Heaven on Earth Leadership Award

International speaker, and co-author of the New York Times Business bestseller Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work, Martin Rutte has teamed-up with the Kiwanis Club to challenge Island youth to build a better world.

Rutte’s call to action is simply “Why not create Heaven on Earth? And why wait? We can start right now”. He’s discovered that once people reflect on the kind of world they want, and feel free to talk about it, they experience a powerful transformation.

The Kiwanis and Rutte are offering all Island High School students the opportunity to win a Heaven on Earth Leadership Awards valued at $100.

Rutte says “ If I was to give you a magic wand and with it you can create ‘Heaven on Earth’. What is ‘Heaven on Earth’ and what will you do to make it happen?”  Basil Hambly of the Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown is excited to see what the youth members create. “We answered this question with participants  at an international event we hosted a year or so ago, and it’s a powerful individual and group experience,” notes Hambly.
The $100 prizes will be awarded in the spring to those who best demonstrate leadership through their projects.


The recipients will be decided by a panel of volunteers judges.

This initiative is a natural fit with the mandate for Kiwanis who work with youth in a number of ways including the Colonel Gray Key Club.  Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership. Their vision statement is, “We are caring and competent servant leaders transforming communities worldwide!”

Martin Rutte is the founder and former Chair of the Centre for Spirituality and the Workplace Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University,  Halifax, and is a management consultant specializing in corporate  responsibility and strategic visioning. Rutte is also a long time seasonal resident of PEI.


For more information contact Basil Hambly, Kiwanis Club of Charlottetown,    902-368-1971, basilhambly@pei.sympatico.ca.