Megan Heatwole
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October 10, 2012
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Inaugural Peace Award goes to Bancroft

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. - On Friday, Sept. 21 the Truckee Tahoe community celebrated its second annual Peace Day at the Truckee Regional Park Amphitheater. Organized by the Truckee Tahoe Peace Project, Peace Day welcomes and encourages the practice of peace into our hearts and community. Peace day is "a day for individuals to become part of wide scale community action as well as a day that provides a window of opportunity for aid organizations to carry out life-saving work (" Tahoe Safe Alliance was among many of the Truckee/ Tahoe communities "aid organizations" that showed their support for the event.

To help celebrate Peace Day, Tahoe SAFE Alliance presented the Truckee community with a Peace Pole. A final location for the Peace Pole which will include a plaque has yet to be determined. The Peace Pole is an internationally recognized symbol of hopes and dreams of peace for the entire world. More than 200 countries have Peace Poles in their communities. Each Peace Pole bears the message "May Peace Prevail on Earth." Each side of the pole bears this message in English, Chinese, Farsi, French, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

"We are so very fortunate to live in a country where freedom and peace is so precious. Having a Peace Pole in Truckee shows Truckee's support for world peace locally and internationally. As we think about peace in Truckee let us all make a commitment to not allow bullying or violence in our schools, in our homes or in our community. As war begins with thoughts of war, peace begins with thoughts of peace," said Karen Carey, executive director of Tahoe SAFE Alliance.

As a part of the Truckee Tahoe Peace Project's mission to bring awareness to peace in our personal lives, family, community and the world, organizers introduced for the very first time, the Truckee Tahoe Peace Award. This award was presented in order to honor and recognize the person who best represents the spirit of Peace in our community through their thoughts and actions. Tahoe SAFE Alliance would like to proudly recognize its very own Paul Bancroft, director of client services and prevention, as the recipient of the first Truckee Tahoe Peace Award.

Paul is a Tahoe native, having grown up on the West Shore, and later returning to this area after having attended UC Santa Barbara, Montana State University and studying in Argentina. Paul has been employed with Tahoe SAFE Alliance for four years and facilitates two domestic violence coalitions in two California counties, along with many other prevention, educational and non-violent initiatives in our community.

Paul was presented the award by Andy Hill of For Goodness Sake in Truckee with the following acknowledgement: "His passion and leadership skills for ending violence are excellent. He is an effective communicator, understands and promotes collaboration and is proactive in solving problems. He is bilingual and culturally proficient and provides training to others in this area. His actions, words and thoughts have at the core a message, belief, and concept of peace. His non-violent and positive attitude had brought great change in the sector when working with youth, adults and those who often don't have a voice to access services and programs."

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- Megan Heatwole, AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator at Tahoe SAFE Alliance

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