Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 09, 2014 15:50 ET

Media Advisory: Presentation of the Pearson Peace Medal to Nigel Fisher

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 9, 2014) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and honorary patron of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada), will present the 28th Pearson Peace Medal to Mr. Nigel Fisher during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 2 p.m.

Mr. Fisher was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada on September 12, 2014, for his leadership in humanitarian assistance efforts, and for improving the lives of children and families around the world. He has lived and worked in more than a dozen countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean, as well as in Canada, where he was president and CEO of UNICEF Canada for almost five years. Most recently, Mr. Fisher was the regional United Nations humanitarian coordinator for the Syria Crisis in the Middle East.

About the Pearson Peace Medal

The Pearson Peace Medal is awarded to a Canadian who has personally contributed, through his or her working life and voluntary commitments, to those causes to which Lester B. Pearson devoted his distinguished career: aid to the developing world; mediation between those confronting one another with arms; succour to refugees and others in need; equal rights and justice for all humanity; and peaceful change through world law and world organization.

A jury of eminent Canadians selects the recipient of this honour. The medal is awarded by UNA-Canada, a registered charity founded in 1946, with a mandate to educate and engage Canadians in support of the United Nations and its critical issues, which have a global impact.

Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the Rideau Hall Press Office and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 1:45 p.m.

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