Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Show Their Strong Commitment

James Fraser, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Dignitas International

Parisa Nikfarjam, Articling Student at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP writes … On November 28, 2011, a group of lawyers, staff and students from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP had the pleasure of having lunch with James Fraser, co-founder of Dignitas International.

Mr. Fraser described the important work that Dignitas International does at the community-level in Malawi. BLG learned about the innovative medical care facilities created by Dignitas International and the research and advocacy initiatives that have been added to the mandate in recent years. However, it was Mr. Fraser’s stories about his experiences with those affected by HIV and AIDS that really inspired the room, and left some with tears.

Mr. Fraser explained a conversation he had with a woman in one of the medical clinics in Malawi, who questioned why it was that Dignitas International was supporting complete strangers. Mr. Fraser responded that the reason why more fortunate people, like Canadians, help those affected by HIV and AIDS in other parts of the world is the shared sense of humanity – the idea that regardless of where you are born and in what circumstances you find yourself, your life is as important as the life of anyone else.

This response not only established a deep connection between Mr. Fraser and this woman, but it also reminded the rest of us of the very basic rational of the Give a Day Campaign. This event provides yet another driving force for the various activities planned this week to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Dignitas International at BLG.

BLG is looking forward to doing its part on World AIDS Day on December 1st by encouraging people to give a day’s pay to fight HIV and AIDS.