“Naheed, my friend you show us we don’t need to be afraid of …
You teach us that there is a role for everyone …
We are truely lucky to call you our own.”
– Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s
tribute to Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshi
Watch and listen to the full tribute by Prime Minister Trudeau at the Mosaic Institute’s 2017 Peace Patron Dinner, honouring Mayor Naheed Nenshi of Calgary as the 2017 Peace Patron.
“Mayor Nenshi has been recognized as an outstanding leader who has brought forth positive change to his city through the strengthening of communities and encouraging a culture of citizen-focused improvement.
As the 2014 recipient of the International World Mayor Award, Mayor Nenshi’s achievements have enriched Canada’s social, cultural and economic fabric.”
– Bernie M. Farber, Executive Director
By Mosaic Institute, published 2017.06.02
On May 29th, 2017, Mosaic Institute honoured an inspirational and exceptional Canadian as our honorary Peace Patron. This year, the Mosaic Institute was pleased to recognize the outstanding work that His Worship Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary, has done to promote peace, reconciliation and mutual understanding across communities in Canada. This year’s Peace Patron Dinner was particularly special due to our celebration of the Mosaic Institute’s 10th anniversary.
The dinner was another sold-out evening at The Carlu with over 450 guests in attendance. The evening began with an exuberant performance from the talented children of the Marilyn Perkins Chamber Ensemble from Sistema Toronto. The Dinner MC, Zarqa Nawaz, hosted the evening with her characteristic wit and humour. After her welcome, the attendees were treated to a video greeting from the Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, as well as remarks from the Co-Founding Chair of the Mosaic Institute, Vahan Kololian, its Executive Director, Bernie M. Farber, and His Worship Mayor John Tory, Honorary Chair of the Dinner Tribute Committee. This was followed by a presentation celebrating Mosaic’s 10th anniversary and its talented alumni that are all now making a difference in their respective fields.
The dinner concluded with a characteristically eloquent speech by Mayor Nenshi, where he appealed to the inner humanity and heart of every guest with his emphasis on the universal nature of kindness. He set the tone of his remarks with a recollection of how he was honoured by the Blackfoot people when Elder Pete Standing Alone named him “A’paistootsiipsii,” or “Clan Leader.” If we fashion our actions in the image of these historic peoples and stay cognizant of our past as Canadians, Nenshi stressed, we can address our society’s most troubling issues in a spirit of generosity and mutual understanding. The mayor ended his speech by ordaining that openness, diversity, compassion and tolerance are the pillars of unity and strength, not weakness.
Mayor Nenshi becomes the fourth Mosaic honouree joining Senator Murray Sinclair, the Hon. Louise Arbour and the Hon. Hugh Segal.
Discover, Explore & Learn more via:
- Mosaic Institute | Peace Patron Dinner
- Mosaic Institute | Peace Patron Dinner Photo Gallery
- Mosaic Institute | Press Release | Mayor Nenshi
About Mayor Naheed Nenshi
Mayor Nenshi grew up in Calgary and has lived and worked in cities around the world before returning home.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (with distinction) from the University of Calgary and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he studied as a Kennedy Fellow.
Nenshi is Calgary’s 36th Mayor and serving his second term.
About The Mosaic Institute
The Mosaic Institute is a ‘think and do tank’, that creates platforms for learning and dialogue
among diverse Canadian communities to advance justice, promote peace, and reduce conflict.
We believe that an equitable and thriving society is based on the voices of all members being heard and valued. We honour diversity and celebrate our differences, using them as tools in finding solutions to our shared social issues.
We host dialogues defined by respect and conduct thoughtful, rigorous research. We create spaces for young people to learn, collaborate, and speak. We showcase diversity and difference as being catalysts to social challenges at home and abroad.
All Mosaic programs involve active learning and hands-on community service – we focus on thinking and doing.
Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali
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