The text below is an excerpt from the original article by Sarah Noble and Giovanna Mingarelli, published November 7th, 2014 on The Huffington Post.

Who knew that Ottawa is made of heroes?

Indeed, in the darkest of times, we have been reminded that it’s true.

A little over a month ago, we launched a globally crowdsourced #peace campaign at the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, during the Geneva Peace Talks.

Through the campaign, we’ve been inviting everyone to share their acts of #peace by taking photos of the things they’re doing in real time, to collectively build the conditions for the world in which we’d like to live.

The message behind the campaign is simple: in a world often divided by conflict, rooted in religion, culture, politics, etc., we have the power to harness our collective actions to create a more peaceful world starting with ourselves.
This is true because we are the sum total of our actions, good and bad. All of these acts combined ultimately create the world in which we live.

When our actions, however big or small, are dedicated to selflessly serving others — we become everyday heroes.

While this campaign is intended for youth across the world, we had no idea that the relevance of this message would hit so close to home in light of recent events.

On the morning of Wednesday, October 22nd, our hometown was shaken to its core when Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, a reservist serving with Hamilton’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada regiment, was tragically shot dead while guarding the National War Memorial across the street from Parliament Hill.

Within moments, a former nurse, a corporal on patrol, a colonel who had been walking by, as well as lawyer Barbara Winters were at Cpl. Cirillo’s side doing what they could to support him as he lay suffering from the gun shots.

Read the full article on Huffington Post