CPA July e-newsletter

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JULY 2020

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Finding connection through Stories in Transit
Colourful graphic with drawings of different women, text reading The X Page Workshop Presents Stories in Transit
The X Page Workshop, which brings together immigrant and refugee women to share their stories and connect with one another, learned the value of storytelling in a new way this year. The experiential model of storytelling, combined with authentic community and empowerment through performance and publication, suddenly halted due to COVID-19 in March 2020.

Rather than forgo the experience, The X Page Workshop: Stories in Transit Online Exclusive was born!

Read more about how the X Page Workshop fosters community, even when apart.


Reflections on land and legacy
Photo of sign at Victoria Park's Land Back Camp with text reading Please Respect Our Sacred Space

Marlene Epp, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and History and Centre for Peace Advancement Research Fellow, shared her reflections on Mennonite heritage in the Six Nations region in a recent blog post.  Epp's reorientation to the land most commonly known as "Mennonite country" is based in a desire to better understand Canada's true history.

Read the post.

Photo by Phi Doan/KitchenerToday.

Lunaria, where technology and diversity meet
Photo of laptop with Lunaria survey on the screen, with leaf in a glass

Lunaria, a member of the Epp Peace Incubator, was featured in Global Talent Accelerator's list of "Five Canadian tech companies that are doing diversity right."

Lunaria specializes in creating a comprehensive Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategy for companies. Through online resources, surveying, reporting, and education tools, Lunaria helps companies kickstart their D&I efforts with real returns.

Read the article.

The impact of an educator
Photo of Lowell Ewert with students in Grebel's atrium
Lowell Ewert, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies and Centre for Peace Advancement Research Fellow, retired in June 2020 after 23-years at Grebel.

Inspired by Lowell's longstanding commitment to exploring new intersections within the peacebuilding field,
Centre for Peace Advancement Coordinator, Michelle Jackett, wrote a letter to Lowell, describing 5 ways he has impacted her journey as a peacebuilder.

Read Michelle's Letter to Lowell.


Photo of laptop with coffee and notebook on a table
Over the last few months, our community of peacebuilders have risen to a new challenge: how to create peace from afar.

Stay tuned every other month for a curated collection of resources from our participants and partners.

Upcoming Events

We Remember: 75 Years Since the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki - Project Ploughshares
Join the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons in a virtual event to honour the victims and consider new ways to help rid the world of nuclear weapons.

August 6, 2:00-3:30pm, EDT

Employment & Engagement Opportunities

Apply for Map the System 2021 Campus Lead - Centre for Peace Advancement
Position type: Part-time
Location: Remote/Waterloo, ON
Start date: October 5, 2020

Apply by: August 5, 2020
To see qualifications, full job description, and how to apply, visit Grebel's job posting.

Participate in the PeaceTech Living-Learning Community - Centre for Peace Advancement
Fall 2020 Applications for Grebel upper year students by August 31st, 2020.
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