Peter Golden (1952-2018) was a tireless advocate for social justice, both in his professional capacity as a lawyer (McGill Law School 1991 BCL/LLB) and as a long-time resident of Victoria. This fund, held at the Victoria Foundation, is intended to preserve Peter’s memory, further his contributions, and encourage others to work for social justice.
Peter was active in many areas: early in his career as a campaigner for independent Canadian unions, then as a compassionate advocate for victims of poverty and family violence. While always proud of his Jewish heritage, Peter was not afraid to oppose Israeli policies and practices towards the Palestinian people. He is likely best known for his work with immigrants and refugees. Peter was a founding member of the Victoria Coalition for Survivors of Torture and the Central America Support Committee. In recent years he joined with others to resist refugee health care cuts imposed by the federal government. Peter taught courses on the legal standing of immigrants and refugees in Canada at the University of Victoria. Above all, he represented countless newcomers to Canada, many of whom faced persecution and hardship in their home countries.
To learn more about Peter, please see the article ‘Obituary: Lawyer Peter Golden fought for rights and fuelled hope‘ featured in the August 26, 2018 edition of the Times Colonist.
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