Alumni

CSOP Participant Profile – Rebaz Mohammed

by  //  Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 10:09 AM  //  News, Profiles

by Aaron Epp Lawyer-turned-activist from Iraqi Kurdistan excited to share what he’s learned at the CSOP Dissatisfied with the work he was doing in his native Iraqi Kurdistan, Rebaz Mohammed moved 9,000 km to Canada last summer to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams’ Indigenous Peoples Solidarity group. But first, Mohammed stopped at Canadian Mennonite University’s […]

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CSOP Participant Profile – Duha Alassaf

by  //  Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 3:18 PM  //  News, Profiles

by Aaron Epp ‘Everybody is accepted’ at the CSOP, Jordanian peacebuilder finds Duha Alassaf is passionate about peacebuilding. “Peacebuilding is a subject that should be mandatory in schools and universities for how to deal with others,” she said. “If people only knew peacebuilding, we wouldn’t have these conflicts and wars.” It’s this interest that led […]

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CSOP Participant Profile – Shahadat Hossain

by  //  Tuesday, January 30, 2018 @ 4:46 PM  //  News, Profiles

by Aaron Epp Bangladeshi judge travels to CSOP to learn about refugee response Growing up, Shahadat Hossain dreamt of contributing to his country’s legal system. That dream became a reality, and for the past 10 years, Hossain has worked as a judge. “In our country, most of the people are poor,” said Hossain, who lives […]

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CSOP Participant Profile – Mary Jane McCallum

by  //  Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:58 PM  //  News, Profiles

by Aaron Epp Senator finds strong spirituality, support at Canadian School of Peacebuilding One of Canada’s newest senators is an alumnus of CMU’s Canadian School of Peacebuilding. Dr. Mary Jane McCallum, who was appointed late last year as one of two independent senators to fill vacancies in the Senate, studied at the CSOP in 2016 […]

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CSOP Participant Profile – Bridget Crisp

by  //  Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 1:01 AM  //  News, Profiles

By Aaron Epp New Zealand nun starts her sabbatical at the Canadian School of Peacebuilding Ask Bridget Crisp what the best part of being a nun is and she’s quick to answer. “It’s never boring,” said Crisp, 46, who is a Sister of Mercy in Auckland, New Zealand. “People’s perception is that religious life is […]

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CSOP Participant Profile – Hyun Hee Kim

by  //  Wednesday, April 12, 2017 @ 8:10 AM  //  News, Profiles

By Beth Downey Sawatzky On Fear, Perspective and Peace Hyun Hee Kim, age 32, is a student at Canadian Mennonite University, completing pre-Master's requirements in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies (PACTS). What you would never guess after an ordinary conversation with her, is that this is in itself is a miracle. Kim was born in […]

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CSOP Participant Profile – David Stoesz

by  //  Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 6:47 AM  //  News, Profiles

By Aaron Epp ‘The take back has been tangible’ Time spent at the CSOP well worth it for school principal It’s difficult for teachers to get time off during the school year – they get most of July and August off, after all – but David Stoesz managed to do it so that he could […]

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CSOP Participant Profile – Alain Tshinza

by  //  Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 9:24 AM  //  News, Profiles

By Aaron Epp Hip-hop artist, youth worker sharpens his skills at the CSOP Hip-hop musician, graphic designer, filmmaker, youth worker – Alain Tshinza is involved in a lot of different things. It’s these endeavours that brought him to the 2016 Canadian School of Peacebuilding (CSOP). “Part of the reason I decided to take a class […]

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CSOP Participant Profile – Erin Yantzi

by  //  Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 8:19 AM  //  News, Profiles

By Beth Downey Sawatzky Lessons in Responsibility Sometimes, when you discover a good thing, one taste is just not enough. For Erin Yantzi, a third-year student at the University of Waterloo, transferable degree credit from a CSOP intensive was just too good not to come back for seconds. The double Anthropology and Peace Studies major […]

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CSOP Participant Profile – Marian De Couto

by  //  Thursday, February 9, 2017 @ 7:34 AM  //  News, Profiles

By Beth Downey Sawatzky On Staying Strong Marian De Couto, a Toronto native, lived for several years’ time in the city's chapter of L'Arche—a mixed community of people with various disabilities, as well as people generally considered “able”—exploring what she calls “applied solidarity.” This was the same interest that ultimately drew her to Christian Peacemaker […]

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