LESTER B. PEARSON'S 60TH NOBEL PEACE PRIZE ANNIVERSARY
“HOW CAN THERE BE PEACE WITHOUT PEOPLE UNDERSTANDING EACH OTHER
AND HOW CAN THIS BE IF THEY DON'T KNOW EACH OTHER?”
- Lester B. Pearson, Nobel Prize Lecture (1957)
Pearson College UWC, originally known as Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, was named in honour of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former Canadian Prime Minister, Lester B. Pearson.
Sixty years ago, in 1957, Mr. Pearson was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in helping create the first United Nations peacekeeping force, and defusing the 1956 Suez Crisis.
In his Nobel Prize Lecture, Mr. Pearson asked, “How can there be peace without people understanding each other, and how can this be if they don’t know each other?”
In this anniversary year, we will be honouring Mr. Pearson through various celebrations and events in the Pearson College UWC community. His vision of a West Coast international school, together with his resolute commitment to peace and global understanding, helped inspire the creation of this school which proudly bears his name.