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REPORTING · 15th September 2011
Walter McFarlane
Eleanor Kendal, representing the Rotary Club of Kitimat, got up to speak at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 6th on the upcoming peace day celebrations. With her were Margaret Warcup and Linda Campbell.
She explained the theme for this year’s International Day of Peace is: “Reach Within, to Embrace Humanity.”

“In order to achieve anything in this world, a person has to use all the resources he can draw on. The only place to start is with ourselves and within ourselves. If we wish for peace, we start by living with peace ourselves. In our homes and in our communities,” said Kendal quoting, Rotary International President: Kalyan Banerjee.

Kendal shared the history of the Kitimat Peace Day Celebration. “Inspired by a presentation at the Rotary International Peace Summit back in 2008, our Rotary Club decided we will try to try something that had never been done before and hadn’t even heard of. We were going to try and make Kitimat a Rotary Peace Community. A first in Northern BC,” said Kendal.

They marked the International Day of Peace with a human peace sign. They established a Peace Pole at Kildala Elementary School. Kendal explained the Four Rs of the Rotary Peace Creedo. The Rights and Dignity of Every Person, Rejection of Violence, Resolution of Conflict and Reconciliation of Differences.

Kendal asked for in kind assistance for the use of the community room at Riverlodge on September 21st, one of the rooms for blowing up balloons and use of the pool as a prize for this years Peace School.

This September 21st includes several new features as well as the making of the peace sign. This year, there will be food venders available in the community room for those who come early. There will be music outside and make the peace sign.

The Rotary Club also would like to construct a Peace Wall in Kitimat similar to a peace wall built in Whistler with artwork by the children. She wished Council peace and sat down.

Council made a motion to give the grant to the Rotary Club. The motion was carried.