Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba

2006 Recipient

 

hiroshima-akibaThe Consortium for Peace Studies was pleased to inaugurate the Calgary Peace Prize in November 2006. The $5,000 prize was awarded to Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima and President of Mayors for Peace.Dr. Akiba received the prize from Dr. Harvey Weingarten, President, University of Calgary and Mr. Dave Bronconnier, Mayor, City of Calgary. There were 180 guests at the fundraising dinner held in the Safari Lodge, Calgary Zoo. Master of ceremonies was Dr. Kathleen Scherf, Dean, Faculty of Communication and Culture. Other dignitaries seated at the head table included Senator and Mrs. Douglas Roche of Edmonton, the Consul-General of Japan, Mr. Soemu Horie and Vice-Consul, Emi Mashiko. The following evening the Consul-General hosted a private dinner in Mayor Akiba’s honour, attended by representatives of the Consortium. The Consulate-General of Japan was also instrumental in suggesting the Japanese cultural performers whose music and dance enhanced the evening. Mayor Akiba, who received a standing ovation, spoke eloquently on the subject of nuclear disarmament. The next day he spoke with about 50 students and faculty members at the University as part of the Consortium’s PeaceTalks series, showing graphic slides of the consequences of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima. We are most grateful to Mayor Akiba for accepting the Calgary Peace Prize and devoting so much of his precious time to the event.