In the turmoil before Saigon’s fall, the visa office at our Commission in Hong Kong couldn’t reach sponsored Vietnamese refugees to process their applications. So, over 3500 letters like this one were sent to known addresses in the country up until April, 1979. The family actually named in this example were finally able to present themselves to the Canadian visa office in Saigon for processing in July, 1989.
The current issue features a variety of articles related to Canadian immigration. Thomas Tass provides a personal account of his time as Canada's first Immigration Control Officer at the Embassy of Canada in Warsaw, Poland. Gerry Maffre summarizes historical items recently donated to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Doug Dunnington shares his memories of working at Canada’s Immigration Headquarters in the late 1970s. In addition, two Lifetime Achievement Award winner citations from 2012 are reprinted with permission from Citizenship and Immigration Canada: Vu Cao and Susan Leith. The issue concludes with remembrances of former colleagues who have passed away, including Christine Foley, Brian McAdam, Ann Ratcliffe, Lyse Ricard, and Hume Smith.