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Northumberland Chapter helps out

Cuba’s Ambassador to Canada, Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, in a February 5 video thanked the Council of Canadians (CofC) and its Northumberland Chapter for the part they played in the Nomination of Cuba’s pandemic-trained Henry Reeve Medical Brigade for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

Ambassador Vidal begins the video by saying, “Dear members of the Council of Canadians, on behalf of the Cuban Embassy in Canada it is a privilege and a great pleasure to greet you, especially the Northumberland section…”

Last year the Northumberland Chapter (NC) sponsored a Resolution which was passed by CofC members attending the June 2020 Annual Members Meeting. It called on the Council to support a Canadian nominating process to recognize Cuba’s medical internationalism during COVID-19.

The Ambassador goes on to explain in the video that the Nomination submitted last October, “…has the great merit of being the first to register with the Nobel Committee. Imean you were the pioneers, the ones who paved the way…later came many more. Nominations, dozens and dozens from the most diverse corners of the world.”

In the video, there is also major recognition for Professor John Kirk of Dalhousie University’s Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies for writing and submitting the Canadian 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination.

Parallel to this Nomination submission there was a successful outreach to eminent Canadians and national organizations to add their support for this initiative  that Ambassador Vidal also makes reference to.

In a warm salute to the Council’s work, the Ambassador states; “Thank you as well for firmly defending just causes in this increasingly troubled world. This selfless act of the Council of Canadians makes us confirm that a better and more caring world is possible.Thank you very much.”

Over the past year the pandemic-trained Cuban health teams have gone to 40 countries on four continents.

The successful candidate for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in early October.