With great sadness, we share news of the passing of Dr. Myler Wilkinson, former instructor of Peace Studies and English at Selkirk College and the driving force behind the creation of the Mir Centre for Peace.
Dr. Myler Wilkinson, in memory
Myler was a visionary, an accomplished scholar, an award-winning author and an educator who motivated students to rise to the best of their abilities and shine.
In addition to his passion for Russian history, culture and literature, Myler will be remembered at Selkirk College for leading the realization of a dream he shared with his wife, Linda -- the creation of a centre for peace that draws on the distinctive histories and cultures of the West Kootenay region. Mirroring the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers, they envisioned a very special place where diverse peoples could gather, embrace their differences and build cultures of peace together.
May those of us who gather in this place always work to keep Myler's memory and dream alive.
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The Mir Centre for Peace builds cultures of peace through learning and dialogue. Our lecture series, trainings, workshops, films, research, and collaborations with community organizations help advance peace and justice both locally and in our wider world.
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History of the Mir Centre
The history of the Mir Centre for Peace began in 1966 when the college inherited the buildings and site, but the rich history of this magnificent piece of land and the people who have lived here, stretches back for centuries.
The Mir Centre was established in 1999 with the mandate of understanding and building cultures of peace through education. Mir, an ancient Russian word with the complex meaning of peace, community and world, encompasses and defines the following values:
Peace and social justice for the individual, family, community and the world
Respect for cultural, ethnic, philosophical, spiritual, religious and intellectual diversity
Dignity of work and service to humanity
Education and learning which advance these values
It is housed in a restored early 20th century Doukhobor communal dwelling.