Puppets for Peace
This bully-proofing program offered age-appropriate,interactive puppet presentations with peaceful relationships as the central theme.Ploughshares Calgary started this award-winning program in 2001,believing that children learn more quickly and at a deeper level when the arts are the vehicle for the messages involved.
By June 2010 Puppets for Peace had been seen by 60,000 students and teachers in Calgary and Alberta. The Puppets for Peace travelled to Peace River in the north, Claresholm, Alberta, in the south and Leader and Abby, Saskatchewan in the east. Puppets for Peace won the YMCA Community Peace Award for 2005
Some Sources Used in the Program Development:
- Bullyproofing Your School: A Comprehensive Approach' (six authors)
- Calgary Family Services' 'Dare to Care' program
- 'The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander' by Barbara Coloroso
- Alberta Teachers' Association 'Safe and Caring Schools' initiative..
For a workshop about creating change, with Carolyn Pogue, author of one of the puppet scripts, see:
www.carolynpogue.ca under Workshops:
"Write for (a) Change" (Suitable for Children, Teens, Adults)
Writing in any genre, and learning about other young writers creating change, participants explore the power of words.
Ploughshares Calgary initiated the proposal for a Peace Pole in public space in Calgary, and in spring of 2007 community, cultural and faith groups joined together to form the Calgary Community Peace Pole Committee to guide the project. Calgary's Peace Pole was unveiled at a celebration in September 2009.
Calgary Community Peace Pole Ribbon Cutting
Ploughshares Calgary worked with the Mayors for Peace Campaign to invite Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier to be a part of the campaign. In the Spring of 2005 Mayor Bronconnier joined the Mayors for Peace Campaign on behalf of the City of Calgary's Mayor's Office, and informed Mayor Akiba of Hiroshima of his commitment. We celebrated this great news at a public event on September 21st where a peace prize was awarded to Mayor Bronconnier on behalf of all Canadian Mayors for Peace from the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace. Former senator, Hon. Doug Roche gave a heartfelt and inspiring talk on the future of nuclear non-proliferation.
Ploughshares Calgary hosted Mayor Akiba on his two day visit to the city during which he spoke to a packed hall of students and teachers at Lester B. Pearson High School, spoke to faith leaders, and joined the Calgary consular corps at a cocktail party in his honour at City Hall.