The following is a brief account of this event.
Andrée Dugas initiated the project and co-managed it with journalist Marc Perreault from Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec.
Under the WOPG banner and Peace Day Logo, musicians created an inviting atmosphere and local VIP’s and dignitaries, seen below, spoke about the importance and the meaning of peace.
In the picture: to the left Marc Perreault, journalist and M.C. for the day. Last August, he helped make the event a success with an article in the "Clairon"; in front of him, Mrs Chantale Soucy, provincial MP; in the center Mrs Rosetta Bruno, president of "Solidarité Populaire Rimouski-Yamaska" and co-conductor of the orchestra for the day of the event; Andrée Dugas, friend of the Foundation "Words of Peace Global"; behind, Claude Corbeil, Mayor of Saint-Hyacinthe; on the right, Yvon Bélanger, representative of Mrs Marie-Claude Morin , federal MP. Picture by François Larivière. Their generous contribution has made this day a success.
A WOPG kiosk in the park included children's games offered by Robert Fiset and TPRF Peace Day videos played throughout the day allowing access for any who wished to informally drop in.
Andrée created a team of supporters including the president of "Solidarité Populaire Richelieu-Yamaska", in collaboration with the Optimist Club and the Rotary Club, among others.
Promotion for the event was done through two local papers as well as advertisement on the local Cogeco cable, posters and personal invitations.
Fifty to sixty people took part in this memorable day. To view pictures of the event, click here.
An article of the event has been published in French in a local paper: Journal Mobiles — Média communautaire maskoutain. To read the report, click here.
Another Peace Day activity took place with Andrée’s students on Friday September 19 in Brossard.
At the Adult Education Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu CEGEP, approximately 200 students, teachers, coordinators and organizers in French education emphasized the International Day of Peace.
The following text is a translation of an article written by André Dugas.
Initiated by the United Nations in1981, the International Day of Peace takes place every year on September 21st. Peace Day is celebrated in numerous countries since its creation; all nations and their peoples are invited to respect truces and participate in educating others about peace.
Like food, water and air, peace is a fundamental human need. It must be felt. "Peace is Possible" got students attention and using this theme they expressed and shared their wishes for individual and World peace.
In an atmosphere of mutual respect and in a multicultural environment represented by approximately 20 countries, the march for Peace occurred here in Brossard as part of the French program of the "Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion — MIDI".
Teachers, coordinators and students came together to take part in the march. We were nine teachers, five coordinators and organizers and close to 200 students.
Happy, smiling students displayed posters with their wishes and hopes for peace and a better World as they marched under a clear blue sky and the welcome warmth of the sun.
Participation in this march for peace in the area was a first step in acknowledging that the possibility of peace begins within us.
The participants of MIDI in Brossard celebrated and experienced, through this activity, a beautiful feeling of peace, so different from the idea that peace is the absence of war.
We hope to repeat the experience next year.
Enseigante en francisation,
Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion — MIDI.