One of the best things about working for Henry’s is taking part in some of the fun community events that happen in our cities every year. As Henry’s managers, we are asked to seek out and contribute thousands of dollars each year in camera equipment and gift certificates to schools, the arts, and many other charitable causes.
It feels great to have the experience of being the person to say “yes, we can donate to you”, knowing your donation has the potential to help an organization of person to raise money to reach their goals. Or, the gift will possibly inspire someone else to pursue their passion for photography.
This past month, I had the fortunate experience of taking part in the World Peace Partners Peace Days, which took place in Winnipeg from the International Day of Democracy on September 15 until the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2013.
The mission of Peace Days is to promote and advance peace, social justice, compassion, and human rights. It is also meant to celebrate the harmony and cultural diversity of the citizens of Manitoba by exposing the general population to a multitude of activities promoting the culture of peace, compassion, and non-violence.
The events kicked off with a press conference on the lawn of the new Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg, right next to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi – a fitting place to launch a week of events designed to promote a culture of peace.
Indoor and outdoor activities were held throughout Winnipeg, which included music, dance, meditation, film, and renowned speakers. It all ended with an incredible concert at the Burton Cummings Theatre.
Henry’s took part by sponsoring the World Peace Partners photo contest, which asked photographers to answer the question, “How would you picture peace?” I was thrilled to be asked to present the winning photos of the “Henry’s Picture Peace Contest” on stage at the concert. It was an amazing experience to be a part of such a special event.
The concert featured popular music groups such as Gentil Mis, Flo, Free Ride, The Treble, and Sierra Noble. Youth and aboriginal groups also gave performances that not only entertained the audience, but left us with an inspiring message to be part of the movement, and take meaningful action for peace.