Our friends at the Canadian Landmine Foundation are again hosting an essay contest that asks the question “What is a peacemaker? Peacekeeper?” The contest is open to Canadian students who are 14 – 18 years old and asks for an essay that is between 250 – 500 words. More details can be found below and at http://canadianlandmine.org/2013-mark-r-isfeld-essay-contest. The due date for submissions is 26 May 2013.


MCpl. Mark R. Isfeld:

Mark-Isfeld-2-228x300sMany Canadians have served on several international missions in the course of their careers, repeatedly fulfilling their duties against the constant background of danger. One example of this special effort comes from Master Corporal Mark Isfeld. He was a combat engineer who served in three peace missions before losing his life in a landmine explosion in Croatia in 1994.

While serving overseas Mark was known for giving children in war-torn regions handmade dolls that his mother crocheted. These ‘Izzy dolls’ brought a smile and a glimmer of hope to children facing tremendous hardship. Mark’s legacy continues and thousands of these dolls have been crocheted and donated by people all across Canada. The dolls are distributed to Canadian soldiers who in turn give them to children in war-torn countries. This kind and generous act by countless Canadians keeps MCpl. Isfeld’s tradition alive.

The essay question: What is a peacekeeper? Peacemaker?

The Mark R. Isfeld Essay Contest is named after the heroic Mark R. Isfeld.  He sacrificed his life in the pursuit of peace and since his death, people across Canada have continued to make and donate “Izzy” dolls for Canadian soldiers to give to children.

Mark is just one example. Peacemakers exist throughout Canada, in our cities, towns and local communities. You may have peacekeepers living with you in your home. In honour of Mark, the Canadian Landmine Foundation wants YOU to submit an essay and tell us what characterizes a peacemaker?

Why does it matter that we have peacekeepers and peacemakers in our communities? To help you in this process, you can learn about individuals in your community or prominent Canadians that have embodied peacemaking and tell us about them. What have they done to bring about peace to their community, the country and the world? Why do you admire them? You have an opportunity to explore these ideas in your submission for the Mark R. Isfeld Essay Contest.

By doing this, YOU will have an opportunity to learn about positive role models that are dedicated to achieving a better world. Building strong commitments to peace internationally must start with an individual’s dedication to peace at home.

Open to all Canadian residents between the ages of 14 and 18. Essays may be submitted in either official language.


1st Place: $500.00

2nd Place: $300.00

3rd Place: $200.00

There will also be an honourable mention.


Interested in submitting an essay for this year’s contest?

Deadline: 26 May 2013

Submit your essay via e-mail or mail.

E-Mail: [email protected]


Mail: Canadian Landmine Foundation
c/o LCMSDS Wilfrid Laurier University,
266 Marsland Dr.,
Waterloo, ON N2J 3Z1

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