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Sunday, 10 April, 2016

I was born in Casablanca, Morocco. I think of myself as Canadian by nationality, French by heart, Moroccan by origin, Muslim by faith and Quebecoise in my soul.

Monday, 04 April, 2016

A few days before travelling to South Africa to work on a documentary film, my friend Julien and I saw the film Beyond Forgiving with Laurent Gagnon and Joseph Vumiliya of the Initiatives of Change Quebec team...

Monday, 21 March, 2016

Beverly Simms for many years, has had a vision that art could change the world. Going further, she believes that the change in each person can change the devastation of the environment in the world and in particular, water. The conviction to focus on water came at the IofC Conference Centre at Caux, Switzerland where she attended an Arts Conference and learned through personal stories of the shortages of water in parts of the world. An Aboriginal Elder said to her ‘all the sources of life, come from the water’.

Monday, 15 February, 2016

This week has been a week of commemorating the incredible legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggle for civil rights of all people around the world. Unfortunately, this past year was marred by heightened expressions of racial and political divisiveness for many communities across the United States.

Thursday, 07 January, 2016

It’s a win-win situation for all concerned. Long-time IofC Canada member Peter Heyes from Sturgeon County, Alberta, is a man of vision, but he also has ways of turning that vision into action. He spends eight months a year in South East Asia. Over the years Peter-- together with partners and friends in Canada and Cambodia-- has developed a program bringing on average 20 to 25 Canadian dental workers a year who have treated thousands of poor village adults and children in that South East Asian country.

Tuesday, 08 December, 2015

Born in Toronto, Ashley Muller first met IofC while she was a student at the University of Calgary. After an internship with the IofC team in the city, she completed the Caux Interns Leadership Program in the summer of 2015. She is currently working at IofC’s office in Oxford, UK, fulfilling a wide range of responsibilities. One of these is her role as Coordinator of Peace Circles. She traces her journey from initial scepticism to a deep appreciation of the value of these circles as instruments of peace.

Tuesday, 01 December, 2015
La Belle Équipe

Edward Peters reflects on the recent events in Beirut and Paris. What resonates most deeply for him in the present crisis is the struggle between love and hate, between dignity and demonisation, between humility and arrogance, between responsibility and blame.

Tuesday, 29 September, 2015

'Attitude is everything' is a well-known maxim. Our chances of overcoming a problem, according to this philosophy, depend largely on our attitude to it.

Initiatives of Change International council member Edward Peters brings a fresh perspective that welcomes the tens of thousands of individuals and families seeking refuge in Europe.

Monday, 17 August, 2015
José Carlos Vargas

'In Mexico there is a common belief that we are a society where economic disparities and classism exist, but we do not acknowledge the presence of racism in our culture. Yet in every advertisement, in every TV programme, and in the majority of universities, companies and government entities, middle or top officials featured are white, or have a fair skin tone,' writes Jose Carlos Vargas, whose work focuses on social inclusion in Mexico.

Friday, 27 February, 2015
Conrad Hunte

When thinking of the seemingly increasing turmoil in the world today, when what divides people seems to be more important than what unites us, a talk that the late Conrad Hunte gave at the IofC international centre at Caux, Switzerland, 20 August 1994 came to mind. He was a descendent of slaves, grew up in poverty, yet became one of the world’s most famous cricketers. He was Vice-Captain of the team that beat England in 1963. He used to say ‘You taught us how to play, we taught you how to win!’ In 1967, he took early retirement to devote himself to building relations between the newly arrived immigrants and the host community in Britain, because he could see the danger of conflict spiraling out of control.

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