With the passing of our former Executive Director, Harry Black, UNICEF Canada remembers a man who dedicated himself to the well-being of others, to leading with compassion and courage and to leaving a lasting legacy in his community and the world around him.

Harry Black, born in Toronto in 1934, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002 for his efforts and lifelong commitment as an international aid worker. As the Executive Director of UNICEF Canada for 26 years, Harry dedicated himself to championing the rights of children, and improving the well-being of the world’s most vulnerable. Having served with a number of charitable organizations, Harry’s humanitarianism and dedication to others was recognized by all who knew him.

As a leader, Harry was his staff’s greatest champion and contender. He was unfailingly supportive but knew the right times and the right ways to challenge people. He was bold, witty and humane, a rare person who inspired trust, loyalty and respect.

“The halls of UNICEF Canada are still filled with the memories of staff and volunteers who worked so closely with Harry to make a difference for children around the world,” said David Morley, UNICEF Canada President and CEO. “He was a leader in child rights in Canada and around the world, he was an important advocate for Canada's adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and he was a man who, early in my own career, taught me a great deal and who led by his example and commitment.” 

Harry was a global citizen in the truest sense of the word. His service, character and passion for children will forever be remembered by everyone within the UNICEF family.

Harry’s lasting legacy lives on through his wife, Suzanne, daughter, Annelise and her family.  

Photo: E. Jolin/Rideau Hall

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