Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Fellowship Spotlight: Moses

Moses Gashirabake is a Director at the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and was appointed by Canada’s former Minister of Heritage, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, P.C., M.P. “I was appointed based on my skills and educational training, but having been a CJPAC Fellow, I was able to understand the machine that is government and how Crown corporations work and how leaders make decisions.”

Born in Rwanda, Moses feels a connection to the Jewish community “knowing the complexities of going through a genocide and holocaust, and trying to rebuild.” He came to Canada for a political science degree from Concordia University and while in law school at McGill University became a CJPAC Fellow and then senior Fellow. He went on to become a board member of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, where he sits today.

While Moses plans to apply CJPAC’s political campaign training when he runs for office, he believes the best part of his Fellowship experience was making friends beyond his political affiliation. Friends that will one day be allies when he’s trying to get bills passed in the House of Commons. That’s because for Moses, it’s not a matter of ‘if’, but ‘when’ he’ll run for the Liberal Party of Canada; we’ll be rooting for you all the way Moses!

Fellow 2013-14 & 2014-15

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