On August 29, Teresa Edge began serving as the Coordinator of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement. Teresa comes from New Zealand, and first connected with the Centre in 2016 when she took a summer Peace and Conflict Studies course while doing her Masters in Economic Development and Innovation at the University of Waterloo.
Demine Robotics, a former Grebel Peace Incubator start-up stationed in both Cambodia and Canada, has left its mark around the world. With the goal of accelerating the clearance of landmine-infested land, Richard Yim, CEO & co-founder, Jared Baribeau, CTO & co-founder, have safeguarded 100,000 m2 (25 acres) of land containing explosive weapons in Cambodia. They built hundreds of relationships with deminers, government officials, industry leaders, and neighbourhood Cambodian tuk-tuk drivers, setting out to make landmine clearance faster and safer. Despite this impactful effort, in early 2022, the team made the difficult decision to wind down the operations of Demine Robotics. But where are the founders now? They are continuing to advance PeaceTech around the world, using engineering to make the world a better place. Demine Robotics serves as both a learning experience to reflect on and an incredible effort to celebrate, an experiment in innovation nurtured by the Centre that will have impact for decades to come.
On March 14, 2022 Voices Together: A Celebration of Art and Music officially opened at the Grebel Gallery. After travelling from Bethel College to Eastern Mennonite University, the original art found in the Voices Together Mennonite hymnal reached Conrad Grebel University College for its only Canadian stop along its tour of Mennonite colleges in North America. The exhibit offers an intimate view of the twelve works found in the hymnal along with some additional companion pieces by the artists.
The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement, along with its partners, The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) and Kindred Credit Union, kicks off the next cycle of the Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program on March 1, 2021 when the 2021-2022 application period opens.
In anticipation of this, we caught up with program alumni to learn where they are now and how they look back on their time as Peace Innovators.
Friday, January 22nd was a monumental day for many countries around the world as the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) became international law for over 51 states in 122 nations. More work needs to be done, but as Core Collaborator at the Centre, Project Ploughshares, explains in Five things to know about the nuclear ban treaty, the TPNW is “the most consequential nuclear disarmament development in decades”.
Last Friday, many participants at the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement shared their excitement for this step forward in peacebuilding and disarmament. The TPNW is a global effort, and one that the Centre's community of peacebuilders have been involved in since the very beginning.