Immediate Release: September 22, 2009
In the celebration of the Dali Lama’s visit during the week of September 26-29th, Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre and the community will work with Artist in Residence, Elizabeth Shefrin, and Photographer, Nona Thompson in a project to collect war toys for peace.
COPE Park Commissioner Loretta Woodcock who has been involved in the project since its inception, will participate in the Peace Vigil Ceremony at 2pm on September 27th in front of the Peace Mural in the lobby of the community centre.
This project is an important one for Woodcock: " War in other parts of the world and violence in our own communities drastically affect how we interact with each other. When the community is engaged in promoting peace, we reduce violence in our schools, workplaces, streets and in the media".
In addition, COPE City Councillor and Peace Messenger Cities director, David Cadman, makes an Olympic connection: “It has been a tradition that nations hosting the Olympics call for a truce during their duration. Canada should echo this call. At home, we must take the lead and encourage future generations to a path of peaceful play. For millions of children around the world, war is their daily reality — a far cry from play.”