Past Peace Poster Contest Winners Reflect
In celebration of the 25th Lions International Peace Poster Contest, we’ve been taking a look back at the past winners and where they are now. At Lions Day with the United Nations, two past winners, Danielle Hernandez Petry and Min-Ji Yi, spoke about how the contest impacted their lives today.
From Danielle Hernandez Petry, who won the contest in 1996, and is currently an intensive reading teacher working with students who have special needs:
Now as a teacher, I am able to share what I have learned with my students. I want them to see the world for what it could be and that peace is possible. I want my students to understand the need to be tolerant of others and celebrate all differences. This is something the Peace Poster Contest has affirmed and continues to affirm. The contest was life changing for me. I have the upmost respect for Lions clubs and I am eternally grateful for what they do to make the world better and to spread the message of peace. Who I am today can be partly attributed to the Lions club, and I am filled with pride knowing that there will always be a part of my heart that belongs to the Lions.
From Min-Ji Yi, who won in 2007, became a Leo member in high school and continues to volunteer today:
The Peace Poster Contest has allowed me to recognize the power within me to positively impact the world. It’s made me realize that by taking those small steps, I can bring peace to my own community. And at such a young age, this realization was a priceless gift from the Lions club, a gift that has inspired me to inspire others. It’s changed my life and I am eternally grateful for that. I hope the program and Lions Clubs International continues to give the gift of empowerment to young artists around the world for many years to come.
The Lions International Peace Poster Contest gives children the opportunity to express their feelings of peace and in doing so, helps shape passionate leaders for the future.
Peace Poster Contest Kits are now on sale for next year’s theme, “Our World, Our Future.”