"50 refugee sponsorships: a daunting goal proposed by PWRDF's refugee network as we contemplated how to celebrate PWRDF's 50th anniversary. A challenge, indeed, but one that Anglicans across the country enthusiastically responded to, resulting in over 150 refugees beginning new lives in Canada. They came from countries around the world including Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, Colombia, Sudan, Eritrea, Iran, the Congo and Somalia. They were welcomed in communities from coast to coast, from big cities like Toronto and Vancouver to small communities like Kaslo BC (population 1029). But as diverse as each sponsorship experience was, they all had something in common: a community living out its call to welcome the stranger, to love our neighbour, and to respect the dignity of every human being. A former refugee from Iraq who was sponsored through the PWRDF program described the experience: 'You have changed my life completely. I was desperate and had no hope for the future but you guys gave me hope. You gave me another chance to look at life in a different way'".