Creative Dissent, A Politician’s Struggle for Peace
Posted on September 4, 2008 by Tia Lalani
Human Rights and the Global Search for Peace
Augustana Campus, Faith & Life Chapel
The Honourable Doug Roche, Order of Canada, will be in Camrose next Monday evening, speaking on Human Rights and the Global Search for Peace. Mr. Roche is an author of 19 books, a parliamentarian and a diplomat, who has specialized throughout his 35-year public career in peace and human security issues. In his most recent book, Creative Dissent: A Politician’s Struggle for Peace, Mr. Roche reflects on his life’s work. He writes in his website: “There are lessons here: about politics and the perils awaiting public figures, about bringing spiritual values to the public square, about never succumbing to the cynics.”
Mr. Roche was a Senator, Member of Parliament, Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, and Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta. He was elected Chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Committee at the 43rd General Assembly in 1988. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Roche was also the founding editor of the Western Catholic Reporter.
Mr. Roche holds seven honourary doctorates from Canadian and American universities and has received numerous awards for his work for peace and non-violence, including the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation for World Peace Award (Canada) and the United Nations Association’s Medal of Honour. In 1995, Pope John Paul II presented him with the Papal Medal for his service as Special Adviser on disarmament and security matters, and in 1998 the Holy See named him a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. He received the 2003 Peace Award of the Canadian Islamic Congress and the 2005 Luminosa Award for Unity from the Focolare Movement, North America. In 2005, he was given Lifetime Achievement awards from both the Canadian Pugwash Group and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
For more information on this presentation and the work of the Ronning Centre, visit www.augustana.ualberta.ca/ronning.
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