Sparked by anti-Black racism protests this past summer, the Centre for Peace Advancement team has been reflecting on our strengths and shortcomings as we work to confront and challenge white supremacy. Read Centre Coordinator, Michelle Jackett’s article in the Spring 2021 issue of Grebel Now.
On May 8, 2021, Founder and Executive Director of The Ripple Effect Education, Katie Gingerich, was recognized as an outstanding representation of the incredible peace work of Canadian women. Gingerich received the 2021 Kim Phúc Award for Youth Peace Leadership for her work supporting youth through conflict resolution. Following the award ceremony, staff from the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement caught up with Gingerich to discuss what the award means to her.
On May 5th, the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement, The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) and Kindred Credit Union celebrated the 2020-2021 Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program participants. Supporters of the program heard from students about the social issues they tackled, what they learned, and how they are going to continue to build peace in their communities.
On Friday May 7th, 2021, eight teams of students from across Canada competed in the Map the System Canadian Finals for the chance to present their research on a global stage. For their incredible presentation and systematic investigation of the precarious foreign labour conditions in Malaysian palm oil plantations, Leah Feor, Ewomazino Iyanu Oluwa Odhigbo and Muhammed Ahsanur Rahim will be representing the University of Waterloo as one of four Canadian teams at the Map the System Global Finals from June 9-11.
From January to April 2021, the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement’s three-time returning co-op student took on a different kind of role. Kirsten Mosey’s fourth and final co-op term with the Centre emerged through the connections she made during her previous semesters as a Communications Assistant and Incubator Fellow. This winter, Mosey spent most of her time with Project Ploughshares, culminating her co-op experience as a Research Assistant for this Core Collaborator. Mosey accomplished a lot of research and growth during her time with Ploughshares, and the staff at the Centre are extremely proud to have worked with her once again.
Did you know that none of the Centre’s initiatives would be possible without support from our community? Donations are a key source of income for the Centre, which never would have existed if not for the generosity and ongoing support of the Kindred Credit Union and Conrad Grebel University College. Consider how you could make a difference by donating to the Centre for Peace Advancement.
Many of Map the System’s 2021 competitors are participating from their homes this year, however that did not prevent the University of Waterloo’s campus finalists from tackling systemic issues on local, national, and global scales. Over 200 students applied to participate this year through the University of Waterloo, representing nearly one fifth of Canadian registrations! On Thursday, April 15th, UWaterloo’s top six teams competed for the chance to move on to the Canadian finals. For their research on foreign labour conditions in Malaysian palm oil plantations, Muhammed Ahsanur Rahim, Ewomazino IyanuOluwa Odhigbo and Leah Feor received first prize and the opportunity to progress in the competition.
Sunday, April 11th marked the end of the season for Theatre of the Beat cast members and their latest production, Unmute. After 26 performances for audiences across Canada, sparking critical reflection and discussions about domestic violence and the role played by bystanders, Theatre of the Beat co-founder Kimberlee Walker is thrilled to announce that this is only the beginning for Unmute.
For one year starting in March 2021, Emily Charron will be joining the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement as the Coordinator. It takes a special person to keep track of everything going on in the Centre’s community on top of promoting peace and personal growth. Fortunately, Charron is just the person to fill Michelle Jackett’s shoes during Jackett’s maternity leave.
Centre for Peace Advancement Communications Assistant Katie Fry sat down with Charron to learn more about what brought her to the Centre.
On February 26th, 2021, The Globe and Mail announced the recipients of its inaugural Report on Business Changemakers award. This new award celebrates the accomplishments of 50 entrepreneurs and academics who are working to create unique and equitable solutions to the world’s problems. The University of Waterloo and its entrepreneurial community were thrilled to see alumnus Cassie Myers recognized for her work as CEO and Founder of Lunaria Solutions.