The Quebec version of the “Blanket Exercise” was developed in Montreal by the Ecumenical Network for Justice, Peace and Ecology (ROJEP) from the version created by Kairos Canada (an ecological justice and human rights organization) in 1997.
“I liked her honesty about things she has experienced,” said Nyawargak Joseph, a young Sudanese participant in the “Catch up with Ashley” session organized by Janyce Konkin, IofC’s Regional Coordinator of Programs in Alberta. “Her entire story motivated me to believe the South Sudanese Community can also benefit from the work of IofC.”
Eight members of the Ottawa team hosted a farewell party for Viola Sebahana on the final day of her two years as office administrator in the national office. Viola worked with Initiatives of Change while pursuing her Master’s degree in social work, and upon her recent graduation accepted a full time professional position in her field.
At this year’s meeting, the membership said a grateful farewell to four departing IofC Canada Board members: Richard Batsinduka, Augustino Lucano, Firyal Mohamed, and Sara Vassigh. Co-chair Lorne Braun expressed great appreciation for their efforts and their devotion to the Board and the fellowship across Canada. In their place, four new board members were elected, two for one-year terms and two for three -year terms.
Initiatives of Change Canada is the local chapter of a global movement of diverse people committed to transforming society starting with themselves. Internationally the organization has identified three Strategic Priorities and focused on one overriding priority, namely 'Addressing the root causes of extremism of all kinds.'