Torch-Bearer Award for Peace Run

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Today I was honoured to receive a Torch-Bearer Award from the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run. The run is a global torch relay that embodies humanity’s universal aspiration for peace.
At a ceremony held in Victoria, BC, Penelope Joy and Saul Arbess of the Canadian Peace Initiative and I were recognized for our efforts to better the lives of others and to inspire our nation, our cities and our communities. It’s lovely to be acknowledged this way, but we are simply three of many. I am inspired every day by others and with deepest admiration, and in that spirit, I salute all that YOU do.

peace-run-ceremony-e1466869609262-1024x649From the press release: Ann Mortifee will receive a Torch-Bearer Award in Victoria as part of the celebration of the Sri  Chinmoy global torch relay on Friday, June 24th.

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run is a global torch relay that has been strengthening international friendship and understanding for 30 years. Through the passing of a flaming torch from hand to hand, the team will be arriving in Victoria on Friday June 24 with an invitation for the community to join with people in over 140 countries in passing the Torch around the world.

The Canadian portion of this global event begins by welcoming the U.S. team after they land by ferry. A ceremony will take place at noon at the Confederation Garden Court, where they will be greeted by Acting Mayor Margaret Lucas and Councillor Jackie Albany, from the Songhees Nation.

From there the Run will travel east across Canada with events taking place in communities across the country (ongoing videos from around the globe at ).

On a number of occasions, outstanding community members are presented with the Torch-Bearer Award in recognition of their local and international efforts to serve the world. This year the Peace Run will be honouring Ann Mortifee (singer, songwriter, author & environmentalist), Penelope Joy & Saul Arbess (Canadian Peace Initiative).

Past Canadian recipients of this award include former Speaker of the House of Commons the Hon. Peter Milliken; the Hon. Jean Augustine; Geoff Green, Arctic explorer and environmental educator; and Ray Zahib, ultra-distance runner and founder of impossible2Possible a youth oriented program.

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run has been endorsed by many civic officials and heads of state including Mother Teresa, President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, President Gorbachev, Pope John Paul II, Dr. David Hepburn (UNESCO), world-class athletes like Grete Waitz, Carl Lewis, Paula Radcliffe, Quebec strongman Hugo Girard, celebrities such as Avril Lavigne, Roberta Flack and countless others.

Founded in 1987 by visionary of peace Sri Chinmoy, the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run—now the world’s longest running relay race—has blossomed into a remarkable grassroots volunteer phenomenon that all ages can enjoy. There is no political motivation or fund-raising, only a sharing in the one-world family spirit.

Learn more at their website,, just enter “Canada” under the list of countries. Follow the amazing journey on “Live from the Road”, and click on selected links to access additional information, including details of the Torch Bearer Award.

Ann Mortifee

Singer Ann Mortifee is a genre unto herself. Blessed with a remarkable four-octave range and a gift for impacting hearts with her music and lyrics, her albums, concerts, full-length musicals, scores (ballet, film, opera, TV), and In Love with the Mystery book have generated national/international distinctions and awards. She is an Order of Canada Member, the country’s highest civilian honour. A world traveller, compelling storyteller, and sought-after keynote speaker for major conferences, Ann creates and facilitates inspiring arts and consciousness workshops and co-founded two foundations - for social innovation and for forestry conservation. Based in BC, Ann is the wife of the late jazz flutist, Paul Horn.

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