Sunday, October 30, 2005

Joshua Haglund Memorial Peace Fund

Aloha Friends,
My family and I have decided to use the funds raised from Josh's memorial fund to create a scholarship for students attending the U of MN who have the same passion for teaching abroad that Josh had. We hope to raise the $25,000 necessary to start an endowment. The scholarship will be unveiled this Friday, April 15th in an event at the U of MN in Minneapolis.
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If interested in further info and how to support, please let me know !
I am writing to support the creating of a memorial or scholarship fund in the name of Joshua Haglund. As a friend of the Haglund family, I was deeply impressed with Josh's commitment, through love and education, to make the world a better place.

If you have not yet visited Josh’s memorial website, I encourage you to do so at The pictures will give you some idea of Josh's light, his energy, his impact.

I hope that you seize this opportunity for a final positive act to further your own SIT legacy.


Nauman Malik

Josh was foremost a teacher. A teacher, in many different respects. In his
personal life, he taught each and every one of us a little more about
ourselves just by knowing him. Professionally, he was a teacher who taught
English as a second language. Josh was well known for teaching English
across the world. He has not only touched our lives but many more who have
reaped the benefits of what he had to teach. As a result, those people who
learned English, as a second language, have been enriched and educated by
this one person who decided to make a difference in the world we live in.
Thank you Josh!

And because of his love for teaching there will be a memorial fund set up
in honor of Josh where donations of any amount can be made to TESL Canada,
which stands for Teachers who teach English as a Second Language. TESL
Canada is a non profit organization and is a national federation of English
as a Second Language teachers, learners and learner advocates. They are
dedicated to advancing communication and coordinating awareness of issues
for those concerned with English as a Second Language and English skills
development, as Josh was.

Any contributions made in Josha's name will be set aside for the Annual
Conference which will take place next year,May 26 to 28th. This conference
fosters scholarships, networking, research and the regular exchange of
ideas among those involved in English language teaching and learning.

I have also been told by TESL Canada that they will be looking into
recognizing Josh's work at this Annual Conference. The chairperson of the
conference (who also knew Joshua) has a student artist who will be painting
a picture of Joshua within a flower, amidst a field flowers. She was
thinking of placing Joshua's picture in a flower growing in a garden
surrounded by flowers of all sizes which are slowly growing. She sees ESL
teachers as gardeners who help their students cultivate their English
skills. The English skills that we teach our students (flowers) are like
sunshine and water which help them grow.
They would also like to have a short memorial at the conference where, if
possible, a family member of Joshua's would be presented with this poster
signed by learners taking part in the TESL Canada 2005 Learners'

For those of you who are interested in making a donation please do so by
the following:
Teachers who teach English as a Second Language (TESL Canada)

Donations can be made to the TESL Canadian Educational Foundation
In memory of Joshua Haglund.
These funds would be earmarked to help teachers across Canada attend
the TESL Canada 2005 Learners Conference.

Tax receipts will be issued upon request.
Donations can be sent:

TESL Canadian Educational Foundation
P.O. Box 44105
Burnaby, B.C. V5B 2M7

or by telephoning 1-800-393-9199.

Donations can be made by cash, cheques, VISA or Mastercard.
Your Donation is Appreciated!!

****Please be reminded that when you make a donation, please state that the
donation is in honor of the Joshua Haglund fund.****
This way they will earmark those donations towards Joshua's memorial next
year at the TESL Annual Conference.

I quote from the executive director of this organization " Joshua sounds like
the type of stellar teacher that we all aspire and encourage our members to
be. "

Thank you for reading and I end with asking you to make a difference just
like Josh has, Thank-you!

Please keep this email going by forwarding it onto others who are not on
this email but who also knew Joshua OR anyone else who believes in a good
cause, Thanks!
I am a long-time friend of the Haglund family and was deeply affected by the loss of dear Joshua last spring. Through everyone's grieving, the one thing that keeps us going is the prospect that his work and spirit can be kept alive by those who were touched by him, especially those organizations he represented and have the power and outreach to truly make a difference. This is why I am writing to you today.

Josh's personal committment to education and social justice issues made him a great blessing to the world. Knowing that he touched so many lives in positive and lasting ways helps blunt the tragedy and irony of his untimely death. Certainly, all of us would like to have the criminal nature of situation resolved. We'd all like to have just one more hug with Josh. We'd like to have answers to all of the questions left to those who grieve his loss. But I think I speak for many who knew and loved Josh when I say that all of these issues pale in comparison to the importance of one other: Knowing that Josh's legacy is kept alive by all who benefited from his service. If you feel Josh contributed to the mission of your organization, if you believe Josh's work and tragic death and worthy of recognition, if you believe the family is deserving of assistance from the organization that Josh served, then the greatest gift they could receive this holiday season is to fill the loss of his life with advocacy, support and resources to the Joshua Haglund Memorial Peace Scholarship Fund.

The family is staggering under the weight of this loss and are trying to seek comfort by keeping his work alive. Many are feeling that although caring sentiments have been forthcoming, precious little resources have been offered to helped them on this mission. You are in a unique position in your last days before retirement to see that there is a solid hand extended to the family. Josh lived and died to help further the mission of your organization. I'm asking for your help in keeping the family's mission of keeping Josh's legacy vital possible. I realize that there may be complex issues involved with honoring this request. But as anyone in international education and peace issues knows, often we need only cling to what we believe is right to see our way through the complexities of a situation. As Ghandi said, "It may be long before the law of love will be recognized in international affairs. The machinery's of government stand between and hide the hearts of one people from those of another." It doesn't have to take a long time. Please act from love on this issue to honor Josh, comfort his family and join the hearts separated by this tragic event.
In peace,
Stacie Bigelow
As a friend of Joshua's brother, James Haglund, I would like to share my strong support for establishing a Joshua Haglund Memorial Fund to honor his life and his contributions to our global society. Almost 7 months ago, I was shocked by his tragic, untimely death. My heart cried. It is a tremendous loss. Joshua gave so much to our world, his contributions, invaluable.

I am very impressed by his dedicated work and his personality. He is not only an educator, he is above and beyond. Everywhere he went, he put his love, kindness, compassion, encouragement, joy, and enthusiasm through to his coworkers, associates and his students.

I hope that we all can help each other to carry on Joshua's intention toward world learning and teaching abroad.

Sincerely yours,

Sumon Kanpirom
A PhD Candidate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department,
University of Hawaii at Manoa


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