The Canadian Registry celebrated International Peace Day again at the Peace Stone. We had messages of peace from members of different faith groups and music and we gave our first World Citizenship in Action award to one of our prominent Canadian leaders who died earlier this year. We are attaching a clip from the newspaper. You will be pleased to see our world citizen symbol prominently displayed on the Peace Stone and the award.
The Peace Stone, erected in 2009 steps from the shore of
Lake Ontario, is a five-foot sculpted marble oval with a
message that reads:
La Kanada Mondcivitana Registrocentro solenis la Internacian Pac-tagon en la parko de Mississauga, apud la Pac-monumento. Ni ricevis pac-mesaghojn de membroj el diversaj religiaj grupoj kaj ni aùskultis muzikon. Ni funebris la famajn Civitanojn de la Mondo, kiuj forlasis nin dum la jaro : Douglas Mattern, Hanna Newcombe, Robert Muller ...
Vidu nian Mondcivitanan simbolon en la pac-monumento.
A longtime Port Credit couple was honoured this morning with an award that recognizes the principles of global citizenship.
Dr. Douglas Alton and Janis Alton were presented with the Registry of World Citizens in Canada's World Citizenship in Action Award during a ceremony beside the Peace Stone at Richard's Memorial Park. The presentation coincided with International Day of Peace, marked annually on Sept. 21.
The award, now in its second year, is handed out as a tribute to the core principles of global citizenship - love and devotion to family, dedication to city and those who live in it, a passionate faith in country and its people, and an unwavering belief that people can and must address injustice wherever it occurs on the planet.
Last year, the award was presented posthumously to former NDP leader Jack Layton.
"I'm deeply touched that we're following in the footsteps of Jack Layton, and those are some pretty big footsteps," said Janis. "I'm very honoured and very happy (with the award)."
The serene park seemed a perfect setting for a ceremony devoted to peace.
Douglas is a former board member of the Physicians for Global Survival, the Canadian affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Janis has been a member of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace for several decades, having served as co-chair and on the board of directors.
"It's really nice to be with like-minded people committed to peace and against war," said Douglas.
"I'm assuming we're like-minded and no one here is supporting nuclear war," quipped Douglas to chuckles from the audience.
Dorothea Sheasby, registrar of the Canadian chapter of the Registry of World Citizens and who organized the presentation with her daughter Charlotte Sheasby-Coleman, called the couple deserving of the award.
"They've been travelling all over the world promoting peace and this (honour) is (well-deserved)," she said.
Far from a sombre ceremony, there was music and song throughout the morning. Songs, such as John Mayer's Waiting on the World to Change and Imagine by John Lennon, delivered messages of equality and peace.
The Peace Stone, erected in 2009 steps from the shore of Lake Ontario, is a five-foot sculpted marble oval with a message that reads: Planet Earth is our Home, Humanity is our Family.
A Mississauga woman who has spent a lifetime protesting wars dedicated a new award to the late Jack Layton for his principles of global citizenship.
Dorothea Sheasby, registrar of the Canadian chapter of the Registry of World Citizens and a longtime activist who regularly issues peace challenges, spoke about the award today, International Peace Day, at the Peace Stone in Richard's Memorial Park in Port Credit.
Sheasby had intended to present the award to the NDP leader's wife, Olivia Chow, but she wasn't available to attend the third annual event, organized by Sheasby and her daughter Charlotte Sheasby-Coleman.
The inaugural World Citizenship in Action Award went to Layton, whose life and work are a tribute to the core principles of global citizenship love and devotion to family, dedication to his city and all who live in it, a passionate faith in his country and its people and an unwavering belief that we can and must address injustice wherever it occurs on the planet, Sheasby said.
A plaque with that message will be erected at City Hall, said Sheasby, who's been an advocate for peace since she escaped Germany with her family as a young girl to find peace in another country.
Along with messages of peace and hope for a world without war, the event featured the Raging Grannies, a small group of women who "write witty and sarcastic words and sing them to songs people will recognize."
They sang "fund human needs, not corporate greed."
In memory of six longtime members of the World Citizens, six new butterfly bushes were also planted near the Peace Stone, which was erected in 2009 steps from the shore of Lake Ontario.
Sheasby's son, Rev. Bruce Sheasby, came from Calgary to emcee the ceremony and he sang "It Takes a Whole Village".
He asked the 20 people gathered at the five-foot high sculpted marble oval, which reads'Planet Earth is our Home, Humanity is our Family' to meditate on peace.
After years of lobbying, a peace stone sculpture is going to grace Mississaugas shoreline.
Standing five feet high and made of dark metal, it will be installed at Richards Memorial Park in Lorne Park.
The sculpture, by local carver Richard Carbinaro, will be engraved with the inscription: Planet Earth is our Home, Humanity is our Family.
Its a lovely message everyone can understand, says Dorothea Sheasby, of the Registry of World Citizens in Canada, which donated the sculpture.
City Council is expected to give its stamp of approval tomorrow.
All costs associated with the creation and installation of the piece, plus the unveiling ceremony Sept. 21, will be covered by $10,000 left behind by a member for just this purpose, says Sheasby. She notes the day has been designated by the United Nations as International Peace Day.
The Registry of World Citizens, with its head office in Paris, France, was created in 1949 to number those who on the planet declare themselves world citizens and wish to reach this new level of planetary democracy.
Sheasby is registrar of the Canadian chapter and hosts monthly meetings with guest speakers.
The next meeting is set for July 26 and features Prof. Harold Suderman, who'll speak on the Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities. It will be held at the Great Wok of China restaurant, 377 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E., starting at 1 p.m. The public is invited.
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