Rotary Award Winner Creates a Hope-filled Society

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Marg Van Herk-ParadisThe Rotary Peace Scholarship Award is a new initiative made possible by the Kitchener-Waterloo cluster of Rotary Clubs. Created to support a student enrolled in the Certificate Program in Conflict Management at Conrad Grebel, this award helps students who demonstrate civic engagement in their community and work or plan to work in a field of Conflict Management. Marg Van Herk-Paradis is this year’s recipient of the scholarship.
Currently, Marg is the Executive Director and Community Leader for L’Arche in Stratford. Having been involved with L’Arche in various capacities for 24 years, Marg whole-heartedly believes in their motto, “change one heart 
at a time.” L’Arche participants inspire Marg with their resiliency and hopefulness. 
Initially studying in the field of Applied Social Science and Theology, Marg worked for a number of years as a Pastoral Minister for Youth in both Canada and the United States. She also became an affiliate of the Society of Mary (Marianists) whose mission is to build communities of faith at every stage of life’s journey.  “Building community through relationship is a passion of mine and something I feel called to do both in my work and in my volunteering activities,” reflects Marg. “My interest lies in how conflict provokes growth and therefore builds resilience in people and organizations. This in turn, I believe, can create a more hope-filled society and move towards positive community change.”
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