Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of July 23, 2007
Roche to receive Christian leadership award
Former senator, MP, WCR editor honoured for being advocate for peace and justice
By BILL GLEN
"Central to building the conditions (for world peace) is the elimination of nuclear weapons."
- Douglas Roche
Roche had just returned from Pugwash, N.S., when contacted by the WCR, where he co-chaired an international conference on nuclear disarmament that drew 25 of the world's experts, including Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba.
He said the Kevin Carr Award will motivate him to continue to rid the world of nuclear elements.
"My whole approach to this very welcomed award is to make me even more forward-minded and not retrospective," Roche said.
"I hope it will draw attention to the continuing work to build the conditions for peace in the world. Central to building those conditions is the elimination of nuclear weapons."
Father Mike McCaffery says it's "very fitting" that Roche was selected to receive the award.
"He has certainly been a leader in Edmonton since he arrived," McCaffery said. "He's retired but he remains very active in disarmament throughout the world. In this unsettled time of cultural war, Doug is still fighting for peace. He exemplifies everything the Kevin Carr Leadership Award is all about."
Feehan says it's easy for someone like Roche to want to improve the world when the desire is part of his soul.
"He fundamentally believes in the messages of Christ and thinks that what we are to do on earth is to follow those messages. Nobody has done as much, in terms of writing and speaking to try and make this a more social and just world, than Doug Roche," Feehan said.
Roche will receive the award Oct. 18 during a luncheon at the Edmonton Petroleum Club.
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