Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. … It is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are. Hafsat Abiola
February is Rotary’s Month for the celebration of Peacebuilding, Conflict Prevention and Resolution (PCPR), one of its seven focus areas that encompass the six others, namely: i) peacebuilding and conflict resolution, ii) disease prevention and treatment, iii) water, sanitation, and hygiene, iv) maternal and child health; v) basic education and literacy, vi) community economic development, and vii) environment.
These areas of focus are the core of Rotary’s philosophy and belief that in order to change lives constructively, as Rotarians we need to serve above selves in ways that allow us to positively contribute to goodwill and world understanding. To promote this imperative goal, at the onset of his 2021-2022 mandate leading the Rotary District 7680, DG Nico Iannelli:
- First, ensured that the district be once more recognized as a Rotary Global Peacebuilder District that continues its excellent practice of endorsing professionals who can be sponsored as Rotary Peace Fellows and catalysts for positive peace; and
- Second, strove to create and promote an environment that fostered the emergence of the Peacebuilding, Conflict Prevention, and Resolution (PCPR) Committee.
Due to the collaborative orientation of District Rotarians and the service-above-self culture that permeates within the Rotary District 7680 membership, by the fall of 2021, more than a dozen Rotarians were part of the PCPR Committee. Currently, among the PCPR Committee members are Rotarians Nico Iannelli, Kamlesh (Kam) Chandan, Debra Corbett, Mike Walker, Tom Smith, Luther Moore, Firoz Peera, Sharon Heinrich, Kevin Kendrick, (Henry) H. Aktig, Wendy Barnhardt, Jennifer Gibson, Quanta Dawn-Light, Doyle George, Assaad Mounzer, and Yves-Renee Jennings.
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