The Lucky Ones:
African Refugees' Stories of Extraordinary Courage
The resilience and hope found in this collection of 17 stories offers inspiration and elicits gratitude. All author proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the African community of Winnipeg. Visit the philanthropy page of this website for more details.
One Year Later
The reader response since the book was published has been amazing. Readers enthusiastically say that the stories touch them, teach them and matter to them. Canadians say the book makes them appreciate Canada and feel proud and grateful. Cancer patients and widows say that what the refugees have endured helps them find the inner strength to continue when their lives are toughest. Teachers say that they effectively use the book as a teaching tool about prejudice, social justice, racism, and world issues. Most powerfully though, female inmates (mostly young and Aboriginal) have told me that the book touched them, made them cry and gave them hope. They say they "didn't know people lived this way". Repeatedly the response to the stories is gratitude. My deepest thanks to the book's subjects.
The Lucky Ones is the winner of the 2013 On The Same Page Manitoba Reads Book Award. Thank you to the Winnipeg Library, Winnipeg Foundation and the Manitoba public for this honour. A special thank you to the participants of this book for sharing their stories with courage and trust.