The Greater Tacoma Peace Prize


Congratulations to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)! The 2014 Nobel Prize for Peace was awarded to (OPCW), the international chemical weapons watchdog helping to eliminate the Syrian army's stockpiles of poison gas.

The Nobel Prize for Peace is awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). A different kind of warriors who risk their lives for peace.

Nobel recognizes risks faced by weapons inspectors
The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international chemical weapons watchdog helping to eliminate the Syrian army's stockpiles of poison gas, recognizes the dangers and difficulties that the body f

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“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



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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.)

Nominations for 2015 will be open from January 1 through March 31 of 2015.The nominee must be located in / affiliated with the Tacoma/Pierce County region. Please go to the page How You Can Participate to find out more about the nomination procedure.


GTPP supports the Network for Peacebuilding and Conflict Management (NPCM), a student organization at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. 


2013 GTPP Laureate Sallie Shawl

Perhaps best known for her work with Associated Ministries, Sallie Shawl served as Director of Paint Tacoma Beautiful for 21 years. Chris Morton (Executive Director) commented, “[Sallie] is very dearly loved for all that she has done since taking the seed of an idea and cultivating it into a wonderful service to the community.”

More information about Sallie Shawl can be found on the Laureates Page.

Other ways that Sallie has worked for peace and justice…She led Tacoma Arabs, Jews, and Others (TAJOS) and Palestinian-Israeli Peace Endeavors (PIPES) from the mid-1980s through early 1990s. After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, she formed the groups People for Peace, Justice, and Healing and United for Peace of Pierce CountyShe also founded a local chapter of the international group, Jewish Voice for Peace, which promotes...

  • A U.S. foreign policy based on peace, democracy, human rights, and respect for international law
  • An end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem
  • A resolution of the Palestinian refugee problem consistent with international law and equity
  • An end to all violence against civilians
  • Peace among the peoples of the Middle East

Sallie participated in protests of nuclear weapons at the Bangor Naval Base in Kitsap County, through the Ground Zero Center for Non-Violent Action protests. She helped create and run the Interfaith Youth Camp on the Key Peninsula. She was instrumental in the inauguration of the South Sound Peace and Justice Center.


Each year, the GTPP gives the recipient a trip for two to Oslo, Norway, to participate in the events surrounding the Nobel Peace Prize. The laureate also receives recognition on the GTPP perpetual plaque, a specially designed medallion, a Certificate of Commendation, and a unique glass artwork created especially for the GTPP by Tacoma’s Hilltop Artists.


Check our News and Events page for news about recent recognition of our 2006 GTPP laureates, Polly Davis and Bill Lincoln!
In December, Shawl and a companion will fly to Norway to attend the Nobel Peace Prize events and to meet with peace activists / organizations there. The Norwegian Nobel Institute (left) is just one stop on the list of activities in Oslo.

The Prize
  • The GTPP Perpetual Plaque
  • A unique glass artwork (a bowl and laurel branch, designed by Tacoma's Hilltop Artists in Residence) 
  • The GTPP medallion 
  • Certificate of Commendation 


In addition, each GTPP laureate receives a trip for two to Oslo, Norway, to attend the Nobel Peace Prize events in December.



Pastor Ron Vignec, known in Tacoma as the "Bishop of Salishan",  passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2013. The Memorial Service was held on Thursday, Nov. 21 at Urban Grace Church in Tacoma, Washington. Here is an article about the service from the News Tribune. Pastor Ron will be greatly missed!

Go to the Laureates Page to read about Ron.

Links to articles about Ron:
the News Tribune: Nov. 11
KING5News: Nov. 12

Tribute by Lauren Vignec:

It's over.

My father, known to many of you as Pastor Ron, died on Sunday afternoon. Thanks to everyone for your well-wishes, your prayers, and your positive energy.

This obituary is probably not going to appear in any newspaper.

Ron Pierre Vignec was born in Brooklyn, the son of a murderer and a speakeasy cigarette girl turned respectable bank teller. His own father disappeared when Ron was five and was never heard from again. Ron started drinking heavily very early and by the time he was 15 was an alcoholic.

In the midst of his depression, he promised God, "If you pull me through this I will do your work." He survived and promptly headed West, ending up in Tacoma.

He met his future wife at Holden Village, way up in the mountains, about as far from Brooklyn as one can get in the US, physically or spiritually. She passed him a note saying, "I have a crush on you, but don't worry." He was terrified.

After they married, and after a truly heroic attempt to finish his education, he came back out West. He spent the rest of his life in Tacoma, fulfilling the promise he had made years ago.

He is survived by the, literally, thousands of people he helped. He is survived by schools and housing that would not have existed without his work. He is survived by everyone he touched.

But he was not the same man privately as he was publicly. Attached is a photo of Ron and Nancy, decades ago. I never saw the man in this photo, never knew him, and that is a shame.

I have nothing to say about death, but I have two things to say about life.

First, I frankly hope none of you has to live a life as hard as my father's. I don't know how many of you could survive as long as he did.

Having said that.

Live well, friends. 

Live gloriously.