Terry Waite
A contingent from our Team attended the Barrett Corporations 6th Annual Turnaround Achievement Awards at the Woodstock Campus of the New Brunswick Community College on Wednesday, May 23/2007. This event recognizes students in School District 14 who through EFFORT,PERSEVERANCE and COMMITMENT have significantly turned around and improved their lives. There were 31 Award Recipients from District 14 Schools this year.The guest speaker at this years event was Mr. Terry Waite. "TERRY WAITE has led a remarkable life as a diplomat and a humanitarian. A world-renowned agent of peace, he is a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit.Long devoted to humanitarian causes, intercultural relations and conflict resolution, Waite garnered international recognition in the 1980s when, as a special envoy to the Archbishop of Canterbury, he successfully negotiated the release of hostages in Iran and Libya.In 1987, while negotiating the release of hostages in Beirut, Waite was himself taken hostage. In captivity for 1,763 days ( four years of which were in solitary confinement ), he was chained to a wall, often left in darkness, beaten and subjected to mock executions.Since September 11, Waite is often called upon by CNN, the BBC and other news media to share his views on Islamic fundamentalism, the treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and the best way to negotiate with hostage-takers in Iraq. In January 2004, he made headlines when he returned to Lebanon for the first time since his 1991 release to visit refugee camps and research the effects of war on the young.".introduction from Event Program Guide
We were very honoured to represent our Team at this event. It was most inspirational to witness these District 14 Students being duly recognized for their individual achievements and to have the opportunity to listen to a speaker of Mr. Waite`s unique experiences and courage.
(L-R) Dale, Jim, Susan, Patricia and Glenda
...the room was full for this event
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