Murray McCheyne Thomson
December 19, 1922
|Died||May 2, 2019 (aged 96)|
|Awards||Pearson Medal of Peace (1990), |
Order of Canada (2001)
Murray McCheyne Thomson OC was born in December 19, 1922 in Honan, China where his parents were Christian missionaries. He died on May 2, 2019, in Ottawa, Canada.  Thomson founded many non-profits in Canada. He was the 1990 recipient of the Pearson Medal of Peace for his work in peace and justice and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001. He was also awarded the (Canadian) Golden Jubilee Medal and the Diamond Jubilee Medal He is a former Executive Director of CUSO.
He is credited in helping the formation of:
- Grindstone Island
- The Peacefund Canada Foundation (1980s)
- Peace Brigades International (1981)
- Project Ploughshares (1976)
- Group of 78 (1980)
- Canadian Friends of Burma (1991)
- Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention (2012)
Murray was a recognized international expert and advisor to governments, aid organizations, and lobbyists on disarmament and arms control. He was significantly involved in starting the United Nations World Disarmament Campaign and drafting its policy document, which was passed by the United Nations General Assembly. He continued to be active in advocating for disarmament into 2019. For several years he led a campaign among members of the Order of Canada in calling for an international Nuclear Weapons Convention. Over 1,030 members of the Order have signed the statement as of May 2019.
- Thomson, Murray (2015). Minutes to midnight : why more than 800 Order of Canada recipients call for nuclear disarmament (PDF). Ottawa, ON: Author. ISBN 978-0-9696808-1-9.
- A Time to Disarm: A Discussion Guide for Stimulating a National Dialogue on Canada and the UN's Special Session on Disarmament, 23 May - 28 June, 1978 By Ernie Regehr and Murray Thomson
- Daring Confidence: The Life and Times of Andrew Thomson in China 1906-1942. By Murray Thomson
- Toward a Culture of Peace: Can We Afford to Pay the Price? By Murray Thomson
- Lumley, Elizabeth (2000). The Canadian Who's who. University of Toronto Press. p. 1257. ISBN 0802049397.
- Murray Thomson at Peaceweb/Peace/Ottawa
- "Canadian Who's Who 1997 entry". Retrieved April 4, 2006.
- Sharpe, Alan (February 1991). "Murray Thomson: Ottawa's Peace Medal Winner". Peace and Environment News. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
- Watson, Rick. "The Peacefund Canada Foundation". Peace Brigades International Canada. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
- Gruending, Dennis (8 December 2012). "Murray Thomson, peace activist at 90". Retrieved 1 August 2016.
- "Canada must join new negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons". Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. 1 January 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
- "Welcome". Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
- "Murray Thomson". United Nations Association In Canada. 17 September 1990. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
- Stieren, Carl, ed. (1995). "Ottawa Quakers active in peace work (a selection)". Peaceweb. Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Ottawa Monthly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends. 1 (1).
- "Government House: Order of Canada" (PDF). Canada Gazette. 135 (42). 20 October 2001. (HTML)
- Thomson, Murray. "Presentation from CFOB's 20th Anniversary Party". YouTube.
- Peace activist Murray Thomson dies at 96
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