REPORTING · 23rd July 2012
There were three presenters from the Rotary Club of Kitimat at the Kitimat City Council Meeting on Monday, July 16th. Eleanor Kendell, Linda Campbell and Josh Callahan came before Council to speak about making Kitimat a Rotary Peace Community.
“Sometimes, you make a leap of faith and travel many miles to talk with the guys who have made a real impact in your lives. I’ve just done this,” said Kendall.
She met with Geoffrey Little, who started the concept of Rotary Peace Communities and Jeffrey Reiss who is working with him on the initiative.
“Tonight we are looking for Council’s recognition and support of this dream by putting forward a properly worded motion that we see Kitimat declared as a Rotary Peace Community on September the [21st], 2012,” said Kendell.
She expressed Kitimat has recognized September 21st, the International Day of Peace by making a human peace sign. The Rotary have also done local Peace School Initiative and Kildala Elementary is the top school in the project.
She hoped to see everyone out for this year’s human peace sign before turning the presentation over to Campbell.
“Rotary International Peace Communities promoting peace, understanding and good will. This project is based on the philosophy that peace begins in the family, in the home and in the community. In Rotary, we believe that peace belongs in the hearts and minds of each individual, through awareness, good will and rejection of discord, we can stimulate a shift in the attitudes in both our local and global communities,” said Campbell.
She expressed the Rotary Peace Creed is respect for culture, diversity and the human dignity of every person without discrimination or prejudice, the rejection of violence towards all people in all of its forms, the resolution of conflict between local and global communities and reconciliation of differences in the pursuit of harmony.
Campbell pointed out the Community Plan lists safety as one of Kitimat’s concerns and they believe that safety and peace go hand in hand. She asked Council to do what many communities around the world have done.
Kendell stated Kitimat Rotarians are looking forward to Kitimat’s name being added to list of peace communities. She asked Council to endorse the community in becoming a Rotary Peace Community.
Councillor Mario Feldhoff stated there is a lot of different groups doing good in the community. He asked if there was a requirement for ongoing funding. He was told no, but it would be good to sponsor events and rewards relating to peace activities.
Councillor Edwin Empinado stated peace should come from Council, they should be an example of peace. Mayor Joanne Monaghan stated she enjoys the big peace sign and wished her luck.
Councillor Rob Goffinet made a motion to have Kitimat declared a Rotary Peace Community in time for the International Day of Peace. The motion was called and carried.
Yes. Kitimat is peaceful.
Comment by Janice Robinson on 24th July 2012
(Music to a Kitimatian ear).
Comment by Ralph on 23rd July 2012
There won't be much peace in Kitimat when Ruthless Rio Tinto locks out the boys and Adolph Harper pushes Enbridge through.