In the tradition of @newBelfast a selfie was required. There was fun at the launch of CRWEEK14 but there were challenging lines too:
A shared future is the reality we already live in.
Our freedoms are bound up together, we cannot walk alone.
Derek Poole, a long time activist for peace and better community relations, said he has been around too long.
He doesn’t need more of the same – he needs new things.Derek acknowledged that the good work being done would be impossible without what CRC has given. And what has the Community Relations Council given? Money? Yes, but so much more.
And I say again – so much more!
Derek said that we cannot build a future on tolerance. It isn’t enough. We need rich and deep engagement.
The quietly spoken Susan Hughes spoke about her Quiet Peacemakers Exhibition to be displayed at the 174 Trust, Antrim Road, during Community Relations Week. A formal launch will take place on Monday 23rd June when there will be a panel discussion. 6pm for the launch and 7.30pm for the discussion at 174 Trust.
More information at http://www.community-relations.org.uk
Mairtin spoke with his usual candour and warmth. He commended CRC and all those working at the coalface and dedicated the award to the youngest person in the room who, only months old, has no preconceptions, no sense of colour or creed. A timely reminder that our children, and therefore our society, are what we make them.
In his speech William Hay MLA spoke of how humbled he was to receive the Civic Leadership Award from the Community Relations Council. He accepted it not just for himself, but for his constituency members who have lived through many difficult times. He spoke about the courageous work being done in Derry to bring resolution to difficult issues raised by parading and gave credit to those who have put in considerable time and energy and taken risks. Mr Hay said, ‘It has been a roller coaster….there’s always more to do.’ He finished by encouraging politicians to finish the journey because we’re already in a better place. That tells us we can do this. Better is to come.