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REPORTING · 28th September 2011
Walter McFarlane
It was a grey day on September 21st but this did not stop a turn out for the International Day of Peace and the Peace Rally which took place at Riverlodge. The rain returned lightly during the presentations but few left.

“It is all about the United Nations International Day of Peace,” said Ellanor Kendell. “What are you doing for peace? This question comes from the United Nations. It reaches out to schools, youth groups, organizations, all of you.”

The evening began with food venders, served in the Riverlodge Community Room, a parade lead by the peace doves and the Spirit of the Kitlope Dancers, and then presentations.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan also stepped up to say a few words. “Today, in nations through out the world, people have observed or be marking this day. The United Nations International Day of Peace. They’re commitment is to Non Violence or harmony between nations and people everywhere,” said Monaghan.

Monaghan expressed Kitimat is a place where social equality is valued, everyone knows the freedom they have and their voices will be heard tonight. She encouraged people to use them loud and clear.

Brian Salsbury, stepped up to say a few words about the theme this year, chosen by Rotary Club President, Kalyan Banerjee: reach inside to embrace Humanity. He also quoted Bannerjee: “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.”

“Lets show the rest of BC, Canada and the World that Kitimat can be a Rotary Peace Community. In Rotary, we believe that you can eradicate polio, you can promote peace, you can feed the hungry, you can help children do better in school, you can get involved. On our own, we can only stretch so far, working together, we can do anything,” said Salsbury.