Today the world is sad with the passing of Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected President of the Republic of South Africa. We mourn the loss of a great leader who was a tireless champion for the rights of all the people of South Africa. He was a hero and an inspiration to the children, youth and adults in Peel, Canada and around the world. Every day, Nelson Mandela reminded us of the incredible difference that one person can make.
Nelson Mandela is admired and respected, not only for his life-long struggle to achieve freedom and democracy for all the people of South Africa, but also for the courage with which he defended his ideals and his principles. He is also respected for his spirit of compassion and forgiveness, even for those who caused so much suffering.
These are the qualities which he demonstrated to the people of South Africa and to the world, upon his release from 27 long years as a political prisoner of the former apartheid Government of South Africa. These are the qualities for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
After his retirement from active political life as President of his country, Nelson Mandela devoted the rest of his life to championing the rights of the poor, orphaned, disabled and homeless children of South Africa. He founded the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund which raises funds to support better education, improved health and nutrition, and access to housing for the disadvantaged children of South Africa.
The world has lost a great human being in Nelson Mandela. We will all miss the strength and courage of his character, the wisdom of his words and the compassion of his heart.
The Peel District School Board sends its deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela and to the people of South Africa on this sad occasion.
May he rest in peace.
All flags at all school and administration buildings will be flown at half-mast until the day after Mr. Mandela’s official funeral in South Africa.