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Wednesday, 21 June, 2017
Light through the trees

On April 4, 2017 in the prison of the Federal Training Center in Laval, Chaplain I organized the screening of the film: Beyond Forgiveness. Beyond Forgiving is a documentary film, which depicts the journey of two South Africans to bring healing and reconciliation to their country post-Apartheid. One has suffered directly from actions of the other, but both have been victims . However, their history does not end in this tragedy. Both show how they have overcome their sufferings and especially what united them: forgiveness and hope.

Sunday, 26 March, 2017

Any idea that keeps anybody out is too small for this age - open your heart and let everybody in - every class, every race, every nation.

Thursday, 23 March, 2017

The weekend of February 18 and 19 was a rich one, filled with activities and very interesting meetings. Creating links and potential projects were discussed and will come to fruition in the coming months. On Saturday, as part of Black History Month, I participated in a march with my drum with nearly 250 people in a neighborhood of Quebec City. Slogans and posters - as any good march needs - were featured. A few stops were planned during which people representing various cultures and associations addressed both the marchers and those gathered to observe the event.

Sunday, 26 February, 2017

In the aftermath of the terrible event at the Grand Mosque on January 29, we have been moved by the ways in which Canadians have come together to offer support to all those most affected. The IofC website gives details of what our colleagues in Quebec City have done to cement their many years of trust-building and to stay close to their friends from that mosque. We want to report on an event from last fall, which made a deep impact on us and on the city of Ottawa.

Friday, 14 October, 2016

John Bocock recently received a high honour from the University of Alberta when he was given The Alumni Centenary Award for Service to the University. The citation for the award stated that among other contributions “Bocock has been involved with Initiatives of Change for more than 50 years. The organization is committed to promoting racial harmony and reconciliation around the world.”

Tuesday, 04 October, 2016

My initiative of change was sparked in 2011 when I engaged in a month of filmmaking and dialogue alongside a group of Palestinians, Israelis and fellow Canadians. I left the program with a question: “How can filmmaking and dialogue be better fused as a tool for peacebuilding?”

Friday, 29 July, 2016

I was excited to attend the Caux conferences for the first time. The conference centre was a stunningly beautiful sight with a magnificent view of the mountains, the lake and the towns below it. I kept clicking away with my camera, not knowing that soon, the most amazing experience that can only be captured with the heart and mind was just about to begin.

Monday, 25 July, 2016

Inspired and uplifted I step into the street. Uplifted because of the many conversations, the sharing of Syrian, Indonesian and Surinamese food, and especially of hope. Willem Jansen of Initiatives of Change (IofC) describes dialogue as a magic word, a medicine. I experienced how true this is during an evening on 28 April in the IofC centre in The Hague on the theme: ‘My story, your story - is there a story we can share?’

Monday, 30 May, 2016
Rob Corcoran

How can Initiatives of Change best contribute to healing the wounds of America’s history of racism? This legacy affects each one of us; it corrodes every aspect of our national life. The election season has revealed the depth of healing that is needed. According to a recent CNN/Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 49% of Americans believe that racism is 'a big problem.' - See more at:

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.