Lester B. Pearson - Legacy for Canada
Lester B. Pearson had a dream which was both simple and powerful. “How can there be peace without understanding, and how can we understand one another when we don’t know one another?” His personal experiences as a soldier in World War I gave him a deep understanding of the value of peace and of the devastation that results in its absence. He saw the answer in educating the young people who would shape a new future, and the scope for this dream was no less than the entire world. In the last years of his life, Lester B. Pearson created a college where students from all around the world would be able to study and serve the community together. Students would be on some form of scholarship so that they could come from all walks of life and all parts of the world.
More than 40 years later, Pearson College UWC continues as a living legacy to the simple dream of a man of peace. Every member of the college community lives the ideals that were at the very heart of the college’s founding: understanding, cooperation and respect for diversity. The work of the more than 4,000 graduates of this unique United World College in Canada continues to promote peace through understanding in a multitude of ways in every corner of the world.
The Lester B. Pearson Legacy for Canada Project will create a digital archive of materials currently in the library archives, with a special focus on those that tell the story of the College’s founding and its founder, Lester B. Pearson.
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The digital display will also be housed online and will be available for downloading onto personal devices. In this way, from its inception to its eventual use by both institutions and individuals, this educational display created to commemorate the legacy of Lester B. Pearson will be available locally, nationally and internationally.
Working with the current librarian at Pearson, past staff and library-support students, the Pearson collection and the vast store of archives now housed in the library will be sorted, digitized and used in the creation of a mobile digital display celebrating Lester B. Pearson and the realization of his dream. The display will be available widely: in the Pearson Room on campus, on loan to other libraries, schools and public centres throughout Victoria and the surrounding areas, and also as a download to personal devices. Our final goal is for this educational tool commemorating Lester B. Pearson’s living legacy to be available locally, nationally and internationally. We believe that this powerful story about Canada’s 14th Prime Minister will create a new awareness of his legacy in the hearts and imaginations of people everywhere.