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.
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!
The call for nominations for the 2023 Pearson Peace Medal will be posted in spring 2023.
2017 Pearson Peace Medal winner,
The Pearson Peace Medal
Each year, the United Nations Association in Canada awards the Pearson Peace Medal to a Canadian who has made an outstanding contribution, either 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 populations in need; equal rights and justice for all; peaceful change through international law and multilateralism.
The first recipient of the Pearson Peace Medal was Paul-Émile Cardinal Léger in 1979 who, after many years as Archbishop of Montréal, spent the latter part of his life working as a missionary in the most impoverished regions of Cameroon, particularly in leprosy communities. Other distinguished recipients include E.L.M. (Tommy) Burns, Lois Wilson, Murray Thomson, Flora MacDonald, Ursula Franklin, Roméo D'Allaire, Ernie Regehr, Donald Ethell, Nigel Fisher, Louise Arbour, Lloyd Axworthy, Wilton Littlechild and Beverley McLachlin. (http://www.unac.org/pearson-peace-medal)
A jury of eminent Canadians reviews the nominations and selects the Laureate. The Pearson Peace Medal is often presented by the Governor General of Canada as our Honourary Patron at a private ceremony held around UN Day (October 24) or another significant United Nations Day.
Any Canadian may nominate a fellow citizen for this prestigious national award (self-nominations are not accepted). In order to reach its decision, the jury requires:
• A letter outlining the reasons for the nomination
• Two additional letters of support
• The nominee’s curriculum vitae.
Nominations and attached information should be sent no later than June 30th 2022 to:
The Pearson Peace Medal Jury
United Nations Association in Canada
205 – 280 Albert Street
Ottawa ON K1P 5G8
For further information, please contact:
Joan Broughton, Information Officer
613.232.5751 ext. 230
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
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
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