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Citation for Al Tysick

It is difficult to find a more dedicated and passionate representative of Victoria’s marginalized residents than Rev. Allen Tysick. As spiritual leader of the Open Door street ministry, Rev. Tysick tends to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of more than 600 street people.

For the past 15 years Rev. Tysick has dedicated himself daily to the people who rely on his services. At the same time he has worked tirelessly to find the resources to improve the lives of people at risk. Rev. Tysick and his flock recently reaped the rewards of seven years of planning and fundraising for a new facility when $10 million in government funding was announced for a new building now under construction on Pandora Street. When it opens next fall, the facility will provide 45 transitional housing units, meal service for residents and the homeless, a drop-in centre, and transitional services.

Rev. Tysick gives a voice to the people who society often misunderstands and ignores. He is a true humanitarian who believes that all people, regardless of their personal circumstances, should be treated with dignity and respect. These values were recognized by Time Magazine this summer in its third annual list of Canada’s Heroes – people who have made a difference to their communities and their country.

In keeping with our university’s vision of building healthy communities through enlightened leadership, Royal Roads takes great pleasure in conferring the Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award on Rev. Allen Tysick for his outstanding service to our community.