Joan Francis, one of Amnesty International's longest-serving volunteers, passed away on September 3 at the age of 97. Joan was well known for her support of Amnesty International (AI), and for encouraging others to sign AI letters and petitions. She also created Teddy Bears which were sold to raise money for Amnesty. She treasured a note she received from Hamid and Antonella Ghassemi-Shall, wishing her happy birthday and thanking her for her support when Hamid was being held as a prisoner in Iran. "She was one-of-a-kind, an outspoken advocate for justice, and her voice and presence will be deeply missed.", said Father David Montgomery, St Augustine of Canterbury in Toronto, where Joan was a member.