PUGWASH, NS, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Pugwash Peace Exchange (PPE) has been
awarded the Rotary International (Zone 22) Donald MacRae Peace Award that
recognizes and honours PPE for outstanding achievement, in advancing
"international understanding, goodwill and peace." Zone 22 consists of Rotary
Clubs in Canada as well as parts of the United States, France and Russia.
"Pugwash Peace Exchange exemplifies Rotary's main objective: To provide
humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and
help build goodwill and peace in the world," said Rotary International
President, Wilfrid Wilkinson. "PPE's dedication to advancing peace is truly
"The Pugwash Peace Exchange is deeply honoured to accept this award,"
said Stephen Leahey, President of the PPE. "The Donald MacRae Peace Award is a
tribute to all members and volunteers of the Pugwash Peace Exchange, the
conference participants who work tirelessly for peace and disarmament around
the world, and the community of Pugwash that has been so supportive of our
activities over the years."
The award commemorates the contribution of Halifax Rotarian Donald
MacRae, who, in a speech to the International Convention in Kansas City in
June, 1918 first proposed that Rotary promote goodwill and peace among
nations. This vision was incorporated into the Rotary's constitution in 1921
and, to this day, has remained the major international goal and initiative of
Rotary clubs around the world.
"This summer, the Pugwash Peace Exchange will continue to advance
'international understanding, goodwill and peace.' The PPE will once again
bring together legislators and disarmament experts from around the world at
the Thinkers Lodge in Pugwash, Nova Scotia to develop new strategies for
building the political will necessary to take bold steps for nuclear
non-proliferation and disarmament," said Leahey. "The conference,
Parliamentarians and Political Will: Advancing the Agenda for Abolition, takes
place July 10-12, 2008."
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business,
professional, and community leaders, having 33,000 clubs ion 200 countries.
The Pugwash Peace Exchange is dedicated to establishing a world-class
peace education facility in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, the birthplace of the Nobel
Peace Prize-winning Pugwash Conferences. It is a federally registered
non-profit organization, established in 2003. Visit
www.pugwashpeaceexchange.org for updates on upcoming activities.
For further information:
For further information: Pugwash: Stephen Leahey, (902) 243-2328
(office), (902) 644-2657 (cell); Ottawa: Anthony Salloum, Rideau Institute,
(613) 724-1070 (cell)