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26th – 29th September, 2009 – Vancouver Peace Summit

By bkalsi | September 21, 2009

The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education is honored to host His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Vancouver, September 26-29, 2009 for the Vancouver Peace Summit: Nobel Laureates in Dialogue. Joining the Dalai Lama will be Nobel Laureates: Jody Williams, Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams and Murray Gell-Mann, as well as a number of respected international leaders from the realms of education, the arts, business, politics and social transformation.

The Summit will be built on dialogues held at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and the Orpheum Theatre. The focus of these dialogues will include the themes of peace, education and women and peace-building.


Stephanie Heuer, author of the children’s book DignityRocks! (http://www.somebodybook.com) will be donating 50% of all royalties from the sale of her book for the next year starting October 2009 to World Centers of Compassion for Children International (WCCCI).

This generous and welcomed donation resulted from her being inspired by a passionate speech given by Betty Williams at a Peace Conference held in Denver, Colorado last year. Betty Williams spoke about the impact of war and conflict on a child’s consciousness and how important it was to create a safe-haven to protect them from harm and to give children a voice rather than silencing them as unimportant factors.

The message resonated with Stephanie Heuer who has been an instructor to multi-cultural students for a number of years. They both recognize how the building blocks of a child’s development can be affected by what they see and how they are treated which can negatively impact their future, regardless of environment.

Stephanie Heuer’s book is based on the preservation of human dignity which starts by teaching children how to acknowledge when they’ve been mistreated and how to recognize when they mistreat others. DignityRocks! is based on elementary school students responding to the statement “I Feel Like Nobody When… I Feel Like Somebody When… “.

The statements resulted in DignityRocks! becoming a catalyst on opening change among children, parents and educators alike. It addresses the emotional and physical effects of issues such as bullying and other negative topics. The success has seen the book popping up in classrooms across the US, and teachers are using it as an example to create their own book scenarios, addressing issues upfront and first hand, giving a voice to the voiceless, and making a difference by creating changes in the school environment for the better.

Gunderson High School (California, USA) helping refugee children

Together with the students at San Jose’s Gunderson High School, Stephanie Heuer and the Students In Action organization (sponsored by the Jefferson Awards) have put together 30 school tote bags for the opening of the first WCCCI City of Peace for Children, in Basilicata, Italy. The City will provide a nurturing environment for refugee children where they will be housed, educated, have access to medical health and opportunities to grow with potential.

The school totes will be a welcome package for the initial children arriving at the City of Peace. Each one is signed by the students with a welcome message from their school. Together with the principal, Cary Catching, Stephanie Heuer is hoping this provides students with an opportunity to exchange ideas and create friendships care from one country to another, reaching out, and connecting in positive and peaceful ways.


Stephanie Heuer and Cary Catching of Gunderson High School

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