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The morning began with runners meeting at Ottawa City Hall. We had a moment of silence at each of the Peace Capital and Peace Nation commemorative plaques.
Many dignitaries representing different countries and faiths had gathered in the park for a Peace Run presentation. Each runner introduced themselves.
The Director of the International Peace Garden Foundation, Mr Michel Ganthier, warmly welcomed all of the guests and runners. He declared, "We are very happy to associate ourselves with the Peace Run".
H. E. Florence Zano Chideya, Ambassador of Zimbabwe, spoke of her close association with the Peace Run over many years. "I do revere this exercise profusely. Peace begins with me, peace begins with you and peace begins with everyone."
Mr Manfred Auster represented the European Union. He thanked the runners for spreading the message of peace globally. " I encourage you to continue bringing your message to the world."
H.E. Dr Beat Nobs, Ambassador of Switzerland, said of the Peace Run- "Tokens like yours are really important in contributing to more peace in the world."
H.E. Wilmer Barrientos, the Ambassador of Venezuela, spoke of the existence of wars and the need for us all to keep making efforts to sow peace for the future. He wished the Peace Run well.
H.E. Nicolas Lloreda, the Ambassador of Colombia, spoke about the United Nations; its noble Charter and the universal quest for peace. - "I am here today to lend my hand. I am here today to hold this torch."
H.E. Shirley Skerritt-Andrew, High Commissioner for Saint Kitts and Nevis, the smallest country in the United Nations.
Mr Gaminda Kalansuriya, Minister of Economics and Community Affairs representing the High Commission for Sri Lanka.
Ms Else Kveinen, Deputy Head of the Norwegian Embassy, spoke of Norway's long standing relationship with the Peace Run.
Salil Wilson, Executive Director of the Peace Run, spoke about the overwhelmingly positive experiernce of the Peace Run in North America.
Shaykh Hamdi Ben Aissa recited a poem of Sri Chinmoy's. - O dreamers of Peace, come let us walk together. O lovers of peace, come let us run together. O servers of peace, come, let us grow together." He also quoted peace passages from the Koran.
Runners from Slovakia happily shared the Peace Torch with the Slovakian Ambassador and Czech Republic Deputy Chief.
The team then visited the Taggart Family YMCA/YWCA where an enthusiastic crowd of children were waiting on the steps.
A Certification of Appreciation and peace painting were presented to two students - Derartu and Abdallah, with assistance from Counsellor Caitlin.
One of the many wonderful people that we met during the day that were happy to hold our Peace Torch and offer their gratitude and encouragement to the team.
Alex, a Counsellor, and Derek, the Program Coordinator, accepted a Certificate of Appreciation and painting on the theme of peace.
At 3.30pm the team arrived at the Embassy of the Republic of Angola and was formally welcomed by First Secretary Ms. Destineza De Almeida.
Other Embassy staff that attended included Romuld, Sebastion, Adelaide, Cesar, Monica, Jose, Simao, Kilamba and Manuel. Pushparani presented a Certificate of Appreciation and print of artwork on the theme of peace.
In the late afternoon, the team enjoyed a most delicious meal at the Perfection-Satisfaction-Promise Restaurant, generously provided by the owner, Prapti.