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Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in General News

Young Nova Scotian Peacemaker heads to Sarajevo for international conference

For Immediate Release – Wednesday, June 4, 2014
 
Young Nova Scotian Peacemaker heads to Sarajevo for international conference
St. Francis Xavier University student attending conference to mark WWI anniversary
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
(Antigonish) – A young peacemaker from Nova Scotia is on her way to attend an international peace conference this week. Margaret Skabar is a 21-year old student from Antigonish and will be attending Sarajevo Peace Event 2014. The conference is taking place from June 6-June 9 in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is one of the largest peace conferences in the world to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I. Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire is one of the key note speakers and the program includes more than 200 sessions.
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Skabar is a St. Francis Xavier University student and is pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in political science. She became involved in the peace movement three years ago when she worked at the Thinker’s Lodge in Pugwash. Skabar explains, “I was fortunate enough to learn about the history of Pugwash’s role in international peacemaking and it changed my life.” While working at Thinker’s Lodge, Skabar observed some of the sessions of the Canadian Pugwash conference. She later joined the Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace. Skabar will be joining Tamara Lorincz, a board director of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, at the conference. Lorincz is from Nova Scotia but is currently pursuing the Rotary International World Peace Fellowship in the United Kingdom.
 
Skabar’s trip to Sarajevo Peace Event 2014 is funded by the St. Francis Xavier University and by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. Sarajevo Peace Event of 2014 will mark the anniversary of World War I that started in Sarajevo in 1914 and will call for a global culture of peace and non-violence. More than fifty organizations across Europe have coordinated to organize the conference with over a thousand delegates expected to attend from around the world. 
 
BACKGROUND:  Established in 1960, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is a non-partisan Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) comprised of a network of diverse women with consultative status at the United Nations ECOSOC. For almost 50 years, VOW has tirelessly advocated for a world without war. For more information about VOW, please visit: http://vowpeace.org
 
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For additional information or interviews, please contact:
  • Margaret Skabar, Member of the Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace, Phone: 1-902-664-8351 / Email: margaret.skabar@gmail.com
 
  • Tamara Lorincz, Board Director of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Email: tlorincz@dal.ca
Email: T.Lorincz@student.bradford.ac.uk  / Mobile: (+44) 07757 987996 / Skype: Tamara.Lorincz