BC students (PC years 35 and 36) at RaceRocks, taken by Mark Kelsey. Spring 2010.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Jean Beliveau - Peace Walker

The other day we had an incredibly inspiring guest at the college.  Jean Beliveau, in the midst of a mid-life depressive crisis (the transition from adult to old) had the idea to walk around the world.  He began calculating how long it would take him to get from his home, Montreal, to New York.  Then he dreamed bigger until his walk spanned every continent, he kept his dream a secret for 8 months.  When he finally told his wife, she urged him to do it for peace, and coinicidentally his timing was perfect for the 2001-2010 - International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World. 

 It is a truly  remarkable feat that yesterday I believe, he began his final journey back to Montreal from Vancouver, starting off with a civic ceremony with mayor Gregor Robertson in attendance.  He has seen tremendous adventures and met children and people from 74 countries.  I am truly blessed and lucky to have had tea with him and hear some of his stories first hand (everything ranging from not getting hit by traffic to a "puma" or cougar near his tent).  He left with only $4000 and a buggy full of small necessities, on the way he has met many souls and has learned about what makes us all human.  His message of peace and safety for children is one that resounds universally.   He will have walked nearly 75000 kilometres across all continents.   A true inspiration he believes that in order for peace, we must see the world through "eyes of love."


He relies on the kindness of people for places to stay along the way, so if you happen to be on his route through Canada, and have an extra couch/bed, please help this amazing man complete this amazing feat.

Keep going, Jean!  I'll be here cheering you on.

In Ethiopia, where Jean was so overwhelmed he nearly gave up.

In Iran, where the hospitality was incredible.

In Ethiopia, I believe

In India

In Peru

And finally, in his 11th year, coming home.

Lots of love and admiration,

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