The Pearson Peace Medal
Every year, the United Nations Association in Canada honours a Canadian for his or her outstanding contributions to peace and prosperity around the world.
The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin
to Receive the 2020 Pearson Peace Medal
UNA-Canada is pleased to announce the 2020 recipient of our Pearson Peace Medal, The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin. She is the 32nd recipient of this Medal, which honours a Canadian who has made an outstanding contribution, in a professional capacity or through volunteer work, to those causes for which Lester B. Pearson is remembered: aid to the developing world; mediation where conflicts arise; assistance to refugees and those in need; equal rights and justice for all; peaceful change through international law and multilateralism.
For over a decade and a half, Beverley McLachlin, first as a Justice and later as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (2000-2017), led with measured and collegial strength through a series of land-mark decisions. These decisions, under her leadership, have contributed to shape and elevate the recognition and respect of essential human rights in Canada. In this regard her Court played a central role in giving effect to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Nominations for the 2021 UNA-Canada Pearson Peace Medal will be announced in 2021!
Know a Canadian who you believe has contributed significantly to international peace through their work or other volunteer activities? Consider nominating them for the Pearson Peace Medal!
2017 Pearson Peace Medal winner,
Canadians may nominate any individual who is a Canadian citizen and who they believe has contributed significantly to international peace through their work or other volunteer activities.
Nominations packages require the following components:
A letter outlining the reasons for the nomination
Two additional letters of support
The nominee’s curriculum vitae
* Self-nominations not accepted
All nominations and attached information must be received by September 13, 2019 and should be sent to:
The Pearson Peace Medal Jury
United Nations Association in Canada
400-30 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa ON K2P 5L4
The medal was first awarded in 1979 to Paul-Émile Cardinal Léger.
Cardinal Léger resigned in 1967 after years of service as Archbishop of Montréal to work with the poor and handicapped in West Africa.
He built a rehabilitation centre for handicapped children, a refuge for lepers, a clinic for the world poor, a housekeeping school for young women, a home for the elderly and a home for widows. In August of 1979, he returned home to aid in the resettlement of Asian refugees in this country.
The Honourable Flora MacDonald, 2000
Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire, 2005
The Honourable Louise Arbour, 2016
Order the "Profile in Humanitarian Courage: Laureates of the Pearson Peace Medal" Book today!
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United Nations Association in Canada is proud to share these stories to acknowledge the great humanitarians who have made Canada and
the world better.
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