PEACEQUEST REGINA 2014: ACCOMPLISHMENTS
PeaceQuest Regina had its first meeting on June 19th 2014. Our first seven months have been very productive:
- We handed out 347 peace pamphlets at the Folk Festival. Thanks to Hilary for organizing us.
- Thanks to Emilie, we have a facebook page which is proving to be very useful in promoting a culture of peace.
- Thanks to Peter’s efforts on our behalf, Mayor Michael Fougere issued a proclamation, declaring September 21 International Day of Peace.
- One of our members, Stephen Moore, had an essay on PeaceQuest Regina published in the The Prairie Messenger.
- On behalf of PeaceQuest Regina and Making Peace Vigil, Florence spoke at the 145th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Together with Regina Peace Council and Making Peace Vigil, we had a table promoting peace at the Radical Book Fair, Saskatchewan Peoples Social Forum.
- Also at the Social Forum, we put on a workshop about military training in Regina high schools. It was attended by about 30 people.
- Together with three other peace groups in Saskatchewan, we launched a petition and will have collected over 2,000 signatures. The petition got a conversation going about military training in our schools. This is a huge accomplishment.
- Members had letters to the editor published in the Leader Post and The Prairie Messenger on the military training question.
- Judi Wyatt of PeaceQuest in Kingston paid us a visit to tell us about PeaceQuest: its origins and purposes.
- We succeeded in getting Joyeux Noel shown at two locations.
- We sent out 5 or 6 press releases. Three of them got some attention:
- The first one on the petition was in all the media.
- The second one on the petition got the attention of Radio Canada and Evelyn handled the interview brilliantly.
- CBC radio responded to the press release on the showing of Joyeux Noel at the Library. Bob and Emilie did brilliant interviews.