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.
Community collaboration is key to advancing expansive and innovative understandings and practices of peace at the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement. 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 collaboratively with their peers and community members to deliver innovative solutions for these problems. To support these students in their changemaking journeys, the Centre has continued to partner with Kindred Credit Union and The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) to deliver the Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program.