Trying to construct a brand-new facility in a limited space can be a trying experience, especially when dealing with a corner lot located at a busy downtown intersection with a municipal parking lot on one side and apartments located directly behind. Yet this is precisely what we see happening alongside the Central United Church at the corner of Church and Queen Streets.
When completed, the new Community Peace Centre will house 80,000-square feet of office and community space and include an open-space atrium, an events venue that can be sectioned into separate meeting spaces, a kitchen and catering services.
The project is a shared vision of six not-for-profit organizations in the Metro area that have managed to capture the imagination of Metro residents, even though many are still trying to understand exactly what services will be making the location their new home. The groups involved currently operate in various parts of town. This new complex will result in Early Childhood Stimulation, Family Service Moncton, the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area, the United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick, Volunteer Centre of Southeastern New Brunswick, and the Central United Church - all services that already work closely together - sharing the space and becoming even more effective and efficient in the ability to deliver services.
Robert Stewart is the director of the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace.
"In summer 2010, the Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace was invited to open an office in the new Moncton Community Peace Centre," he says.
"We are looking forward to meeting with interested parties and provide an opportunity for these people to share ideas of what they would like to see happening to advance a culture of peace in Moncton."
Many readers would likely conclude that 'advancing a culture of peace' on its own is a rather vague statement.
The Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace official website explains, "We are a non-governmental organization working to bring together all peoples of the world in the promotion of lasting peace through thinking globally and acting locally via our annual peace education conferences, Peace Cafés, School Peace Program, and online resources."
Stewart and his Moncton-area affiliate, Anne-Marie Collette, announce they will be hosting dialogue and information sessions today, tomorrow, and Monday, Jan. 20, 21 and 24. They invite anyone interested in supporting this initiative to attend.
The afternoon sessions are scheduled for Room 402 of the Business Commerce Building, located at 236 St. George Street, each afternoon between 2 and 4 p.m.
A pair of evening sessions will also take place. This evening in the Upper Room of the Central United Church on Queen Street, attendees are urged to use the ramp entrance, and Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Business Commerce Building location.
To see a summary on the Moncton Centre for Teaching Peace website for background documents on their philosophy, experience and process, visit www.peace.ca/moncton.htm
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