January e-newsletter




Launch of the newest Grebel Gallery exhibit 

On January 17, the Grebel Gallery launched its newest exhibit "Gichitwaawizi'igewin: Honouring" by local Métis artist Catherine Dallaire. The exhibit re-examines the original Indigenous values in animals and plant life that are vilified by contemporary Western settler culture. Watch the time lapse of the gallery set up, view the photo gallery from the exhibit launch, or come by the Grebel Gallery to see the exhibit in person!

Building robots with a humanitarian mission

The University of Waterloo recently released a video highlighting Richard Yim of Demine Robotics. The Demine team has created a demining excavation machine to free the world of landmines. With the support of CPA Director Paul Heidebrecht, Yim has been thinking and working politically to leverage funding and make change.

Read more about their journey here.

New faces in the Centre for Peace Advancement
In January, we welcomed Lowell Ewert and Marlene Epp to the CPA as our new faculty members. Lowell is an Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies. Marlene is a Professor of History and Peace and Conflict Studies, and is on sabbatical until June. We also welcomed Katrina Steckle this month as our new co-op student. She will be our Communications Assistant until the end of April.

Welcome Lowell, Marlene, and Katrina!  

Following the path of peace: Suyeon's experience with the International Volunteer Exchange Program

Since 2016, the Centre for Peace Advancement has connected with young aspiring peacebuilders through the International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP). Mennonite Central Committee, our newest Core Collaborator, started IVEP to create opportunities for participants worldwide to volunteer in the U.S. or Canada.

Check out this reflection written by our current IVEP participant from South Korea, Suyeon Kang.


Equipping Social Entrepreneurs for Success
Reflecting on Marlena Books' journey through Waterloo's ecosystem 

The Epp Peace Incubator program at the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement defines success broadly, with participants working in a variety of ways to make a positive impact. Marlena Books joined this program in January, 2016, and now, 3 years later, is generating ongoing revenue through book sales and their recently launched App. More importantly, they are empowering individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia, and founder Rachel Thompson is using Marlena Books as a springboard to engage the public, health practitioners, and policymakers. To mark this achievement and her new status as a program alum, we recently reflected with Rachel on her journey through Waterloo's innovation ecosystem.

 We can't wait to see what Marlena Books accomplishes next. Follow Marlena Books on Twitter to stay up to date on their work, and check out this article to read more about Rachel's journey with Marlena Books through the University of Waterloo's innovation ecosystem.


Upcoming events

People on the move: Human rights and global migration
MCC Ottawa Office
February 14-16, 2019

This year's MCC Ottawa Student Seminar is focusing on human rights and the root causes of global migration. Stay tuned for reflections from students who are attending. 

Collective Impact: Leading Theory into Action
Toronto, ON
March 19-20, 2019 
The Tamarack Institute is hosting a 2-day workshop designed to build your capacity to mobilize, launch and sustain Collective Impact Initiatives by providing you with theory, resources, and opportunities to practice withand learn fromyour peers.  Learn more about this exciting event and register to attend. 

Citizens at the Centre: A Community Engagement Thought-Leader Series
Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver
May 1 to May 7
Join the Tamarack Institute for a  one-day workshop with Max Hardy, a leading Australian Community Engagement consultant, along with Liz Weaver and Sylvia Cheuy of the Tamarack Institute to learn core principles and innovative practices to better engage your community. Register to be a part of this exciting learning opportunity. 

Quote of the month

 "It's not just about building the right technology, but it's about knowing the right people, understanding the social problem, and understanding the organizational pain-points that we need to solve."
-Richard Yim, Co-Founder of Demine Robotics

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