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Citizen diplomacy celebration recognizes local efforts

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - You don't have to be a government diplomat to promote peace and understanding throughout the world.  On Tuesday, three people in the La Crosse area were honored for their work as citizen diplomats.

The Waterfront Restaurant hosted The World Services' Second Annual Citizen Diplomacy Celebration.  Those honored were Doctor Cheri Olson of Franciscan Healthcare, Pete Keeffe, a long-time volunteer with La Crosse-Dubna activities, and Logan High School senior, Landon Kramer, for their work helping establish personal relationships to advance world peace and spread American goodwill.

World Services President & CEO, Sandra McCormick says, "The relationships that we have around the world make a difference.  It can make a difference between peace and war, poverty, all those things, and so the citizen diplomacy work that's done is a huge factor in how the United States is viewed around the world."

Dr. Olson won the Citizen Ambassador of the Year, Keeffe Citizen Diplomat of the Year, and Kramer is the Student Ambassador of the year.

"When people relate to people from other cultures on a one to one basis and get to know each other is my way that it probably moves more mountains, so to speak, than governments do," says Pete Keeffe.

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