CNWC / RCAN

Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention / Rassemblement canadien pour une convention sur les armes nucléaires

CNWC Annual Achievement Award History

The CNWC Annual Achievement Award was first given in 2011 to mark the first anniversary of the 2010 motion (adopted by both the Senate and the House of Commons) calling on Canada to support negotiations for a legal ban on nuclear weapons.

The motion, which also asked the government to launch “a major worldwide diplomatic initiative,” was sparked by Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, comprising more than the then-550 members* of the Order of Canada, who have endorsed the U.N. Secretary-General’s call for a Nuclear Weapons Convention.


RECIPIENTS

2023 – Tariq Rauf 

“In deep appreciation of your outstanding international work for nuclear disarmament.” October 2023 Ottawa, Canada

Hon. Douglas Roche (right) presents award to Tariq Rauf

2022  – Paul Meyer, Canadian Pugwash Group

“Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention presents the 2022 Distinguished Achievement Award to Paul Meyer for outstanding diplomatic and civil society leadership on nuclear disarmament.”

Hon. Douglas Roche (left) presents award to Paul Meyer.


2021 – Dr. Jennifer Allen Simons
, The Simons Foundation Canada

“In recognition and deep appreciation for your outstanding commitment to nuclear disarmament, through the advancement of innovative policies, developing future generations of disarmament leaders, and dedicated philanthropy.”

Hon. Douglas Roche presents award to Dr. Jennifer Simons


2019 – Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford and Dr. Jonathan Down
PGS/IPPNW

“Distinguished Achievement Award presented to Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford and Dr. Jonathan Down for your enduring and steadfast work towards a world without nuclear weapons and your special commitment to teaching and energizing students on the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons.” September 26, 2019, Ottawa.

Dr. Jonathan Down and Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford Photo credit: Times Colonist


2018 – Debbie Grisdale
, International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War – Canada

“In recognition of your steadfast and generous commitment to a world without nuclear weapons and your respected leadership in non-governmental organizations.”
October 1, 2018, Ottawa.

Murray Thomson presents award to Debbie Grisdale

2017 – Metta Spencer, Peace Magazine

“In deep appreciation of your ongoing commitment to a nuclear weapons-free world and for your energetic advocacy through Peace Magazine, innovative peace research and education, and leadership in countless civil society organizations.” September 2017, Ottawa.

Hon. Douglas Roche presents award to Metta Spencer

2016 – Peggy Mason, Rideau Institute

“In deep appreciation of your ongoing commitment to a nuclear weapons-free world and for your persistent disarmament advocacy as a diplomat and civil society leader.” September 2016, Ottawa.

Tony Belcourt (right) presents award to Peggy Mason


2015   Paul Dewar
, former MP, member of Global Council of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament

“In deep appreciation of your ongoing commitment to a nuclear weapons-free world and your work as International Co-president of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND).” November 2015, Ottawa.

Paul Dewar was presented with the award by Murray Thomson

2014   Adele Buckley, Canadian Pugwash Group</span>

“In recognition and deep appreciation of your initiatives and commitment to a nuclear weapons free world.” December 2014, Ottawa.

 

2013   Fergus Watt, World Federalist Movement (Canada)

“In recognition of your sustained and dedicated work for responsible global governance and nuclear disarmament.”

Murray Thomson, Debbie Grisdale and recipient Fergus Watt.


2012   Bev Delong
, Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

“In recognition of your sustained and dedicated work for nuclear disarmament.”
18 October, 2012, Ottawa

Murray Thomson presented the award to Bev Delong


2011   Murray Thomson, O.C., Co-founder Project Ploughshares

Ernie Regehr, award recipient Murray Thomson, and Hon. Douglas Roche

 

 

Murray Thomson was honoured with the first Annual Achievement Award of Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention for his leadership and his “initiative and commitment to a nuclear weapons-free world.”

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