Peace Pole at the Amenia Strawberry Festival 2017-Amenia, NY-USA

November 22nd, 2017

Peace Pals International 20th Anniversary Celebration, Geneva, Switzerland

November 21st, 2017

21 November 2017

It was an event to be remembered with International Partners #NatureForAll and DiversEarth celebrating with IUCN council members from over 30 countries and special guests from Geneva and abroad.

The event began with guests arriving to Cite Du Temps located in the heart of Geneva, Switzerland and in the middle of the Rhone River.  Guests were able to admire the artwork and faces of children which was displayed on various digital frames throughout the event hall.

The event began at 7:30pm with introductions in English and French by Sean Southey of #NatureForAll and Liza Zogib of DiversEarth both partners/collaborators of this year’s Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and awards. We also heard from John G. Robinson, IUCN Vice President and Councilor for North America and the Caribbean; and Chief Conservation Officer, Wildlife Conservation Society who expressed his congratulations to all the children who participated this year and left us with words of wisdom.

 

Liza Zobig, Director, Sandra Spissenger, Operations and Divya Venkatesh, Communications, spoke about their work with DiversEarth and their invaluable participation with this year’s contest, with the theme “Nature For All ~ Loving The Earth.”  Liza, Sandra and Divya were our team on the ground and with their help and expertise in Geneva, this event was an absolute success.

Fumi Johns Stewart, executive director of The World Peace Prayer Society and Jules Lamore, Director of the Peace Pals International program spoke briefly about Peace Pals International and the importance of Peace and Nature for all children and what it means to the youth who participate.  This year we received over 4,000 works of art and we encouraged all guests to encourage educators, parents and children from their communities to continue supporting this worthwhile program.

An audio visual concert was performed by Kenji Williams of Bella Gaia who took us through a 20-minute presentation of imagery accompanied by his violin playing.  Kenji’s magnificent visual concert allowed us to see the world through the eyes of NASA which left the audience speechless and stunned with a greater understanding and love for our planet.

The Peace Pals Awards were officiated by Jules Lamore of Peace Pals International who invited 12 presenters to join her on stage to present the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from the 4 age categories.  The presenters represented their organizations; The World Peace Prayer Society, DiversEarth, IUCN and special young guests from The International School of Geneva.  Everyone in attendance celebrated the winners as the room filled with applaud for each of the talented 12 winners.

Following the awards ceremony for Peace Pals International Art Contest, Liza Zogib announced the local winners from The International School of Geneva, Switzerland.

Congratulations to all of our winners and finalists from both the international and local contests. The winners can be viewed by visiting:  http://wppspeacepals.org/2017-winners-and-finalists/

During the program, Fumi Johns Stewart and Jules Lamore presented IUCN with an 8 language Peace Pole to be on permanent display at the IUCN offices in Gland, Switzerland.  Kathy MacKinnonm Chair WCPA, Kristen Walker, Chair, CEESP and Sean Southey, Chair CEC received the Peace Pole on behalf of IUCN.  In addition, desktop Peace Poles were gifted to Liza, Sandra and Divya of IUCN as a special  thanks for all their heartfelt assistance in Geneva.

 

 

 

The event ended with our World Peace Flag Ceremony Finale, which was led by Fumi Johns Stewart.  There wasn’t a silent voice in the theatre as people waved their flags for each and every country in the world as they sent peace to every country by name with a special emphasis for our host country, “May Peace be in Switzerland – May Peace Prevail On Earth.”

After the Finale, the guests were invited to view the art exhibition which featured the 12 winners from the 4 age categories and the 40 finalists of the 20th Anniversary Peace Pals Art Exhibition and Awards.  Many of our guests took selfies of themselves with winning artwork from their countries.

We would like to thank our partners and supporters for making this event a great success.

Please view the video to see highlights from the event.

May Peace Prevail On Earth
Please visit Peace Pals International to see all the winners and finalists.

Beautiful hand carved wooden Peace Pole in Tomkins Cove, New York-USA

October 24th, 2017

Greetings,

Here are some photographs of the recent planting of a hand carved wooden Peace Pole in Tomkins Cove, NY (about an hour north of New York City). The Peace Pole bears the universal peace message “May Peace Prevail On Earth”  in English, Spanish, Arabic and Wappinger (the language of the most local indigenous people).

  

We are happy to be part of the worldwide network of Peace Poles.

Thank you,
Alan Levin
www.SacredRiverHealing.org

Peace Pole planted in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of CANADA

October 24th, 2017

Hello, I wanted to share with you how I have displayed my Peace Pole.

I first saw the Peace Poles while travelling in Southeast Asia earlier this year. I saw one at a temple in Chang Mai, Thailand, as well as at the Viet Nam War Museum, and also in Cambodia. When I came home to Canada, after the trip, I knew I needed one.

As you may or may not know, Canada celebrated it’s 150th birthday on July 1, 2017. I ordered the Peace Pole and it arrived in time for me to “plant” it in my front garden, as my birthday gift to Canada.

We didn’t have an actual dedication ceremony, but we loved sitting in the yard this summer, showing the Peace Pole to friends and neighbours.

Now that fall is here,  I can sit in my favourite easy chair, look out the window, see it, and think about ways to spread peace in my little corner of the world.

Lynn Cullen
Delta, British Columbia-Canada

A Journey of Peace Pole Sightings – Upstate New York – USA

October 4th, 2017

Traveling to Chautauqua County, New York for the first time since I graduated college brought about a humbling sense of comfort. I mentioned my work these last couple years as Youth Rep to the United Nations of the World Peace Prayer Society to my friend Jonathan Woolson as we caught up on recent stories – during my freshman year at SUNY Fredonia, we organized peace pole re-dedication ceremony with the university president, musicians, dancers and artists. He was excited to hear of my experiences.

SUNY Fredonia

We then decided to find each peace pole in town, and made strides to do so before the sun left us for the evening. We began in Dunkirk NY, where the first pole was adjacent to the Dunkirk High School.

Adjacent to the Dunkirk High School

We then made our way towards Central Avenue, where we found a modest garden peace pole in a dedicated mound of mulch alongside the sidewalk. Within minutes, we then made our way to the Titus family’s home on Maple Rd., where we were greeted with freshly picked apples. Jon and Priscilla Titus are educators and botanists who I would see at local art events. It came to be that they would join my yoga sessions when I was teaching at the local fitness center, at the same time I was taking Jon’s course in nature biology, which was completely coincidental.

Central Ave

Maple Road

Our final stretch-goal was to make it to the Greystone Nature preserve, which is maintained in part by Diane Clark, former mayor of the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament. We managed to reach the park just before sundown as we were greeted by a crew of baby turkeys. From the five that we had found together, I thought I would end my trip to western-NY by visiting a pole on the property of a home across from Bidwell Park in Buffalo, NY, which I was told was the home of local native Ani Difranco. Each chance I have to retrace my steps to recognize where I’ve been, I find the greater synchronicity of shared moments with friends who have helped to bring me to understanding my identity in life – I am thrilled, and grateful.

Greystone Nature Preserve

Across Bidwell Park

Brandon Perdomo
Youth Representative to the United Nations of The World Peace Prayer Society

 

Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony in conjunction with the Tree Planting Project-Winnipeg, Manitoba-CANADA

October 1st, 2017

Attached are the pictures of our Peace Pole Dedication on Sunday October 1st, 2017 at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

We had the dedication at two times on Sunday following each of our Masses.  In total, about 200+ people were in attendance for the dedication.

We held it in conjunction with our Tree Planting Project the day before, Saturday September 30th, during which we planted 24 new trees on our church property.

Thanks so much and May Peace Prevail On Earth!!!

Eric Giddens
St. Paul the Apostle Parish
2400 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba-CANADA

Peace Pole installation in Cancun, MEXICO

September 27th, 2017

 

Recently my friend from Mexico set-up a Peace Pole in Cancun.

May Peace Prevail On Earth.
Fujio Hirano

Peace Pole, Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch-Eastonton, Georgia-USA

September 26th, 2017

Here is  our Peace Pole constructed by middle school students.

It is at our butterfly habitat, a certified Monarch Way Station.

Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch
419 Oak Street
Eatonton, GA 31024

Peace,
Susan Larson

Peace Pole at Chapel Retreat Center, Mesilla Park, State of New Mexico-USA

September 26th, 2017

Blessing of the Peace Pole at the Chapel of Holy Cross Retreat Center in Mesilla Park, (Las Cruces, New Mexico)

The Retreat Center will be having their Annual Franciscan Festival on September 2,3, 2017 and the Peace Pole will be seen by thousands.

Paz y Bien,
Maria Alvarado

World Peace Flag Ceremony “Peace Sign”-NYC

September 26th, 2017

Photograph submitted by Paul Sladkus-from HuffPost