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Greatest Canadian Citizen Award

Lester B. Pearson and concern for world peace through the United Nations Criteria In this assignment you are required to research and present the accomplishments of a certain Canadian citizen or organization. In their role as citizen working for a better Canada/world, you have found them worthy of the honour of Canadian Global Citizenship Award. 2 Part presentation: 1. You must present your chosen person/character in the first person (if you have another idea see me, e.g. the presenter of the award, a eulogist, etc). Use a creative visual/oral format, with images, visuals, costume, photos, props, etc. This is where you speak of their work. Maximum 10 minutes. 2. The accompanying written report (1-2 pages maximum) will be in the form of a nomination paper, nominating the person and indicating how the person deserves the Award, and must analyse their work with respect to the following concepts/questions: What sort of networks/organisations has this person founded/contributed to/worked for? How many people are involved now in their work? What is the scope of their work (i.e how many and what kind of people have they helped in terms of scale - number of countries, clinics, people, villages, etc?) What is the importance and impact of their work for the people it targets? What are some of the measurable results? What have others said about them (quotes, press and other coverage, personal praise)?

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I hereby nominate Lester Bowles Pearson as the greatest canadian of the twentieth century. He has greatly influenced international recognition of Canada, not to mention significantly improving the nations own systems. Thanks to him, the Canadian identity is widely recognized as one of peacekeeping, after helping prevent a terrible catastrophe, the Suez Crisis. In addition, he was an extremely personable man, making friends and putting everyone at ease. Lester B. Pearson was born the April 23, 1897 in Toronto, Ontario, to Edwin Arthur Pearson and Annie Sarah Bowles. He spent his early years moving to and from different small towns in Ontario, before attending Toronto University. Then, during World War I, Pearson enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps and later worked in the Royal Flying corps. After the war, he returned to his studies. He was a very educated person, attending both Victoria College at the University of Toronto and St Johns College, Oxford as post -secondary education. He was also an exceptional athlete, playing everything from rugby to baseball, a lot of the time at semipro levels. After receiving top marks foreign service examination in 1927, Pearson started working in the Department of External Affairs. He worked both in London and Washington through the second world war, becoming an extremely successful diplomat with others frequently asking him for advice. Because of his success, some historians called his times the "golden years" of Canadian diplomacy. During this time period, Pearson helping solve the Suez Crisis. When on July 26, 1956 Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal, France, Britain and Israel decide to invade, for fear of losing precious oil. This leads to huge consequences, ripping apart the Western alliance and pitting Washington against Britain. Pearson then decides to step in. During four sleepless nights, he put together a coalition in the United Nations to propose the worlds first peacekeeping forces. These forces are sent in and arrive on November 15, 1956. Because of his profound work on this crisis, Lester B. Pearson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December, 1957. A few months later, Mike, as he was commonly called by family and friends, became head of the Liberal Party. Although he never had a much wanted majority government, Pearson introduced many new pieces of legislation, very much improving canadian life. These include the Canada Pension Plan, Universal Medicare, a new Immigration Act, a Fund for Rural Economic Development, the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism and even the Canadian Flag. Lester Bowles Pearson was an inspirational figure for Canadians and people all over the world, promoting peace and hope for a better world. Many awards many been made in his name, and all should try to learn a thing or two from this Prime Minister, either from his incredible dreams or just from his easygoing and personable personality. Facts Very educated person going both to Victoria College at the University of Toronto and St Johns

College, Oxford as post-secondary education. Created a lot of the Canadian identity and nationality Enlisted in the air force in 1915 Went to school in Oxford in 1921 In 1927 started working in the Department of External Affairs He was extremely successful diplomat before and during the second World War, and other frequently asked him for advice Historians have called his times the "golden years" of Canadian diplomacy Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 A few months later became head of the liberal party He accomplished many things as prime minister introducing many bills. a new flag, the Canada Pension Plan, universal medicare, a new immigration act, a fund for rural economic development, and the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism He was also an exceptional athlete, playing everything from rugby to baseball, many time at semipro levels. Many awards many been made in his name

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Hi, Im Lester B. Pearson. I was born in 1897, in Toronto. I went to Hamilton and the University of Toronto, and in 1914 I enlisted in World War I. There I worked in the Canadian Army Medical Corps and the Royal Flying Corps. Ah, Forget about these notes. After the war, in 1928, I began working in the department of external affairs. I love all sports, and have played many of them in my life. Anyways, that reminds me of a baseball game that I once watched... Ill tell you about that later. I spent a 30 years of my life on peacekeeping, trying to have an early ceasefire in the Vietnam war, and working with others to find a solution the the Suez Crisis. I was very honoured to have received the Nobel Peace Prize a year later for work on this subject. One time when I really felt bad was when I was criticized by fellow canadians after helping out in the Suez Crisis. People said I had betrayed my Motherland, even though I had only done what I thought was right. I later became the leader of the liberal party, and was then elected to Prime Minister twice in a row. I didnt really like being Prime Minister because it was very stressful, but I enjoyed helping the canadian people, creating universal medicare, the royal commission on bilingualism and biculturalism, the auto pact, the pension plan and our canadian flag. Of all our dreams today there is none more important - or so hard to realize - than that of peace in the world. May we never lose our faith in it or our resolve to do everything that can be done to convert it one day into reality By the way, you can call me Mike.

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Quotes http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/l/lester_b_pearson.html http://peacekeeping.unac.org/ Mdiagraphie Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lester_B._Pearson Suez Canal http://www.suezcrisis.ca/ Video http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/politics/prime-ministers/lester-b-pearson-frompeacemaker-to-prime-minister/lester-b-pearson-a-peacemakers-peacemaker.html Little bit of facts http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/politics/prime-ministers/lester-b-pearsonfrom-peacemaker-to-prime-minister/lester-b-pearson-a-peacemakers-peacemaker.htm Paragraphs 4, 5 and 7 http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/2/4/h4-3356-e.html Short facts http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1957/pearson-facts.html Dotted information http://canadaonline.about.com/cs/primeminister/p/pmpearson.htm Great Summary of project http://greatewhitenorth.blogspot.ca/2004/11/lester-b-pearsongreatest-canadian.html Excellent Impression, Bites of biography, recordings http://www.primeministers.ca/pearson/bio_1.php?context=b This too is good http://www.prime-ministers.ca/pearson/issues.php

Huge biography http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio.php?BioId=42123