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Conrad Grebel team wins top prize at global competition
On June 7, a team of three Conrad Grebel students won the World's Challenge Challenge, a global competition that tasks students with pitching their idea to address a global issue. Anna Kuepfer, Abby Loewen and Leah Wouda focused on the creation of reusable, antimicrobial sanitary pads that would improve the lives of girls and women in Uganda, taking the top prize of $30,000. They first pitched SheCycle at the MEDAxpitch competition in November 2018. Throughout the year they built on this experience to enhance their approach and vision.
Over 90 students have had paid employment with participants in Centre for Peace Advancement. Placements with participants in our Centre not only build important skills and abilities, they can open doors by making the right connections with important networks and help mentor students in their next steps.
We sat down with Charity Nonkes and Grace Wright to learn how their time as co-op students with the Centre for Peace Advancement has equipped them to be changemakers.
One June 19 and 20, the Centre for Peace Advancement community was actively involved in Communitech's Tech for Good Conference: True North 2019.
Branka Marijan, Senior Researcher at Project Ploughshares, outlined the risk posed by killer robots at a roundtable session and at a public presentation titled, "It's Time to Talk About Killer Robots". Jade Choy, co-founder of Epp Peace Incubator participant EPOCH, presented on "The Rise of Social Entrepreneurship." And PeaceTech Peer Leaders Neil Brubacher and Jonathan Smith joined Director Paul Heidebrecht in attending the conference, learning and sharing about PeaceTech.
The Ripple Effect Education deepens its roots as it spreads its branches
We are excited to announce that The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) has officially incorporated as a non-profit, and will be transitioning from the Epp Peace Incubator to join other peacebuilding experts in our Core Collaborators program.
For the past three years, TREE has been on a journey to support young people to become peace literate, equipping them with the tools they need to build healthy relationships with others and themselves.
Read more about TREE's journey and their transition.
What role will you play in advancing peace? Every year, onSeptember 21, the world celebrates theInternational Day of Peace. Surrounding this day, from September 16 - 22, Conrad Grebel University College and the Centre for Peace Advancement invite you to host or attend a peace-related initiative or event. Visit our website to learn more about how you can get involved.
It has been an amazing five years, with so much more to look forward to. We invite you to join us in reflecting and reconnecting to celebrate these past five years, and looking ahead to the next five and beyond! Check our July e-newsletter for more details.
Growing Hope Farm is a social enterprise on five acres in the middle of Cambridge, Ontario and a participant in the Epp Peace Incubator. They are looking for volunteers to help with chores around the farm, customer service and/or administrative tasks. No experience necessary, just a smile and a great attitude.
Hours of availability are Wed-Sunday 9am-7pm. All of the proceeds from the farm are donated to Mennonite Central Committee's food security program.
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