Awards to PTPI members in Europe

Every year PTPI awards some of its chapters awards for outstanding achievements. In the past year European chapters received several awards for their programming efforts. The student chapters are recognized through the bi-annual Team Peace Challenge awards.


At the Board of Trustees Meeting in New Orleans and the Global Youth Forum in Washington, D.C., United States:

  • Outstanding Leadership Award for the European Region: Richard "Chalks" Corriette (PTPI's Brussels, Belgium Chapter)
  • James T. Doty Memorial Award: PTPI's Tallinn, Estonia Chapter
  • Chapter Leadership Award: Susanna Grigoryan (PTPI's Yerevan, Armenia Chapter)
  • Outstanding Adult Advisor: Janusz Wozniak (PTPI's Katowice, Poland [Silesian] Student Chapter)
  • Student Chapter Leadership Award: Tsvetiana Zaharieva (PTPI's Varna, Bulgaria [The Dolphins] Student Chapter)
  • University Chapter Leadership Award: Tamara Torosyan (PTPI's Yerevan, Armenia University Chapter)
  • Chapter Membership Award: PTPI's Sofia, Bulgaria (The Doves) Student ChapterTallinn project grant 2013
     Tallinn, Estonia Community Chapter 2013


At the Worldwide Conference in Tallinn, Estonia:

  • Eisenhower Distinguished Service: Valeria Magistrelli (Milano, Italy)
  • Outstanding Leadership Award for the European region: Heather Exell (Chester, England)
  • Chapter Membership Award for the European region: PTPI's Denmark Chapter



Presented at the Global Youth Forum in Chicago:

  • Chapter Membership Award: Vaslui, Romania (Mihail Kogalniceanu) Student Chapter


At the Board of Trustees Meeting in Brussels, the following Europeans were recognized for their achievements in 2011:

  • Outstanding Leadership Award: Rolf Dahlberg (Karlstad, Sweden)
  • Chapter Leadership Award: Hannelore Büchler (Berlin, Germany)
  • Best Chapter Website Award: Sternberk, Czech Republic (
  • Chapter Membership Award: Roman, Romania
  • Outstanding Adult Advisor: Antoaneta Pophlebarova (Varna, Bulgaria (Dolphins) Student Chapter)
  • Best Student Chapter Website Award: Sofia, Bulgaria (The Doves) Student Chapter (
  • Student Chapter Membership Award: Plovdiv, Bulgaria (Smiles) Student Chapter


Student Chapter Plovdiv

Hannelore Büchler



Hannelore Büchler (center) with Mark Stansberry and Mary Eisenhower PTPI's Plovdiv, Bulgaria (Smiles) Student Chapter

In the last year PTPI's Plovdiv, Bulgaria (Smile) Student Chapter received the highest score in the Team Peace Challenge. With 175 members it is one of the largest and most active chapters in Europe. Among the ten chapters worldwide receiving the Gold Award, six were from Europe:

  • Plovdiv, Bulgaria (Smiles)
  • Varna, Bulgaria (The Dolphins)
  • Khmelnitsky, Ukraine (Young Leaders)
  • Kurchatov, Russia (Friends Meeting Friends)
  • Sofia, Bulgaria (The Doves)
  • Pravets, Bulgaria


At the Worldwide Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, the following Europeans were awarded for their PTPI activities during 2010:

  • Outstanding Leadership Award: Sorina Danciu (Roman, Romania)
  • Chapter Membership: Sofia, Bulgaria Student Chapter
  • Chapter Leadership Award for Student Chapters: Sandra Bartoli (Oroslavje, Croatia)

Sorina Danciu

Sorina Danciu (brown/red jacket) with chapter members and visitors during
seminar in Voronet, Romania 2008.

At the Team Peace Challenge Awards 2009/2010 ten gold medals were awarded worldwide. Five European chapters received gold awards and every second place went to Europe! PTPI's Khmelnitsky was second best student chapter worldwide.

  • Khmelnitsky, Ukraine (Young Leaders)
  • Plovdiv, Bulgaria (Smiles)
  • Kurchatov, Russia (Friends Meeting Friends)
  • Varna, Bulgaria (The Dolphins)
  • Sofia, Bulgaria (The Doves)


At the Board of Trustees Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada the Eisenhower Medallion was awarded to Prime Minister Sali Berisha of Albania. PTPI chapters and members were also recognized for their efforts during 2009:

  • Outstanding Leadership Award: Ernst Honegger (Bern, Switzerland)
  • James T. Doty Award for Unique and Innovating Programming: Tallinn, Estonia Chapter and Kiev, Ukraine Chapter
  • Chapter Membership Award: Roman, Romania Chapter
  • International Visitors Program Award: Sternberk, Czech Republic Chapter
  • James T. Doty Memorial Award (Student/University chapters): Varna, Bulgaria (Dolphins) Student Chapter
  • Best Chapter Website Award: Varna, Bulgaria (Dolphins) Student Chapter
  • Community Service Project Award (School and Classroom Program): 2nd grade, "Andrei Muresanu" Secondary School (Bucharest, Romania) and "Scoala Generala Cristesti" (Cristesti, Romania)

Ernst Honegger

Ernst Honegger (center)

If you would like to nominate a chapter, member or non-member for an award or would just like more information on the awards please visit