Rotary Club of Winnipeg Peace Days 2019

 

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

"Celebrating 10 years of Waging Peace"

September 10th to 21st, 2019 

 

Inspired by Rotarians and Friends, The Rotary Club of Winnipeg Peace Builder Committee and Rotary 5550 World Peace Partners is celebrating 10 years of waging peace by inspiring, facilitating and nurturing positive peace, goodwill, and understanding with no sign of slowing down.

"As we look to celebrate our 10th annual event, we are encouraging individuals, communities, organizations, institutions and businesses to "Be a piece of Peace". The Rotary Club of Winnipeg Peace Builder Committee is an inspirer and facilitator of a grassroots movement that is working together for positive peace locally, nationally and internationally. We are committed to mobilizing support for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a reduction in the human causes of climate change and nuclear disarmament to name a few", says David Newman, Q.C. and Gary Senft Co-Chairs of the Peace Builder Committee.

The Peace Days Festival and Peace Days 365 is a space that's been created to promote and inspire understanding, goodwill and compassion locally, nationally and internationally. It exists for all persons who believe in a culture of peace and compassion and to encourage conversations that will inspire action, commitment and the promotion of positive peace and peace literacy. Peace Days was inspired by Rotary World Peace Partners in 2010 and grew out of a desire to celebrate the United Nations' International Day of Peace (Sept. 21st annually).

"It is impressive to witness how Peace Days has helped many people to have a better understanding of compassionate action, the importance of promoting humand dignity, justice, and peace through planned events and activities in collaboration with its community partners. It is truly inspiring to see the growth of Peace Days over the last ten years, and the commitment of so many persons to the cause of service above self and the greater good." Julie Turenne-Maynard, Peace Days Venue Participant.

As in years past, the Peace Days Festival has brought together a number of committed Venue Participants who are doing their part to raise awareness and making a commitment to act all in the name of promoting positive peace. This year's Peace Days Festival will run from Sept. 10th to 21st at various venues throughout the city. People are encouraged to visit the Festival's calendar (https://www.peacedays.ca/calendar.php) regularly for updates and new events now through to Sept. 21st and beyond.

This year's Peace Days Festival will start with a multi-faith Meditation for Peace event that will guide participants through a moment of meditation and unity dedicated to the promotion of peace and the creation of a non-violent society hosted by Bishop emeritus Noel Delaquis:

"The Meditation For Peace event will be hosted by the St. Boniface Archdiocese for its third consecutive year on September 10. It is organized by the St. Boniface Cathedral Meditation Group in collaboration with the Manitoba Multifaith Councile. All faith traditions gather together in this contemplative event to present, as people of faith, a united, peaceful and non-violent response to the face of hate", Rene Fontaine, Peace Days Festival Venue Participant.

It is through our actions and our commitments to peace that work being done is done in relationship, friendship and partnership with all nations. The work to promote and inspire positive peace has to be done from a place of respect, trust, genuineness and truth. Truths that are hard to share, hard to hear and maybe even hard to understand. The Rotary Club of Winnipeg's Peace Builder Committee has been working in relationship, friendship and is honoured to work in partnership with the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, its staff and its Executive Director, Diane Redsky.

"The Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre is a proud partner and strong supporter of Peace Days. We recognize and value these are vital bridge building opportunities between many nations of people and how this works towards what we all want to achieve: PEACE. As an Indigenous-led organization and community we are committed to truth and reconciliation and Peace Days events are unique opportunities to restore the sacred relationship between the First Peoples of Canada and all others. For example our Peace Day events, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Solstice Ceremony on September 21, December 21, March 21 and June 21 is one of these important bridge building opportunities to bring people of all nations together to learn from Indigenous peoples on how we are guided by the teachings of each season and our connection and relationship with all living things and also, to celebrate our shared values with all nations through food and coming to together to learn from one another. Thank you Peace Days for these meaningful opportunities to achieve PEACE!"

Events throughout the city will continue to create the momentum needed to ensure everyone can experience peace regardless of who they are and where they come from. Through the Winnipeg Connector Partnership and engagement of newcomers in peace, the Peace Days Festival and Peace Days 365 will help us achieve an equitable, accepting and just society, nation and world. The Peace Days Festival is about:

"Bringing people from all nations together, to create a culture of Peace and building self-confidence for equal opportunity, justice and PEACE. We want to contribute locally and internationally for a better world," Rany Jeyaratnam, Program Coordinator, Winnipeg Connector Partnership.

The committee encourages people to get involved and become an inspirer and facilitator of positive peace by:

1. Becoming a Venue Participant (see EVENTS tab on website for more information: www.peacedays.ca)

2. Promoting and attending Peace Days events

3. Being a piece of Peace in everyday life with a smile, an act of kindness, a helping hand, being an upstander not a bystander to injustice, helping someone in need, expressing love-not anger or hate.

4. Considering a donation to ensure this grassroots movement continues to inspire and facilitate for years to come

The Rotary Club of Winnipeg Peace Builder Committee wishes to thank all of its Venue Participants currently and from years past. The Peace Days Festival would not be possible without your commitment and dedication to the cause. We also wish to recognize The Winnipeg Foundation for its ongoing support as well as at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights who have been a major contributor in the promotion of positive peace, goodwill and understanding.

Media Inquiries can be directed to:

Rhonda Taylor, Secretariat Director

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The Rotary Club of Winnipeg Peace Builder Committee

www.peacedays.ca