Messengers of Peace, Volunteers in Action: Without Exemption

first_imgWho defines the standards for peace? It’s definitely not those who were perpetrators of conflicts, it is in, in reality the innocent bystanders and those severely affected by the conflicts. A violent person is a threat to his/her community and the attitude of if it’s not your fault it should not be your problem should not only be dropped by young people but should be renounced by all.Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia condemns any form of violent demonstration. We see violent actions as erosions to gains in youth’s employment and empowerment programs as well as an attack on the Liberian investment and human security. There are so many benefits in peaceful negotiations. We believe in open dialogues and consultations in mediation and conflict resolutions. Without exemption, everyone should strive for a peaceful society.This week, we present a dynamic young teenager — Ms. Clinylon Nah. Talking of starting early, Clinylon is surely an inspiration to many young people of her cohort and she has a special message for all young people. The engagement as well as the aspirations of young people in volunteerism for peace is a powerful demonstration of solidarity in action to achieve our shared value in building a better Liberia.-Gwendolyn Myers, Executive Director, MOP-Liberia-Read on:My name is Clinylon Nah; I am 17-year-old student of the St Edward catholic school. I live in Logan Town, Monrovia.I was motivated to be a volunteer peace messenger because of the way I see my fellow young friend in Liberia being used by adults to carry out violent acts. These acts lead to the destruction of public and private properties. I see Messengers of Peace-Liberia, as an organization that has invested significant resources to enhance the leadership qualities of young people in peace advocacy. MOP-Liberia educates young and old people alike about peace-related activities.As a young peace messenger, I’ve been involved in many peace advocacy programs. Amongst which are mediation in conflict between my school mates, support peace education efforts and the ‘dollar-for-peace concert’ on the growth of 20 Peace Clubs to 50 in Liberia.In my school I am not only a peace messenger but also a health club member, who conducts health-related outreach programs in the school.The message I have for my fellow youths out there is don’t allow yourselves to be used like tools to carry out violence. Perpetrators of violence do not in any way help the growth and development of young people. We need our elders to provide quality education and sound pieces of advice to young people and not to use them to do destroy basic healthcare facilities and food security. All these are essential for harmony among us because we (young people) are the future for tomorrow.MOP-Liberia is helping me by strengthening my participation in peacebuilding. I want every young person to get involved. There should be no exemption.  Education for peace will help us acquire the value and knowledge to develop the knowledge, attitudes, behavior and skills that will enable us to live in harmony with ourselves and the world at-large.I want to encourage young people of Liberia to stay away from extreme behavior that will cause us hindrance in the future. Let us put on non-violent characters to save our country and the world. We have been used, long enough, as instruments of violence by some greedy and selfish people who have no interest in developing us for the future. We can, and must create the path to peace. Let us join hands with well-meaning organizations in the advocacy of non-violence approach. Let us use the spirit of volunteerism to obtain our goal to see Liberia a better and peaceful place to live.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Kiskatinaw Fall Fair offers affordable fun for the whole family

first_imgThe fair grounds are located about five kilometres west on the 214 Road off the Braden Road, which can be accessed from Highway 97 about 34 kilometres west of Dawson Creek. For more information on the Kiskatinaw Fall Fair, contact Joe Breti at 250-843-7361. Breti said the fact it is a smaller, less competitive fair than others gives riders of all ages and skill levels the chance to try out new techniques or equipment.”It’s a great place for young people to start, and for the more serious competitors, they like the Kiskatinaw Fall Fair because it is a great place to take a run at things before you get into more serious events.”He added there will also be classes for cattle starting at 10:30 a.m. if enough entries are received.He said the fair offers lots to see and do for children, including free face painting.There is no fee for admission, though donations are appreciated, said Breti. He said that model has allowed them to keep the fair affordable for families, while still allowing them to be successful due to the generosity of their patrons.Advertisement One of things that makes it attractive is that is has stuck to its humble, agricultural roots since being established in 1934, said Joe Breti, chair of the Kiskatinaw Fall Fair Association.”It’s a country fair that harkens back to a long time ago. I really do not believe our fair has changed a lot in 70 years,” he said.The fair will begin on Friday morning as it plays host to a show by the Percheron Breeders Association of BC from 8 a.m. to about noon. The first events of the heavy horse division start late that morning at around 11:30 a.m. with the log-skid and halter classes. Breti said the log-skid event challenges horses and their handlers to navigate through pylons dragging a log behind them.- Advertisement -“It’s pretty interesting, especially when you get into the teamed event.”Saturday continues with the heavy horse hitch classes that will include wagons and carts.”The highlight of Saturday is going to be the heavy horse pull, where we actually weigh the horses off first, and then they enter a competition of how much weight they can actually pull,” said Breti. “It’s something that requires a very well-trained team, and a darn good teamster to be able to get these horses to pull.”Advertisementcenter_img He added there are about 100 classes of heavy horse events, with participants competing for cash prizes and for points that carry forward to other competitions.Saturday will also include agricultural and handicraft exhibits featuring all kinds of animals – rabbits, chickens, geese, turkeys and much more – as well as displays of field crops and vegetables, horticulture, home cooking, school works and more. Each category will be judged, with ribbons and cash prizes awarded to the winners.In the evening, patrons can enjoy a roast beef supper for with all the fixings for only a few dollars a plate.On Sunday, breakfast will be served at 7 a.m., followed by an open-air church service. The competition continues with a light horse show featuring the Western and English disciplines that starts at about 9:30 and carries on through most of the rest of the day.Advertisementlast_img read more

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