Sister Mary Alban Receives Teacher of Peace Award
Pax Christi Toronto presented Sister Mary Alban Bouchard CSJ with its first ever Teacher of Peace Award on August 28, 2013 at the new Sisters of St. Joseph Residence in Toronto.
This award was presented in recognition of Sister Mary Alban's lifetime achievement of dedicated commitment to world leadership in both Canada and Haiti for the cause of Peace on Earth.
"We offer this award," said Larry Carrière, Discernment Committee Delegate of Pax Christi Toronto, "as an annual expression of our gratitude and commitment in solidarity with those who have laboured in the field of humanitarian and compassionate concerns for justice and peace such as Sr. Mary Alban has done over her remarkable lifetime."
A former teacher, Sr. Mary Alban served at the UN in New York at different periods, one of them as Pax Christ Representative from 1985 until 1989. With her arrival in Haiti in 1989, she chose to minister there. "It was a good choice I made," she says of that decision. Along with her development work, she wrote 17 booklets in the Kreyol language entitled Lape Gaye (Sowing Peace). The booklets contain cultural analyses by Haitian professionals, and feature stories focusing on model peacemakers and ways to wage peace. As described in a May-June article "The Trail of Grace" in Scarboro Missions compiled by Sr. Patricia Kay OLM, Sr. Mary Alban "and her peace workers have conducted sessions around the dioceses of Haiti, travelling by car, small aircraft and even motorcycle when necessary. They have waded through rivers and climbed hills to carry their message of peace."
This award was granted in accord with the tradition of Pax Christi International to recognize outstanding achievement of individuals and/or organizations on behalf of nonviolence and world peace.
Larry Carrière explained the reason for this citation, "We are convinced that this award will help to inspire and encourage others, especially motivated young Canadians, to follow her example and commit themselves in body, mind and spirit to the work of justice and peace as has our Sister Mary Alban Bouchard CSJ."
By Gisela Côté
For other articles on Sr. Mary Alban, see:
- Sister Mary Alban Bouchard
- Building Community Far and Near
- The trail of grace
- Sisters Pray for the World on Parliament Hill
- Haiti Diary: Grief & Gratitude - Part 1
- Haiti Diary: Grief & Gratitude - Part 2
- World Day of Peace, January 1
- Workshops for Peace in Haiti
- Working for Peace in Haiti
- Interview with Sister Mary Alban in Haiti