The CRCC Peacebuilder Award was established in 2014 to honor individuals and organizations that stand as paragons of peacebuilding, who work to end conflict and to build bridges between peoples.

Peacebuilder Award

CRCC Peacebuilder Award Recipients

2018 Ireland

Mary McAleese

The CRCC is honored to present the Peacebuilder award to Dr. Mary McAleese, 8th President of Ireland (1997 – 2011).

2017 Gala

George J. Mitchell

Former United States Senator from Maine (1980-1995), awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The CRCC at Drew University is privileged to have honored former Senator George Mitchell with the CRCC Peacebuilder award.  A respected member of the Senate and successful peace negotiator George Mitchell, was inspiring and insightful. Read more here.

2017 Dublin

Patricia Hume

The CRCC recognized the extraordinary contribution of Pat Hume to the Irish Peace Process. John Hume, Jr. accepted the award on behalf of his mother.

Award presented by Don Mullan.

2016 Gala

Shafik Gabr

East-West: The Art of Dialogue encourages young leaders to develop cultural understanding and education by funding their participation in exchange programs between the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

Award presented by The Honorable Howard Berman, former US Congressman, and chair, House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Dr. Shirley Sugerman G’70

Founder, The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum, exploring interfaith issues for more than twenty-five years.

Award presented by Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz of Temple Bnai Jeshrun Short Hills, New Jersey.

2016 Dublin

Bruce Morrison

CRCC recognized the significance of the role that former U.S. Congressman Bruce Morrison played in the “Good Friday” peace process.

Award presented by Ireland President Michael D. Higgins.

2015 Gala

Maggie Doyne

Founder and CEO of the BlinkNow Foundation, a nonprofit that opened a school, children’s home, health clinic and women’s center in post-war Nepal through grassroots partnerships.

Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, award accepted by David Lehrer

Arava Institute for Environmental Studies brings together students from different cultures and religions—including Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians—to work on environmental problems in the Middle East.

2015 Dublin

Niall O’Dowd

Author, journalist and founder of Irish Central, Niall O’Dowd was presented with a CRCC Peacebuilder award in recognition of his significant contribution to the Irish Peace process.

Award presented by Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of the Sinn Fein Party in Ireland, and T.D. (Parliamentary Representative) for the Dublin Central constituency.

2014 Gala

Don Mullan

The inaugural CRCC Peacebuilder Award went to Don Mullan for his work on reconciliation efforts in Northern Ireland, including his fight for justice for the victims and family of Bloody Sunday.

Award presented by Christine Kinealy, renowned Irish historian.

Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund, co-founder I. Leo Motiuk

Honoring AGFAF and the importance of education in the peacebuilding process.

Award presented by Shamila Kohestani, ’12.

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