Selkirk College, Attn: Randy Janzen
301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar BC, V1N 4L3, Canada
I was appointed as the Chair of the Mir Centre for Peace in November 2010.
I have worked at Selkirk College since 1998 as a nursing instructor in the School of Health and Human Services where I also served as School Chair from 2004 to 2007. My work with the Mir Centre includes service on the Mir Programming Council, a lecturer in the Mir Centre for Peace Winter lecture series and teaching in the second year of the Peace and Justice Studies program.
I am also a member of Amnesty International, NEON (Nelson End Occupation Now) and the Nelson Refugee Committee.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing both of which are from the University of Manitoba. I have a Master of Science degree in Health Care and Epidemiology from UBC, and a PhD in Social Sciences with a major in Peace Studies from Tilburg University. I have been published in the peer-reviewed Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies and have presented at peace conferences in Canada and internationally. I have also presented at an international conference on Peace and Justice in Winnipeg.
I have a varied background in the practice of peace in the field. I have worked with Christian Peacemaker teams in Israel and Palestine, served as a human rights observer with Guatemalan refugees during post conflict resettlement and provided health policy advice in post-war Kosovo. I have also worked as a nurse from remote First Nations communities in Canada’s North to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
Recently, much of my research has focused on finding nonviolent approaches for solving political conflicts. Preliminary results of this research indicate that Canadians are in favour of the concept of unarmed civilian peacekeeping as a strategy of Canada's foreign policy. Learn more about the Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping Study.
My work experience includes:
- Street outreach, harm reduction, HIV prevention (Winnipeg and Vancouver)
- Northern outpost nursing (Manitoba, Nunavut)
- Post - conflict rebuilding (Kosovo)
- International Human Rights Observer (Guatemala)
My other accomplishments include:
My recent/current publications and presentations have focused on human rights in Guatemala, post conflict rebuilding in Guatemala, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants in Guatemala, an examination of structural violence in the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict. Projects include the establishment of the Mir Centre Community Mediation Program and working with Good Neighbour Program in Nelson as they have implemented a community mediation program there.
My community involvement/affiliations include:
- Amnesty International (Nelson Chapter) NEON (Nelson End the Occupation Now)
- Nelson Refugee Committee
- Nelson Good Neighbour Program (Community Mediation)