personal. All who meet her cannot help but be captivated by her practical yet profound philosophy of life and generosity.”

Adds, Madeliene Tarasick, CW4WAfghan Board President, “Deborah Ellis has inspired me personally with her extraordinary generosity as well as the countless visits she makes to schools, among many other events. It is very powerful to see the excitement she generates in children and youth, planting the seeds for them to be world citizens. Deborah is a person who is very humble, motivated most powerfully by the passion for making a difference, especially for children, so it is very gratifying to see her receive this extraordinary recognition.”

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced 100 new appointments to the Order of Canada at the end of December: “I am delighted to recognize these new recipients of the Order of Canada in this milestone year,” said the Governor General. “Besides marking Canada’s 150th anniversary, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Order. So let’s be inspired by the examples set by these remarkable Canadians and use this occasion to build a smarter and more caring country in which every individual can succeed to the greatest extent possible.”

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
PO Box 86016, Marda Loop, Calgary, Alberta
Canada T2T 6B7

t: 1 (403) 244-5625

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