Compassion Canada

June 11, 2008 16:07 ET

Compassion Canada President Receives Doctor of Divinity Degree

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - Barry Slauenwhite, President and CEO of Compassion Canada, has received the Honourary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Canadian Christian College. The presentation was made in honour of his 25 years of service with Compassion during the College's graduation ceremony on June 7, 2008.

"Receiving this honourary doctorate was a humbling experience," says Dr. Slauenwhite. "You work along, as I have for over 30 years in full-time ministry, and you don't think anyone notices - because you're not playing to an audience. You've got you're head down and you're doing your thing. When the academic council called and told me I'd been selected, I was really humbled."

The Doctor of Divinity Degree is the highest honour the College can bestow, requiring more than nine years of effort and exceptional achievement in the community. In receiving this prestigious degree, Dr. Slauenwhite stands alongside some of North America's most prominent Christian leaders, including Franklin Graham, T.D. Jakes, and the Honourable Jim Flaherty.

Says Steve Clarke, Compassion's Director of Operations, "Barry has truly earned this doctorate. He can speak with authority on issues of Christian service in the developing world in a way that most leaders cannot. I was very pleased to see him receive this designation."

Dr. Slauenwhite addressed the graduates with an impassioned speech about the importance of thinking strategically as Christian leaders - and the importance of ministering to children, which is the heart of Compassion's ministry.

"As you embark on your leadership journey, be aware that one of the greatest attributes of a leader is his or her ability to cultivate new leaders. And I have come to learn that leadership begins in the heart of a child," he said during his address.

Through all of the excitement, one thing is clear: The award isn't going to Dr. Slauenwhite's head. "This is more of an award for Compassion, than for me. This has been my life for the last 25 years. This is an opportunity for Compassion to be blessed - hopefully it'll open some doors for Compassion into places we couldn't have gone before."

Since 1963, Compassion Canada has facilitated one-on-one child-development through partnership with local churches around the world. As part of Compassion International, they currently minister to over 900,000 children in 24 of the world's poorest nations. To learn more about Compassion Canada, visit

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