Pearson Peace Medal > Alex Morrison
Alex Morrison - a man who dedicated his career to upholding the vision
of peacekeeping established by Lester B Pearson, and to fostering an
expansion of that vision to encompass new and evolving concepts of peacebuilding
- is the 23rd recipient of the Pearson Peace medal. The Right Honourable
Adrienne Clarkson, Governor-General of Canada, made the presentation
in her capacity as Honourary Patron of the United Nations Association
in Canada on Thursday, 30 January 2002 at Rideau Hall.
Mr. Morrison served in the Canadian military for over thirty years,
commanding troops in national and international assignments and serving
in a United Nations peacekeeping force headquarters. He ended his formal
military service as Minister-Counsellor at the Canadian Mission to the
United Nations, in which capacity he successfully upheld and protected
Canada's international role as a peacekeeper.
After his retirement from the army Mr. Morrison served as the Executive
Director and then the President of the Canadian Institute for Strategic
Studies. Alex was also one of the key articulate proponents of the idea
to establish a centre through which to inculcate the ideas and techniques
which would sustain an evolving need to train the men and women who
were increasingly being called upon to undertake peacekeeping operations
in varied troubled situations around the world. Ultimately he was the
founder and first President of the Lester B. Pearson Canadian International
Peacekeeping Training Centre, known as the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre,
which operates on the former military base Cornwallis in Nova Scotia.
Throughout the seven years of his term as President, Mr. Morrison established
the Centre as one of the finest in the world. In his vision for a "new
peacekeeping partnership," Alex recognized also the vital role that
non-military agencies have to play in peace operations. He was instrumental
in imbuing this notion into the core of the Centre's teachings.
After he left his position at the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in late 2001 he became involved with Peaceful Schools International - an organization dedicated to providing support to schools worldwide which have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace.