PeacemakeHers

Leadership Camp for Young Women

About Us

PeacemakeHers is a project of the Nova Scotia Voice of Women for Peace (NS VOW), a chapter of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. NS VOW works in the local, national and global community to promote peace, social justice and equality and strives for the voices of women to have an equal say in decision-making.

The PeacemakeHers Camp Key Community partners

  • Government of Canada
  • Canada Summer Jobs Program (CJS)
  • Pugwash Park Commission
  • Cyrus Eaton Foundation
  • Canadian Physicians for Research and Education in Peace (C-PREP)
  • Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women
  • Sisters of Charity – Halifax

 

 

Theresa Thomas – Camp Co-ordinator

Sarah Morgan – Program Co-ordinator

Shakira Weatherdon – Facilitator

Khadija Abawajy

Kayla Bernard

Laura Fisher

Karen Hyde

Amy Moonshadow

Shirley Robb

Muriel Rosevear

Candace Tattrie

Kathrin Winkler

Theresa Thomas is a strong advocate for social justice and volunteers on issues around peace, health, planning and housing.  Theresa explored many unique healing paths on her personal search for wellness.  Since 2004, Theresa has practiced an indigenous African technology and has been fortunate to travel to West Africa three times in this decade.  She offers readings, reiki and healing based on these teachings.  A current member of the NSVOW Steering Committee, Theresa also coordinated the PeacemakeHers Leadership Camp in 2016 and 2017.
Sarah Morgan is a long-time VOW member and feminist peace activist. She is a current member of the NSVOW Steering Committee. As part of her MA in Women’s Studies in 2014, Sarah completed her thesis: “How Women Take Up Political Space: Through the Eyes of Women in the Peace Movement.”  Her research focused on women and peace and how to expand women’s spaces of peace within a  culture of war. Helping to organize the PeacemakeHers Leadership Camp for Young Women since its inception in 2013 is a dream come true for Sarah as she has seen young women from the camp take their new perspectives and knowledge back into their local communities and create many new spaces of peace.
Shakira Weatherdon is the CEO of Shakira Weatherdon Enterprises, a group of small businesses that aim to empower and inspire women to succeed in their personal and professional lives. Shakira is also a fulltime staff at Dalhousie’s Human Rights and Equity Office as the education Advisor. She holds her MA in Gender and Peacebuilding from the United Nations mandated University for Peace.
Khadija Abawajy is a summer student who works at NSVOW this year. She doesn’t have as many accomplishments as most of the people on this list, however she has a lot of energy and a passion for peace and feminism. Her interests include improv, writing, reading, healthy living, her beautiful religion of Islam, and cats. She is desperately seeking a a publisher for a novel she wrote when she was 15 (according to her it is really good!). She is going into her second year of a Bachelors of Medical Science at Dalhousie University in the fall of 2017.
Kayla Bernard was a 2017 camp mentor! She helped make sure our campers felt comfortable, and worked to bridge the gap between team and attendees.
Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, B.A, Ph.D (Sociology) Professor Emerita of Sociology, Saint Mary’s University, is a renowned feminist and activist. She is a long-term Member of Voice of Women for Peace and Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW). Throughout her life, Linda participates locally, regionally, nationally, and globally to include diverse women’s voices and leadership in communities, groups, and institutions. Linda is passionate about the impact women can make to the ‘Gift Economy,’ and is a current Member of the NSVOW Steering Committee.
Laura Fisher was a 2017 camp mentor! She helped make sure our campers felt comfortable, and worked to bridge the gap between team and attendees.
Karen Hyde was our amazing cook for the camp! She was super organized, and cooked only delicious food! We all loved her.
Amy Moonshadow was a 2017 camp volunteer! She helped make sure our campers felt comfortable, and worked to bridge the gap between team and attendees.
Shirley Robb was our great photographer! She took some amazing shots of our camp. She is a professional photographer, and has even been sent to photograph photos of the Queen!  She worked in media photography for 13 years, then with Nova Scotia Government Photography for 20. She is now a freelancer doing most of her work with deserving charities. We were very lucky to have her as part of our team!
Muriel Rosevear was born in Montreal, raised in Northern Ontario and moved to Kelowna B.C. where she became an Elder representing the First Nation for thirteen years. In Halifax, she is an Elder with the Elders in Residence at Dalhousie University. She won forty trophies for singing, performing, song writing, costume making, and producing. She produced a CD about coming out of an abusive relationship. She is proud of being a Raging Granny for nine years, protesting against danger to the environment and abuse with non-violence. She has met many different nationalities, protesting with the Dukabors as well as in the States and with groups in Montreal. She has raised 5 children on her own, who are all doing well, and are well established. She also has fifteen grandchildren and three great-grand children!
Candace Tattrie was a 2017 camp mentor! She helped make sure our campers felt comfortable, and worked to bridge the gap between team and attendees.
Kathrin Winkler moved to Halifax a year ago . She believes that opening up to the imagination through encounters with the arts is the key to re-imagining our futures. She spends her creative time painting. Interest in hope and nonviolence, has led her to training  with the Gandhian social  movement “Ekta Parishad” in India.   Her latest activities have included; reading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report with NSVOW members; supporting the women’s march to New Delhi in 2018;  adding her voice to stop the proposed giant radioactive waste landfill dump beside the Ottawa River and, of course, NSVOW and PeacemakeHers. All of these add to the questions that keep her searching and her paint brush moving.

 

2017 Presenters

 

Dr. Nancy Covington

Dr. Nancy Covington is a retired family physician, graduate of Queen’s University and lives in Halifax, NS.   She was one of the early members of Nova Scotia Health Professionals for the Prevention of Nuclear War and President of Physicians for Global Survival (PGS)  2007 – 2009.  PGS is the Canadian affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.  

Nancy is also a member of VOW and currently represents VOW, along with Janis Alton, at the meetings of Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Her other interests involve grandchildren and growing organic vegetables on their summer property overlooking the ocean near Mahone Bay.

 

Mary Purdy

Mary Purdy is a Registered Yoga Teacher, Mindfulness Teacher, Mindful Compassion ate Life Coach & Communication Teacher. She works with private clients, teaches in the community, and in schools P-12.
Mary appreciates that yoga is so versatile, you can bring your whole self to the
practice, and there is room for all of you just as you are in the moment. She loves
story-telling, humour, play and HEARTFULLNESS. I enjoy bringing people together, to share, learn from each other and support each other’s growth.

 

Treechild

 

Treechild is a long time Eco-feminist and peace activist. She has founded and works with 2 women-centred nonprofits and enjoys being a steward for Women’s Land on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. She is a Reiki Master and combines Song and healing sounds with Reiki in her practice. Treechild will lead us in songs through out the weekend.

 

 

Mary Rigby

 

Mary Rigby has been interested in international governance and relationship among nations
and groups of people within nations for many years. Besides being a member of NSVOW, she is a member of the Atlantic Centre for International Development (ACIC), Breaking the Silence (BTS) and KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives. The latter has provided the opportunity to work with others on facilitating the development and extension of the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, an interactive educational activity suitable for all ages,which gives participants insight into the history of Canada from the perspective of indigenous peoples.

Nancy Sherwood

Nancy Sherwood is a grandmother  and  a playful,  innovative educator. She  came back from Ontario to her birthplace in New Brunswick, to teach art. She then moved to Nova Scotia  and lived off grid with her family in  for 12 years. At the end of that time they   stayed in an African village for a winter, volunteering  at Thusano Lefatsheng, an agricultural trust. When they returned to Canada she co-managed a park which provided visitors many ways to connect to the natural world through the arts, spiritual offerings, nature education, camping,  events and  gatherings.   She then co- founded and lived for the next decade in a shamanic ecovillage named EarthSea.  During that time Nancy initiated  a  community and land-based shamanic training for the 21st century called Moving Mandala; presently the program is carried on by a  team of  teachers in Canada and UK.  In  2017 she facilitated Bridgewater community  art workshops as part of a long term  project  involved in town citizens ” taking back the riverbank”, on the La Have River.  Public access to this life giving water has been created at Pijinuiskaq Park,  a Mi’kmaq  name meaning” many branches,” chosen for a place where diverse people can gather again in modern times to  enjoy the river.

Josette Coulter

Josette Coulter is a Yoga Teacher, Entrepreneur, Workshop Facilitator, Motivational speaker, as well as a Wellness & Self-Care Advocate. She has worked in the corporate world and even worked in four prisons in the Maritimes under different capacities, for 13 years. She is now the founder of The Yoga Tree and is passionate about changing the face of yoga and teaching individuals that often fall through the cracks of our society. Her teaching experience is vast, including teaching beginner to advanced classes from ages 5 – 100 years of age. Teaching many types of yoga such as; yoga for hockey players, Prenatal and Post Natal Yoga, weekly yoga classes to her community, yoga for aging well & weekly adaptive yoga classes at an adult residential facility which focuses on mental health, as well as, senior homes. Josette leads retreats and workshops throughout the province of Nova Scotia and has even developed a retreat for women called Groovy Goddess and one for girls called Groovy Goddess Girls. 

Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, B.A, Ph.D (Sociology) Professor Emerita of Sociology, Saint Mary’s University, is a renowned feminist and activist. She is a long-term Member of Voice of Women for Peace and Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW). Throughout her life, Linda participates locally, regionally, nationally, and globally to include diverse women’s voices and leadership in communities, groups, and institutions. Linda is passionate about the impact women can make to the ‘Gift Economy,’ and is a current Member of the NSVOW Steering Committee.

Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin is a Mi’kmaw person of the Millbrook community in Truro, Nova Scotia. Her professional and academic interests have been influenced and driven by her passion for the lives and sorties of Aboriginal women – specifically that go Annie Mae Aquash – a Mi’kmaw woman and activist form Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, who was murdered in the mid-1970s. A previous Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University, Catherine was previously instrumental in developing the Indigenous black and Mi’kmaq Initiative within the Law program at Dalhousie University. She is dedicated to spreading awareness of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and her message “we are all treaty people” reminds us all of our roles in educating ourselves and others to live in peace and harmony. Catherine’s deep knowledge as a Mi’kmaw elder provides a broad spectrum, of learning to those who meet her.

Laura Fisher

Laura Fisher was a 2017 camp mentor! She helped make sure our campers felt comfortable, and worked to bridge the gap between team and attendees. She helped facilitate the Blanket Exercise!

Kayla Bernard

Kayla Bernard was a 2017 camp mentor! She helped make sure our campers felt comfortable, and worked to bridge the gap between team and attendees. She was in charge of the Peace Art Workshop with fellow mentor Candace Tattrie.

Candace Tattrie

Candace Tattrie was a 2017 camp mentor! She helped make sure our campers felt comfortable, and worked to bridge the gap between team and attendees. She was in charge of the Peace Art Workshop with fellow mentor Kayla Bernard.

Sarah Morgan is a long-time VOW member and feminist peace activist. She is a current member of the

Sarah Morgan

NSVOW Steering Committee. As part of her MA in Women’s Studies in 2014, Sarah completed her thesis: “How Women Take Up Political Space: Through the Eyes of Women in the Peace Movement.”  Her research focused on women and peace and how to expand women’s spaces of peace within a  culture of war. Helping to organize the PeacemakeHers Leadership Camp for Young Women since its inception in 2013 is a dream come true for Sarah as she has seen young women from the camp take their new perspectives and knowledge back into their local communities and create many new spaces of peace.

Kathrin Winkler

Kathrin Winkler was a member of the 2017 Planning Committee! She was a member of VOW in Ontario. We are super grateful to have her here helping us plan the camp!

Muriel Rosevear was born in Montreal, raised in Northern Ontario and moved to Kelowna B.C. where

Muriel Rosevear

she became an Elder representing the First Nation for thirteen years. In Halifax, she is an Elder with the Elders in Residence at Dalhousie University. She won forty trophies for singing, performing, song writing, costume making, and producing. She produced a CD about coming out of an abusive relationship. She is proud of being a Raging Granny for nine years, protesting against danger to the environment and abuse with non-violence. She has met many different nationalities, protesting with the Dukabors as well as in the States and with groups in Montreal. She has raised 5 children on her own, who are all doing well, and are well established. She also has fifteen grandchildren and three great-grand children!

Kadijah Photiades

Kadijah Photiades’ over 30 year drum journey has brought her to the place of creating safe spaces for women to experience their voice and strength through the use drum, dance and song.
For us to be solid in the world we need to create safe places where we can be solid in ourselves first.

Teresa Kewachuk

Teresa Kewachuk is no stranger to Thinkers Lodge and the Pugwash Movement.  As a high school student she served the people who attended the first Pugwash Conference in 1957.  Dedicated to her community, Teresa is an inspiring Senior Social Studies teacher at Pugwash District High School. Further exemplifying her strong beliefs in creating a peaceful world, Teresa volunteers as On-Site Manager of Thinkers Lodge, overseeing programs and staff throughout the year, often walking her two dogs along the park boardwalk.

El Jones

El Jones is a Poet, Teacher, Activist. She was the Poet Laureate of Halifax from 2013-2015 and was recently a fellow of the International Writing Program in Iowa. El co-hosts Youth Now! Radio on CKDU, which broadcasts the voices, poems, raps, and experiences from people inside Burnside. She is a co-founder of Centreline Studios (also the Uniacke Centre for Community Development) which provides needs-based programming for the North End community focusing on youth engagement and prisoner re-integration services. She is currently teaching in the Sociology department at St. Mary’s University.

 

2017 Planning & Program Committee

  • Khadija Abawajy
  • Kayla Bernard
  • Linda Christiansen-Ruffman
  • Laura Fisher
  • Sandy Greenberg
  • Amy Moonshadow
  • Sarah Morgan
  • Muriel Rosevear
  • Candace Tattrie
  • Theresa Thomas
  • Shakira Weatherdon
  • Kathrin Winkler
  • Maria Jose Yax-Fraser

 

As well, much thanks to our cook Karen Hyde and our photographer Shirley Robb!

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Sunset at Thinkers Lodge

 

 

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