CALGARY, AB (April 9, 2015):
Receiving the 2015 Calgary Peace Prize this evening, Lieutenant General (LGen) Roméo Dallaire is calling Liberal Leader David Swann a “true humanitarian.”
In 2007 Swann took a delegation of seven citizens from Darfur living in Calgary to meet all political parties. LGen Dallaire hosted Swann and his delegation for a press conference on Parliament Hill. The Government of Canada later committed $185M to Sudan for humanitarian aid and development.
"I know Dr. Swann as a true humanitarian who recognizes injustice when he sees it and does all he can to stop it,” says LGen Dallaire. “I was particularly impressed with his willingness to go on a ten-day hunger strike to increase public awareness and pressure Canada's federal government to intervene in the genocide of Darfur.”
The two share a deep passion for human rights.
“I am deeply humbled and grateful for LGen Dallaire’s kind words,” says Swann. “He is an extraordinary figure of our times.”
As a recent medical graduate, David spent 1975-1978 during apartheid practicing medicine in the impoverished areas of South Africa. Other humanitarian missions include Haiti and Iraq.
LGen Dallaire is receiving the Calgary Peace Prize, which was established by the Consortium for Peace Studies at the University of Calgary to honour individuals working toward making the world a more just, safe and less violent place. Swann will be attending tonight's award ceremony in support.
2015 Calgary Peace Prize Celebration
Thursday, April 9, 2015
The Magnolia Banquet Hall
5075 Falconridge Boulevard NE
Calgary, AB T3J 4L8
David Swann will be available to the media at 7pm.
Brendon Legault, Press Secretary
Alberta Liberal Campaign