Alberta Peace Education and Futures Studies Programs:            Teach Peace bumper sticker

[Note - if you are aware of formal or informal peace education programs and/or Alberta Peace Educators that we do not have listed, please let us know by contacting Bob Stewart at stewartr [at] ]. 

National Organizations based in Alberta, or with an office in Alberta

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), a national and international project which has an Alberta branch--AVP-Alberta.  The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a non-profit organization of volunteers offering experiential workshops that empower individuals to liberate themselves from the burden of violence.  Our fundamental belief is that there is a power for peace and good in everyone, and this power has the ability to transform our relationships.  AVP builds on a base of respect and caring for self and others.  Contact information for AVP-Alberta: PO Box 741, Station Main, Edmonton, AB T5J 2L4; email ; AVP-Canada website

Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace (CCTP) are promoting a successful, results-oriented web site: 1. to motivate individuals, the general public, government, nongovernment agencies, and business in a large way, to reduce violence and crime at: (i) the individual level, (ii) family level, (iii) community level, and (iv) world level; 2. to provide a business-like, focussed approach to achieve peace goals; 3. to raise awareness, use new information technology, teach, learn, network, work plan, recognize achievement, and act locally and globally. We believe to dramatically increase our achievements globally, we must start with our own education and use an information based approach to change individual and organizational behaviours and attitudes. What we learn at one level (eg. individual) we can apply at other levels (eg. family, community, world). Finally, we are driven by one thing: to make this world better for our children.  The long term objectives of CCTP include: 1. developing a virtual centre for teaching peace, information dissemination and networking; 2. developing "partnerships for peace" between individuals, government, nongovernment agencies, and business; 3. activate individuals, the general public and organizations to reduce violence and crime; 4. raise peace awareness, education, networking, recognition; 5. focus approach to achieve peace goals and results [see Overview]. For more information, contact, Robert Stewart, Director, Box 70, Okotoks, Alberta T1S 1A4, tel: 403-461-2469; fax 309-407-6576; email stewartr [at] ; web site 

Canadian Peace Institute/Initiative ("CPI")  is functioning as a loose-knit venue for peace educators to network, trade information, and develop some solidarity or unity of purpose as to the direction and capacity of peace education in Canada should take".  The Council of Ministers of Education Report On Peace Education gives us a very meaningful purpose: "to decide what action peace educators should take in light of the CMEC Report, to promote peace education systematically and effectively".  CPIdiscussion email listserver is that venue for electronic conversation, and overcomes logistical problems of time and distance.  The Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace web site at has served as an informational resource for CPI until something better is developed.  The next important venue is a conference(s).  For more information, contact, Robert Stewart, List Moderator, Box 70, Okotoks, Alberta T1S 1A4, tel: 403-461-2469; fax 309-407-6576; toll free ; email stewartr [at] .  Anyone with an interest in peace education can participate in CPI.  CPIDISCUSSION EMAIL LISTSERVER SUBSCRIBE: A CPIdiscussion email listserver has been set up to facilitate communications.  If anyone would like to participate in the Canadian Peace Institute/Initiative ("CPI") discussion and developments, then from the email account they wish to have on the listserve, send an empty letter to . Once sent, then Yahoo will send a welcome letter, and ask that you confirm that you wish to join the listserve.  The confirmation is simply to hit the reply button and send the welcome letter right back to Yahoo.  If you change your mind and decide not to join after all, then simply do  not reply, or you can send an empty letter to .  For more information, visit the CPIdiscussion webpage at  .  If you have any problems, contact the list moderator Bob Stewart at stewartr [at] .  You can also read past correspondence on the CPIdiscussion site, once registered

Centre for Conflict Resolution International - Our Mission: To prevent and resolve workplace conflict.  Conflict in the workplace is a natural result of transition, growth, changing technology and personality differences. These conflicts can be time consuming and costly for organizations who need to minimize time spent on unproductive activities. The Centre for Conflict Resolution International Ltd. (CCR International) can help your organization remain competitive by reducing workplace conflict. Our people are conflict resolution specialists as well as experienced trainers and facilitators. Our methods are based on solid theory complemented with years of hands-on experience in helping organizations around the world prevent and resolve disputes. We can help you achieve a harmonious, productive and profitable workplace.  Winnipeg, Ottawa, Calgary, Canada.  Email:  Contact 1-888-421-7822; web site 

Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace. The Foundation, based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, traces its origins to 1988 when observances of the anniversary of Gandhi's birth were so well received by the people of Edmonton that the initiators launched plans to enlarge the annual observances, to memorialize Gandhi and to share his teachings through a national foundation to be known as the "Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace." Membership in the Foundation is open to all. The Foundation is federally incorporated and has tax-exempt status as a charity under the Income Tax Act of Canada. In addition to information about the Foundation's activities and history, this web site is also intended to serve as a vehicle for news information from a number of live feeds worldwide and as a gateway to a wealth of information on such topics as non-violence, international development, anti-terrorism, peace research and peace education, publications, and human rights.  Contact: Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation, P.O. Box 60002, University Postal Outlet, Edmonton, AB, CANADA, T6G 2S4; ; tel 780) 492-5504; fax (780) 492-0113; web site

Project Ploughshares Calgary  office:  Parkdale United Church 2919 8 Ave NW Calgary AB CANADA T2N 1C8 ph: 403 270-7366   fax:  403 270-7373;  webpage: .  We are involved in education, in research, and in encouraging open and informed dialogue with the public, the media, and government on peace and social justice issues.

RESOLVE, formerly known as the Manitoba Research Centre on Family Violence and Violence Against Women, is a regional research network, involving the three prairie provinces, with offices in Alberta, Saskatchewan and the administration office at the University of Manitoba. What all of our projects have in common is active participation of community and university based researchers and a commitment to produce results which are useful in policy and practice development as well as useful in the academic setting. In the past two years our network has expanded to include service providers, government policy makers and universities in all three provinces. Through Resolve, they work together and share information, to ensure that programs designed to serve our urban, rural, aboriginal and ethnic communities are based on the "best practices" of all three provinces.   Mission: The goal of RESOLVE is the reduction and ultimate elimination of family violence by: working with community groups to identify important gaps in our knowledge about family violence; developing action-oriented research projects to examine the full range of issues related to family violence; working in interdisciplinary teams in partnership with community groups and other universities and centres in western Canada;  generating and evaluating strategies to address the various manifestations of family violence playing an active role in communicating results to the public and policy makers; promoting awareness, reform and social change; training students and members of community organizations in family violence research methods.  For more information: Resolve Manitoba, 108 Isbister Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 2N2; Tel: (204) 474-8965; Fax: (204) 474-7686; Email: resolve@umanitoba.caResolve Saskatchewan c/o Dept. of Psychology Arts 154, 9 Campus Drive University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada S7N 5A5 Tel: (306) 966-2255 Fax: (306) 966-2255 Email: resolve@arts.usask.caResolve Alberta c/o Dept. of Anthropology Social Sciences 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Tel: (403) 220-8634 Fax: (403) 210-8117 Email:

YMCA Calgary has evolved into an organization that provides a wide variety of programs and services for people of all ages and abilities in the community.  Each year, hundreds of thousands of Calgarians are involved in the YMCA through health, fitness, and recreation programs, youth leadership, childcare, day and residential camping.  YMCA Calgary is part of a worldwide movement, and is one of 64 associations across Canada. For more information about the YMCA in Canada, visit To learn more about YMCA Calgary, please take a moment to browse our site at  .   YMCA Calgary honours individuals and groups from all walk of life, who quietly commit their time for peace and social justice in their communities, without any special recognition. A total of six YMCA Peace Medals will be awarded this year. In the category of individual peace initiatives: one for local peacework, the second for international efforts, and the third for youth peace initiatives. And in the category of group peace initiatives, again: one for local peacework, the second for international efforts, and the third for youth peace initiatives.

YWCA Calgary focus is to provide a continuum of service, to promote economic independence, and to provide safety from violence for Calgary women and their families ... and will be viewed by the community as having contributed significantly to creating a healthy community, one which is peaceful, just, equitable, inclusive and sustainable.  We provide students with the business, technical, trades, language and life skills needed to take them from social system dependency to financial independence.  We provide programs and services for women, children and men who have witnessed, experienced, and/ or perpetrated abusive behaviour in an intimate relationship.  Web site

Alberta Provincial Organizations

The Centre for International Education and Development (CIED) provides an organizational focus and stimulus for diverse internationalization programs and activities within the Faculty of Education of the University of Alberta. CIED has an active interest in Global Education which focuses on the integration of global issues in schooling as well as community and non-formal education. The Centre has been an active participant in the Global Education Project advisory committee as well as in regular dialogues and invited workshops/talks to classes and student meetings in Edmonton schools. Workshops and courses in global education have been conducted in various partner countries including Russia, Uganda, South Africa, Jamaica, and the Philippines.  The Global Education Program at the University of Alberta raises awareness on campus and in the Edmonton community about global issues: environmental, human rights and security issues, South-North relations and sustainable human development. Its Directory of Resources for a Global Education assists students in designing an educational program with a global perspective. The Directory outlines resources and courses on and off campus that have a focus on the South or human rights.  For more information: according to a note on the CIED web site at , the CIED is no longer active dated July 2002.  For information about the University of Alberta international programs: web site ; email  

The Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society leads change and provides high quality education in dispute resolution.  The Society's "raison d'etre" is public awareness: to promote the use of appropriate alternative dispute resolution processes such as arbitration and mediation. Our main function is to provide training in arbitration, mediation, negotiation and conflict management skills, which we do through regularly-scheduled year-round courses in Edmonton and Calgary (and other centres when there is sufficient demand). The Society's best known initiative is a certificate program in "Conflict Management", currently offered through Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton, the University of Calgary Faculty of Continuing Education, Grand Prairie Regional College, Lethbridge Community College, Medicine Hat College and Notre Dame High School in Red Deer. Contact: 110 Law Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H5; telephone 780-433-4881; toll free 1-800-232-7214; fax 780-433-9024; email ; Web site 

The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) is a coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Alberta and committed to advocating harmonious relations among nations and to promoting equitable community development within nations which is people-centred, democratic, just, sustainable, inclusive and respectful of indigenous cultures.  Members of the Council pursue this goal through supporting development education programs and participatory self-help projects throughout the world. The Council's goal is to support the work of its members through networking, leadership, information sharing, training and coordination, and represents their interests when dealing with government and others. The objectives of the Council are to promote and mobilize greater Albertan participation in assisting international development.  For more information: Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, Main P.O. Box 11535, Edmonton AB, T5J 3K7; Phone: (780) 469-6088 or (780)463-9144; Fax: (780) 469-6099;Email: ; web site

Alberta Education’s commitment to ensure safe and caring schools is reflected in First things first...our children: The Government of Alberta's Three-year Plan for Education . An education system that helps Alberta’s young people become self-reliant, responsible, caring and contributing members of society is a top priority of the Alberta government. The well-informed, collaborative effort of all education partners ensures that schools can prevent violence and become safe and caring communities. .  Contact Alberta Learning, 7th Floor, Commerce Place, 10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, AB T5J 4L5; Phone:780-427-7219; For toll-free access within Alberta, first dial 310-0000. Fax:780-422-1263; E-mail: 

Alberta Government Dispute Resolution Network - The network was formed by Alberta government employees in 1996 following a very successful conflict resolution conference, Interaction ‘96, sponsored by the Conflict Resolution Network Canada, which included sectors representing government, business, schools, churches, restorative justice and international programs.  Members include government employees from a broad cross section of departments and agencies.  Members advance the understanding and use of dispute resolution alternatives and collaborative, consensus-based decision making processes. They increase awareness of existing programs and resources inside and outside government. Referrals are made to organizations such as the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society (AAMS) and Mount Royal College for certificate training programs. For example, Mount Royal College offers continuing education and extension programs in conflict resolution. The AAMS website includes a roster of mediators and arbitrators.  Network members also work with community mediation and restorative justice programs such as the Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre in Edmonton, Community Mediation Calgary Society, the Community Conferencing Association of Edmonton ((780) 944-5265), and the John Howard Society for areas outside Edmonton.  Meetings are held throughout the year to share ideas and hear from guest speakers.  The Alberta Government has implemented the following dispute resolution programs: 

You can call Alberta Government offices Toll Free from anywhere in the province via the RITE system at 310-0000.  Web site 

Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission - In Alberta, the Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Act protects Albertans from discrimination. The Act establishes the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission to carry out functions under the Act. The Commission is an independent agency of the Government of Alberta, reporting through the Ministry of Community Development. Also established by the Act is the Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism Education Fund, which provides financial support for grants and educational programs and services. An Education Fund Advisory Committee, chaired by a Member of the Legislative Assembly, provides the Minister of Community Development with advice on the distribution of the Education Fund. The Commission, Education Fund and Education Fund Advisory Committee operate with support from Alberta Community Development. For more information contact the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission at: 800 Standard Life Centre, 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 4R7, Tel: (780) 427-3116, Fax: (780) 422-3563;  Southern Regional Office, 310, 525 - 11 Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta T2R 0C9 , Tel: (403) 297-6571, Fax: (403) 297-6567; In Alberta, outside of Edmonton or Calgary call toll-free: 310-0000.  Web site ; email

Alberta Safe and Caring Schools - In 1993 and 1994 two forums were hosted by the Minister of Education on school violence. The proceedings from these two forums recommended collaborative on-going action by education partners to improve student conduct and reduce violence in schools. In 1996 the Minister of Education assumed the leadership role to promote safe and caring learning and teaching environments in Alberta schools. The Minister of Education’s initiative provides a collaborative and integrated approach to dealing with this important societal issue and involves education partners in projects to: develop and implement prevention materials and resources to support teaching and learning; identify the nature and extent of violence in Alberta schools; examine issues about governance related to promoting safe and caring schools in Alberta. The ATA's Safe and Caring Schools (SACS) Project is a comprehensive violence-prevention endeavor. SACS Project Office, Barnett House, 11010-142 St. N.W., Edmonton AB T5N 2R1, Phone (780) 447-9487 (Edmonton), Toll-free in Alberta 1-800-232-7208
Fax: (780) 455-6481; web site ; email 

Web site developed by the Banded Peak School, Bragg Creek, Alberta, and it is fantastic.  This school, students and teachers, and others like them (there are many examples), are to be congratulated for making such very worthwhile contributions to building peace in our communities and world.  Such school's, students' and teachers' efforts provide a powerful example of what all the schools and students in Canada and the world can do to bring peace to the world.

Deer Run Elementary School received the Peace Hero Award from the Calgary Action Committee Against Violence, presented to schools for their peace initiatives.

Global, Environmental, & Outdoor Education Council (GEOEC) - Our group is one of 23 specialist Councils of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. Our mission is to promote quality professional development for teachers in the area of global, environmental, and outdoor education. If you choose to join us, you’ll receive news items in our quarterly newsletter Connections, as well as information about our workshop series. On this Web site, we’ve posted numerous free lesson plans, links to useful related sites, information for affiliate groups, and information about our exciting Global Education Initiative. You’re also welcome to contact any of our executive if you’ve got a question!  web site ;For general inquiries, please contact us by e-mail at or call us as follows: 1-888-945-5500 (toll free in Alberta), 780-492-0234, 403-949-3444.  For instructions on how to join the Edu-Action listserv, click here.

Hammond Mediation & Consulting Group Inc.'s mission statement is "Building Tomorrow's Solutions Today- Innovate, Motivate, Educate.  Conflict is a natural occurrence in relationships of all types, HMCG offers a range of collaborative services to resolve and manage conflict, grow through change and remain resilient.  Charmaine Hammond is a Conflict Management Specialist with a Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis and Management and is a Chartered Mediator.  She works with organizations, groups and businesses to build healthy solutions to difficult issues.         phone- 780-4643828 (Sherwood Park, AB)

Learning Network is an educational service agency that assists Alberta schools with professional development, educational exchanges, and global education. Professional development services are primarily provided for member schools and jurisdictions in East Central Alberta (although anyone is welcome to attend), whereas our global education and educational exchange services may be accessed by the entire province.  For professional development in other areas of Alberta, contact your local professional development consortium: Edmonton Regional Consortium (ERC); Calgary Regional Consortium(CRC); Central Alberta Regional Consortium (CARC); North West Regional Learning Consortium (NWRLC); Southern Alberta Professional Development Consortium (SAPDC) .   Contact info: Learning Network, 832 Education South, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5; Phone (780) 492-0234 or toll-free in Alberta 1-888-945-5500; Fax (780) 492-0390; Email learning network  Web site 

In a world ever so eager to solve conflict through war and violence, Rocky Elementary School is a rarity. Here students rarely go to their fists to resolve conflict. They resolve conflict through dialogue.  Hands are for Helping has become the motto for the younger children and Attack the Problem Not the Person is the fundamental rule for the older ones.  At the root of this peaceful environment is Rocky Elementary's zero tolerance for violence and its commitment to developing responsible, caring students. For over a decade now the school has been teaching students how to make peace, not war, through its Peace Education Program.  So successful has been the program that Rocky Elementary was recently accepted into the League of Peaceful Schools, a Canada-wide organization based in Nova Scotia that provides support and recognition to schools that have declared a commitment to create a safe and peaceful environment for their students. ; 

University of Calgary Conflict Resolution Research and Education Group, WWW site:

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY FACULTY OF COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE General Studies (GNST) 201 (L07) CANADA AND THE FUTURE - This course is an interdisciplinary seminar on Canada’s future using the approaches pioneered by Future Studies. These approaches blend linear projections of current trends with speculation (science fiction) and options impact assessments. The course examines major areas that are expected to undergo change in the next twenty years. Among the topics that will be examined are globalization and the new world economic order, technology’s impact on national identity, demographic projections, changing social values among generations, the nature of work and community, and a host of specific topics. Among the specific topics are the future of Canadian sports, medicare, culture, politics and environmental issues. When change is viewed as a permanent condition of post-industrial society it becomes a key factor in many levels of decision-making from the personal to the macro-economic. When students better understand the nature of change, they also often see more opportunities for their lives and ways to better influence the future that is being created. 

Youth Action for Peace is a group of high school students from across the city of Calgary who want to make a difference. Our goal is: To raise awareness among youth concerning nuclear weapons, landmines, human rights abuses and our environment. To internationally work together for nuclear disarmament, equality and peace.  Youth Action for Peace is affiliated with Project Ploughshares, a nationally based peace education group that sponsors Youth Action for Peace. Project Ploughshares Calgary has been around for seventeen years and offers monthly public education meetings on peace issues, a monthly newsletter, a resource centre and resource people. Project Ploughshares also is a member of the Action Committee Against Violence and runs an Anti-Bullying Drama Progam in Calgary schools. For more information: contact Youth Action for Peace, c/o Project Ploughshares, 2919 - 8th Ave. NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 1C8; email ; web site

The Provincial Ministry responsible for Peace Education

Alberta - Learning - Joan Engel, Program Manager, Curriculum Standards Branch, Alberta Learning, 11160 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton AB T5K 0L2; Tel: 780-422-0596; Fax: 780-422-3745;


Here is a list of Peace Education Leaders in Alberta that I have compiled with the information readily available to me (in no particular order, except gender).  I know that I have missed many who should appear on the list.  Please let me know at stewartr [at] if you become aware of others that I should add.  A great vote of thanks to all peace educators, in Alberta, Canada and throughout the world.

Alberta Women:

Linda (Hunter) Bull, University of Alberta and a First Nations peace educator, has traveled across five continents, spreading a message of empowerment, solidarity and peace. She is a peace educator in word and action. In recognition and support of her continuing her work, Bull is the first winner of the Mahatma Gandhi Millennium Graduate Scholarship, funded by the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace.

Sara Coumantarakis, formerly with the Alberta Global Education project and currently promoting global education through Alberta’s The Learning Network, elaborates on the need for Global Education. email , Edmonton

Vicki Mather, The ATA's Safe and Caring Schools Project, The Alberta Teachers' Association, Edmonton, Ph: (780) 447-9449, Fax: (780) 455-6481,

Marie Rebalbos, Reach Out Against Racism Youth Coordinator, Calgary

Sally Hodges, Calgary, member of Project Ploughshares

Bev Delong, Calgary, is president of Lawyers for Social Responsibility, Chairperson of the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and an expert in arms control and disarmament issues.

Trudy Govier is a philosopher, author and popular speaker who lives and works in Calgary, Canada. She is widely known for her dynamic, accessible style of speaking and writing, and her passionate advocacy of reasoned responses to conflict. She has recently published two new books, including a book of essays about issues raised by Sept 11th, 2001.  Her reputation as a communicator is firmly founded on her globally successful textbook, A Practical Study of Argument (Wadsworth, five editions). She has spoken and written extensively on reconciliation, violence and non violence, and topics in informal logic. On the Projects page is a full description of Govier's recent work and new projects. She appeared from time to time in 2001-2002 on the CBC program, "The Moral Divide." Through the CBC website one can access these programsBiography

Fay Ash, Calgary, teacher, authored Seeds of a City (teaching children about the environment and community activism), pioneered the Lawn for Kids program in Calgary (Lawn for kids are herbicide-free).

Carolyn Pogue, a Calgary writer and a founding member of Women in Black Calgary.  Carolyn is the author of 6 books for adults and children, edits elementary school texts, work as an instructor at YouthWrite and contributes to such magazines as Canadian Living.   In 2003, when the Americans attacked Baghdad, Carolyn self-published 500 copies of "Stories for a New Day" - a book of peace fables.

Pamela Dos Ramos is a Human Rights Educator with the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre in Calgary . Pamela does presentations and workshops on human rights issues at schools and with community groups in Southern Alberta and assists with the creation of educational resources for the Centre. She is currently working on an educational anti-discrimination video on the experiences of gay and lesbian young people.

Jennifer Kelly is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, U of Alberta. Her research areas are racialized youth identities, mediazation, and culture. She is the author of Under the Gaze: Learning to be Black in White Society which examines racialization and schooling in two Edmonton high schools. At present she is working on a manuscript entitled Borrowed Identities (forthcoming Peter Lang 2003/04). Jennifer is active within the Edmonton based community group “Living History Project” which is affiliated to the Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage.

Melissa Luhtanen is a Human Rights Educator at the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre (ACLRC). She is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and was called to the bar in 2000. She has worked and volunteered in the area of anti-racist education for seven years. She is the Chair of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered (GLBT) Youth Resource Centre. Melissa volunteers with a number of organizations including the Action Committee against Violence and the Herland Feminist Film and Video Festival. She is presently working at the ACLRC on a resource guide for teachers on the legal rights of GLBT communities.

Linda McKay-Panos is the Executive Director of the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre and a board member of several organizations including the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education and the Race Relations and Cross Cultural Understanding Committee. She taught Language Arts and Social Studies with the Calgary Board of Education for seven (7) years.

Barb Maheu is an Executive Assistant in the Professional Development Program Area for the Alberta Teachers’ Association. She has also served the ATA’s professional development program area as an Association Instructor and a Professional Development Facilitator. She recently worked with the ATA’s Safe and Caring Schools Project and was a practicum associate at the University of Alberta . She specialized in high school Social Studies and Drama during her teaching years.

Frances Zaborniak is a retired ESL teacher taught with the Calgary Board of Education for twenty-two years. She was born and educated in Saskatchewan and completed her B.A. and M.Ed. at the University of British Columbia . She has always been interested in cross-cultural and multicultural education and has presented in these areas to both regular and ESL teachers. Peace Education was introduced to her at a TESOL (Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages) Summer Institute in Vermont , U.S.A. in 1990. In 1994, Frances was chosen by IRDC (International Development Research Centre), along with nineteen other teachers from across Canada , to visit Canada ’s research sites in Costa Rica . One of her visits was the University for Peace, San Jose , where, at that time, Dr. R. Mueller former Assistant Secretary to the United Nations was Chancellor. Frances ’ materials were designed for ESL students but can be adapted easily for regular curricula.

Beba Svigir, YMCA Calgary

Janice Eisenhauer, Women for Women Afghanistan

Julie Hrdlicka, coordinator, CANDIL: Canada, Democracy and International Law, Calgary

Judy (Judith) Litke, Edmonton (area), a volunteer facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP-Alberta)

Pam Lutz, Youth Coordinator, Committee on Race Relations & Cross Cultural Understanding

Susan Thompson, Peace River

Charmaine Hammond is a Conflict Management Specialist with a Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis and Management and is a Chartered Mediator.  She works with organizations, groups and businesses to build healthy solutions to difficult issues.         phone- 780-4643828 (Sherwood Park, AB)

Dr. Yvonne Hébert, Coordinator, Citizenship Education Research Network, Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary AB Canada T2N 1N4; T: (+internat) 403.220.7361 (office), F: (+internat) 403.282.8479 (office),  E:

Alberta Men:
Author, parliamentarian and diplomat, Douglas Roche was appointed to the Senate of Canada on September 17, 1998. Senator Roche was Canada's Ambassador for Disarmament from 1984 to 1989. He was elected Chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Committee, the main U.N. body dealing with political and security issues, at the 43rd General Assembly in 1988.  Senator Roche was elected to the Canadian Parliament four times, serving from 1972 to 1984 and specializing in the subjects of development and disarmament.  In 1989, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta, where he teaches "War or Peace in the 21st Century?" In 1997, he was chosen by the Students' Union to receive a SALUTE Award for "outstanding contributions to students."  Senator Roche is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Chairman of Canadian Pugwash and Chairman, Middle Powers Initiative, a network of seven international non-governmental organizations specializing in nuclear disarmament.  He is the author of fifteen books, and has contributed chapters to eight more. His latest is "Bread Not Bombs: A Political Agenda for Social Justice".  Senator Roche has served as President of the United Nations Association in Canada and was elected in 1985 as Honorary President of the World Federation of United Nations Associations, the first Canadian to receive this honour. He was named Chairman of the Canadian Committee for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations in 1995. He was the founding President of Parliamentarians for Global Action, an international network of 1,300 parliamentarians in 99 countries; founding editor of the Western Catholic Reporter (1965-72); and International Chairman (1990-96) of Global Education Associates, New York.  An Honorary Doctor of Divinity was awarded to him by St. Stephen's College, Edmonton, in 1977. He has also received Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Simon Fraser University (1985) and the University of Alberta (1986), and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from St. Peter's College, Jersey City, N.J., for his work at the United Nations. In 1992, he was given the Thakore Foundation Award "in recognition of his prolonged and distinguished work towards disarmament, global peace and peace education." In 1995, he received the United Nations Association's Medal of Honour. The N.G.O. Committee on Disarmament at the United Nations presented him with The 2000 Josephine Pomerance Award for Meritorious Service in the cause of Disarmament in a U.N. context.  In 1995, Pope John Paul II presented him with the Papal Medal for his service as Special Adviser on disarmament and security matters. In 1998, the Holy See named him a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. Other related articles for reference:
- Senator Douglas Roche, O.C. (Official Site)  
Canadian Senator Douglas Roche speech "The Right to Peace"
- Canada's voting record at the UN First Committee By Senator Douglas Roche (mid-page)
-  Bread Not Bombs: A Political Agenda for Social Justice by Douglas Roche.  Housing, health, and education services are desperately needed for the world's poorest people but instead, governments spend billions on war.  The international community must be mobilized to provide human security, and Senator Roche asserts that this is where Canada can play a crucial role.  184 pages; ISBN 0-88864-357-8; $19.95 paper.  For more information contact Cathie Crooks, Sales/Marketing, Ring House 2, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, T6G 2E1; Fax: (780) 492-0719; Direct line: (780) 492-5820; E-mail: ; Website: .  Order University of Alberta Press books from: Raincoast Books, 8680 Cambie St, Vancouver BC  V6P 6M9; (604) 323-7100; Toll free voice: 800 663-5714 , Toll free fax: 800 565-3770
- just hot off the presses, Senator Roche's latest book "The Human Right to Peace" - The central idea of this book is that the culture of war must and can be changed into a culture of peace.  Click here to read an extensive Book Review.  5 Star Must Reading.
Toh Swee Hin, Edmonton (University of Alberta)  - During 2000, a Canadian professor won the equivalent of the "Olympic gold medal" for peace educators - who, then, could be better qualified for our First Canadian Peace Education Award? - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura has decided to award the 2000 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education to Professor Toh Swee-Hin, who is of Malaysian origin and whose candidature was submitted by the Philippines. He was designated as the winner of this year's UNESCO prize on the unanimous recommendation of an international jury.  In nominating Toh Swee-Hin to receive this year's UNESCO prize, the jury sought to reward "the candidate's exceptional contribution to the promotion of the ideals of peace and non-violence and for his practical action in favour of peace through the education of a wide range of social actors." Mr Toh was born and grew up in Malaysia, has Australian citizenship and now lives in Canada. A professor and researcher, Mr Toh has helped to pioneer and promote peace education in many countries - such as Uganda, South Africa, Jamaica, Japan and the USA - but above all in Mindanao, Philippines, a site of longstanding armed, social and cultural conflicts. As the Director of the Centre for International Education and Development from 1994 to 1999, Mr Toh was able to integrate peace education into several bilateral educational development projects in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. He has always been very active in numerous international associations, networks and agencies that promote peace education.  The US$25,000 Prize for Peace Education, created in 1980 through a donation from the Japan Shipbuilding Industry Foundation, promotes actions that increase public awareness and mobilize opinion in favour of peace.

Larry Fisk, Calgary, joined the Conflict Resolution Studies faculty of Menno Simons College as the Paul and Esther Esau Distinguished Visiting Professor for 2000 - 2001. Dr. Fisk taught two specialty courses at Menno Simons College. "Pedagogy, Politics and Peace: the Inspiration of Ivan Illich and Paulo Freire" contemplated some of the basic writings of Illich and Freire which have turned pedagogy and politics upside down. "Love, Friendship And Politics: Reenvisioning Peace Education And Research" examined the question can we conduct peace education and research in such a manner that it enlarges our common humanity, contributing to the ecological, political and spiritual well-being of all? Facilitator of the International Peace Research Association 2006 Conference (IPRA2006) in Calgary.  Other related articles for reference:
- Patterns of Conflict, Paths to Peace
- Larry Fisk Biography
- "Inspiring Peace or Institutionalizing Passivity?: Cautions Surrounding a Canadian Peace Institute"

David Swann, Physicians for Global Survival, Co-founder Canadian Network for Democracy and International Law (Calgary) Bio

Shall Sinha, Ph.D.  Edmonton.  A leading Scholar on Mahatma Gandhi & author of 4 books including Words of Wisdom from Mahatma Gandhi

Bill Phipps.  Calgary.  United Church minister who challenged Stephen Harper in the byelection; started "Faith and the Common Good" an interfaith peace initiative that links religions with David Suzuki's nature challenge; serves on the Parkland Institute board; is working with George Melnyk on starting a Peace Institute at the U of C; has a chapter in George's latest book, "Canada and American Empire".

Hank Stam,  University of Calgary

Ernest Khalema is  currently teaching sociology at Athabasca University’ Center for Global and Social Analysis is the Research Coordinator for the Center for Health Promotion' Heart Health Project (University of Alberta). He has worked as a research and policy consultant with a number of non-for-profit organizations and institutions in Alberta including Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations, Edmonton Immigrant Services Association,  Grant MacEwan College, and Mennonite Center for Newcomers just to name a few. He received a B.A. in Sociology, a Graduate Diploma in International/Intercultural Studies, a Masters of Education specializing in Intercultural /Sociology of Education ( University of Alberta , CANADA ), and an M.A. candidate in Environmental and Development Sociology from the University of South Africa . Currently, Mr. Khalema is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta . Some of his publications include: “Alberta Youth Against Racism-Campaign 2001: A Report in Preparation of the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance” (2001); “Enhancing Settlement Services and Supports for African Immigrant Youth in Edmonton: A Needs Assessment” (2001); and most recentlyThe Aftermath of September 11 in Edmonton” (2002).

Dr. Darren Lund is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary . He is Past President of the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education and has authored over 80 articles and book chapters on diversity education. The many honours for Darren’s work in human rights and anti-racism education include the inaugural 1987 Alberta Human Rights Award, a 1996 Reader’s Digest National Leader in Education, a 1999 Harmony National Award of Distinction, a 2000 Intercultural Educator Award from the Intercultural and Second Languages Council of the Alberta Teachers Association, and the Outstanding Dissertation Award of 2002 from the American Educational Research Association.

Rouz (Bruce) Rawji has a master’s degree is an administrator with the Medicine Hat School District and an advocate/member of ATA’s Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Committee. He also works as a change consultant in educational and non-educational settings. He has an extensive background in working with behaviourally challenged children and adults in a variety of settings and has helped establish a number of alternative educational programs. Rouz (Bruce) and his students won a Government of Canada national award for producing a video for the March 21 campaign “STOP RACISM.”

Michael Gretton is the coordinator of the Southern Alberta Heritage Language Association (SAHLA), a position he has held since 1990. Michael is actively involved in the promotion and development of community-based international/heritage languages education, working with education, community, government, and business stakeholders. Michael also strongly supports English as a Second Language (ESL), multiculturalism, and peace building initiatives through his volunteer involvement with Diversity Calgary, the United Nations Association in Canada (UNAC-Calgary) and the Coalition for Equal Access to Education. Michael Gretton completed the Mount Royal Public Relations/Communications Program in 1989. 

Terrance (Terry) Carson, University of Alberta in Edmonton