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Nelson Madiba Mandela (18th July 1918 – 5th December 2013) :- A Father, Leader, Peace Maker, Lawyer, Activist, International Mediator, Role Model, and Philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He declined to run for a second term, and was succeeded by his deputy, Thabo Mbeki. Mandela became an elder statesman, focusing on charitable work in combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He has received more than 250 honors, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Soviet Order of Lenin, and the Bharat Ratna from India. In 1998 he was given the highest Canadian honor, the Order of Canada. He was the first living person to be made an honorary Canadian citizen in 2001. Although initially committed to non-violent protest, in 1962 he was arrested, convicted of conspiracy to overthrow the state, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Mandela served over 27 years in prison. Today, Nelson Mandela is one of the greatest and most respected men that ever lived in the ranks of Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, George Washington and Martin Luther King. The story of Mandela won't be complete without aknowledging the actions of many average Canadians who used every opportunity available to them to show their displeasure at the South African government. Our Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's government opposed the apartheid regime in South Africa. His position put him at odds with the American and British governments, but also won him respect elsewhere.