Catching up with Sean Krausert, 2011 Peace Medal recipient

Sean Krausert was the recipient of the 2011 International Individual Peace Medal award. Sean Krausert has been active in many conflict resolution and social justice initiatives within the last 15 years. In 2011, Sean decided to take his advocacy for peace and social justice to a whole new level. That Poverty Project was launched and was created to engage as many people as possible to end poverty on a global scale.

“Those efforts lead into my arranging and facilitating a community discussion on poverty in Canmore that included representatives from over 30 organizations and several individuals,” says Sean. “In the coming months that discussion will translate into dozens of recommendations to assist those who are struggling. And, of course, addressing poverty is about meeting needs, which is what peace is all about.”

Since receiving the Peace Medal his work with That Poverty Project hasn’t slowed, but he has taken on a few new projects to increase awareness about poverty. He has also been fortunate to have been elected as a Councillor in Canmore’s recent by-election, where he can bring his background and interests into the spotlight with his role in municipal governance.

Sean believes that after receiving the award, he felt a sense of responsibility to live up to the standards which were recognized by the Peace Medal. He says that in a way, it did positively motivate him to continue moving forward.

“Receiving a Peace Medal was a huge honour for me. One shouldn’t do this kind of work in order to get thanks, but I received the award in a spirit of gratitude. I interpreted it as gratitude for the work in which I was involved, and validation that I was being part of positive change. Further, that gratitude then fueled my efforts going forward.”

If you know of an individual like Sean who helps to build peace in their community, nominate them for a 2013 YMCA Calgary Peace Medal today!