CPA March e-newsletter

MARCH 2020

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When social innovation meets COVID-19

Group photo of the DarwinAI team, alongside example chest radiography images of COVID-19 cases from 2 different patients and their associated critical factors (highlighted in red) as identified by the Darwin COVID-Net platform.

In what can be a disorienting and frightening time, it is encouraging to see glimmers of hope and positive action. Indeed, along with all the cancelations and changes in plans, the world needs creative and constructive responses. With the Canadian-coined term "caremongering" emerging, unprecedented levels of open data sharing, and the development of hackathons to design COVID-19-fighting technologies, there is lots going on.

Indeed, the Centre for Peace Advancement has come across over thirty examples of innovative efforts to improve public health and contribute to the common good. Click here to read about these commendable endeavors.


CPA community perseveres at a safe distance

The Centre has undergone a big transition as all participants and employees have moved to working remotely. On top of doing all we can to support our participants, such as hosting a virtual coffee break, participants have been supporting each other as well. An example of this is Tamarack sharing their useful working remotely guide.

The Centre's larger Conrad Grebel University College community is also adapting to recent changes. Watch Marcus Shantz, Grebel's President, say more about Grebel's response in a recent video update

GeoMate taps into innovation ecosystem

Participants in our Epp Peace Incubator program have the opportunity to leverage resources and support from the Waterloo Region social innovation ecosystem. One case in point occurred on February 27, when Nastaran Saberi found herself on a stage at Catalyst 137 in Kitchener pitching for a $50,000 investment at the Velocity Fund Pitch Competition.

Learn more about how incubator ventures like GeoMate often pair the value of our support with other resources like Velocity in our news item.

Peace Innovators applications open

Youth can now apply to The Peace Innovators Scholarship & Mentoring Program, a collaboration between Kindred Credit Union, The Ripple Effect Education (TREE), and The Centre for Peace Advancement. This program equips young leaders with skills to tackle a problem they're passionate about in their community. Youth will network with other leaders in high schools across Ontario, and by the end of one year, will launch an event or campaign to address their cause.

Youth can apply here. Applications close April 30. Learn more in our news item.

PeaceTech in progress

The Centre is moving ahead with the PeaceTech Living Learning Community at Conrad Grebel University College! The Centre is currently interviewing potential Peer Leaders.


Upcoming Events

Map the System
The top three teams and campus nominee for the Map the System Canadian finals in May (to be held online) will now be selected based on written submissions due at 6:59 p.m. EST on April 8.

The Centre is pleased that the top three campus teams will still recieve prizes, and there are now six Canaidan spots at the Global Final, up from two. Visit our website for full details on the recent updates.

The Cultural Life of Drones: KW Drone Dialogues
Although the Grebel Gallery is physically closed, there are still ways to engage with the current exhibition!

Visit  the Grebel Gallery website to experience a virtual tour of "The Cultural Life of Drones: KW Drone Dialogues,"  and to read up on the exhibit. Visit Sara Matthews's website for additional information.

Employment & Engagement Opportunities

Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program
This collaborative program between Kindred Credit Union, The Ripple Effect Education (TREE), and the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement, equips young leaders with skills to tackle a problem they're passionate about in their community.

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2020. Students can apply here.

Peace and Human Security Intern (2 Positions) - Project Ploughshares
Position Type: Part-time (4 days/32 hours a week for 8-12 weeks)
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Starting date: flexible (starting between May 25 and June 8, 2020)
Salary: $16.35/hour

To see job description, qualifications, and how to apply, visit Project Ploughshare's Employment/Internships webpage. Full application due May 19, 2020 at noon.

Lead Facilitators, Lead Workshop Facilitators - The Ripple Effect Education
One day left to apply to the Lead Facilitator and Lead Workshop Facilitator positions at The Ripple Effect Education (TREE). TREE develops and facilitates skill-building programs to give youth the tools they need to resolve conflict in healthy and independent ways. TREE has worked with over 4,700 youth in Waterloo Region since 2016.

Applications will be accepted until tomorrow, March 27th, and applications and job descriptions can be found on the TREE website.

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