In Flight and Freedom, Ratna Omidvar and Dana Wagner present a collection of thirty astonishing interviews with refugees, their descendants, or their loved ones to document their extraordinary, and sometimes harrowing, journeys of flight. The stories span two centuries of refugee experiences in Canada: from the War of 1812—where an escaped slave and her infant daughter flee the United States to start a new life in Halifax—to the War in Afghanistan—where asylum seekers collide with state scrutiny and face the challenges of resettlement.
Ratna Omidvar was born in India. She moved to Iran in 1975 to start life there with her Iranian partner. In 1981 she and her family (including an infant daughter) fled Iran and found a new home in Canada. Her own experiences of flight to freedom have been the foundation of her work. She has focused on articulating pathways to inclusion for immigrants and visible minorities in host societies, both in Canada and globally. Ratna is both a Member of the Order of Canada and Order of Ontario.
Dana Wagner is a senior researcher at Ryerson University. She studied journalism at Carleton University and global affairs at the University of Toronto. She has worked in Toronto, Ottawa, Hanoi and Nairobi.
Toronto's Many Faces is a guide for tourists, a sourcebook for newcomers, a directory for businesses and organizations, and a passport for Torontonians to the many cultures that exist at their doorsteps.
Alan Broadbent is the chair of Avana Capital, Tides Canada Foundation, and Maytree, and is the author of Urban Nation.
Ratna Omidvar is the president of Maytree and is The Globe and Mail's 2010 Nation Builder of the Decade for Citizenship.
Murthy, acclaimed speaker, motivational coach and author of the Canadian
best-selling The ACE Principle, shares his experience of trekking
across one the most inhospitable terrains in India and overcoming
extreme challenges to successfully climb five perilous peaks.
ACE Awakening is the second book in The ACE Series. Here the author
describes his personal journey and uses his experience of reaching the
top of the mountain as a metaphor to the challenges in life we all face
and brings you the 8 Milestones that will help you on the journey to
reach the Pinnacle of Excellence in your own life.
have: A desire to improve your life each day, each moment? An eagerness
to seek out fresh challenge? A desire to learn new skills and refine the
skills you already have? A willingness to endure discomfort,
uncertainty and pain to pursue these things?
The ACE Awakening shows how you can accomplish your greatest dreams and journey to the Pinnacle of Excellence.