LAUREATE 2016 – SOCIAL INTEGRATION and COMMUNITY PEACEMAKER
Narine DAT SOOKRAM is a Canadian with Guyanese roots who is an excellent example of the rich social and economic contribution made by immigrants. The huge number of letters of support sent in shows the trust and gratitude of those who have crossed paths with him from across Canada. These letters came mostly from fellow citizens, confronted with the same challenges of integration into an adopted country, and have led him to be awarded with the 2016 Public Peace Prize for SOCIAL INTEGRATION and COMMUNITY PEACEMAKER
Narine Dat Sookram
Narine Dat Sookram of Kitchener, Ontario, has been an excellent role model for the immigrant population in Canada. Last year he was named one of RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants for the continued support he has offered to other immigrants for more than twenty years. His attitude is one of acceptance and openness towards all, rich or poor, regardless of their social status. He makes everyone feel special and worthy by bringing out strengths that people often don’t know they have.
He has exceptional mentoring skills which he uses to help business women in third world countries as well as internationally trained professionals here in Canada. In 2013, Sookram received the World of Difference 100 Award, making him the first North American to receive this honour in the category of Championing Women’s Economic Empowerment. (http://www.tiaw.org/?page=current_woda_winner)
As soon as he migrated from Guyana some two decades ago, he formed a non-profit organization as a continuation of a group he’d founded in Guyana. At the young age of 14, he started a youth group to bring kids together to share ideas so that everyone could contribute to building a better village. The organization in Canada aims to help school children in Guyana and to promote its rich cultural heritage here, and is called Active Vision Charity Association. One of the schools in Guyana has named their library after his organization.
Narine Dat Sookram is a registered social services worker whose people skills allow him to communicate with people of all backgrounds and ethnicities. He spends his free time teaching newcomers to Canada how to drive, so that they can become independent and help themselves and their communities. He has spent many years mentoring immigrants and helping them to get their credentials evaluated to Canadian standards. He helps with resumes, cover letters and offers free job coaching. Narine Dat Sookram is widely recognized for his impact on the underprivileged through his weekly column in the Guyana Times newspaper, and his weekly radio show. His listeners connect deeply with his writings and the stories he tells.
To celebrate the Caribbean West Indian Culture, Sookram initiated the Caribbean Dreams concert in Kitchener, Ontario, where young artists can showcase their talent. What is most unique about this event is that people from all cultures celebrate in one room, beyond barriers caused by cultural differences. Craig Norris from CBC Radio, whose job involves attending and reporting on 10 events per month, says the Caribbean Dreams community concert is one of the best he has ever seen.
Narine Dat Sookram’s community work is proof that you don’t have to hold a position of power to make positive changes in others’ lives. He has influenced thousands of people from different parts of the globe over the years, due to his character, his determination for solidarity, and his commitment to peace in his community.
First of all I would like to say that I first met with Narine Dat Sookram at an annual YMCA Peace Medallion ceremony where he was being honoured for his contribution for promoting peace. It was then I realize that he is a gifted person who is passionate about helping the immigrant and Caribbean community. I did not know what is going to happen after then but it was not too long after I realize that his love and passion to service the immigrant/Caribbean community and people as a whole has not gone unnoticed. When I researched on him I was pleased with what I saw.
As a resident here in Canada who came as a refugee, I have encountered a lot of difficulties in life and life always seems challenging. However all of that I have changed since I met with Narine Sookram, that’s why I am writing this letter of supporting for the Public Peace Prize, because not only I admired what he is doing for the immigrant/Caribbean community, but he definitely changed my life in a positive way. What I mean by is that he became a role model for in so many different ways. For example when I was doing two jobs and shared that with him, he was happy for me, but he also taught me how to have balance in my life. He said to that he supports what I do, but encourages me to consider continuing my education. He emphasises and courage’s me how this it can be helpful for me in the future. I am thankful for having him in my life because no one else ever told me that I have the capability to do better.
Another reason why I strongly support Mr. Sookram in receiving the Peace Prize Award is because he took the initiative to advocate to be given the privilege to bestow the Queen Diamond Jubilee Medal to “regular” Canadians like myself. I never thought that I am worthy of anything and having someone to recognize that I am worthy, that I contribute in my own way is way beyond believe. This has empowered me so much and not only that, but all of my African friends and families both in and out of Canada were very pleased that an ordinary black person was deemed worthy of such award. I want to emphasise again that none of this would have been possible without Mr. Sookram, because he took the initiative to give a voice to the voiceless and for that reason and his other initiatives that give opportunity to so many other minorities especially the immigrant/Caribbean community, I just cannot think of any other deserving recipient of the Pubic Peace Prize.
I am Venessa who learned of the Public Peace Prize and in so doing I am writing my views as to why I believe that Narine Dat Sokram should receive the Public Peace Price. I have known him since when we were in High School in Guyana where I still live and work. The thing that I admire about Narine the most is that though he has migrated to Canada over 20 years ago, he did not forget about us here in Guyana. I am a head teacher here now for a nursery school named Kingston Nursery here in Berbice, Guyana, SA and most recently he sent us some books and other school supplies, because he believes that peace starts with educating our kids at an early age. I am also aware of his support to other schools in Guyana with textbooks and other school supplies. I am very happy to say that because of those books and other school items I am now able to engage these kids in more group activities where they can learn to respect each other regardless of their differences. It was Narine who did all the hard work to make it all possible. The thing that sets him apart is that he does it with his heart and a conscious mind because he is a type of person who always seeks the opportunity for equality and peace for one and all. Though I don’t get to see all the other initiates he is involved in, I am certainly reading about it constantly and speaking of reading and feel very proud to know of someone who goes above and beyond to advocate for peace and equality. I read his weekly contribution on the Berbice Edition of the Guyana Times every week and I have to say that his language that he uses speaks for itself, meaning that all of his articles have some sort of community engagement insight and how we can better work together to live up to our motto here in Guyana, “One People, One Nation, One Destiny”. I am not surprise that on the social media such as the Facebook his supporters are commenting and saying things like “we need more people like you in this world”. This alone tells me a lot. Narine Dat Sookram is very deserving of the Pubic Peace Prize and I can assure you that he will present it well because he is very influential though he is the kind of person who likes to do the front line work, meaning work more and talk less.
Having learned of the call for nominations for this year’s Public Peace Prize), I am writing today to endorse a highly suitable individual, Narine Dat Sookram. In many ways exceeding the challenging requirements and expectations for the award, Narine Dat Sookram’s ambitions, intelligence, and accomplishments complement precisely the stellar community of past recipients and make him highly deserving of the honour and opportunity bestowed by the Public Peace Prize.
I have known Sookram since a young boy growing up in Guyana, South America who has always been an active member in the community and a role model for many, especially the youths growing up. I am a former priest for the same Temple both him and I attended in Guyana and I know firsthand of his compassion for people. At the tender age of 14 he founded a youth group in Guyana called the Young Cultural Group Organization bring support youths and give them a space on their own where they can get chance to be heard and feel belonged for the purpose of promoting peace and harmony. Being a former officiating priest there I saw theimpact not only to the youths, but to the Temple and the community at large. Though Sookram has migrated to Canada 20 years ago, his legacy skill continues at the Temple where youths are encouraged to take leadership role as he did as a young boy.
A picture was taken out in 1995 in Guyana when the nominee visited the Temple he used to attend and being an assistant priest. He was trained by me at the tender age of 14 and many youngsters have followed his footsteps to do good things to the community. He presented the Temple with a plaque in the name of the youth group the founded back in 1991, the Young Cultural Group Organization. Though he moved to Canada he is continuing this act inclusion and diversity to promote peace, he wants the people in his homeland, Guyana continues the tradition of giving, and respecting each other. He also makes frequent visits to Guyana to empower the children so that they can grow up to become champions in society.
I am also fully aware for the work Sookram is doing through the non-profit organization he founded, ACTIVE VISION Charity Association 20 years ago in Canada as a continuation of the youth group he founded in Guyana, S.A… The purpose of the organization is to help foster the children in Guyana with textbooks and other school supplies and to promote the rich Guyanese cultural heritage here in Canada where people of all backgrounds can come under one roof to celebrate the arts to break the barriers between their differences.
Over the years Sookram has sent thousands of books to different schools and villages in Guyana and because of those contributions, those children have gotten the opportunity for a better education and to Sookram, having a good education is the key to create a peaceful world. The good thing with these books is that when they are sent to the schools, they go directly to the libraries so that generation after generation can have access to them and benefit.
I should mention too that all the work Sookram put in into the organization is unpaid, because his passion is to care for people and to maximize his potential to promote peace. This is what he does best, because it fits with his values. I have been inspired so much of the work he does that is why I am considering to brand his organization here in USA and have an ACTIVE VISION (USA), because I have already seen how much impact he and his organization has on people all over the world.
I am delighted to nominate Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize, because I see him as a perfect recipient. From day one, Narine has been one of the friendliest classmates of all in the Social Service Worker Program. He has always been helpful to anyone in need and is willing to go out of his way to help anyone learn how to accomplish their goals. Narine always has a smile for everyone and a kind word. He tries very hard to put people at ease, is always willing to lend a helping hand whether it is literally or figuratively. He is a pleasure to work with in a group and is always well prepared and informed on his subjects.
Narine has used his secular job position to bring attention to some of the important issues facing the area when relating to the Social Service field. He was able to recognize some of his fellow classmates in an unusual manner by bestowing upon them the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding work in the their communities. This was a wonderful gift to his fellow students who may have felt their efforts to evoke change were in vain. The fact that Narine chose every day, ordinary citizen to bestow this gift upon, is a testament to his firm belief that even little people can make big differences. It doesn’t always have to be someone in high political office or in positions of great authority who can make changes in people’s lives. Narine recognizes this fact and is himself one of the “little” people. This in itself is proof that he is deserving of the Public Peace Prize because it fits perfectly with his values.
Narine has certainly made a difference in this “little” person’s life and been an inspiration to me to continue to inspire other people to make differences in their own lives and that of others and to always keep in mind even seemingly insignificant people can make differences. He actually incorporates the practice of peace in his daily lives and has made a huge impact to many, both locally and internationally. I will be delighted to see him receive this award, because I see him to be a perfect recipient.
I met Narine is spring 2013 while participating in the Active Vision annual Caribbean Dreams Concert, organized by Narine. I was impressed by his eagerness to aid others and his support for local talent.
As a female performer in the Caribbean Dreams Concert, I found the opportunity to perform with others empowering because it allowed me to continue to strengthen my art and become more confident. Thanks to Narine’s facilitation, The Caribbean Dreams Concert also gave me the opportunity to perform, network and create future opportunities with other performers, sponsors and local professionals, in a city where there are few occasions to do so. I have found that his support for the performers does not end after the
show is over; as he has shown great support for my academic endeavours.
Narine is a very caring person whose concern and support branches out from the local community to the greater Canadian community; extending to the Guyanese community, both locally and abroad. He has also received many well-deserved awards for his contributions to the community and would be an excellent candidate for the Public Peace Prize, because the way I see it is that he is using the performing arts as a means to bring people together to celebrate diversity where we all can get the opportunity to learn from each other and have a better understanding of other’s cultures so that the world can be a much healthier, happier and peaceful place to live one event at a time.
This is a letter to recommend Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize, as I see him as a perfect fit because he’s being a helpful and caring individual in the community in the “ helping” profession”, as a Social Service Worker and as a long-time community volunteer to immigrants and the Canadian Caribbean community.
We both studied at Mohawk College in the Social Services Worker program and Narine Sookram has proven to be helpful with his fellow students with their studies, as well as going above and beyond his academic duties by being a reliable and understanding individual in aiding those who may encounter personal issues which may arise during their scholastic tenure. As a fellow student, it is also important to note that Narine Sookram is not only focused upon his own individual successes whether or not they be within the school setting; but he has also proven to be as interested in the successful abilities and strengths in others and strives to bring these traits forward with all whom he interacts with in a most professional and caring manner.
Narine Sookram is not only an understanding and patient individual, but also helpful and thoughtful in creating the understanding of diversity of different cultures within the West Indian/Caribbean community and the college community in which he empowers them to be the best they can be at no cost and is a role model for many.
I would like to highly recommend Narine Sookram for the Public Peace Prize for his selfless efforts when guiding, helping, empowering and sharing new tasks and knowledge with all individuals that he interacts with in a most positive, charitable and humanitarian way. It is no surprize that his name becomes a house hold name within the West Indian/Caribbean community and beyond. We certainly need more people like him in every community. He’s a well worthy deserving recipient of this honour, because the sets a high standard as to how we need to live in order to promote peace. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in contact with me.
When I learned of the nomination for the Public Peace Prize I couldn’t think of any other deserving recipient than Narine Dat Sookram, because he has made an impact locally, nationally and internationally with his initiatives to bring peace through education, the performing arts, as a mentor and by setting examples for others to follow despite the fact that he works fulltime and have a family including a toddler.
Without any doubt Sookram values everyone and by that I mean he connects with people of different backgrounds and believe in the worth and dignity of others. A good example will be his annual community concert where idea is to bring everyone together to celebrate diversity through the performing arts. Thanks why it came of no surprise to me that he received the Guelph and District Multicultural Award for his work. He always respects and works to understand people who are different from him.
For the past two decades Sookram take the Stand to make a personal commitment to take action to make things better to people in other parts of the world. For example he collects books and other school supplies and sends them to Guyana, South America so that the kids can the opportunity to educate themselves. He believes that this will help to leverage the young kids to grow up to become champions in society and make good choices so that society can be a peaceful place to live in. He is certainly making a difference globally. Sookram has gone as far to mentor not only internationally trained professionals here in Canada, but to mentor professional business women in third world countries through the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and personally has well and was recently named one of the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award Winners for Championing Women Economic Empowerment (global award), making his the ONLY person to receive this honour in 2013 in this category in whole of North America. He is very deserving of the Public Peace Prize and will represent it well and influence others to do good things in this world where each one will be viewed as one.
I am delighted to recommend Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize and here is why:
I have had the privilege knowing Narine since January 2012 when I met him as a classmate at Mohawk College in the social service worker program. We were both attending the Brantford-Laurier location, and because this is a smaller campus we ended up in the same assignment group and have had the opportunity to know each other quite well. I had occasion to spend time with Narine and he is one of the friends I have kept close with and will continue to stay connected as we move forward with our social service profession.
I immediately found Narine to be a caring person. He always is willing to extend his compassion and support to others in the class. Our group did a “community change” project together and I got to hear firsthand his extend of support to others throughout the Canadian (and Guyanese) community as well. I was very impressed to learn how Narine has been caring for others over for over 20 years through selflessly giving his time an energy on every level: caring for his wife, daughter and family at a micro level; caring for his schoolmates and peers at the mezzo level; and caring for the communities and the people of Canada at a Macro level.
The thing that sets him apart from others is that he certainly is a person who lives not only for the sake of himself but for the sake of others. He is a perfect example to show that an ordinary person can do things that have a global impact. That is why is it not of any surprize to me that people from all over the globe are connecting with him for advice and are actually inspired by his work to serve humanity and by that I mean by his contribution of books and school supplies to the school children in Guyana and his cultural event here in Canada where everyone gets the opportunity to mix and mingle regardless of race, sex, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation ect. I am particular stunned by the fact that he works fulltime and has a family and yet he finds the time to initiate action to make positive change. The fact that his website is getting over 4,000 hits every month and the fact that people from different part of the word is making the effort to contact him for advice show that he has made a global impact and he continues to shine because he is a role model that believes in equal for all and would make a perfect recipient for Public Peace Prize.
I think that Narine Dat Sookram deserves the Peace Prize because he take action to bring about change and has had a huge impact to many, especially the immigrant population in Canada and the ones who are thinking in migrating to Canada well. When Sookram was named one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant last year, it wasn’t by no means any surprize to me, but I am almost certain that the voters were able to see what he stands for. I can speak on behalf of many of his initiatives that really align with the value of the Peace Prize, but I’ll put my focus on two things that he does here in Kitchener that has a global impact. The first is his annual community concert that he initiated 12 years ago called the Caribbean Dreams. Though this is an annual concert the process to organize it is ongoing. And in the past he used to charge $20.00 entry fee and then he brought it down to $15.00 and then $10.00 and last year was $5.00 and this year which the cost is FREE and the event is to be held on May 31, 2014 here in Kitchener. The reason why he works so hard to engage other businesses, individual leaders and government officials is that he does not want money to be a barrier to unite our diverse culture together. The best way to describe the Caribbean Dreams Concert is like calling it the mini version of the “WE DAY”. It’s a show about the people and their culture, all under one roof. Here are a few clips of his past community events: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15-FTgx4e0I; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJooZC3u4Og;http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fsfkdoa7q20. I am very pleased to mention as well that these events have attracted audiences from out of the city as well, including from the USA. The Caribbean Dreams event is also an award winning event which was named very recently the 10 ideas to Chang Waterloo: http://community.thecord.ca/blog/2014/04/05/10-ideas-to-change-waterloo-region/#C7. I can go on and on, but would like to wrap up by saying that this show actually motivates him to initiated a weekly radio show on 100.3 CKMS FM Radio Waterloo because the people wanted more. People recognize that he is working hard to fill a gap. This radio show has become the ONLY radio show to receive the People’s Choice Sonic Boom Awards for “Favourite Caribbean Music” and “Favourite World Music” http://www.indocaribbeanworld.com/archives/2007/january_24_2007/community.htm; http://www.guyanatimesgy.com/?p=38865. These are just a few reasons why I believe that Sookram is very deserving of the Peace Prize, because to me the best way to describe him is by saying that “anything the touches turns into goal” and would be just as honour as so many others to see him being honoured with this recognition.
I am very pleased to nominate Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize not only because I am a huge fan of him, but because I know he will represent the award well. Though he lives in Canada, he is making an international impact. It was only last month he went to Guyana to visit his homeland, but with one thing in mind and that is to empower the people. And by so doing the planned himself well by preparing a power point presentation and went as far to take his own person computer projector all the way to Guyana to take sure that he delivers a good presentation that will be very effective. The thing I admire about him is that though he went for vacation, he always finds a way to incorporate an event about peace and love among people. Within a very short time (two weeks) he was able to gather people from all walks of life and empower them to love themselves and respect each other. I have to say as well that the presentation was very effective because people were asking a lot of questions and they felt very comfortable to express how they feel because Sookram made them feel that sense of comfort. There was one girl in particular who couldn’t even say her name, but at the end of the presentation she was inspired to ask questions. Though he is not “rich” he is certainly rich at heart, because he has fans around the world. In fact many peoples are touched by this weekly column on the Berbice Edition of the Guyana Times. Here are a couple comments of what they had to say:
|“I have read with great interest most of your articles, embedded in them are topics which we face in our everyday lives no matter who we are and where we live, however there is a lot that can be done to improve our lives and relations in our community, however what we lack is proper Coordination and in most cases time and resources. It is every man’s belief that they can do more and help more whenever a situation arises but as I have already noted we need to coordinate in the most appropriate way to ensure optimum results. Guyana is a beautiful country and it has wonderful and intelligent people. We just need good leadership, fairness for all, more efficient public services and more open minded people like you to help build better a better relation in our community.” – Ravi N. Lisa
“Nice article. Part of my life situation and style are based on your article and my answers are slightly different from yours. I can tell this lesson came from a real life event and it’s a continual thing that will continue to happen on a daily life. U really did a good job by just giving away the answer to everyone’s question. It helps. Thanks for sharing.”
Once again I am pleased to nomination Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize.
Although I live on the other side of the world (Africa that is) I can’t say enough how much I have been inspired by Narine. He made me realize that I myself have lots of potential regardless of how rich or poor I am, but also he made me realize that the strongest weapon is wisdom and understanding. I have been following him on the social media very few years now and my life have completely changed in a good way. He is deserving of the honour because he is a perfect example to show the world that peace can be accomplish with the simplest idea. He makes me realize that the simplest thing in life is usually the most important. I remember voting for him online last year when he was in the running the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant award and I can’t wait to do the same again for this peace award. The thing that set him apart from others is that he is a very genuine in what he does and he does is from the heart. He doesn’t do it for fame, he does it for the people, but most importantly he has shown the world that simple people with a passion can make a huge different in the world. Though I have never met him, I feel as if I have met with him because he is so approachable with the words, his language and even his photo. He is for the people and it shows well with all of his activities such as his cultural events to bring the people together and yet finds the time to mentor others on the other part of the world. He is one of a kind and is the perfect recipient for this peace prize.
I am interested to nominate Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize (PPP) because he is a peacemaker and has been that way ever since I know him. By that I mean he initiated activities that promotes “one world living together”, that is a quote from the Guelph Multicultural Committee. In fact he won the Guelph and District Multi-Cultural Award last year which with no doubt is very deserving. I am nominating him because he is a person who lives not only for the sake of himself but for the sake others and have made an impact not only locally but globally by putting both his home country, Guyana and Canada (where he lives now) on the radar after being named the ONLY person in North America to receive the World of Difference 100 award, 2013 for Championing Women Economic Empowerment. I find this very interesting for the fact that he is a male but yet he opens up to mentor women in other parts of the world where the teaches them how to become good successful business women. Sookram is into everything. He does his weekly community radio show where he has fans all over the world, because he knows how to connect with people. Everyone he meets, he makes them feel special and to me that is what a good peacemaker does. He exemplifies everything that he PPP award represents and to meet he will represent it well. I can assure you that I am not the only one who thinks this way of him. In fact I am almost certain that he touching so many people’s lives and he will never know who they are. There are reasons why people will call him and share their stories, because not that he listens, but he also cares and care for everyone. I’ll be pleased to see him win the Public Peace Prize.
I am writing to nominate Sookram for the peace prize because I have had the opportunity to listen to his empowerment presentation he had in my village here in Guyana and I have to say that I was inspired. Though I was inspired about the topic itself, self-empowerment, I have to say that the way it was presented steal the heart not only of me, but everyone else that was there. The fact that he took the time to deliver a peace like presentation in the village he was born speaks for itself. I have been a following for many years now and have been following his articles that he writes in the Berbice Edition of the Guyana Times and I can see how much his thoughts and intentions are different from everyone else’s and by that I mean he is more about bringing people together and respecting each other. The one thing I admire so much
about him is that he is very approachable and will make the time to speak to everyone regardless of how busy he may be.
Another thing I really like about him and this is also why I would really like for him to receive the Public Peace Prize is that he taught me how to be friendly to everyone without even being their friend. What a great lessen I have learned from him. He is the type of person that we need more of in our society to help spread the word of peace and how us how is it actually positive once we have an open mind.
As I am writing my nomination today of Narine Dat Sookram for the Pubic Peace Prize on this very special day, father’s day that is, I cannot think of any other give to a man of such. Today is a beautiful day for him because 4 years ago today he was given the greatest gift, that’s what he would say, he became a father. And though he is only the father of one child, a daughter that is, there are many children who are probably looking up to him as a father figure, because he always look out for others, especially the children in Guyana, his homeland because he hold heartedly help them with textbooks and other school supplies. And he has been doing this for 2 decades now, because he believes that peace starts with knowledge and strongly believe that apart from home, if respect is not taught in school, then children grow up to face more challenges in life. To Sookram, education is the key for peace so that is why although the is engaged in so many community activities and initiatives trying to promote peace, the educational project that he started 2 decades ago never stops. The thing that sets him apart from other nominees is that he has made a huge impact on all of his initiative to promote peace but yet he knows how to be a father and husband right at home, setting examples to many other men out there that peace really starts from home and when that is mastered then we can be role models for others and he is that role model for many globally and in my opinion would be the best recipient for the Pubic Peace Prize.
Narine to me is very deserving of the peace prize because he is very inclusive in what he does. Thanks why it came of no surprise to me that he has received the both the Multi-cultural award from Guelph-Wellington District and first every Waterloo-Wellington Diversity & Champion award. The thing that makes Narine unique is that though he lives his life by example, at the same time he goes way beyond to promote peace throughout the globe through many initiatives including his community radio show where he reached out to people worldwide, because not only can people listen locally on their dial 100.3 FM, but the can also listen on Rogers Digital Cable 946 and worldwide on the net, www.soundfm.ca. And that’s just one of his initiatives and I should mention that he doesn’t get paid for his. For over a decade now the drives with passion to the radio station on a Sunday evening despite the fact that he has a family including toddler. And the reason behind all of this is that he does it for a purpose and with a conscious mind. For example though he does not speak any other language other than English, he plays songs of different language so that immigrants here in the Region of Waterloo and Canada as a whole can feel a sense of home knowing that they can tune in and listen to much in a language that they can understand.
He has the same type of attitude for this annual community concert that he does here in Kitchener, Ontario, but the show has attracted people from other parts of Cananda including audiences from the USA. I wouldn’t go to much into this specifically, but here is a nice article I found that talks more about the his event: http://www.guyanatimesgy.com/?p=59924
Thanks for taking my nomination into consideration.
In my opinion this Public Peace Prize deserves to be won by Narine Dat Sookram because he exemplifies peace through justice, self-determination, diversity, compassion, and harmony. I know him well because we used to be classmates and I have always know him to be a person that stands out in a sense he will engage with activities that no too many people really care about. For example when he was age fourteen, he founded a youth group to bring the youths together to promote a common understand between each one. And though he does not live in Guyana anymore, we still stay connected, despite the fact that he lives in Canada, because I am a huge follower of some of his projects including his contributions towards he his weekly column on the Berbice Edition of the Guyana Times. His focus is on community building and betters the lives of everyone. All of all his initiatives he initiated he has something they do have something to do with peace, because this is what fit him. I think that if Sookram receives the Public Peace Prize, it will be motivating not only him but the people around him as well.
I am nominating Narine Dat Sookram who has been a true for me for the past 20 years, whether or not he knows it. I know him by a nick name Davo and him and I used to live in the same building. He became a mentor for and my family ever since my mother passed away over 15 years ago. He did everything for me from helping me with my homework to mentoring me until I become a professional dj. He does an annual event to bring the diverse culture together, but the interesting thing is it was me who got the first opportunity to dj at his very first event in 2002. I remember how he used to spend his own time late in the night to get things done. For example he used to do lots of stuff manually like making the tickets and flyers all right in his own home. I really don’t want to get into too many details, but I just couldn’t think of anyone else to nominate. I would never be able to repay him for what he has done for me, though I know he is not looking for any pay. He is a born philanthropic and a natural peace maker. I have seen not only his impact that he makes globally but also he is a type of person who is not afraid to try new things. Our friendship has been a little distance because of my own choices in life. However I am looking for a career change and basically an opportunity to better my own life and I couldn’t think of anyone else to turn to but Narine. I contacted him today through Facebook and told him that I want our friendship to be the same as before. His response to me was “I’ll be pleased to help you in any way I can”. Knowing him I wasn’t expecting any different from him. Just by making that reconnection I feel as if my life has changed already. When I look back on my own life, it was such an honour to have known him, a great blessing actually and that is the kind of feeling I would like to have for myself and the others. Not only is he deserving of the Public Peace Prize award, but to me his will motivate me to see that the award has been present to the true hero that is making a global impact every day. Thank you so much for this opportunity to express my reason for nomination.
I have known Narine for just a little over a year now, but have learned so much about him and for that reason I am pleased to take this time to make this nomination for him for this peace prize because it is worth my time, no question about that.
Just a little over a year ago Narine and I started to work for the same company, a non-profit one that is where our primary goal is to work with underprivileged families to get them to understand and sign up for the Canada Learning Bond (CLB). It was a little challenging for me at first because of my own bias, but I have to say that since I have worked with Narine, he made me realize that there are good people out there. He is a type of person that will not only try to promote peace with his ongoing activities, but he actually practices it in his daily lives.
Although I am much older than him and will retire in 5 years, I have learned so much from him when it comes to non-violence to promote peace. It goes to show that you do not have to be in any huge political position to make a positive change for a peaceful year, but Narine is a living example of that. I have a son who is doing well in his own way, in fact he will be starting college this September and both my wife and I couldn’t be any more proud of him with his academic performance, however in terms of understanding the ‘real’ world I will give a 110% to Narine and I am proud of it, because it goes to show that we all can learn something from each other that for sure. I am proud to know and work with someone who is making a huge impact in the world not only her in Canada, but his homeland, Guyana and other parts of the world. I give my 110 % support to the one and only Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize.
Here is my nomination statement for Narine Dat Sookram. Life sometimes can be very challenging, especially when you don’t know who to turn to when you are running into problems and what makes it worse is that if you don’t have friends and family then things get even more challenging. That is why I think it is important to have to community leaders who live for the sake of the people. And I am not talking about the big politicians, and I do not mean it in a bad way, because we do have thing ones out there too. I am talking about a non-political position holder if you will who decades his life to serve others, because he saw the need. In my opinion, Narine deserves the Public Peace Prize more than anyone else because in order to bring the peace within a home, local community and the global community, the will go above and beyond. For example last year he was named of RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award Winner for work he done to help so many people both in and out of Canada, but because of the social media, many people out of Canada where are thinking in migrating to Canada have contacted him for advice and to get his input. And he took the time to answer everyone and share his success story so that they can be inspired to become better champion in society. And to me that’s what a good peacemaker does. Narine is certainly a champion when it comes to peacemaker because he does all the ground work and is very deserving of the PPP award.
It gives me great pleasure to write in support of Mr. Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize, because in my opinion it’s is not easy to surprize in today’s world because of everything is all fast pace now, especially in places like North America. However despite of all the business, Narine takes the time to find that balance to give back to the community both locally and internationally and he has become a role model for many worldwide. Though his not getting paid for all the work he does, he still does it with passion and from within. Actually he has a good record for doing this from since early childhood, because he strongly believes that by educating children from an early age, the world will have the potential to a better place. And in so doing the has been sending textbooks and other school supplies to the schools in Guyana so that the children can have a better opportunity for a better education and in turn give back to their community.
In his weekly article in the Berbice Edition of the Guyana times, he writes mainly on topics that are important to all, meaning that he does not favour one set over the other. He writes topics just as cultures and community engagement, because he believes that when people have a better understanding of other people’s culture, it is more likely that they will have respect for others and this he can do well because he is a registered social service worker here in Ontario, so he understands the ‘language’ when it comes to communicate to people of all backgrounds. And with the combination with his and this love to serve people, he has been making a huge impact worldwide.
You know when someone is influential. For example people will things like “I honor you sir” on his wall and these people are from the other end of the world, so to speak. Narine is very deserving of this honor and I wish him well on the end result of this PPP award.
I found out of this Public Peace Prize from someone who already nominated Narine Dat Sookram and I couldn’t agree with her anymore. I have had the opportunity to listen to him speak during his visit to Guyana from Canada and I left the presentation feeling very inspired. Prior to his presentation on the topic, “self-empowerment” I thought that it wasn’t possible to live in a peaceful world, but Sookram has proven me wrong. During his presentation I have learned so much about my own potential. I was able to discover some of my own strengths that I never know I had. I one of the things I found interesting is that he emphasizes the importance that peace starts with us and that we all have a responsibity in life which is to respect ourselves and others. He said that we do not have to wait on the “big” leaders to make changes that we can create change on our own. The fact that he came back to his home country to educate us was so important to me and so many others. The school children and the villagers and the church goers were are touched by his presence to promote peace in a “simple” way where he was able to make a huge impact on everyone attended there. I am a student, but I remember hearing one teacher whisper and said, “I am inspired by his speech”. These are the kinds of impact Sookram has made on a global level, particularly to his fellow West Indian community and the immigrant population in Canada and now is impacting more and more people in the mainstream population.
I am so glad I that finally the public can have a say in the PPP process, because I am one of many people who have been influenced the Narine Dat Sookram in a good way that is and in so doing I am extremely happy to make the Public Peace Prize nomination for him. There many people out there who are pretending to do good things, Narine however is the “real” deal. Once people get to know him or take the time to know him, it wouldn’t take them long to realize that he is a blessed soul. I feel as if he is deserving of the PPP award because he is fulfilling a good purpose here on earth and that is the does everything in his power to leverage things for one and all. What I find too is that his approach is very ‘people like’ and that is why people from different parts of the globe are able to connect with him, because he makes everyone feels special. In fact that is what he does best. He is deserving go the PPP award because he lives his life with a conscious mind, meaning he always have the awareness to see what he can do to strengthen any weak situation and he has proven that from time and time again and is very deserving of the PPP Award. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my nomination.
Hello, it is a true honour for me to nominate Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize because he has been living a life to always serve people and he does it really well. Being the kind of community oriented type of person Narine is and always tries to find a way to bring people together for a common good are all reasons why I would like to recommend him for the honour. I personally have learned so much from him and I have become a much better individual, because he made me realize that that I am more than what I thought I am worth. I am a big fan of the social media and very recently someone responded to one of the Facebook post and said, “To think you are from 64 village and you excel in every field makes me feel proud and to Tagore school credit too well done my man”. What this person mean is that he is from the same village as Narine in the country Guyana. The person who wrote this lives in the states and Narine lives in Canada and the fact that he has supporters all over the glove is incredible. Narine actually dedicate most of his life to help others in the most peaceful way because he knows that everyone has something to offer and he gives them that opportunity to bring out the best out of themselves through community concerts, his community radio show just to name a few. He has become a global icon for many and I will be thrilled to see as a recipient for this international honour, because he has worked hard to earn it. If you have any question please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks in advance.
I recently learned of the Public Peace Prize from a friend of mind, but I didn’t pay too much attention to it because of my busy schedule. However after he mentioned it to be again I dedicated to look into it and I couldn’t think of any other person who deserves it more than a good friend of mine, Narine Dat Sookram knows as MC-Narine. I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and he lives live in Kitchener, Ontario Canada, but we both are from the same country Guyana, South America.
This is perfect timing for me to do this nomination because he did a lot for me and other people too but yesterday in particular he did some paper work for me and mailed it to me all on his own expense and when he informed that he already dropped it off in the mailbox I sent him a text that reads, “you have no idea what’ in store for you my brother”. And I have to say I sincerely and truly meant what I say, because I only work and don’t have time for anything else and this guy, Narine works, has a family just like me and is so much involved and let he has the time to help so many globally. Not too long ago he did an event all for free to bring the community together to celebrate diversity, but I didn’t go because I was too caught up with my work, but when I think about it he spends his own time to organize just a prestigious event for the good of all of us, to create a more peaceful world and yet we can’t find the time just to go and enjoy the event, that’s too bad on my end. If there is just of an award to balance time, then it will also go to Narine, because he does it so well.
This PPP honour is good fit for Narine because he excels in every area when it comes to peacemaking, meaning that he creates opportunity all the time so that not only people can understand the importance of it, but he is also interested in getting the root cause of the problem. He made me and the world realize that peace starts with us and we have the potential to make that change. I am more than delighted to nomination Narine Dat Sookram for this award and wish his best of luck.
Reasons for nomination
1) He’s always willing to help others, even if they are strangers
2) He’s a good listener and sometimes that is all people need
3) He shares his possessions, he’s not greedy
4) He’s friendly and approachable
5) He’s open to all cultures and ethical backgrounds
6) He’s a true community builder, so surprizes here
7) He looks at criticism as a way to improve
8) He always accept when he makes a mistake, doesn’t blame someone else
9) He’s a mentor for many locally and internationally
10) He does good things and does not look for rewards
11) The world is a better place because of his many initiatives
12) The world will not be the same without people like Narine Dat Sookram
I am writing this letter to endorse Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize, because I feel like a prize of such should go to someone who is very worthy and really represents everything what it means to be a “peacemaker”. I personally admired the work he does to inspire others at a global level, but in particular I like the messages from his weekly column on the Berbice Edition of the Guyana Times. For example, on one of his articles, he wrote a top on, “culture” and I like her he makes me feel included and to me this is what makes him stand out from the rest and truly makes him a true peacemaker.
I am not denying the fact that he does a weekly show that has a global impact that I am aware of, but I find that I can connect more his weekly articles. I have a feeling if he was to be chosen as a winner for a PPP prize, there will many more people trying to promote the “goodness” type of work he does, because he has already proven to be very influential.
I think Narine Dat Sookram is deserving of the peace prize because for the past two decades he has spent lots of time to incorporate peace in his initiatives, especially through his outreach program where he collects books and school supplies and send them to the “underprivileged” children in Guyana, South America. The thing that I admire the most about him is that he does most of the ground work to make it all possible. For example someone saw his story in the newspaper and donated thousands of books to his cause, but the deal was he had to go and pick them up. He actually made the necessary arrangements with another volunteer and got the items, however they were all siting in the attic. And know Mr. Narine he went all the way to
the attic to get those books and on top of that he stored them in his personal garage,
inconveniencing his own self just so the children in Guyana can get the opportunity for a better education because he strongly believe that education is the key when it comes to peace and he is also a firm believe that when children are introduce to the appropriate kinds of knowledge, then respecting others are all part of their daily lives. I think that he deserving because with this other initiatives just as the community concert, radio show and weekly column, his hope is that people will have a better understanding of each other and respect each other to create a safe, happy and peaceful world.
I am writing in support the nomination for Narine Dat Sookram because I strongly believe in his work. He is my mentor and my role model and if this is the least I can do which is so little compared to what he has done for so many then I am more pleased to do it with joy. Narine is a very innovative type of person when it comes to peace, meaning that he constantly thinks of ways to bring it to light. I notice most recently he is using the print media to bring the peace topic to light and I think the reason behind it is because he sees the potential to spread the words.
He has a lot of young followers/supporters and because his weekly articles can be accessed online, he is really trying to maximize the potential there. In my mind Narine is a great additional to this world who has already made a huge impact for together and peace and to me the best is yet to come, especially if he was to win this peace prize because though he has received many awards I think this award will be very meaningful to him and I can also see that many others will be inspired by his work to want to do good things just like him for the betterment of our community at a global level.
I am not the best person to do a nomination write up so I am hoping these 10 links I found online that really inspired me will be enough to be accepted as a nomination. This nomination is for Narine Dat Sookram.
Below are my 10 reasons for nomination:
1) Guyanese Canadian lives to serve others
2) Sookram named among famous people of Guyanese heritage
3) Guyanese man cops immigration award
4) Guyanese Canadian among Who’s Who in the World
5) Guyanese-Canadian receives Multicultural award
6) Guyanese-Canadian granted privilege to bestow Diamond Jubilee Medal
7) Guyanese-Canadian celebrates 10 years of radio broadcasting
8) Guyanese-Canadian awarded for community service
9) Mohawk College Alumni
10) Peace video
I think Narine Dat Sookram very well deserves the Public Peace Price because he is a perfect example as to what the peace prize represents. In other words he is very conscious about peace in his day to day living, because he thinks it starts from home. For him being peaceful is about having a positive attitude and have respect for all. He is about inclusiveness and sees everyone as a creature that has some sort of a potential. In fact here is where he shines the most. He is a people person, it does not matter now much time he past you by he will still smile, no wonder one of his previous boss described him saying that he is a person who has good charisma. He is a type of person that watches out for the other person. I really like this specific article that he wrote on the Berbice Edition of the Guyana Times on the topic of contentment. I think that we all can be a little happier if we are contented in life. I really like how Narine thinks and shares his ideas so that we all can learn and live a better life. This is the article he wrote about contentment:
Narine is very deserving of the peace prize and he is a perfect example that you do not have to be a ‘big’ name to be influential, but anyone can contribute to the goodness of peace and in fact his deeds and good work gave him a ‘big’ name.
I have had the opportunity to work at the same place as Narine Dat Sookram whom I am nominating/supporting for the Public Peace Prize Award. Unfortunately we were working in different departments so I didn’t get to know him right from the beginning, but I have had the opportunity to work in the taskforce department which gave me the opportunity to work in different departments. It was then when I get to know him. I felt honoured to get to know him and work with him, but more importantly I am so honoured to have learned so much from him.
And it is for those reasons I am willingly writing this email in support of him. I remember when he took the initiative to lend his talent to add something different to the annual United Way campaign in Guelph where he used to work and he did something very different and that was he brought in Canadian Idol Finalist Alisha Nauth to perform for all the employees, because he cares for everyone. He wanted to motivate them and make the event about them rather than anyone else. I am so inspired about how he thinks and doesn’t leave out anyone, no surprises here, but I wish more leaders to follow his path.
Because of Narine Dat Sookram I am now more aware of my action to not necessary to create peace globally like he does (he is gifted, so to speak), but because of him I feel more peaceful within my own self and would really like to see him win the Public Peace Prize.
I am so delighted to nominate Narine Dat Sookram for the 2rd annual PPP Award, because there is an old saying that the apple does not fall too far from the tree. This reminds me of the god sent Narine Dat Sookram with his incredible give to help others and has been doing so for over two decades. In fact he has a track record in helping others. No wonder he won the “Helping Hand” award from the Volunteer Action Centre here in Kitchener among so many others. Sookram is a fighter but to him the greatest weapons are wisdom and understanding. And it is those kinds of thinking he has been using to empower the world. The way I see is it that is his calling to be a role model for many. He has influenced so many globally and is a role model for the new generation, no question here. He put a post on Facebook about this upcoming topic on the weekly column on the Berbice Edition of the Guyana Times and his fans are already going nuts to make positive comments. For example one of his followers wrote, “I am proud of u brother, keep up the good work.” These kinds of comments are ongoing, because he has the gift to be able to connect to every single human being. I’ll be just as excited has he would be to receive this award. Thanks so much!
After learning of the PPP award, I felt it was necessary for me to take the time to nomination no other than my icon, Narine Dat Sookram. I first saw him when he was featured in a documentary movie called Northern Choice, a movie where different immigrants from different parts of the world tell their story regarding their experience as an immigrant here in Canada. In this short chip I found online:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv8Dof_v1-8 tells a lot about the character or Narine, especially towards the end of the chip where he was smiling. That’s exactly who he is, he is a very positive person. Narine actually has gone to every platform to spread the word of peace indirectly. He shares his story on the documentary because he wanted others to see the opportunities in this country rather than just looking at the negative side of things. If wasn’t for him to be featured in the movie, then it would have been unbalance. That movies was featured in many schools across Ontario and has been exposed to a lot of immigrants, so having Narine tell his story how to become successful is very empowering for those kids, that’s why it was no surprise to me when he was named one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant last year, because he has always been very influential and that’s just a perfect example there, because it was a people’s choice award. If there is a way for me to strengthen this nomination I’ll be very happy to do so, because Narine is just the perfect fit for this award.
I am Liza who would like to nominate Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize because when we were in college taking the same program, the social service worker program that is, he has demonstrate without any doubt most positive attitude through the whole program and kept us all in line. When we were facing our challenges to make things work, he comforted us day in and out. He always made himself available to talk to anyone. He was actually chosen as a mentor by the college, because he certainly was a good fit. He also advocated for many students in the most respectful and peaceful manner. I remember when one student hand in her assignment a little late because he had some issue with a computer she shared with her son and the instructor ended up failing her. That student trusted Narine enough to share her story with him with her permission Narine advocated on her behalf and I am happy to say that she ended up getting the credit and did not have to do the course all over again. I remember too that she was so pleased that she took the time send Narine a thank you card, because he was so touched that Narine went above and beyond to help her. And the thing that is so unique about this situation is that Narine himself was a student himself. Narine excelled in every capacity in the college that is why the college choose him as one of their Alumni of Distinction Winners. Narine to me is the most deserving person to receive this prestigious award.
The ten reasons why I would like to nominate Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize are listed below:
1) He’s open minded to one and all
2) He’s a born Philanthropic
3) He’s a dedicated volunteer
4) He’s a mentor
5) He’s an ever day helper
6) He’s a people person
7) He has impacted the world in positive way
8) He’s has shown that he cares for others
9) He listens to people’s concerns
10) He incorporates peace with his every action
It is my understanding is that I need to come up with 10 texts as to why I would like to nominate someone for the Public Peace Prize. I am not sure if I understand it correctly but I have hundreds of reasons to nominate a true deserving peacemaker named Narine Dat Sookram who resides in Kitchener, ON here in Canada, who is originally from Guyana, South America. At a very tender age of 14 he found a youth group called Young Cultural Group Organization with the purpose to bring the young villagers together to share ideas to build a much stronger community together.
After migrating to Canada in 1993 with his family, he continued his passion by initiated the Active Vision Charity Association as a continuation from his work in Guyana. The goals of this organization is to help foster the school children in Guyana with textbooks and other school supplies and to bring people together through the rich Guyanese culture where we all can celebrate diversity under one roof. He has captured the hearts of many people through his initiation including his weekly community radio show and has become a role model for his peer and the young generation. Narine is a true peacemaker that so deserving this Public Peace Prize and hope that my nomination will be taken into consideration for this honour.
This is an easy decision for me to support the nomination for Narine Dat Sookram, because I get to know him through an internship program he did for a social service program he did at Mohawk College and I have to say that it was only then it really made me sit back and think to myself that you should never judge a book by its cover. And I am not talking about ethnicity or the colour of our skin; I am talking about my own ignorance by being judgemental towards a student. When he started his placement I was thinking to myself that he is a student so he probably need to learn so much, sure enough he was there to learn, but more so learn how we do things.
I am amazed to find out how much he has accomplished and his passion to serve his fellow human being. If this is an award to honour a peacemaker who knows to bring the best out of everyone then award belongs to Narine Dat Sookram. If this is an award to honour a peacemaker who has impacted thousands of underprivileged people around the world, then this award is for Narine Dat Sookram. I can assure you that by him receiving this award, there will be many more people around the globe following his footsteps to become true peacemakers just like him, because he is that influential.
The best way for me to describe my nominee, Narine Dat Sookram that is; is that he as an open heard and is colour blind when it comes to people’s skin culture. As I was reading more and more about him I can clearly see how the Public Peace Prize is a good way to honour him. I was at of the Diversity Community Champion awards presented which an award presenting for the very first time by the Tamil Association here in Kitchener so they wanted to do something special for their 25 anniversary existence.
So that is why they have chosen to highlight the best out of the best as they themselves describe it when they were announcing the reason for the award. Sookram exemplify everything of the award that’s why he was chosen and so too I strongly believe that his openness for one and all, diversity that is regardless of rich or poor they may be and their status in society. He makes everyone feels special and worthy and bring out the strengths in them that they never thought they had. In fact this is what he does best because to him once people are able to recognize their own strength it is a stepping stone for he called the inner peace. And from then on they can take little steps to promote peace in their own surroundings and beyond.
Sookram is very liked by many people, some of which he never even met, which is why different people from both in and out of Canada are approaching him to get advice for their schooling, community development (this is an actual calling for him). To award him with the Public Peace Prize would be an appropriate thing to do.
I am very interested and delighted to put forward Narine Dat Sookram, known as MC-Narine for the 2nd annual peace prize because to me at lease with my experience it is very hard to find good people these days. The thing that I admire most about this blessed soul is that despite he has a family including a toddler; he still finds the time to do his part when it comes to peace so that everyone can get that feel that it is possible and it starts with them. One thing I would like to mention here is that he does his fair share at home; in fact that’s where he shines even more. He cooks and spends a lot of time in the kitchen and takes good care of his child.
In fact he is known as a person that wears many hats. If I was to go a little further I can proudly describe him a community champion and a global icon. Can you imangine he as a male was awarded the World of Difference 100 Award, making him the only person in North America to ever receive that honour in 2013 in the category of Championing Women Economic Empowerment? How much more proud can people be? He is setting a good example for both men and women that we are much stronger in numbers. To me when Sookram wins, the whole community wins and I couldn’t think of anyone else to spend my precious time to support this nomination.
Narine Dat Sookram has been a role model for the immigrant population here in Canada where he recognizes lots of needs and he decided to do something about it rather than just ignore the situation. For example Sookram spend his own time and money to teach newcomers how to drive so that he can become independent drivers to help themselves and their and their community as well. He has spent many years mentoring immigrants and helps them get their credentials evaluated to Canadian standard. These are all untold stories, except for his community events, radio show and outreach program to help the kids in Guyana.
When I look at my life and the way others live their live, to me the best way to describe him is that he was handmade by God, if you will. He’s a like a God sent to do things or show people the right path in life. I am convinced that if Sookram was to receive this honour it will motivate others to follow their dreams, because he has many followers and is looked up upon as a role model. I am pleased to nominate him, his full name is Narine Dat Sookram and I am very proud of the work he has been doing for years.
This is an easy decision for me to support the nomination for Narine Dat Sookram, because I got to know him through an internship program he did for a social service program he did at Mohawk College and I have to say that it was only then it really made me sit back and think to myself that you should never judge a book by its cover. And I am not talking about ethnicity or the colour of our skin; I am talking about my own ignorance by being judgemental towards a student. When he started his placement I was thinking to myself that he is a student so he probably need to learn so much, sure enough he was there to learn, but more so learn how we do things. I am amazed to find out how much he has accomplished and his passion to serve his fellow human being. If this is an award to honour a peacemaker who knows to bring the best out of everyone then award belongs to Narine Dat Sookram. If this is an award to honour a peacemaker who has impacted thousands of underprivileged people around the world, then this award is for Narine Dat Sookram. I can assure you that by him receiving this award, there will be many more people around the globe following his footsteps to become true peacemakers just like him, because he is that influential.
The best way for me to describe my nominee, Narine Dat Sookram that is; is that he as an open heart and is colour blind when it comes to people’s skin culture. As I was reading more and more about him I can clearly see how the Public Peace Prize is a good way to honour him. I was at of the Diversity Community Champion awards presented which an award presenting for the very first time by the Tamil Association here in Kitchener so they wanted to do something special for their 25 anniversary existence. So that is why they have chosen to highlight the best out of the best as they themselves describe it when they were announcing the reason for the award. Sookram exemplify everything of the award that’s why he was chosen and so too I strongly believe that his openness for one and all, diversity that is regardless of rich or poor they may be and their status in society. He makes everyone feels special and worthy and bring out the strengths in them that they never thought they had. In fact this is what he does best because to him once people are able to recognize their own strength it is a stepping stone for he called the inner peace. And from then on they can take little steps to promote peace in their own surroundings and beyond. Sookram is very likeable by many people, some of which he never even met that is why different people from both in and out of Canada are approaching him to advice for their schooling, community development (this is an actual calling for him) and awarding him the Public Peace Prize would be an appropriate thing to do._________________________
I am very interested and delighted to put forward Narine Dat Sookram, known as MC-Narine for the Public Peace Prize because to me at least in my experience, it is very hard to find good people these days. The thing that I admire most about this blessed soul is that despite he has a family including a toddler; he still finds the time to do his part when it comes to peace so that everyone can get that feel that it is possible and it starts with them. One thing I would like to mention here is that he does his fair share at home; in fact that’s where he shines even more. He cooks and spends a lot of time in the kitchen and takes good care of his child. In fact he is known as a person that wears many hats. If I was to go a little further I can proudly describe him a community champion and a global icon. Can you imagine he as a male was awarded the World of Difference 100 Award, making him the only person in North America to ever receive that honour in 2013 in the category of Championing Women Economic Empowerment? How much more proud can people be? He is setting a good example for both men and women that we are much stronger in numbers. To me when Sookram wins, the whole community wins and I couldn’t think of anyone else to spend my precious time to support this nomination.____________________
After learning of this peace prize nomination it wasn’t hard for me to think of someone that is more than deserving, because from his heart he has been making a global impact to the underprivileged through his weekly column and weekly radio show where the people can connect with his writings and the story he tells. I am we all are tired of the same thing over and over on the news. Narine is more about the root cause and look a little deeper. The kinds of projects he undergoes, not too many people would want to even attempt them because they all cost money. And let me make it clear that Narine is NOT a millionaire and that’s the good thing I admire about him is that he is certainly rich from the heart. There were times when he put money from his own pocket because he sees the impact that of what the initiative does. For example his annual community allows the whole community to come together under one roof to celebrate diversity. And the event as grown over the years where it is now supported by the city of Kitchener, however they do not give money just like that, Narine however takes the time to put proposals to have some money and in-kind support as well to do the show just for the people and he does not pay himself. His most recently event was a free one where everyone was able to come out and celebrate life together. Who is more deserving than Narine Dat Sookram for the PPP honour? Noooooooooooooooo body:)
We think that Narine Dat Sookram should receive the peace prize because he is a long time peacemaker that has thefollowing qualities to make it work:
1. He seeks to love and not control others
2. He is tolerant
3. He seeks forgiveness and not revenge
4. He looks for inner peace everyday
5. He lives and encourages other to live their life with joy
6. He’s the one to be the change he would want to see in this world.
7. He’s a community builder
8. He’s open
9. He’s about serving everyone
10. He’s a role model for his peers
I feel these qualities make Narine Dat Sookram a deserving community leader for
the Public Peace Prize
Sherry & John
This email is to support the nomination of Narine Dat Sookram for the PPP award, because he has gone to all the platforms possible in his power to promote peace. He has been doing it very successfully through a variety of ways which include his community radio show, community concert and community column. Many have been impacted by his work. In particular I like his article on this week’s column that he writes on “RACISM”. Here is the link to the actual article: :http://issuu.com/gytimes/docs/final2_a677325733ba7c/16?e=8252420%2F8674908
I have no doubt in my mind that Narine Dat Sookram is the most worthy candidate for
the award. He is a person that promotes fairness & equality in whatever he does and never looks back for anything in return. I can assure you that there wouldn’t be any regrets should he be chosen to receive this year’s award. Thanks a million for taking this nomination into consideration.
As we are brainstorming in our head right now as to who is the most deserving recipient for the Public Peace Prize, we are thinking of someone by the name of Narien Dat Sookram. We really gave it a good though and his name came up several times. Both my husband and I are aware of the many awards he has received, but not of them is specially for ‘peace’ and we felt that it is now an appropriate time for him to be recognized in this manners, because all of the work he does here in Canada and in Guyana and as a mentor for many in other countries as well makes him very deserving. If we were to come up with an alternative person nothing is coming to mind right now, so we are sticking with our first choice, Narine Dat Sookram that is and is supporting this nomination %100 all the way through. The think that makes him standout is that not only does he have supporters to support his work, but there are many individuals and organizations that follow his footsteps and have invited him to be part of their initiatives. Without any doubt Narine is having our full support for this honour, the Public Peace Prize.
Jane & Kris
In my opinion a peace prize should go to someone who sees everyone to have potential regardless of race, colour, religion etc. Narine Dat Sookram whom I have known for many years now is just an individual. This Public Peace Prize to me a great gift for him to say, “thank you” to him for all that is has done for so many people. He is a person with great charisma. Sookram has been impacting people globally though he is just an “ordinary” guy. However what many people do not know is that he does a lot of local work too. For example despite his busy schedule with of some his major initiatives, he also does some grassroots work like delivering meals to seniors through the Meals on Wheels program at Community Support Connections. I have to say to that anything that he does, he does it with his full 110% support. Very recently he was awarded the SAGE award in the volunteer category. SAGE is a unique program that celebrates the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations committed to providing the highest quality of care to older adults in our communities to ensure they can age with optimal health, independence and dignity. Narine is that person. The Public Peace Prize will certainly reflect the work he does that represents a true pacemaker.
I was told about the Public Peace Prize and decided to look into it. After doing so I feel necessary to take the initiative to nominate someone who always takes the initiatives to do so much for so many. That person is no other than Mr. Narine Dat Sookram of Kitchener, Ontario. Last year he was named one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant, because he has been a great supporter for immigrants for over two decades now. He has helped them from making their resumes/cover letters and job coaching. In 2012 he has received the highest civic honour from the city of Waterloo for his work as well. And though there are challenges in doing the work he does, he always finds ways to make it work. Over the years he has been very influencing in getting support for the city of Kitchener, businesses and many individuals as well. This is the kind of person Narine has because he knows that; that is the kind of personality he needs to keep ‘peace’ alive within our nation. He’s very deserving of the honour and I wish him all the best.
I’m writing in support of Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize, because he has done a lot for the local community and the broader community as well. He lives in Canada, but he never forsakes his homeland, Guyana. One of the things a lot of people do not know is that Guyana is a small beautiful country; it does have a lot of underprivileged people there as well. Narine however always help out in whatever way he can. In fast as soon as he migrated to Guyana some two decades ago, he formed a non-profit organization called Active Vision Charity Association as continuation of a group he had in Guyana since when he was a teenager. And when he went for a visit back a few years later, he saw more of the need for books in the libraries since then he has broaden even his contribution even more to help different areas of Guyana, a land of many waters as they like to call it. I think that he deserving of the Public Peace Prize because he is one that does not only worry for his success, but for the success of others as well and he is still that way up to this day.
I am nominating Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize because Narine is certainly a peacemaker and he has been that way for a very long time now. I don’t think that there is any coincidence that people from around the world want to connect with him, because they can see the work he does, thanks to technology, because his work seems be get contagious because of it. Recently when Narine started his new initiative, a weekly column on the Guyana Times newspaper, he wasn’t sure how effective it will be, but he decided to give it a try and he did and the response have been overwhelming. The interesting thing is that very smart people who themselves who are community minded for the sake of promoting peace have connected with Narine, because they see some sort of a mutual benefit. Narine is a type of peacemaker who does not measure his success by his material possession, but rather an impact he has made which is a tremendous amount because he has been that dedicated to promote peace for the past 2 decades.
Proud nominator, Lionel
I am nominating Narine Dat Sookram because he is the best fit I have seen based on the people I know. He has great mentoring qualities and has been using it to mentor business women in third world countries, because he does outmost best to bring equality to one and all. He also mentors internationally trained professionals here in Canada and everyone he helped so far has found jobs. He is deserving of the peace honour because he shares his expertise with others, because he wants them to succeed as well. Without any doubt he is a great, great, great role model to have in any society, because he knows how to adapt to everyone’s situation. I am so sure that if Narine was to win this award that many people will be influenced by and want to spend some time and think as to what they too can do to create a peaceful world, because they will soon realize that they too can be a doer like that Narine to create that sense of belonging. He is it for this award, because he as excel in every capacity that the award represents which to me is love and he has shown it in all of his initiatives.
Sookram is worthy of the Public Peace Prize because to me he has the 3rd eye vision. In other words he looks out not only for himself but for the people around him. These are the kind of persons I will consider peacemakers. He listens to others concerns and tries to put them in the right direction when things are not going so well. For example there was one male individual who called him yesterday and asked him for advice to as to how to network so that he can grow his business. Though Sookram is a college graduate, he does not have a mater in business or anything like that, but yet strangers trust him to make the effort to call him and seek for help, because you know what, find it very comforting. And to me that’s what a kind hearted peacemaker represents. Whether or not Sookram is chosen as the Public Peace Prize winner, he is a peacemaker in my mind and the minds of many. Thanks for reading my nomination for Narine Dat Sookram, a well deserving individual._________________________
Because I am touched by his work, I am delighted to make a nomination for the PPP Prize. I am particular touched by his most recent article he wrote and I quote: “It sucks to think that racism still exists, but the reality is, it does. People fail to remember that all people are inherently equal. It is import to realize that we all have a role to play when it comes to eliminate racism and let us not forget that there are lots of things we can do to get the ball rolling. For example those of you who are reading this article right now should consider reading and listen to books and music that promote an anti-racist point of view. This will broaden your understanding about the issue. And for those who do not like to read much or if you know of friends who do not like to read, try to get the involved in an anti-racism group or a Human Rights Campaign. This will give them the same effect in understanding the racism issues that do exists as well. And if this seems to be too complicated, try to hang out with friends who are non-racists. And speaking of friends, one of the best things to do is to make friends that are different from your racial or ethnic background. There are lots of opportunities everywhere regardless where you live, take advance of it and cherish it.
We all have an obligation regardless of our status in society. If anyone you know is a racist encourage them to think differently and do not be afraid to let them know that you do not approve of their opinions and hateful activities. It is crucial that you break the silence in a situation of such. Guyana is a beautiful place to promote diversity. Take the time to learn about the cultures of others and respect them. And if you can, try your very best to integrate different aspects of them into your own life.
There is no reason to be afraid to ask someone of a different race a question about race. Keeping in mind though you have to be very respectful of it. An open communication and not being judgemental is important and will decrease racism. However, keep in mind though; that you may be asked for your opinion about a certain race, when that time comes, does not be offensive, but be respectful in answering. If you are the one chooses to ask a question, make you sure you phase it appropriately, meaning instead of asking someone, “what is it like being an African student at a mostly East Indian school?” Ask them, “what is it like for you to be an African student at a mostly East Indian school?” The key is to keep the questions personal, because it is not fair to make someone answer a question for their entire race.
Keep in mind that we are human beings and it would not be uncommon to get into an argument with someone of another race, however if and when you do, do not use racial hatred to make your point. If you do that, it is clearly racist, and if you supported anti-racism in the past, you will look like a hypocrite. Do not be one of those, be open and be a champion instead, we are all one people, one nation, one destiny after all.”
How can someone not be touched by this article and know that Narine is a gifted peacemaker?
Nomination sometimes can take a lot of time, but for it worth all the time to recommend Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize. I have known him for several years now and during those times he has proven himself time and time again that living peaceful among all people is crucial. He would make a perfect peacemaker with the Public Peace Prize. I know that there is lots of negativity in this world, but people like Sookram has proven that providing peace is possible. In fact he created ways to eliminate them among people of all cultural backgrounds. His community concert, Caribbean Dreams is a big hit. People actually want more because the can see the benefit to the community and have so many people are being impacted. If you are looking for a true hero, a true peacemaker, then look no further, because there is no one who is comparable to Narine Dat Sookram, a very deserving peacemaker.
To me when I really analyze it, if someone takes the time to write something good about someone, especially when it’s this good (see quotes below), it certainly means something. Below are a few quotes that the public took the time to write about a special person and that special person is no other than Narine Dat Sookram and it is for those reasons I am thrilled to endorse his nomination for the 2nd annual Public Peace Prize.
“I have read with great interest most of your articles, embedded in them are topics which we face in our everyday lives no matter who we are and where we live, however there is a lot that can be done to improve our lives and relations in our community, however what we lack is proper Coordination and in most cases time and resources. it is every man’s belief that they can do more and help more whenever a situation arises but as i have already noted we need to Coordinate in the most appropriate way to ensure optimum results. Guyana is a beautiful country and it has wonderful and intelligent people. we just need good leadership, fairness for all, more efficient public services and more open minded people like you to help build better a better relation in our community.” – Ravi
“Yay! You are the best. Thank you so very much. May God continue to be with you as you are truly a blessing to me, my family and a lot of other people in the world. Thank you a million times for your generosity.” – Wanita
My family and I are extremely excited and pleased to support the nomination for Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize. When he made his visit to Guyana last May, he did so much for so many people and the thing we admired from him is that the actual went for vacation. That is how he decided to spend his vacation, with the peace he grew up with that is. He took the time to visit all his villagers because it was important to him to let them know that someone cares for them. We knew him since when he was a small boy about his character, but did not realize about the impact he would have made. This is an over 20 year-long story I am reflecting on here. He shows people that there is hope. We would like to thank him for his time and being there for the people who needed the comfort the most and so this is our way to say thank you.
I am writing in support of Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize because I am his biggest fan. I follow along his articles dedicatedly and am so inspired. My life has changed for the better because of him. In particular, I like this article: http://issuu.com/gytimes/docs/final_2869293a90190c/4?e=8252420%2F6484339
I admire all of his work, despite the fact that he has a busy life himself, he takes the time to look out for the people and he does it well, because he does it from the heart and that’s what sets him apart from other peacemaker. He has taught me that I have my own strength that I can use to better my own life. I never realize my own potential after follow him and pay attention to his writings on his column on the Guyana Times and his peace video as well. He is just an inspiration for us all.
If you are really looking for a peacemaker, don’t look any further because I have found one here for you. He is no other than Mr. Narine Dat Sookram known as MC-Narine who is the founder of Active Vision Charity Association, as organization that was founded to help the school children in Guyana and to promote its rich cultural heritage here in Canada. And the reason behind it all is that he lives strongly that peace in itself starts with a good education. The thing that sets Sookram apart from everyone one else is that he does everything he possible could to make sure that these initiatives are successful. In fact one of his schools he helped in Guyana has
named their library after his organization. And I have to say that this is not easy work, but yet he takes the time to do it with a conscious mind. The thing that keeps him going is the end results. The picture below actually show the power he has to bring old friends together for one common good, piece that is.
It is worth my time to write this email of support for Narine Dat Sookram, because many Canadian immigrants have been influenced by his work. I myself have been and because of him I am on a positive path in life. I remember many years ago I was watching a documentary by the name, Northern Choice where he was featured in and the thing that makes him stand out in the movie is that he focuses on his positive experience and that’s what I have walked away the most from this movie. Sookrams’s personally really fits the Public Peace Prize because he is not doing things in his daily life that will benefit him and his family to live a peaceful life, but does it for the good of the public. The impact that he has made has been incredible. He has impacted people from all over the glove and from different ethnic backgrounds, ages as well. He’s very worth of the honour for this many years of hard work influencing people that peace is positive and they all can be part of it._________________________
It’s amazing that so many people and organizations are doing events where they are trying to raise money for some sort of a cause. However Nrine Dat Sookram whom I I am writing this nomination for is doing the same kind of thing, but for a whole total different reason. And his reason is to bring the diverse community together where people can celebrate the differences of everyone to have a better understanding of their differences. That’s why is came of no surprize that Craig Norris from the CBC Radio says that he usually attend 10 events monthly, but the Caribbean Dreams concert was the best he has seen. No surprises that there. These are the kinds of impact Sookram has made locally, nationally and internationally and is very deserving of the Public Peace Prize. When it comes to peace for one and all, Sookram is the one who usually think outside of the box, because is one of those innovative types that are very conscious about making peace very contagious.
I am Dinesh who would like to nominate Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize. I am interested to do so because he has been a champion for Newcomers to Canada and has played a leadership role for many years where he has made them feel a sense of home through his initiatives here in Canada. For example he does not want them to love their own cultural heritage and for those reason the initiated the Caribbean promotes the West Indian Culture and so is his initiative for the Caribbean Dreams concert where new and young artistes get to showcase their talent, but the unique thing is that people from all cultures get to celebrate under one room, which really removes a lot of barriers when it comes to our differences. Sookram is a true champion that is very well deserving of the Public Peace Prize and cannot see any reason otherwise.
As I was deciding to make my nomination for Narine Dat Sookram, I was trying to come up with text with things that really stood out for me and in so doing as I was researching him I found a lot of goodarticles written about him, but there were a few that really catches my eyes and they are: http://www.guyanatimesgy.com/2013/06/29/guyanese-canadian-lives-to-serve-others/
Just the heading a lone tells the values of Mr. Sookram because that is exactly what is personality is like and would make a perfect peacemaker for 2015. The fact that he has been very caring from since early childhood and is still this way now tells me that he is very consistent and is very serious when it comes to individual and community peace. He has shown time and time again that you do not have to hold huge position to make positive changes in one’s life. In fact he himself has influenced thousands of people from different parts of the glove over thy years, only because of his character and determination for togetherness and community engagement for world peace. Thanks for reading my nomination for this deserving individual.
Below you’ll see my reasons for making a nomination for Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize. Particularly the two articles he has written on his weekly column on the Guyana Times. The two topics he wrote about are:
1) Social Inclusion, and 2) Inner Peace
I like that the fact in his article he says “One of the hardest things to do is to forgive the hurt us and cause us pain, realizing that inner peace can be reached when we are willing to forgive. It’s basically when we can let go of our past. In order words, when we can accept things the way they are, it is a lot easier to let go of difficult situations and to forgive what has happened. A good way to look at this is if you don’t forgive someone you are connected to that person. For example if you are not willing to forgive your thoughts will return to the person who did you wrong and the bad things s/he did to you over and over again. One of the key things to keep in mind too is to forgive both yourself as mentioned and others. By doing this you are making the habit of forgiveness a natural part of your life which will become much easier to forgive others.”
Sookram is very deserving of the Public Peace Prize because he has impacted many people through his weekly column and let them realize that peace starts with out and the fact that he went as far to write about inner peace is so important because sometimes people think that peace is something we have to go seek for and that’s not always the case.
I am writing this email with great pride, because Narine Dat Sookram takes great pride to bring the community together, he is who I am nominating for the Public Peace Prize and hopes that he wins it. He has a proven track record to have done good things for his community since at a very tender age of 14 when he founded a youth group to bring the kids together to share ideas so that everyone can contribute and build a better village. That love and passion never dies when he migrated to Canada over 2 decades ago. In fact he has founded another one called Active Vision Charity Association to help his homeland and to help strengthen our diverse culture here in the Region of Waterloo. He is very deserving of the peace prize as he constantly find ways to promote peace, whether that be on his radio show or weekly articles.
We are a bunch of ladies who would like to nominate Mr. Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize (Canada) for taking his personal time out of the goodness from this heart to share his expertize with us so that we all can be better business women. We are more impressed that he as a male took the time to so that is why we are all so pleased that he has received this global recognition, the World of Difference 100 Award from the Alliance for International Women for Championing Women Economic Empowerment. Not only did the judges had it right to choose him as the recipient, but all of us felt the excitement as well and couldn’t be any happier. To us the world needs more people like Sookram, because too often people tend to worry only about themselves, but for Sookram he gives it every effort to leverage every difficult situation, especially for the ‘underprivileged’. We cannot wait to see the Public Peace Prize announcing Narine as the recipient for 2016.
To me when someone is taking the time to listen to everyone who approaches him and someone who always come up with new innovative ways to spread the word of peace is a true peacemaker. When I think of all of these important factors, there are a few people comes to mind, but only one stands us for and his name is Narine Dat Sookram, a Guyanese born, living in Canada. For him helping others is like a fulltime job. He makes it a priority and makes every effort to listen to people’s concerns. And the more I think about it, the more it makes me think that Sookram is an ideal recipient for the Public Peace Prize, because people always learn from his initiatives. In fact he does a variety of activities, mainly because he wants to break down the barriers when it comes down to cultural differences. And the reality is if people like Sookram do not take the time to do so then things can easily fall away. I am aware of the fact that Sookram has received numerous awards, but I think this is a prestigious one for him to receive, not only because he is worthy of it, but I am almost certain that many people will be inspired by it and want to do more to contribute to make this world a more peaceful one.
I would like to nominate Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize because for the sake of peace and bringing people together, he has brought a new meaning to philanthropy, humanitarian and volunteerism. In fact these is where he shines the most, because he does things whole heartedly and does not look forward for any pay. If wasn’t for him doing things that way, he would have not been able to impact as many people. Without any doubt, Sookram has become a role model for many people because he exemplars everything that the peace prize represents. The unique thing about him is that he believes so much in Diversity and Inclusion which I feel is so much important in today’s world and I think that is what sets him apart from anyone else. Sookram is a hard worker and I mean very hard working in bringing everyone together regardless of what religion they belong to. He certainly knows how to engage people for one common good, which is peace.
When I was asked to endorse Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize, I wasn’t too sure what it’s all about, but I had a chance to read up a bit on it. After doing so I realize that Sookram is the best fit for the award, because he is a person whom anytime can turn to if and when they need help. In fact he has helped me personally in getting settled here in Canada. If wasn’t for his help I really don’t know where my life would have ended up. So thanks to Sookram for sharing some tips to me so that I can better be prepared a ‘new’ life here in Canada. Apart from me, I am also aware of all the or most of the good things Sookram has been doing for so many people without looking back for anything, that is why anytime he gets any sort of a recognition from any organization I am always happy for him. There are many people who took examples from Sookram to strengthen their own groups because he is a type of person where he always think outside of the box and have made a tremendous amount of impact globally.
I have had the opportunity to work with Sookram a few years ago where we were working in the same quality department and get to know him really well. Well to a point that I have been very inspired by his work, because he is so passionate about what he does. I am nominating him for the Public Peace Prize because he has been an inspiration for us all and the community at large and has made a huge impact to the young generation, letting them know that they all have capabilities to make this world a more peaceful one.
I remember there was this particular individual who was working in the same department as Sookram, but haven’t been community oriented, but he was so inspired by the work of Sookram that he said that he wish he was like him. Then knowing Sookram; Sookram had to spend the time and explain to him that we are all different and that we all have capabilities to do good things for our friends, community and country. These are the kind of things that sets Sookram apart from everyone else is that he can relate to people and people can relate to him and is very deserving of the honour.
When I first came to this country, I was lost, in the sense I didn’t know where to start and what to do. However that struggle didn’t last for too long when I met with Mr. Sookram, because he gave me some valuable tips as to what needed to in order to make it here in Canada. Boy was I lucky and because of the way he offered the help to me, I was motivated to want to past it on to someone else. It’s like he made it contagious. Without any doubt we certainly need more people like him. But because I am inspired I am trying to live by his footsteps (and let me tell you that it’s not easy to do). The way I am looking at it is that if Sookram was to win this Public Peace Prize sure it will motivate him to continue his passion for peace, but at the same time it will definitely motivate others as well to think with a conscious mind can becomes ‘peacemakers’ themselves. And this is what we need more of in todays’ society and in this world.
There are probably hundreds of reasons for me to nominate Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize, some of which I will never know. But here is what I know. I know that he is an approachable person where many have turned to for advice in terms of getting settled here in Canada and more specifically he has helped to mentor many individuals and guiding them to a more successful career path. All of this and so much more he has done to be an example for what peace really stands for. In a sense he has given an open invitation to people he doesn’t even know where he makes himself available to offer any sort of a support to make them feel a little better. By the way Sookram is a registered social service worker and he has certainly skills that are necessary to communicate with people of all backgrounds and ethnicity and he uses it very well. To me the Public Peace Prize was made to honour people like Sookram. An ordinary man making an extraordinary difference to people internationally is very well deserving of the Public Peace Prize.
It is absolutely unbelievable to see how much Narine Dat Sookram has grown over the years and that is why I am very excited to write this text as a support for him for the Public Peace Prize. From since when he was a small child he engaged himself in community activities for the benefit of the community and people as a whole. At a very tender age he initiated a youth group way back in Guyana and here in Canada he also initiated one among many other initiatives. Because of him being so influential, both ‘regular’ individuals and professionals seek his advice. This is not because he is the smartest person, but he is the type of person you can trust. He’s very genuine. Society can never be the same of even function with people like Sookram where his entire lifestyle is about promoting peace and harmony for one and all. If there is ONLY one person that deserves the Public Peace Prize, then that’s Narine Dat Sookram, that is how much I recommend him for this award.
I am nominating Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize because I have been inspired so much by him. He made me and my family realized that I we have lots of potential ourselves regardless of how much money we have. We have always been supporters of him on the work he has been doing for social change. He is deserving of the prize to me, because he has proven that peace can be accomplish with the simplest idea among us. He made me realize that we need to make this change in our daily lives. I have supported through online votes for previous awards, including the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant award and would be happy to do the same again for this peace prize, because it is worth my time, but more so he is very deserving of it. His initiatives have impacted thousands around the world. His weekly radio show has attracted listeners around the world although it a local community radio show, he has taken it to a global level to connect with people for one common good and that is for ‘peace’ among us. His motto is more like ‘one world living together’ kind of thing. He’s a champion among men and is deserving of this Public Peace Prize.
We feel that Sookram is worthy of the Public Peace Prize because he has successfully use the performing arts to bring the community together. For example one of the things he has been doing is he organises an annual event called Caribbean dreams. Here is a clip of one of his previous show:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJooZC3u4Og
I am aware that there other people that does similar things, but thing that makes Sookram stands out is that ‘diversity’ is a priority when it comes not only the annual concert, but all of his initiatives. And for that reason he is so much likable by so many people, some of which he never met. You know that someone stands out when people are taking the time to write things about him like, “Narine I just want to say thanks to you, I feel so blessed that mom is going to be with me on Friday. It could not happen without you. Love you and God will always bless you. You are my brother and I will bless you with something very good, so you will always remember the good you have done to this family.” By no way am I surprised by that statement. That is the personality of Sookram and he can connect to people well and the good thing with him is that he does not ignore anyone, regardless of the situation. This Public Peace Prize will be an appropriate token to what he has done to so many people that makes him a person has the potential to duplicate so many more peacemakers. He is certainly one out of million.
This was definitely not a difficult decision to support the nomination for Narine Dat Sookram, because he has done lot for many people and if too area aware of this aware, they will be happy to send an endorsement. I am nominating him for possible consideration for the Public Peace Prize, because he has a special way to connect to people. For example he writes a weekly article on the Guyana Times and when if you carefully analyze them, his articles are about connecting with people and being inclusive. He writes on some very interesting topics such as culture, diversity, inclusion, greed, how to build a better community. By no means am I expecting anyone to go through all of his articles, but here are a few samples of what he has written.
1) Benefits of Migration
2) Suicide prevention in our community
3) Growing up in Guyana
4) Joys of the Christmas Season
5) Connecting with old friends
6) Reflections of good teachers
7) Ideas to improve the education system in Berbice, Guyana
It is very rare that I really take the time to nominate someone for an award, but just like anything else there are exceptions and in this case the exception is Narine Dat Sookkram. Though I haven’t had much help from him, well not yet anyways, I am aware of the amount of initiatives he is involved in. Some of these have been about for many years and still are going strong. The weekly program that he does is a good example, where ethnic groups can tune in and feel that sense of home, because they can listen to music of their choice in that sense. Through this weekly radio show many new and local artistes are getting the opportunity to showcasing their talent that reaches a wide audience. This show airs on Sunday and he has been doing it for over 10 years now and the audience has grown over the years, because Sookram has a sway to connect with his listeners. He also does other activities brings people together, such as the community concert which is an award winning one. It’s an even that many people are looking for to attend for what it represents. It presents our diverse culture here in Canada. And if wasn’t Sookram these activities would have not been possible, that is why I am taking the time to put forward his name for possible consideration for the Public Peace Prize.
Narine Dat Sookram is very deserving of the Public Peace Prize, because for over two decades he has spent his of time spreading the word of peace using his initiatives. A big part is with outreach program where he collects school supplies and books and sends them to the children of Guyana. I think that he deserving because he has other program like a community concert, radio show and a weekly column which he uses them to promote peace to one and all so that people will have a better understanding of each other and respect each other to create a safe, happy and peaceful world.
Apart from me trying to say all of these good things about Sookram, it is not uncommon for many people to take the time to express their kindness towards him. Usually on social media people will write all kinds of good stuff and I can clearly see why because he is an advocate for the voiceless and would be very nice if he is chosen for the Public Peace Prize.
Narine Dat Sookram is getting my support for the Public Peace Prize because when were in college, he was one of the few people or in fact only person I know that was a good addition to our class. We were in the Social Service Worker program. And though he has a family including toddler, he was making himself to help everyone. The glass had a good mix of students and Sookram found was to bring them together during the challenging times. He went as far as to take notes for the physically and mentally challenged students. It was not an easy task because he had his own obligation, but yet he did not refuse to help the ones in need at the time. Even during his presentations for the program, he found ways to incorporate the message of peace not only for those students to get along with each other, but for them to take it a little further to pay it forward, because those students were preparing themselves for careers in the helping profession. Because of Sookram many students have changed and became more open, all because of Sookram’s efforts. This community builder is certainly deserving of this Public Peace Prize.
The fact that Narine Dat Sookram is a Hindu and is nominated for a Muslim award tells alot. The Muslim Awards is an initiative created to repair the negative image of Muslims in the media and is a celebration of excellence and dedication to Islam and Muslims. The mission is to uncover the positive sides of Islam and Muslim contributions to humanity. The main goals of the Muslim Awards are to encourage: progress, prosperity and peace. There is however a category for non-Muslims, which fits Sookram well, because of his reputation as well.
And though hundreds of people are nominated for the award, he is the ONLY non-Muslim to be nominated so far. I am by no way surprize at all because Sookram has always been open to people of different religion and cultures, because he believes that everyone should be treated fairly. That is why his name rings a bell when I heard of the Public Peace Prize; because to me the award was made for people like Sookram.
I am pleased to nominate Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize because he spent his whole life always serving people and he does it really well. Sookram is very community oriented who always tries to find a way to bring people together through his initiatives. I have learned so much from him over the years, because he made me realize my own strengths. I am a huge supporter of him because I like his style. People always take the time to write positive reviews about him and I can see why. Narine actually dedicated most of his life to help others in the most peaceful way because he knows that everyone has something to offer and he gives them that opportunity to bring out the best out of themselves through community concerts, his community radio show and his other activities. He has become an icon globally for many followers, many of which he has not known and many will be pleased to see him win the Public Peace Prize and so will I.
I take pride in nominating Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize because he is a perfect example as to what the peace prize represents. He is very conscious about promoting peace in his everyday living, because he knows it starts from home. For him being peaceful is about having a positive attitude and have respect for all. He is about inclusiveness and diversity and sees everyone as equal. This is where he really stands out. Sookram always engages himself with people of all races, cultures and backgrounds, and more so he is very approachable.
His time and dedication in organizing so many community events over the years have proven his capabilities in bringing people together of all kinds together under one roof. He has impacted so many regionally, professionally, nationally and internationally. He’s like a God sent, so to speak. The thing that I admire the most is that he does not have access to millions of dollars or endless resources, but yet he has champion he projects the tackles. He is so much deserving of the Public Peace Prize and I hope he wins.
I was having a conversation with a supporter of Narine who already nominated him for the peace prize, but after the conversation we had I myself was motivated to vote, because for me if you are really looking for a peacemaker, the Narine is it. He is also known MC-Narine who is the founder of Active Vision Charity Association, an organization that was founded to help the school children in Guyana and to promote its rich cultural heritage here in Canada. And the reason behind it all is that he believes faithfully that peace starts when people are educated. The thing that sets Narine apart from others is that he does everything in his power to make sure that these initiatives are successful. In fact one of his schools he helped in Guyana has named their library after his organization. And I have to say that this is not easy work, but yet he takes the time to do it with a conscious mind. The thing that keeps him going is the impact is has made. It is so easy for Narine to have support from others to whenever he needs it, because many people will remember the good things he has been doing that affects so many at a global level. He would make a great recipient for the Public Peace Prize._________________________
Sookram is worthy of the Public Peace Prize because to me he has the 3rd eye vision. In other words he looks out not only for himself but for the people around him. These are the kind of persons I will consider peacemakers. He listens to others concerns and tries to put them in the right direction when things are not going so well. For example there was one male individual who called him yesterday and asked him for advice to as to how to network so that he can grow his business. Though Sookram is a college graduate, he does not have a mater in business or anything like that, but yet strangers trust him to make the effort to call him and seek for help, because you know what, find it very comforting. And to me that’s what a kind hearted peacemaker represents. Whether or not Sookram is chosen as the Public Peace Prize winner, he is a peacemaker in my mind and the minds of many. Thanks for reading my nomination for Narine Dat Sookram, a well deserving individual.
Narine Dat Sookram is my nominee because he has great charisma and is sincerely care about people.
It is worth my time to write this email of support for Narine Dat Sookram, because many Canadian immigrants have been influenced by his work. I myself have been and because of him I am on a positive path in life. I remember many years ago I was watching a documentary by the name, Northern Choice where he was featured in and the thing that makes him stand out in the movie is that he focuses on his positive experience and that’s what I have walked away the most from this movie. Sookrams’s personally really fits the Public Peace Prize because he is not doing things in his daily life that will benefit him and his family to live a peaceful life, but does it for the good of the public. The impact that he has made has been incredible. He has impacted people from all over the glove and from different ethnic backgrounds, ages as well. He’s very worth of the honour for this many years of hard work influencing people that peace is positive and they all can be part of it.
I am nominating Narine Dat Sookram for the Public Peace Prize because I have been inspired so much by him. He made me and my family realize that I we have lots of potential ourselves regardless of how much money we have. We have always been supporters of him on the work he has been doing for social change. He is deserving of the prize to me, because he has proven that peace can be accomplish with the simplest idea among us. He made me realize that we need to make this change in our daily lives. I have supported through online votes for previous awards, including the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant award and would be happy to do the same again for this peace prize, because it is worth my time, but more so he is very deserving of it. His initiatives have impacted thousands around the world. His weekly radio show has attracted listeners around the world although it a local community radio show, he has taken it to a global level to connect with people for one common good and that is for ‘peace’ among us. His motto is more like ‘one world living together’ kind of thing. He’s a champion among in society and is deserving of this Public Peace Prize.