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 2021 Pearson Peace Medal

UNA-Canada is pleased to announce the 2021 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.

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, 
Lloyd Axworthy. 


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 should be sent to:

The Pearson Peace Medal Jury

United Nations Association in Canada

400-30 Metcalfe Street

Ottawa ON K2P 5L4 
Or [email protected]

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. 


See full list here. 

The Honorable
Flora Macdonald
The Honourable Flora MacDonald, 2000
Lieutenant General
Romeo Dallaire
Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire, 2005
The Honorable
Louise Arbour
The Honourable Louise Arbour, 2016

Order the "Profile in Humanitarian Courage: Laureates of the Pearson Peace Medal" Book today!

Interested in learning more about history, humanitarian work and the Canadian heroes involved?  Patricia Pearson has crafted a collection of warm, uplifting stories to honour our first thirty laureates. The  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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