National hero Kevin Vickers celebrates Faith in Canada 150

TORONTO, ON---Kevin Vickers, Canada's Ambassador to Ireland, and the former House of Commons Sergeant-At-Arms reflected on the importance of his faith at a special dinner on November 5, 2015, launching Faith in Canada 150, an initiative of Cardus, a Christian-based "think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social architecture."

Vickers, the guest of honour and keynote speaker at the launch event, reflected on his faith, and that day in October 2014, when he was hailed as a hero for his bravery following the attack on Parliament Hill. In a moving address to more than 200 invited guests, Vickers said one of the proudest moments in his life was praying for the man he shot, and asking for a spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness.

"My faith comes from the bottom of my heart," Vickers says. "Canada can do better, we can do better with our faith."

Faith in Canada 150 is a series of Canada-wide events celebrating faith---past, present and future, aimed at engaging Canadians and their institutions in a deeper conversation about faith in our common life.

"Kevin Vickers has demonstrated that serving Canada and serving God are not mutually exclusive," says Michael Van Pelt, president of Cardus. "We're stimulating a national conversation, telling the story of faith in our history and in the lives of Canadians. We are delighted that conversation has begun with Mr. Vickers."

Canadians of all religious faiths are invited to gather, collaborate and celebrate faith in Canada over the past 150 years. In honour of Canada's 150th birthday, Faith in Canada 150 will include a series of initiatives from now to 2017 that include a Millennial Conference, Spirited Citizenship Research Conference and Thread of 1,000 Stories, in which Canadians are invited to share their stories of faith.

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