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
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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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