Photo: Randy Janzen takes up his new position as MIR Centre Chair on November 15, 2010.
Following a national search that resulted in applications from across North America, Randy Janzen has been appointed as the Chair of the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College.
Randy has worked at Selkirk College since 1998 as a nursing instructor in the School of Health and Human Services where he also served as School Chair from 2004 to 2007. His 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 Studies program.
“We are very excited to have Randy provide leadership in the work of expanding programming and outreach of the Mir Centre for Peace,” explains Selkirk College Vice President of Academic and Student Development, Angus Graeme. “Randy is looking forward to ‘transforming a new generation into effective and empowered peacemakers’. He is a great fit for the position.”
Randy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing both of which are from the University of Manitoba. He has a Master of Science degree in Health Care and Epidemiology from UBC, and is currently in the final months of completing a PhD in Social Sciences with a major in Peace Studies from Tilburg University.
With a varied background in the practice of peace in the field, Randy has 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. He has worked as a nurse from remote First Nations communities in Canada’s North to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
He is also a member of Amnesty International, NEON (Nelson End Occupation Now) and the Nelson Refugee Committee.
Randy will officially take up his new role on November 15, 2010.
For more information on the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College, visit www.selkirk.ca/mir.
First published on October 15, 2010