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108 Empathy for Peace: Bridging Afghans & Canadians Together (PANEL)

May 7, 2022 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Come meet and be inspired by Afghan communities in Canada, and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainers who led peace-building in Afghanistan

**This is part of the Burnaby Festival of Learning taking place from May 6-10, 2022**

What do both MOSAIC, one of Canada’s largest non-profit organizations focused on helping in the settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees, and the largest Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) supporting refugee resettlement in Western Canada, and Nonviolent Communication (NVC), a deeply earth- and humanity-embracing peace practices today, have in common? Each led 45+ years of Empowerment, Empathic Action, and Social Change.

You’ll hear of the contribution and challenges of Afghan’s diverse communities in BC, how you can be their ally, and what MOSAIC and NVC offer for all of us via a PANEL DISCUSSION (part 1) and a WORKSHOP (part 2) in this 2-part event, with learning & engaging opportunities throughout 2022.

Panelists –

ZARGHOONA WAKIL is the Senior Manager of the Specialized and Innovative Programs at MOSAIC, oversees a large cluster of programs that serve diverse communities and include various violence prevention programs, health promotion programs, and more. Zarghoona represents MOSAIC at national networks and is involved in several local and national partnerships, community advocacy networks, including BC Health Coalition, CARES for Equitable Health, Primary Care Network, PREV Net, BC Association of Community Health Centres, and Building Leadership Capacity to address Gender-Based Violence (GBV) across Canada.

FARHAD AHMAD MOHAMMADZAI is a Senior Financial Analyst at TELUS. His background in consulting, corporate finance, project management, plus MBA from Clark University in the U.S. and Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University of Afghanistan lends important and enriching contribution to his current professional role and to the Canadian workforce. He’s been an active volunteer with various organizations and initiatives focusing on economic empowerment, poverty alleviation, human rights and other causes in both Afghanistan and while studying in the U.S., and looks forward to contribute further as he settles in Canada since his arrival over a year ago.

CATHERINE CADDEN is an educator, storyteller, and dancer with over 25 years of experience in bringing innovative programs in nonviolence, mindfulness, and conflict transformation to people of all ages, on six continents. In 1997, she founded the TEMBA School, a visionary K¬–8 academic program which integrated nonviolent principles, mindfulness, art, and peace studies. In 2006, Catherine co-founded Play in the Wild! Initiations into Nonviolence for youth, families, and educators. Internationally recognized for her work, Catherine was a keynote speaker at the UNESCO Asia Pacific Education conference in 2012. Her work with her indigenous roots, elders, and teachers taught her to live interdependently with nature, which she shares with all who are willing to learn. She is the Programs Director at Baba Tree International, a Center for Nonviolent Communication Certified Trainer, and the author of Peaceable Revolution Through Education.

JESSE WIENS CHU is the founder of ZENVC, an approach to the practice of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) that integrates meditation, mindfulness, and inner work. He has a passion for bringing Eastern and Western wisdom to bear on the problems of today, supporting individuals, couples, and communities to come back into wholeness. In this, he draws from his own Chinese-American heritage, seven years of living and practicing in Zen monasteries, and training with NVC founder, Marshall Rosenberg, and Center for Understanding in Conflict co-founder, Gary Friedman.

Together, Catherine and Jesse are the coauthors of The Ongo Book: Everyday Nonviolence, a guide for daily practice in mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication for groups, couples, and individuals. support people around the world in the learning and real-world application of spiritual practices in a lively, experiential, and integrated way.

Facilitated by: SHERRY CHENYU SHEN – With roots in East Asian culture, she was inspired by her parents’ peacekeeping mission in Latin America. Since learning Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as an immigrant and a parent in North America, she aimed to integrate this empowering peace practice into public health, translation, teaching, and employment support with multicultural communities. As a staff, she tapped into MOSAIC’s presence as the largest Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) in Western Canada to extend a fundraising campaign named 108 Empathy for Peace: MOSAIC Afghan Response Fund, which is the basis for the 2-part event that seeks to bridge Afghan and Canadian communities together, while introducing Nonviolent Communication (NVC)’s contribution to personal & global peace.

This is part 1 of 2-part event of Burnaby Festival of Learning (May 6-10, 2022). We invite you to sign up for 108 Empathy for Peace, Part 2 – Workshop