Rotary Foundation Selects Wendy Coulson as 2015 Rotary Peace Fellow
By Robin Loving Rowland
Wendy Coulson has been selected by the Rotary Foundation to receive a peace fellowship that will take her to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, from January through March 2015. Coulson is education coordinator and curriculum developer for the Children’s World Peace Organization based in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
Coulson was selected from a worldwide field of 300 nominees, based on her work writing elementary school peace curricula for Mexico, Kenya, and Nepal.
A permanent resident of Mexico, where she has lived for a decade, Coulson will be the first Rotary Peace Fellow from District 4160, one of eight Rotary districts in Mexico, comprised of the states of Michoacán, Guanajuato, Querétaro, and parts of Jalisco and Hidalgo. Ten Mexican citizens have been previously selected as Rotary Peace Fellows. Coulson’s goals after the fellowship are to create a world-class primary school peace studies curriculum for children all over the world and to develop and conduct teacher training.
The Rotary Foundation considers the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals in a highly competitive selection process and will maintain a lifelong relationship with Coulson, who will be expected to be a goodwill ambassador on behalf of Rotary’s vision of world peace. “Rotary’s most important mission is to create and sustain peace in the world,” said Tony Ronci, president of the Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende, which—along with then District Governor Wolf Stullenberg—nominated Coulson for this fellowship. “Coulson’s selection is a huge step forward for the development of a peace agenda locally,” said Stullenberg.
Only 50 Rotary Peace Fellowships are granted per year, and Rotary Peace Fellows often go on to serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, and international organizations such as the United Nations. Rotary Peace Fellows are expected to provide advanced educational opportunities in peace and conflict resolution and to enable the Rotary Foundation and Rotarians to more effectively promote tolerance and cooperation among peoples, advancing the goals of world understanding and peace.
“We are proud of our efforts across cultures in San Miguel,” said Cristian Gutiérrez, president of the Spanish-speaking Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende. “Rotary’s Peace Universities and Peace Fellowships encourage the hope of Mexico’s people that peace is possible in Mexico,” he concluded. Rotary International’s 2014/2015 theme is Light Up Rotary, noting that it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. “By training teachers and children in the ways of peace, we will spread hope in Mexico and the world,” said Coulson.
For more information, contact former Rotary District Governor for District 4160 Wolf Stullenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org; District Governor for Rotary District 4160 Manuel Sanchez Resinas at email@example.com; Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende Midday President Tony Ronci at firstname.lastname@example.org; Wendy Coulson at email@example.com; or RotaryPeaceCenters@Rotary.org.