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Keith A. Philander


Keith A. Philander

Keith A. Philander, 68, of Moncton, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at his residence. Born on July 3, 1950, in South Africa, he was the son of the late Joseph Archibald and Muriel Angela (Meyer) Philander.

He is survived by his former wife, Helen née Campbell; three children: Justin, Khalil, and Natasha; his siblings: Clive and Sandra; as well as two nieces and nephews.

During his studies in Philosophy and Theology in South Africa, Keith worked with the African National Congress (ANC) alongside Nelson Mandela during the Anti-Apartheid movement.  Upon completion of his studies in South Africa, Keith moved to London, Ontario to continue his education, graduating with a post graduate diploma in biblical studies and social analysis from Divine World Centre for International Religious Education. A lifelong learner, Keith also held certifications in conflict resolution, antiracism policing, and taught English as second language.

Keith worked as the director of social justice for the Regina Catholic Archdiocese from 1982-1994. He then managed his own consulting firm from 1994 to 2008.

Following his move to Moncton in 2008, Keith conducted peer research for the Université de Moncton as part of the At Home/ Chez Soi project. Keith was one of the founding board members of Salvus Clinic in 2012, and remained an active board member until his death.

Keith’s heart belonged to the world’s vulnerable populations. He fought for justice and equality throughout his life. He believed strongly in the power of peer support, and worked as a peer himself. During his time in Moncton, Keith could often be found engaging our city’s most vulnerable downtown over a hot drink in a local café. His ability to build trusting relationships allowed him to guide individuals to appropriate community supports and services. Some may have been fooled by his quiet demeanor, but those who knew him well will miss his passionate debates.

The funeral service will be celebrated at Frenette Funeral and Cremation Centre, 88 Church Street, Moncton (858-1900) on Wednesday January 9 at 11 am. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 10 am until time of funeral. In memory of Keith, donations can be made to Salvus Clinic or the Frye Festival , two organizations close to Keith’s heart.


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