Non-Violence Week - Mary Deros Presents Awards to Young Montréal Finalists of a Drawing and Painting Competition Held During Non-Violence Week

    MONTREAL, Oct. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - Mary Deros, Associate Councillor to the
Executive Committee for Intercultural Relations and Social and Community
Development, awarded prizes to the winners of a painting competition,
organized by the Mahatma Gandhi International Foundation. This activity, which
was held at Montréal's City Hall, took place as part of the International Day
of Non-Violence and Journées de la Culture. Stanley Borenstein, President of
the Galerie d'arts contemporains and Suraj Sadan, President of the Mahatma
Gandhi International Foundation, were present at the award ceremony.
    This competition was organized through a partnership between the Mahatma
Gandhi International Foundation and the Galerie d'arts contemporains. Three
students were recognized for their work, which represents their visions of
non-violence and a world in harmony. The artwork has been on display at the
Galerie d'Arts Contemporains on Crescent Street since September 19 as part of
an exhibit that will run through October 21, 2008.
    "I would like to congratulate the recipients of these awards, who have
demonstrated their talents and their visions of a better world that they have
so marvellously illustrated in their art. The award ceremony is one more
opportunity for our administration to express its recognition and support for
the excellence demonstrated by young people," said Ms. Deros.

    The winners are:

    - Laurence Ethier, from the Ecole Sophie Barat
    - Martine Gravel, from Collège Paul-Emile Dufresne
    - Mélanie Le Berre, from Collège Stanislas

    October 2 is the anniversary of Mahatma Ghandi's birthday and symbolizes
the International Day of Non-Violence declared by the United Nations.
    This competition received funding from the city's Programme de soutien
aux initiatives communautaires liées à la diversité ethnoculturelle. It is
through efforts such as these that the City Administration reiterates its
commitment to support the integration of residents from ethnocultural
communities. The city is pursuing multiple initiatives to promote values of
openness, equity and community spirit. Such values also form the core of the
Montréal Charter of Rights and Responsibilities. These same values are,
furthermore, embodied in the Montréal Declaration for Cultural Diversity and
Inclusion, which was adopted in 2004.

For further information:

For further information: Darren Becker, Press Attaché, Office of the
Mayor and the Executive Committee, (514) 872-6412

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