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REPORTING · 16th September 2014
Walter McFarlane
Peace Day is once again coming up. The International Day of Peace is schedualed for Sunday, September 21st. Mayor Joanne Monaghan signed the Peace Proclaimation on Wednesday, September 10th.

The Rotary Club of Kitimat came to Council to present on September 15th. They were there to present on Peace Day, which is coming up on September 21st. Linda Campbell and Eleanor Kendell presented to Council. Margaret Warcup and other Rotary Club Members were present to support them.

“Two years ago, a Council joined with Rotary to declare ours a peace community,” said Kendall. She showed Council a slide of them with their declarations. She showed Council other slides relating to the peace rock in Centennial Park which proclaims Kitimat to be a peace community.

She read the Rotary Peace Credo and encouraged the other people who were present to recite it as well. She read the four R’s of peace. The Councillors resigned the credo.

The Credo: “Today, we affirm our declaration of the Rotary Peace community of Kitimat. We hereby pledge to each other to promote peace, understanding and good will between people residing here and in communities around the world by making the following resolutions: Share our kind and material resources in the spirit of generosity to put an end to exclusion, injustice and political and economic oppression. Defend freedom of expression and cultural diversity, giving preference to always dialogue and listening rather than fanaticism, defamation and rejection of others. Promote consumer behavior that is responsible and develop practices that respect all forms of life and preserve the balance of nature on the planet. Contribute to the development of our community with a full participation of all people and respect for democratic principles, in order to create solidarity together.”

Kendell asked everyone to join them on Sunday September 21st, at the Riverlodge Gym at 2:00 Pm when they will mark peace day with the 6th Kitimat Human Peace Sign. Kendell stated there are going to be some entertainers and artists who will be making sure everyone is: ‘In the Mood for Peace.’

Murphy reminded Kendell that most of the Council will be attending Peace Day in spirit. Peace Day is taking place the same day as many of the Councillors will be attending UBCM.

“One of the pillars of Rotary is service above self. Thank you for Rotary for reminding us, as your public servant that we are there to give service to others above our self. We have hours of sleep and hours of work,” said Councillor Edwin Empinado.

He thanked all the other presentations who were at Council for speaking to them and letting them know what the community needs to move forward in these times of growth.

Kendell also announced that today, Rotary will be going to Saint Anthony’s School to announce them as Rotary’s Peace School for 2014. Mayor Joanne Monaghan thanked the Rotary Club for making the community a peace community.