Governance and Management
The goals of the Council of Management is to lead IofC Canada into a new era with a clear vision, agreed strategic priorities, a clear plan of action and a sustainable way of operating that draws on the best of what already exists, while finding new ways of operating that attract and engage new people.
IofC's collaborative team consists of field workers, regional Project Coordinators and volunteers, located across Canada, who carry out initiatives and provide care to members of the fellowship.
They are supported by an Office Administrator based in Ottawa.
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Council Of Management
Chair: Richard Weeks (Ottawa)
Vice Chair: Augustino Lucano (Calgary)
Treasurer: Bill Parker (Calgary)
Secretary: Elizabeth Slanke' (Montreal)
Richard Batsinduka (Gatineau)
BILL PARKER (CALGARY)
Bill Parker is currently employed as a Human Resources Manager/Health and Safety Co-ordinator in Calgary for a large plumbing and heating wholesaler with branches throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. He has extensive experience as a labour relations practitioner and union representative as well as a human resources generalist/management background and over a decade of experience as a senior executive working in municipal government in Regina and Calgary. Upon graduating with a political science degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Bill began his career as a Special Assistant to Premier Allan Blakeney, and spent several years working for the Saskatchewan government in Executive Council and the Department of Labour as a Worker’s Advocate.
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RICHARD WEEKS (OTTAWA)
Richard Weeks has worked with MRA/IofC in Canada as a fulltime volunteer and fieldworker since 1972, in a variety of administrative and program roles. He served one earlier term on the Council of Manage, before being elected again last year.
Throughout his years with IofC, Richard has been involved internationally with MRA/IofC’s programs and its governance. He was a founding member of Initiatives of Change International, serving a five-year term as a member of its Executive.
As part of the Agenda for Reconciliation program, he helped to introduce the approach of IofC into the reconciliation process in Rwanda. In February 2012, Richard was recognised for twenty years work on behalf of democracy and human rights in Burma and as a co-founder of Canadian Friends of Burma. Early in 2012 he spent four weeks in Burma to reconnect individuals and groups with the IofC international network. This resulted in the attendance of a delegation of seven from Burma at the Caux Forum for Human Security Forum in July 2012. Richard has been involved in developments leading to the launch of an initiative for national reconciliation in South Sudan in April 2013.
ELIZABETH SLANKE (MONTREAL)
Elizabeth, initially from Riga, Latvia, met IofC in 1999 in Caux and ever since has been fascinated with the ideas of the movement. At that time she was working for the global anti-corruption organistaion Transparency International, being involved with administration and fundraising.In 2001 Elizabeth participated in the first Action for Life program, which developed her capacity to create and deliver youth programs.
She lived in the IofC centre Asia Plateau, India in 2002 and 2003 helping with training programs. In 2005 she studied Emotional Intelligence with Ren-Jou Liu from Taiwan, who has helped hundreds of families to be happier through learning to love and understand oneself. Another IofC member, Bhavesh Patel, inspired Elizabeth to take a coaching class in London, UK, and also to learn the Open Space group-work facilitation technique that has been used successfully in IofC meetings. Elizabeth has helped organise several Caux conferences. In 2005 she did an internship with IofC France, learning about their community building work, then later studied Human Resource Management in Paris.
RICHARD BATSINDUKA (GATINEAU)
Richard Batsinduka is a Conflict Resolution advisor in the Federal Public Service of Canada since October 2002. Prior to joining the public service, he worked for the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution as an ADR trainer and practitioner from July 1996 to August 2000. During his career at the Institute, he initiated a training project in peaceful conflict resolution for Rwanda after the genocide. The title of this project was: "Community-Based Conflict Resolution in the Rwandan post genocide setting." At the end of the project, more than 1,000 Rwandans were trained, 7 of them were traned as trainers at the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution in Ottawa, and with that team, s Centre for Prevention and Conflict Resolution was established within the National University of Rwanda, Campus of Butare.
It is during the execution of this project that Richard had the experience of forgiveness when he met with one of his elder brother’s murderer in August 1998. When he became an Initiatives of Change member, Richard had an opportunity to share that experience in Caux in 2001; his testimony was entitled: “Meeting with Vincent's murderer”.
AUGUSTINO LUCANO (CALGARY)
Augustino grew up in Ngatuba village in South Sudan and attended school under a tree. In 1983 the civil war broke out between South and North Sudan and his education was disrupted. On November 28th, 1986, the rebels and government soldiers clashed in the small town of Chukudum and thousands of us were displaced. At the age of 15 he joined friends who walked barefoot to Kenya to escape the civil war, leaving parents, friends, and relatives behind and spent 4 years in a Kenyan refugee camp.
Members of Council will be involved in the committees below and are inviting IofC members to join a committee for which they have an interest in and skills to share.
Finance - Bill Parker - Bill Parker
Budget review, financial stewarship.
Governance - Richard Weeks
To comply with Canadian government requirements in
regards to the purpose statement of the charter.
Fundraising - Augustino Lucano
Development and implementation of fundraising initiatives.
Human Resources - Staff and Volunteers - Elizabeth Slanke
Coordination of HR related commitments.
Programs - Richard Batsinduka
Support of ongoing programs.
Caux - chair - Joy Newman
Regional Project Co-ordinators
Montreal/Quebec: Laurent Gagnon - (514) 364-9808 Email
Québec City: Lucie Pagé Email
Toronto/SW Ontario: Elizabeth Meetoos - (514) 449-6712 Email
Saskatchewan/Manitoba: Gwen McLean - (306) 522-7388 Email
Alberta: Janyce Konkin - (403) 270-0975 Email
British Columbia: Anne Hartnell - (604) 560 9667 Email
Meet Janyce Konkin, Alberta
I first became involved with IofC in 2006 when I joined (and helped establish) IofC @ UofC Club. At the time I was working on my undergrad majoring in Development Studies with a Minor in Law & Society. I attended Tools for Change in Caux in 2006 with the other Club members. In 2007 I went off to get my Master’s Degree in Peace Studies from EPU (European Peace University) in Stadtschlaining, Austria. While there I also managed to go back to Caux in August, 2007. I returned for the third time to Caux to the Caux Forum on Human Security this past July, 2009.
I love working for IofC – Calgary. I am the Coordinator of Programs for Alberta, which means I am directly responsible now for the two Clubs (Calgary & Edmonton); also the Bridges to a Common Future, and the Interfaith Youth Council program. Joy Newman & I also hope to be starting up a Peace Circle very soon. Meanwhile, I am also working to develop other interests through outreach activities: for instance a possible training film related to local Cambodian youth and expanding on contacts at UofC through the Peace Consortium which I also sit on as a Board Member. Bill Parker & I will be examining ways and means to increase funding for local programs. So it is a very busy and exciting position with lots of potential.
My Master’s thesis (which I am currently working on) is called “First Do No Harm: A Comparative Analysis of Western and African Methods of Conflict Transformation.” The comparison is based on meeting values or principles that ensure we treat others with respect, dignity, honestly, trust, forgiveness, etc. And that is what I also hope to bring to IofC, the idea that we operate in life from a commonality of principles or values.
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