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August 23, 2007   Sing Tao Daily

Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific Celebrates “One World” 
Mason Loh Praises Its Multicultural Spirit

A few days ago Mr. Grant Monck, Director of Development, Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, led a team including Mr. Bruce Bouchard and several others to start the preparation work for celebrating “One World” in next March. This event would be a showcase organised and implemented by the international students of Pearson College to display their cultures, histories, traditions, and uniqueness. The preparation team began by first visiting Mason Loh, Q.C., Chair of OMNI B.C. Advisory Board. Experiences of promoting multiculturalism in Canada were exchanged, including Mason providing some personal advice as a professional lawyer and a community volunteer with years of experience.

Mason Loh welcomed the team, and further acknowledged the efforts and contributions of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in promoting multicultural harmony and world peace. He indicated that Canada is built on the multi-ethnicity and multi-cultures and has been recognized internationally as a peace mediator. He believes that global growth and lasting peace can be achieved only through mutual understanding, acceptance and respect amongst various ethnic groups and countries. Promoting cultural exchange would facilitate to this end. Mason Loh praised the mission and vision of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, for its immense significance and the college is an excellent example of cultural exchanges and a model to world peace.  
Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific is named after the late Canadian Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Lester B. Pearson for his great contributions on the international stage toward world peace. The 200 students come from 88 countries throughout the world. These high school students have been selected after several interviews. The college will provide full scholarship to cover all costs including tuition, miscellaneous and living expenses. They will be studying toward a two year diploma equivalent to the 1st year university level which is recognized internationally.  School funding mainly comes from donations by individuals and industries, with a small amount from the government. The College vision is not only to provide a regular academic curriculum but also to help students learning various cultures and becoming skilful in community services. Students will be exposed to the well prepared course materials related to international and world views, peace and equality. Furthermore, through personal contacts with fellow students and the opportunities to learn understanding and cooperating with one another, the concept of equality, freedom, love, compassion, peace and the sense of global village will be practiced at school. Ultimately, the vision of world peace and one family will come to reality.

* The translation above is for reference only.  Please refer to the original Chinese version for the exact wording.