Safe Haven is a book, but it is also an exhibition produced by the MHSO as the inaugural show in the new Heritage Gallery of Canada's Peoples at the Royal Ontario Museum. This gallery is a joint venture between the MHSO and the ROM and will feature exhibitions produced by the MHSO and the ROM on the diverse cultural communities within Canada.
The leadership provided to this innovative partnership by Dr Paul Robert Magocsi, Director of the MHSO, and Dr John McNeill, Director of the ROM, must be cited at the outset. Liza Samuel has been a driving force behind the new gallery, and a friend and colleague on the ROM Board of Trustees.
A working committee was established to oversee the completion of the new gallery, co-ordinate joint aspects of exhibit production, and plan the opening. From the ROM, Jean Lavery, Associate Director of Public Programs, and Margo Welch, Head of Exhibitions, worked with optimism and flexibility in forging a closer ROM/MHSO association. This tradition is being maintained and reshaped by Jean Lavery's successor, Florence Silver.
From the MHSO, the partnership and the Safe Haven project were guided and nurtured by Carl Thorpe, Associate Director, who assumed on more than one occasion the role of troubleshooter. A special thanks must go to former MHSO board member, Dr Harold Troper, of OISE, who contributed the title essay of the book, and his historical expertise and moral support throughout, and to the MHSO's Chairman, Dr Milton Israel, of the University of Toronto, for providing the book's preface and considerable research assistance on the Tamil community.
From the beginning, Safe Haven was a team effort. Research Associates Eva Marha, Carlos Pifia, Jennifer Khong, Sujata Ramachandran, and Edward Opoku- Dapaah were responsible for establishing community contacts, locating and recommending an appropriate family, and assembling community advisers. They carried out family interviews, and researched the family and communit5 profiles. Their commitment to Safe Haven was unflagging.
The MHSO commissioned photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo to assemble profiles of the families and their respective communities. In addition to producing a striking visual document, Vincent was an active link with the families and the communities at large.
Safe Haven is also an array of special activities sponsored bi the Czech, Chilean, Vietnamese, Sri Lankan Tamil, and Somal communities at the ROM during the run of the exhibition. Thi professional and volunteer efforts of many people and organiza tions were necessary to make this multifaceted project a reality The community advisers planned and managed special activitie at the ROM. They were also a source of support and encouragement throughout. Thanks must go to: Anna Mach and Pete Munk, Director of the Czechoslovak Association of Canada (Toronto branch); Duberlis Ramos, Director of the Hispani Council of Metropolitan Toronto, Mariela Morales, of Co-o Arauco, and Maria Angelica Nuniez Enriquez of the Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples; also Gabriel Parada, of the Refuge Information Centre, and Joan Simalchik, of the Canadian Centr for Victims of Torture; Michael Dang, Pham, The Trung, Tot Pharn and Paul Truong who, with the Vietnamese Profession,, Association, co-ordinated the involvement of numerous indiv duals and organizations from the Vietnamese-Canadian commui ity; Rajaratnam Subramanian, Director of the Tamil Eelam Society of Canada, S. Gnaneswaren, Siva Segaran, Selvarn Srida and the Academy of Tamil Arts and Technology; Faduma Abdi and the Somali Community Association of Etobicoke.