British Columbia Teachers for Peace and Global Education
A Provincial Specialist Association of the BC Teachers' Federation


Gandhi Peace Award

2012 Recipients

The Surrey chapter of the B.C. Peace And Global Educators is pleased to announce the names of the recipients of the sixth annual B.C.  Gandhi Peace Award for youth. We offer this award because we believe it much more compassionate and effective to recognize and reward what children do right than to punish them for what they do wrong.


This award recognizes and rewards secondary school youth who exemplify non-violence, compassion, seva (service to community), simplicity, humility, and who show an understanding of “the big picture”politically, socially, philosophically, and spiritually. It is not necessary that the nominees demonstrate all of these to the same extent; however, it is desired that they be sincerely aspiring to live up to these ideals. The following students do that remarkably well.

The fall 2012 recipients are: Kiran Mann, Panorama Ridge Secondary, and Alysha Bacus, Kwantlen Park Secondary, both from Surrey School District #36; and, Brianne Moore and Jasmine Peachy, both of Mount Boucherie Secondary, Kelowna SD #23

Alysha Bacus is described by her nominator as someone who, “... models a life dedicated to the service of her community... embodies non-violence and compassion … and is kind, intelligent and highly conscious.”

Brianne Moore is not only a top student, she has been a key organizer of many leadership initiatives for local and international causes, as well as having volunteered in India over her summers to help build schools. She is, “... never satisfied with what is ... dreams of what could be...” and then organizes to make it happen.

Jasmine Peachey has an exemplary work ethic and a top academic record, as well as having received many awards for her selfless community service. She leads or belongs to several clubs at schools, and spent 10 months working at a school for homeless children in Vietnam.

Kiran Mann is highly respected for her community service, which now logs at nearly 1200 hours, she has an excellent academic record, and she is the founder of the youth run group called Youth Transforming Society that raises awareness of local and global issues and fundraises for them.   

These four youth were honoured with plaques and gifts at the B.C. Peace And Global Educators annual conference, on Friday, October 19, 2012, in the presence of all the conference attendees, as well their nominators, families and friends.

Maddy Van Beek is also a recipient of a 2012 Gandhi Award.  Maddy graduated from Delta South Secondary School in June 2012, where she and her fellow students were responsible for resurrecting the SDSS Gay Straight Alliance Club. Performing under her stage name, Floyd V. B., she placed first in the Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam on the 23rd of January. This is Floyd's poem High School. from that event.  Maddy's Gandhi award was presented in January of 2012. You can read more about Maddy in the South Delta Leader from April 27, 2012. 

For background on the award itself please see Gandhi Award Information.

For any further information please contact Pummy Kaur.