“When the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Committee honors ‘one of us locals’ with the Peace Prize, then it indeed honors all who endeavor in similar work, as well as those who support such activities and advocacy by others.”
2006 Laureate Bill Lincoln,
Conflict Resolution, Research and Resource Institute
It is our wish that peace become reality in every corner of the world. Until that time may arrive, we honor those who work toward the accomplishment of that goal. Those individuals who focus on the building of peace in its many definitions are a continuing source of inspiration for all of us. (Click here to read further remarks made by GTPP Founding Chair Tom Heavey.)
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MEETING A SAINT
Our 2010 Greater Tacoma Peace Prize Laureate, Kim Ebert-Colella, has the honor of being able to say she met a true Saint.
Go to our News Page to see a photo and read an entry from Kim's journal that she wrote after meeting Mother Teresa.
The Greater Tacoma Peace Prize is awarded to an individual, group or organization in the greater Tacoma/Pierce County area, regardless of nationality, race, religion, or ideology. Inspired by the Nobel Peace Prize, the GTPP was founded in 2004 by Thomas Heavey, Sr. (U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, Retired). Tom developed the concept for a local peace prize, sponsored by Norwegian Americans, while serving in the war zone during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The first Tacoma prize was awarded in May, 2005, in honor of the centennial of Norway’s independence. The purpose of the GTPP is to recognize and honor peacebuilders in our community.