Centre for Peace Advancement June e-newsletter


JUNE 2019

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Highlights

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 MEDAx pitch competition in November 2018. Throughout the year they built on this experience to enhance their approach and vision. 

Read more about the team here.

Inspiring and equipping changemakers

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.


Read the article here.

Is innovation inclusive?

Cassie Myers, founder of Epp Peace Incubator participant SheLeads, recently attended  the Ontario Inclusive Innovation (i2) Action Strategy Conference. The driving question of the report and conference was: is innovation inclusive?

Read this article to hear Cassie's reflections from the conference and as a panelist at Entrepreneurship @ Environment's event:
"Equal Entrepreneurs: women's voices on ideation, inspiration, and navigating entrepreneurship."

Bringing #PeaceTech to True North 2019

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.

Upcoming events

Peace Week 2019
Waterloo Region
September 16 - 22, 2019


What role will you play in advancing peace? Every year, on September 21, the world celebrates the International 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.

Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement's Fifth Anniversary
Centre for Peace Advancement, Conrad Grebel University College 
September 21, 2:00 - 5:00 PM


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.

Employment & Engagement Opportunities

Volunteers - Growing Hope Farm

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.

Please contact Eliza Mills at
Infogrowinghopefarm@gmail.com for more information.

Quote of the month

 "Inclusive innovation is about creating space for different people to innovate, but also understanding that innovation comes in many different forms."
- Cassie Myers, SheLeads Founder

 
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