For MCC, peace is more than a wish. It’s our work. Peace is the foundation of all we do.

We also know that peace means something different to each person. For some peace is having a safe place to call home. For some peace is receiving emergency supplies after a disaster. For some peace can mean healing from trauma or building strong communities to prevent violence.

Back in February 2021, we asked the question, “What does peace mean to you?” and you responded. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and answer this important question. It was a privilege to hear from each and every one of you. To see the responses we received, keep on reading, you’ll find them at the bottom of this page.

A project that resulted from your answers is a mural that’s displayed on the outside of our MCC Canada office in Winnipeg, Man.

MCC Canada had the privilege of working with mural artist Annie Bergen who took your ideas, memories and words and created a beautiful visual collaboration that is now displayed for all in the city to see. 

Annie said, “It was a pleasure to work on this mural, helping to create a visual for the powerful message of the promotion of peace at an international level. The impact of MCC is far-reaching and I was honoured to be able to assist in creating a visual representation of this potent message.” 

Annie is a muralist as well as an arts educator who creates group mural projects within schools and communities that speak of her strong commitment to making art accessible as a tool for self-expression, healing and urban renewal. She has quickly developed a reputation as a talented, approachable and professional artist. Her commitment to peace work made her a perfect fit for this project.

This unique piece of artwork truly exemplifies that peace is more than a wish. It’s our work. It’s a thread that runs through everything we do, including the work that MCC does at home and around the world.

Again, thank you for taking the time to tell us what peace means to you. It is our hope and prayer that, with people like you, this world will become a more peaceful place.

Here are some of your answers to "What does peace mean to you?"