REGISTRY OF WORLD CITIZENS IN CANADA
A new butterfly bush will be planted in memory of Garry Davis. Like the other giants of Peace who are remembered with these gardens, we mourn Garry's passing but celebrate, with gratitude, his life and good works.
We gratefully acknowledge the loving and generous bequest of Andy and Florence Kapos who made the dream of this Peace Stone a reality.
We also acknowledge all who partnered in the creation of the Peace Stone and its journey from vision to installation in 2008 and 2009. Special thanks also to Heather Bowser of Champion Trophies who created the Peace Stone plaque and who creates each World Citizenship in Action award.
We thank the City of Mississauga and especially, Frank Buckley, Shelley Tsolakis and Jeff Cunningham for their ongoing kindness and assistance. We also thank Mayor McCallion for her support, and David Noyes for caring for the gardens and watching over the Peace Stone.
We are deeply grateful to The Mississauga News and News Editor, John Stewart, for the generosity with which they have shared our efforts over the years. We thank as well, Head Photographer, Fred Loek who has covered so many of our events as well as Jason Spencer who is here today.
We thank Emily Coleman for the design and creation of the 2013 Peace Day poster and thank Raoul Coleman and Alejandro Pereira for filming the event.
To all who are performing and participating today, thank you for sharing your time, talent and energy. And to all of you who have come to share in the celebration, thank you for your presence, your enthusiasm and for each good work you do when you leave here.
May the positive, creative spirit of our endless universe guide and protect us all.
HUMANITY IS OUR FAMILY.
A call for peace
Mississauga residents were issued a challenge today International Peace Day to restore peace.
Dorothea Sheasby, registrar of the Canadian chapter of the Registry of World Citizens and a longtime activist who regularly brings peace issues to City Council, helped to arrange a local celebration this morning at Richard's Memorial Park in Port Credit.
Her daughter, Charlotte Sheasby-Coleman, was also among some 20 residents who sat next to the Peace Stone, a sculpted marble stone about five-feet in height bearing the inscription "Planet Earth is our Home, Humanity is our Family," on the shores of Lake Ontario. She asked people to join the war resisters movement.
"What if they had a war and nobody came," Sheasby-Coleman said. "People who go to war and decide it's wrong...what happens to them?"
She, along with thousands of others, have joined War Resisters in Canada to help support its latest endeavour, Bill C-440, which would allow United States Iraq War resisters to live in Canada.
A world without war is a world Sheasby has long fought for.
Today, one year since the Peace Stone was unveiled, she stands firm in her belief that those words are the only way to live.
"I believe if everyone would eternalize the Earth, it would make a difference," she said. "The Earth is just a planet floating around space. We need harmonized peace."
Youel Serkis, board president of the United Nations Association in Canada, Toronto Region, said more people died during the Second World War than World War I because of advanced weapons.
"Can you imagine what would happen if there was another war now? There would be no world," he said.
Serkis encouraged young people in the audience to carry on his work, that of helping to eliminate nuclear weapons.
Various others in attendance, including environmental activist Lois James, also provided words of inspiration.
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