CPA April e-newsletter

April 2022

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Celebrating the fourth annual Map the System Waterloo campus final

On Thursday, April 7th, 2022, the Centre hosted the University of Waterloo's Map the System campus finals for the fourth time, welcoming undergraduate and graduate students from all faculties to explore some of the world's most pressing issues using systems-thinking methodologies. More than 60 students from 23 teams entered the competition this year, addressing social or environmental issues through the wider contexts in which they arise. Congratulations to all the finalists who will be advancing onto the national final on May 13, especially the winning team: Calyssa Burke, Yawei (Selina) Han, Alex Petric, Janet Song Cornett-Ching, and Ayesha Zerin Tasnim. Learn more about the Waterloo campus final in our recent news item.


Centre's Mitacs partnership helps student-entrepreneurs

The Centre provides graduate students with opportunities to apply their knowledge beyond academia. Access to Mitacs funding and a network of innovators allows participants like Majid Mirza, Sean Campbell, and Brendan Wylie-Toal to pursue entrepreneurship and education at the same time, helping them bring their initiatives to market more efficiently and effectively. Learn more about how the Centre mobilizes knowledge for impact now, not just after graduation, in our news item.

Centre featured in Waterloo's first SDG report

Sustainable Development Goal 16 — peace, justice and strong institutions — is at the heart of the Centre's mission and is interwoven into our programming. Page 39 of the new "SDGs at the University of Waterloo" report highlights our contributions to this important United Nations goal. Read the report to learn more about the ways Waterloo is prioritizing the SDGs.

Majid Mirza named a LinkedIn Top Voice in Green Economy

Majid Mirza, CEO and Co-founder of Centre participant ESGTree has established himself as a sustainability thought leader. Recently recognized as a 2022 LinkedIn Top Voice on the Green Economy, he is helping shape the conversation on sustainable industries. Learn more about Majid in LinkedIn's Top Voice news item. 

Victoria Lumax returns to the Centre as Coordinator

Between April and August 2022, the Centre for Peace Advancement welcomes Victoria Lumax to the team as Interim Coordinator. Less than one month into her new role, Lumax's confidence and expertise have enabled her to hit the ground running as she supports the Centre's many initiatives and stakeholders. Having previously worked as the Centre's Communications Assistant, Lumax is a testament to the potential of the Centre's network to advance careers in an impactful way. Learn more about Victoria in our news item.

Upcoming events

Map the System National Final
Map the System will be hosting their virtual National Final on May 13, at 3p.m. The Canadian Final will be a celebration of the top 6 Canadian MTS teams that have advanced from the Canadian semi-finals. The winning team from the Waterloo campus final will be in attendance, competing alongside other Canadian teams. To register, visit the finals Eventbrite page.

Indigenous-Mennonite Encounters in Time and Space 
This academic conference and community education event, happening from May 12-15, will offer stories and analyses of encounters and relationships between Indigenous peoples and Mennonite settlers from point of contact to the present. The conference will be taking place at Conrad Grebel University College, with some online elements. To learn more and register, visit the event website.

Community Change Institute: Equipping to Transform Your Community
Tamarack Institute will be hosting a a three day, virtual gathering for changemakers across Canada, the US, and beyond on May 5, 12, and 19. Be inspired by thought leaders, attend panels, and learn from workshops. Participants will experience three 3.5 virtual sessions, spread out over 3 weeks, plus pre-event resources, coaching opportunities, and continued support. To learn more and register, visit Tamarack's website.

Acting on Findings in Community-Based Evaluation
The Centre for Community Based Research and Conrad Grebel University College are hosting a four-part webinar series on community-based evaluation and the sustainable development goals, with this webinar as the final installment, happening on May 6 at 12 p.m. Phase four of community-based evaluation includes sharing learnings and initiating new action. To register, visit the event page.

Employment & engagement opportunities

Peace Innovators Scholarship & Mentoring Program
Applications for the 2022-2023 cohort of Peace Innovators are now open until April 30, 2022. The Peace Innovators Scholarship & Mentoring Program equips young leader with the skills to tackle a problem they are passionate about in their community. To learn more and apply, view the Peace Innovators Scholarship & Mentoring Program webpage.

Peace Researcher and Multimedia Author, Project Ploughshares
Project Ploughshares is seeking three part-time summer positions – 2 Peace Researchers and 1 Multimedia Author – to join its staff team and contribute to the planning and implementation of strategies and programs that advance the mandate and objectives of Project Ploughshares. The internships will be conducted remotely. To learn more and apply, visit the Project Ploughshares website.

PeaceTech Living-Learning Community
Applications are now open for the Spring 2022 PeaceTeach living learning community. This community is open to Conrad Grebel University College associates and residents interested in the intersection of peace and technology. Express interest in joining before the May 11 deadline by visiting our submission form.

Various Canadian Summer Jobs positions, Mennonite Central Committee Ontario
MCCO is hiring for numerous roles this summer at MCCO thrift stores and its main office. Job titles include Associate Retail, Communications and Event Assistant, Donor Relations Summer Associate, Human Resources Data Entry Clerk, Jr. Technician, Raw Carrot Associate, People's Action Group and Circle of Friends Associate, and Associate Workroom/Receiving. To learn more and apply, visit MCC's Current openings webpage. Application deadlines vary.

April's most popular tweet
The 2022 #UWaterloo @mapthesystem winners explored affordable housing in Norther BC. In addition to $2,000 donated by @KindredCU, Calyssa, Yawei, Alex, Janet, and Ayesha will advance to the @MaptheSystemCAD nationals!

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