LAUREATE 2016 – JUSTICE and SOLIDARITY ACTIVIST and PEACEMAKER
Suzanne LOISELLE is an international peace and justice activist working from Quebec, Canada. Through her actions as well as her words, she affirms that peace is not possible without justice, and solidarity can only be achieved by analyzing and driving out repressive, warlike tendencies and condemning the racism that divides communities. Suzanne received a large volume of support, in particular from Canada but also from countries such as Brazil and Haiti, recommending the she be attributed the 2016 Public Peace Prize as JUSTICE and SOLIDARITY ACTIVIST and PEACEMAKER
Read all the letters of this support for this nomination in their original language at:
The reputation of this woman from Quebec goes far beyond the framework of the organization L’Entraide missionnaire, which she has directed in Montreal for the past thirty years. Suzanne Loiselle has forged fast ties with a vast network of international cooperation agencies. The many struggles for peace and human rights which she has supported have taken her to Iraq with a Quebec delegation headed by Objection de conscience organisation. Her actions and forceful public statements reveal her strong bond with oppressed populations.
Inspired by a theology of liberation, her vision of the world is both caring and critical. She holds special affection and compassion for the people of Haiti, whom she visits regularly and defends in her information capsules and her advocacy work. As spokesperson for and one of the founding members of Collectif Échec à la guerre, she bravely expresses her concerns regarding the disturbing trends of globalization and the Canadian government’s foreign policy.
Suzanne is a member of the international congregation, Sœurs Auxiliatrices. She was first a teacher. She then practiced unionism in the education milieu, where she developed her talents as a convincing speaker, a speaker able to deliver a clear and forceful message. She is an unstoppable mobilizing force particularly when it concerns defending the interests of women, workers and vulnerable communities.
L’Entraide missionnaire, an organization established and supported by religious congregations and which provides missionary formation, closely monitors North-South relations. Suzanne Loiselle’s addresses which open the organization’s annual meetings provide a masterful overview of the issues relative to international solidarity and mission. It is part of the heritage that is left to us by this woman of vision and action who has dedicated her life to create a world without exclusion.
For more information:
Read all the nominations proposing Suzanne Loiselle for the Public Peace Prize (in their original language): _________________
L’Entraide missionnaire, D’hier à demain : au cœur de l’action solidaire. (Collection of some thirty opening addresses from 1987 to 2014 by Suzanne Loiselle at the organization’s annual meetings), Montreal, 2015. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
L’EMI en bref, L’Entraide missionnaire newsletter : http://www.lentraidemissionnaire.org/cat/publications/lemi-en-bref/
Support and comments received in English
Suzanne has been Quebec’s public voice for peace in the Middle East for more than a decade. She has been a tireless defender of the ordinary people in Iraq, Syria and Palestine. She has been key in bringing awareness to an entire generation here. To recognize her is to recognize the solidarity of the people of Quebec with the struggling people of the Middle East.
I have known Suzanne for over 40 years. I have followed her endeavors for peace and justice. She has been relentless in dedicating herself to the work of justice by going on fact finding missions in Haiti , Iraq, and other parts of the world and educating others about the ramifications of political decisions that affect the poor. Her perseverance in the work of justice deserves praise and recognition.
For your international work and your concern for women.
For your caring in many everyday ways.