This year for the first time, Boston and Ottawa join the growing list of cities to proclaim Peace Tree Day. After the tragic bombings in Boston, there has never been a more important time for the children, youth and families of Boston to discover the value of sharing each other’s cultures and faiths in order to create greater understanding, unity and respect for people of all backgrounds.
In 2013, Toronto Peace Tree Ambassadors took their Peace Tree Day celebration into the Delmanor Senior’s Residence in Toronto and brightened the lives of every senior with the colours of diversity.
The children worked over the last two months preparing for their celebration of peace and diversity by organizing and creating a fascinating day of colours, rhythms, food and art from around the world to share with the seniors.
Eleven year old, Peace Tree Ambassador, Alyna Jamal Nanji charmed every person in the room as the MC, performer and a workshop leader. To introduce the day, the children choreographed a beautiful fusion Japanese fan dance accompanied to African music. They also taught the seniors Bollywood Flamenco Dance Fusion, Yoga, Chinese Brush Painting, Aboriginal Dot Painting through their interactive workshops to create a unique and vibrant experience for both generations! For a taste of diversity, the children set up their Peace Tree Stand and offered the seniors mango lassi, samosas, gol guppa plus Korean and Chinese appetizers, which the seniors thoroughly enjoyed. Peace Tree Ambassadors also created beautiful works of art incorcorporating diversity and peace and auctioned their art to raise funds for UNICEF Canada. “It is a great honour being a Peace Tree Ambassador and being able to teach seniors all about diversity while helping a child go to school,” expressed eleven year old, Jason Gupta.