April 30 marked the culmination of the 2021-2022 Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring program. Eleven students celebrated their community projects at the Peace Innovators Showcase with friends, family, and supporters held in the Grebel Gallery. The Peace Innovators program is a joint partnership between Kindred Credit Union, The Ripple Effect Education (TREE), and the Centre for Peace Advancement that, for the past five years, has equipped grade 11 and 12 students from across Ontario with skills to tackle a local problem they’re passionate about. The first in-person showcase in more than two years, this event culminated the incredible year-long efforts of these youth leaders, passionate about peace and justice.
Last week, the University of Waterloo Map the System team demonstrated their systems thinking skills on a national stage. Map the System is a global pitch competition that asks students to apply systems thinking to complex social and environmental challenges. The winning team at the Waterloo campus final, made up of Calyssa Burke, Yawei (Selina) Han, Alex Petric, Janet Song Cornett-Ching, and Ayesha Zerin Tasnim, focused on understanding the root causes of the problem of housing inadequacy in Northern BC. With the support of their Professor, Simron Singh, Centre Director Paul Heidebrecht, and community partners, the team represented Waterloo at the virtual Map the System Canada finals held from May 11-13. The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement is championing systems thinking on the Waterloo campus, empowering students to think about important issues in new ways.