This year, the CPA was a part of Kindred Credit Union's #12days4good campaign, a social media campaign that invites local organizations to give back to the community during the holiday season. For our good deed, the CPA co-hosted an event with Project Ploughshares to raise awareness about the legal and ethical concerns of lethal autonomous weapons systems, or "killer robots."
Branka Marijan, Program Officer with Project Ploughshares, shared about the work that Ploughshares and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots are doing to advocate for meaningful control of these lethal systems. Share a photo on social medialike we did with the hashtag #killerrobots to get involved in the photo campaign today!
MCC signs on as a Core Collaborator
On December 17, Conrad Grebel University College and Mennonite Central Commitee (MCC) formalized their partnership to advance peace, making MCC an official CPA Core Collaborator. CPA Director Paul Heidebrecht expressed his excitement about this new model for deepening connections with an organization at the forefront of peace and justice work. He shares, "I think our dynamic mix of researchers, practitioners, and entrepreneurs will be better able to learn from-and contribute to-MCC and its partners."
Goodbyes and new beginnings
In December, the CPA had a farewell coffee break for Reina Neufeldt and Derek Suderman who will be moving offices in the new year. Reina will be the acting PACS Chair in Grebel's academic wing in 2019, and Derek will be across the creek as interim Chair of Religious Studies.
We also want to say a big thank you to Grace Wright who finished her role as the Communication and Research Assistant in the CPA this Fall! Grace says, "I've loved being a part of the CPA community this term and seeing such diverse and meaningful peacebuilding in action. I'll miss working here, but I look forward to hearing about all of the exciting things the CPA has ahead!"
We wish Reina, Derek and Grace well in their new beginnings in 2019!
Our Year in Review How CPA participants are advancing peace through community engagement
From hosting conferences and events, to building relationships and networks, to pitching in competitions and many things in between, 2018 has been a year full of activity for CPA participants. As we reflected on this busy year, we noticed a trend emerged in the stories of impact our participants shared. This year, each participant engaged community in meaningful ways to advance peace on campus, in Waterloo, across the country, and around the world. In our latest news item, we shared about these moments of community engagement from each of our participants.
Thank you to all CPA participants for your efforts to build peace in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region and beyond. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with you and have you as a part of this community. See you in 2019!
Join us for a reception to celebrate the upcoming Grebel Gallery exhibit "Gichitwaawizi'igewin: Honouring," an exhibit that re-examines Indigenous values in animals and plant life, vilified by contemporary Western settler culture. At the launch, guests will hear about the exhibit from the artist, Catherine Dallaire. Please register for the event to let us know that you will be attending.
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