Letter from Mayor about Grace Stevens

Good Afternoon All,

Firstly thank you to Dyane for sharing and to the WILPF for properly honouring your oldest member and survivor  of the dynamic, relentless and happy duo I always referred to as “the two Graces”.  Secondly to Grace who I trust Dyane or one of you will convey this message,  best wishes from your Mayor and Council and thank you for living a life that has always been an example for girls and women to follow. You long ago chose to work for peace and social and economic justice. That meant you were always facing opposition most often from males but have done so with determination, humour and yes, forgive me, grace.

No better time to honour you than International Women’s Day so bask a bit in the sunshine of appreciation for a life well lived. You have earned the accolades so enjoy this and all of us look forward to those better days when we can hug you and thank you in person.


Mayor Leonard Krog
City of Nanaimo

455 Wallace Street

Nanaimo, BC  V9S 5J6

Phone:  250-755-4400 | Email:  leonard.krog@nanaimo.ca



Honoring Grace Stevens on International Women’s Day 2021

Grace on Pink Shirt Day 2021

Grace Stevens is a member of Wilpf Nanaimo–our oldest member at 98 years old. We want to show our appreciation of her this Women’s Day.

An article from newspaper–Grace shares how she got involved with wanting no more wars and joining the Wilpf Nanaimo group. Grace is an inspiration to us to keep following the peace path.


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Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau about purchase of combat planes.

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

We are very concerned that in the midst of this pandemic that you are considering spending $19 billion on the purchase of 88 combat planes.

These fighter jets are incredibly expensive to maintain costing $15,000 an hour to run and leaving a huge carbon footprint.

They will not protect Canada but will be used to further destabilize the world.
We urge you to change the direction of this government to focus, not on war, but on peace. We urge you to take the following steps:
Cancel the call for new fighter jets

Sign the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons

Find ways to work towards peace within NATO or leave NATO.

We do not need to belong to a military alliance that has shown itself to be aggressive and provocative, bombing Serbia, Libya, Syria and Iran, and now engaging in provocative actions near Russia’s borders.

Direct funds from the military budget to ensure that primary needs of Canadians are being met, needs like
good health, clean water and shelter. Canada’s military budget is the 14th highest in the world and 4th highest within NATO.

Appoint an Ambassador of Disarmament to the United Nations.

Set up a Department of Peace. Ensure that any defence procurement has a gender-based analysis.

Yours truly,
Dyane Brown
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Nanaimo Branch