CPA September e-newsletter

September 2021

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Peace Week 2021: Reflection, resilience and recovery

Since the launch of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement in 2014, our staff, participants, and partners marked the United Nations International Day of Peace by celebrating innovative solutions to complex problems, advocacy to press decision-makers to work for justice, and efforts to bring communities together around the world. While the Centre encountered unanticipated challenges along the way, we never wavered in our mission to catalyze collaboration.

Read the full article to learn more about how the Centre celebrated Peace Week 2021 and visit the Grebel Gallery website to learn how you can continue to participate in Peace Week projects.


2021-2022 Peace Innovators begin their changemaking journey

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centre has heard from many youth about the growing needs they are observing locally and their desire to work with their peers and community members to deliver innovative solutions for these problems. To support these students, the Centre has continued to partner with Kindred Credit Union and The Ripple Effect Education to deliver the Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program.

Read the full article to learn more about the issues the 2021-2022 cohort of Peace Innovators are passionate about.

Celebrating Five Years of Peacemaking with TREE

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Centre Core Collaborator, The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) celebrated five years of peacemaking! To mark this milestone, TREE invited five people, who represent their mission and goals, to share how their involvement with TREE has rippled out into their work and relationships.

Read the stories of impact in Celebrating Five Years of Peacemaking.

Upcoming events

MCC at 100 Conference: Mennonites, service and the humanitarian impulse
Examine the past, present and future of Mennonite Central Committee initiatives with presentations by many including Centre Director, Paul Heidebrecht. Register to attend the organization's 100-year anniversary conference from September 30 - October 2, 2021.


Building Community-Based Evaluation Capacity to Advance Sustainable Development Goals
Registration is now open for a two-part virtual workshop co-hosted by the Centre for Community Based Research and Conrad Grebel University College for community-based organizations in Waterloo Region working to promote peace and justice, quality education, and/or gender equity.

For more details, and to register for October 29 and November 5 please click here and to register for November 19 and November 26 please click here.

MEDA Convention 2021: Rising Together
Connect with MEDA community members to share resources, knowledge, and access to opportunities that will help communities and organizations grow further, and more sustainably. Register to attend the 2021 MEDA Convention virtually from November 5 - 6, 2021.

If Trauma Could Echo Project
If Trauma Could Echo is a community-based project that acknowledges and grieves the untold stories of trauma collected from students, staff, and faculty at Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo. This project accompanies Yasmeen Nematt Alla's exhibit at the Grebel Gallery, Not Traumatic Enough for a Shock Blanket. This project will run until December 20, 2021.

Not Traumatic Enough for a Shock Blanket exhibit
Visit the Grebel Gallery to engage with artist Yasmeen Nematt Alla's Not Traumatic Enough for a Shock Blanket. This thought-provoking, interactive exhibit invites us to consider the importance of trauma-informed community spaces and the ability of art to provide gestures of care. To engage with the exhibit, complete a Gallery Visit Request form or visit the Grebel Gallery webpage.

Employment & engagement opportunities

Map the System Campus Lead at the Centre for Peace Advancement
The Centre for Peace Advancement is hiring an Incubator Fellow for the role of Map the System Campus Lead for the 2022 Map the System pitch competition. The Campus Lead will promote the competition on-campus, organize student engagement opportunities, and provide continued support as students progress through competition milestones.

More information is provided in the Map the System Campus Lead job description.

Lead Developer at Lunaria
Peace Incubator participant Lunaria is hiring a Lead Developer. Lunaria's ideal candidate has experience testing platforms, leading technical and non-technical team members, a dedication to diversity equity and inclusion, and a desire to join a growing startup. This opportunity includes a flexible schedule and the opportunity to join a diverse team and a fast-growing startup.

More information is provided at Careers at Lunaria.

Manager of Cities, Communities Building Youth Futures at Tamarack Institute
Are you bilingual in French and English and interested in supporting over 25,000 youth in Ontario and Quebec? Engage with community parterns and develop content for blogs, case studies and reports as Tamarack's next Manager of Cities.

More information is provided in the Manager of Cities job description

September's most popular tweet
If Trauma Could Echo is a community-based project led by artist @yasmeennematt
 that acknowledges and grieves the untold stories of trauma collected from students, staff, and faculty at @Conrad_Grebel and @UWaterloo.
Participate today.

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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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