Centre for Peace Advancement August 2019 e-newsletter


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Join us to celebrate 5 years of advancing peace!

On September 21, we will celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement. We invite you to join us in remembering the impacts from the past five years, reconnecting with individuals and organizations that have collectively shaped our work, and re-imagining what it means to advance peace in Waterloo region and beyond.

Click here to register.


Peace Innovators kick-off retreat

The 2019-2020 Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program cohort met at Conrad Grebel University College from August 16-18. Seven high school students from across southern Ontario gathered to learn how to design and execute their own peacebuilding initiative in their home community. Stay tuned for updates throughout the year!

This program is run in partnership with
The Ripple Effect Education and Kindred Credit Union.

Saying farewell to WPIRG

The Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG), a student-led and student-funded organization at the University of Waterloo, has been supporting student activism since 1973.

In 2016, WPIRG was the target of a defunding campaign that has resulted in the downsizing of the organization, and will close its office at the Centre for Peace Advancement this month.

Looking forward, WPIRG will focus its work on an archival project that will highlight the organization's history of student and community activism. Community members are encouraged to get in touch at
info@wpirg.org with any questions.


SheLeads "jumps" at a new innovation ecosystem opportunity 

Epp Peace Incubator participant SheLeads was selected to receive $30,000 in seed funding through the Accelerator Centre's (AC) JumpStart Program, beginning in June 2019. AC JumpStart is funded by FedDev Ontario, and seeks to provide resources for technology startups in Ontario.

SheLeads is the fourth Epp Peace Incubator participant to receive the JumpStart funding and mentorship since the Incubator launched in 2015.

Learn more about the AC JumpStart program here.

IVEP participants: where are they now?

The Centre for Peace Advancement and the Conrad Grebel community have welcomed three participants in Mennonite Central Committee's International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) since 2016.

Unfortunately, the IVEP participant planning to join our Centre this year was denied a Canada visa.

Read more to learn about our past participants, and regulation changes affecting the IVEP program.


Welcoming a new face in the Centre for Peace Advancement

At the end of this month, we welcomed Kirsten Mosey as our Communications Assistant Co-op student! Kirsten is an Arts and Business student, majoring in Political Science. She first learned about the Centre for Peace Advancement on her last co-op term, where she also became familiar with Waterloo's innovation ecosystem. 

She is excited to learn more about peace advancement, and is looking forward to her term with us!

Welcome, Kirsten!

Upcoming events

Peace Week 2019
Waterloo Region
September 16 - 22, 2019

Surrounding the International Day of Peace, 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.

Catalyzing Collaboration
Conrad Grebel University College 
September 21, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, program at 3:00 PM

Employment & Engagement Opportunities

Workshop Facilitator - The Ripple Effect Education

The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) develops and facilitates skill-building programs to give youth the tools they need to resolve conflict in healthy and independent ways. Their programs run in classrooms with students in grades one- eight from October to April.

TREE is looking for dynamic individuals to fill the flexible part-time facilitator roles who
are passionate about peacemaking and conflict resolution; love working with children ages 6 - 13; are confident public speakers; want to gain experience in peacebuilding and education fields

View the job description and apply here. 
Quote of the month

 "I want to make sure it is a practice that continues to evolve as my identity has evolved, and as Mennonite identity continues to evolve as well"
- Meg Harder, New Fraktur artist at the Grebel Gallery, as quoted in The Record
Centre for Peace Advancement Website
Aligned values and shared commitment to incubate and advance collaborative, inter-disciplinary, multi-sector peacemaking is at the heart of our partnership with the Kindred Credit Union, and continues to inspire our work.

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