CPA July e-newsletter

July 2021

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Podcasting for peace

"What are you listening to right now?" has become a popular topic at Centre for Peace Advancement coffee breaks, and with good reason. As a popular medium for storytelling, podcasts have become instrumental in provoking nuanced and multidimensional dialogue around peacebuilding and conflict. For your next listening session, check out these options created by or featuring Centre community members.

Read more in Podcasting for Peace, or go straight to audio with the Centre's new Spotify playlist.


GeoMate launches the Accessible City Challenge (ACE)
Red figure in a wheelchair silhouetted wheeling towards some red detination points on a map of Kitchener, Ontario.
On Tuesday July 13, 2021, Grebel Peace Incubator participant GeoMate launched the first ever Accessible City Challenge (ACE). Created to help Canadian cities meet the population's growing need for accessibility, ACE is GeoMate's invitation to municipalities to collaborate for transformative change and embrace a more accessible future.

Read about the Accessible City Challenge.
New effort to support peacebuilding organizations
Rainbow wheel with icons indicating the social development goals. In the centre, the orange flowery logo of the Centre for Community Based Research floats.

Also in July, the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) announced its newest project in partnership with the Centre for Peace Advancement. Aimed to increase the evaluation capacity of peacebuilding organizations and to promote the implementation of Canada's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this program will guide the growth and self-reflection of community-based organizations in the Waterloo Region and across Canada.

See CCBR's official announcement of the project for more information about how and it will occur.

Transitions in the CPA community
We are pleased to welcome Nathan Funk into an office in the CPA! Nathan is an Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies and the outgoing Chair of the PACS department.

A special thank you also goes out to Marlene Epp for her contributions to the CPA. Marlene has moved her office out of the Centre, rejoining PACS and other faculty colleagues at Conrad Grebel University College. We are grateful for the thoughtful conversations and positive energy that Marlene has brought to the Centre during her time with us!

Upcoming events

Union Sustainable Development Co-operative Information Sessions
Learn more about Union Co-operative's model for permanent housing affordability and get answers to your questions during an upcoming information session on a Tuesday or Saturday from 12:00 - 1:00 pm (EDT) this August.

Tamarack webinar: Solutions for Social Isolation
Discuss systemic drivers of social isolation and community-level responses to address local challenges with Risa Wilkerson and Amanda O'Rourke on August 18, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm (EDT).

Tamarack webinar: SDG Localization - From Recovery to Resilience
Join Tamarack Institute and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Canada on August 24, 2021 from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm (EDT) for tips and ideas for how cities and municipalities can help advance 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by becoming more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient.

Employment & engagement opportunities

Casting call: Theatre of the Beat is seeking actors for "Forgiven/Forgotten"
Past Incubator Participant, Theatre of the Beat is looking for 5 actors to join its upcoming presentation of "Forgiven/Forgotten", a dramatic performance that reflects on how our culture responds to those affected by crime. Audition submissions are open until August 6, 2021 at 10:00pm (EDT).

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 for updates and to attend the 2021 MEDA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia from November 4-7, 2021.

Call for proposals: Indigenous-Mennonite Encounters in Time and Place
Submissions are now being accepted from academics, activists, artists, community members, and students who wish to contribute to the Indigenous-Mennonite Encounters in Time and Place conference in May 2022. Proposals can include paper presentations, roundtables, artistic contributions, workshops, and storytelling. Proposals are due September 30, 2021

In case you missed it...

Little Things: The X-Page Workshop performance
Watch the X Page Workshop's 2021 performance featuring stories from immigrant and refugee women living in the Waterloo Region.

Cassie Myers gives employers a reality check
Lunaria Solutions founder, Cassie Myers was recently profiled by Invest Ottawa on how to make workplaces more diverse, equitable and inclusive for all.
Growing Hope Farm on urban farming in Cambridge
Peace Incubator alumni, Growing Hope Farm was featured by "Cambridge Today" for its unique approach to urban farming and supporting marginalized people.
July's most popular tweet
This afternoon, community members met for our first ever roundtable. Thank you to all who joined us to create even stronger, more cohesive content in the future.

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