- FOURTH ANNUAL CANADIAN PEACE AWARDS - 2003
SUMMARY: In celebration of Peace Champions in
The Award categories include peace achievements in government, business, the media, education, peacekeepers, peacebuilders in civil society, peace philanthropy, youth, and multi-cultural relations, to name a few.
The Awards are in the form of an engraved, soapstone 'Inukshuk'. For millennia, massive stone figures built in the image of a human have stood silhouetted on the treeless Arctic horizons. Created by Inuit people, these Inukshuks serve as guides to point out a journey or a safe passage. The Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace believes this is a fitting Canadian symbol of the journey to safe and caring communities and world. [See the Award at http://www.peace.ca/inukshukaward.htm ] The Awards have been crafted by the Inuit of Nunavut and supplied by the Nunavut Development Corporation.
Generally, the awards are presented on November 11 each year. November 11 was chosen as it is Remembrance Day in
vision is for the Canadian Peace Awards to take a prominent place among Canadian
celebrations, fitting of the importance of the topic. In these violent
and rapidly changing times, what could be more important than to celebrate the
building of a Culture of Peace at home and abroad, for current and future
For more information, contact
Education - Classroom Connections
Classroom Connections is a non-profit organization dedicated to instigating positive societal change by strengthening the education and parenting of Canada's youth. The organization was founded on the simple premise that real societal transformation has to start with our children. Each individual child is an opportunity for fundamental change in our world, and the two greatest forces shaping that opportunity are parents and public education.
Recognizing these forces as keys to change, Classroom Connections began in 1997 as a local educational support organization serving 1000 schools and parents in the province of Ontario. Initial efforts focused on providing much needed teaching resources to schools faced with massive cutbacks, curriculum overhaul and increased demands on teaching staff. In 1998, Classroom Connections was registered as a non-profit corporation. In four years, the company has provided more than 15 free support resources to teachers and parents in school districts representing 75% of schools nation wide. To view Classroom Connections' resources, please visit their websites at www.classroomconnections.ca and http://www.cultivatingpeace.ca .
Classroom Connections works with major education organizations in Canada (such as the Canadian Education Association and the Canadian Home and School Federation) and with a network of teachers from across the country. Through these partnerships, they determine gaps in available resources and develop program ideas to meet these gaps. They then work to match these program needs with potential funders and assemble a steering committee of field experts to advise on program development. New resources are pilot tested in schools and reviewed by educational specialists and Curriculum Services Canada (www.curriculum.org). School districts that have registered with Classroom Connections are alerted to the new resource, and it is delivered to the district for distribution within their schools.
The Canadian Peace Award for Peace Education was presented to Classroom Connections for their ongoing efforts and achievements to seek out the resources and provide Canadian teachers with the tools to build the attitudes, skills and behaviours for living together in our children. They have seen the gap and are actively filling it. Congratulations to Heather MacTaggart, all her colleagues and funding partners for providing this much needed service.
Award Announcement http://www.cultivatingpeace.ca/news/award.html
Download Classroom Connections' free peace education curricula materials http://www.cultivatingpeace.ca/cpmaterials/index.html
Heather MacTaggart, Founder and Executive Director, Classroom Connections
Heather is a creative and dynamic entrepreneur with extensive experience in the fields of sales (at P&G), marketing, communications and promotions.
As a mother with school age children Heather saw the challenges facing the education system and the acute need to encourage parent involvement in the learning process.
Heather recognized a unique opportunity to combine her extensive business and marketing skills with her personal commitment to make a difference in the lives of children. In 1997 she founded Classroom Connections to build responsible partnerships aimed at providing innovative educational resources to classrooms across Canada. Heather holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University.
For more information about the Canadian Peace Awards - contact Robert Stewart, C.A., C.M.C., Director, Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace at stewartr [at] peace.ca; (telephone - 403-461-2469; fax - 309-407-6576; mail - Box 70, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada T1S 1A4; web site - http://www.peace.ca )
"The world is dangerous not because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything."