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Winnipeg Rotary Club Honours SGI

By Maxine Stewart, Winnipeg
From left: David Newman, Maxine Stewart, Paul K. ChappellFrom left: David Newman, Paul K. Chappell, and Maxine Stewart

On April 5, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg invited representatives of SGI to a luncheon put on by Rotary's World Peace Partners. 

President of the Winnipeg Rotary Club, David Newman, advocate and peace builder, cited the work that SGI does for peace and the sustainability of our planet.

Guest speaker Paul K. Chappell, Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation brilliantly addressed the main topic, recognizing that our understanding of peace is only as good as our understanding of the human condition. 

Mr. Chappell, an Iraq War veteran, West Point graduate, international speaker, and author has recently spoken to SGI functions in both Washington and New York. 

In his speech he identified the sense of belonging as a basic human need, and that a lack of self-worth or the inability to feel valued prompts unhealthy choices. 

Sharing his personal experience of childhood trauma, Mr. Chappell understands the root of criminal behaviour. “I became interested in peace to learn how to protect people from ones like me who previously carried rage and violence. Being valued is most important, including a sense of self worth, mission, community and purpose. We have to find healthy sources to give this to others.” 

As I listened to his speech, I felt very proud to be a member of SGI, an organization which understands and promotes the value of every individual and was reminded of the need to expand our movement for peace which empowers the individual for peace.