Canadians to Honor American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca with Canadian Peace Award.

Arts and Entertainment

August 14, 2013

From: ARK in Berea

Canadians to Honor American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca with Canadian Peace Award.

American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca will be awarded a Canadian Peace Award for the Windsor Peace Stone of the Worlds Children Peace Monument (WCPM) during their visit to Windsor next month, according to a Canadian press release. The Windsor Peace Stone is slated to be the cornerstone of the coast-to-coast 'Trans Canadian Peace Trail”.

The Jakupca's will be the first Americans to receive the honor, which was announced by a coalition of Canadian peace organizations on Monday. The Canadian Award is a CRISTAL d'ALBRET PAX Peace Plate by GILBERT POILLERAT. The 9" Peace plate is very heavy crystal glass with beautiful molded detailing. It's of a dove, holding an olive branch surrounded by children and is a fitting testament to the WCPM.  It comes in a cloth lined presentation box with Plaque of Remembrance.

David and Renate Jakupca are true friends of the people of Canada, and they have been since the beginning of the formation of The International Center for Environmental Arts in 1987,” Sharon Demming, spokeswoman of the Peace Coalition, stated in the release. Rick Coranado of Great lakes United and the Clean Water Alliance presented ICEA with an environmental award in 1992 for the exhibit, 'Endangered Spaces' that addressed the concerns about the dangers of over development of the Great Lakes shoreline.

“As Founders of ICEA and American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca, they have stood with Canadians in times of crisis and peace," she continued. "During their time as Ambassadors they have made a unique contribution to the Canadians, both through further strengthening the strategic cooperation between the countries and through the joint development of environment and technology to promote a sustainable culture of peace.”

The statement went on to praise the Jakupca's as a “symbol of democratic values” who “exemplifies the spirit of iceality and opportunity for all living things to live in a peaceful global society.”

The award also follows Jakupca's receiving the prestigious 'Freedom Award' by the American Nationalities Movement Organization in 2012.

The Jakupca's will receive the award as part of the dedication of the Windsor Peace Stone located for the 2013 International Children's Games in Windsor-Essex, located at the new 77 million Dollar Windsor Aquatic Center.