'Peace is possible'Thursday, September 19, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
Global Bridges to Peace Walk hosted by Sault College’s Peace and Conflict Studies program
This event expresses our belief that peace is possible
On Thursday, September 19 at 5 p.m. Sault College Students and Faculty are participating in a walk for peace through Bellevue Park.
This walk is connected to a larger, worldwide movement called “Global Bridges to Peace”, which is a fundraiser and awareness event for the non-profit youth peace leadership organization, Seeds of Peace.
The organization has been working for 20 years to develop essential peace skills and capacities among teens from regions of charged conflict and violence, with a special focus on the Middle East and South Asia.
The Peace and Conflict Studies Program invites everyone to join in for the Global Bridges to Peace Walk - symbolic of the bridges Seeds of Peace builds between youth from opposing sides of conflict - to show solidarity for the important work the organization is doing as well as solidarity in the belief that a more peaceful world is possible.
All are welcome!
Please meet at the BBQ Pavilion in Bellevue Park at the end of Lake St. at 5 p.m.
The walk will be followed by a community potluck.
Peace and Conflict Studies professor, Patricia Golesic, has been working with the organization for the past two summers, most recently as a Facilitator for the dialogue program at the International Conflict Resolution Camp in Maine, USA.
Golesic says: “It is incredibly inspiring to see the courage and determination that young people bring to the summer camp program. For most of them it is the first time they are meeting ‘their enemies’ face-to-face to intentionally share personal narratives about the conflict and directly address prejudice, fear and hate. They do a remarkable job and begin a significant process of transformation that continues in their respective regions through year round programming efforts.”
She says one of her favourite memories was working with a group of 12 teens from the Israeli delegation, seven of whom were Jewish Israeli and five of whom were Arab Israeli.
Together they needed to write and deliver a speech representing Israel that they all agreed on and would share with the rest of camp during a flag raising ceremony.
She says: “The effort took many hours and we were all mentally and emotionally exhausted at the end but they did it! Many staff commented that it was one of the best speeches they had ever heard and the campers themselves were extremely proud of the process they had gone through. Indeed it was quite an achievement!”
By organizing the second annual peace walk, Sault College continues to show its leadership and commitment to community development through acting as global citizens.
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