THE PEACE NETWORK FOR SOCIAL HARMONY,
created in 2009, is a Canadian registered charitable organization. We are a group of philanthropic foundations, institutional actors, corporate members and individuals who believe in the importance of peace, non-violence, and an inclusive and open-minded society. The Network focuses on healthy and harmonious relationships in our communities, as opposed to focussing on global conflicts. We aim to improve collaboration among stakeholders (community organizations, researchers, government, educational institutions, etc.), to allow the emergence of a stronger voice for "peace in action."
The importance of our mission is reflected in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which include sections on the importance of promoting peaceful and inclusive societies (SDGs 16 and 4.7). As the UN affirms, "Violence in all its forms has serious consequences for societies. In this regard, "to achieve peace, justice and inclusion, it is important that governments, civil society and communities work together to implement lasting solutions to reduce violence […] and ensure inclusive participation at all times.”
At the Peace Network for Social Harmony, peace is at the heart of our actions, and it benefits from our leveraging the power of collaboration. We focus our efforts on the following three central themes:
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
PROMOTION OF PEACE AND SOCIAL HARMONY
Assist in the development of a culture of peace and support those working in the sector.
Promote best practices and foster greater collaboration among stakeholders, in order to maximize the impact, scope and effectiveness of actions taken in the field.
Actively participate in the development of concrete initiatives that promote peace and social harmony, especially where needs in the field are not otherwise met.
Please note that we do not accept funding requests. We are a charitable organization, not a philanthropic foundation.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BRIAN BRONFMAN, Co-founder and President
President of the Brian Bronfman Family Foundation
DINO GRIFO, Co-founder, Vice-President and Secretary
Executive Director of the Montreal Institute of Technology
MARCIA WETHERUP, Co-founder et Director
Vice-President of the Brian Bronfman Family Foundation
ROBERT KLEINMAN, Treasurer
Executive Director of the Montreal Jewish Community Foundation
ANDRÉ COMEAU, Director
Lawyer at Dufresne Hébert Comeau and Director at the Simple Plan Foundation
Brian Bronfman holds degrees in Philosophy (B.A., McGill), Law (LL.B. & B.C.L., McGill), Natural Resource Planning (M.S., University of Vermont), and Mediation (Cert. Med., Woodbury). In 2006, he established the Brian Bronfman Family Foundation, whose main focus is “peace in action.” Subsequently, he co-founded the Peace Network for Social Harmony (whose members come from the worlds of business and philanthropy) and the Tools of Peace initiative (whose members are NGOs), using collaboration to build strength around positive, practical peace work, all in an effort to foster greater social harmony.
Brian has served on numerous boards and committees. The list presently includes: the YMCA Peace Medals (co-President), the International Community Action Network (Advisory Board), the McGill School of Religious Studies (Advisory Board), the Centre de services de justice réparatrice (Ambassador group), and the Institut Philosophie Citoyenneté Jeunesse at Université de Montréal (Ambassador). In 2009, he coordinated the Dalai Lama’s visit to Montreal. Professionally, he has taught conflict resolution, worked as a mediator, and founded the Social Mediation Division of Institut Pacifique.
He now devotes 100% of his time to philanthropic endeavors. In 2010, he received the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution’s Award of Merit, and in 2012 he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in philanthropy.
Marcia earned a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology from the University of Toronto and has studied communications. She worked for the federal government and assumed many diverse responsibilities including project management, communications liaison, legal review, strategic planning, and the management of culturally diverse teams. As a result, she has strong interests in inter-cultural bridge-building, effective communication, and human rights. In 2006, Marcia and her husband Brian established the Brian Bronfman Family Foundation, whose focus is the support of grassroots organizations and institutions that contribute to a more peaceful society.
In 2009, she co-founded the Peace Network for Social Harmony, and coordinated two significant symposiums on social emotional learning for over 400 educational stakeholders in Quebec. The symposiums were so well received that the Quebec Ministry of Education asked the Peace Network to partner with them in the development of similar content to be delivered throughout Quebec.
Marcia devotes 100% of her time to philanthropic activities. She firmly believes that the work of the Peace Network for Social Harmony gains its strength through the power of collaboration and is grateful to the many partners who have contributed the success of the Network’s endeavours.
Dino holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's Degree in Orthopedic Biomechanics. Certified in leadership and a social entrepreneur by nature, he co-founded the Montreal Institute of Technology, an innovative social enterprise in engineering with the goal of building healthy and sustainable communities through the engineering fields.
He has worked on several start-ups and is the creator of the Cyberespace d'innovation et d'intégration en santéet sécurité (CIISS), which helps schools and the public sector in their operations in workplace health and safety, and well-being. He was President of the Dalai Lama Canada Foundation from 2010 to 2015 and organized the Dalai Lama’s visits to Montreal in 2009 and 2011 (the latter in conjunction with McGill University).
He co-founded the Peace Network for Social Harmony, a group of philanthropic foundations, individual donors and businesses working together to support practical peace efforts.
He is also co-founder of l'Autre Maison, a medical clinic recognized for its innovative social approach to family health. Thanks to his network within both the public and private sectors, he is able to support his passion and his vision of social change through entrepreneurship.
Program Coordinator and Manager of Administration and Finance
Adriana Eslava has been part of our team since November 2015. She acts as Program Coordinator in charge of peace promotion, and manages the Network’s finances, administration and governance.
Adriana has 12 years of experience in management, project development and strategic planning both with local community groups and internationally. She is especially experienced in the fields of: human rights, peace education and conflict resolution; democracy and citizen participation; and food self-sufficiency and local agriculture. Adriana has a Master's Degree in Project Management and Political Science, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations. A native Colombian, she feels fortunate to have a diverse professional background which has led her to work with social organizations in Colombia, Europe and Quebec.
Program and Communications Coordinator
Files: Diversity and inclusion; violence prevention
After obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences, Audrey Lamothe worked for more than a decade on a variety of community, social and educational projects, both in Quebec and abroad. In 2015, she decided to pursue a Master's Degree in Intercultural Mediation. During those two years of study, her research was focused on the arts as a tool for intercultural mediation, and on the empowerment of women from marginalized groups.
She joined the Peace Network team in November of 2017, putting to use her skills in organizational, relational and intercultural communications as the organization’s Program and Communications Coordinator. Audrey is especially passionate for the promotion of diversity and inclusion, as well as the prevention of violence against women and girls. In addition, she contributes to the Network’s Peace Days initiative. Her current mandate includes building links between different organizations in the community, educational and public sectors, in addition to developing new partnerships that increase the collaboration and synergy which are at the heart of the organization’s success.
Files: Promotion of social harmony; prevention of racism
Anna joins the Peace Network team with great enthusiasm and energy. She is a philosopher by training, having earned her Master's Degree from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Poland, and a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Grenoble Alpes in France. Anna specializes in language analysis and the ethics of interpersonal communication. She worked in France in an interdisciplinary team on the fight against discrimination.
Arriving in Montreal, she collaborated with the City as part of the Montreal Intercultural Program, and with the Laboratory of Research in Intercultural Relations (Labrri) at the University of Montreal, with which has recently become officially affiliated as a researcher. Her skills and experience in interculturalism, in the fight against discrimination, and in the ethics of interpersonal communication will strengthen the Network and its efforts.
Anna’s faith in the possibility of building a better world, by joining the forces of people and organizations from different backgrounds, was a key motivator in her joining the Peace Network.
MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
Members of the Peace Network for Social Harmony are philanthropic foundations, corporations and institutions, while "friends" of the Network are individuals who support the mission and goals of the Network.
MEMBRES OF THE NETWORK
FRIENDS OF THE NETWORK
• Brian Sokoliuk
• Bruce Leboff
• Catherine Boulos
• Geoffrey S. Moore
• Jane Siblin
• Jed Kahane
• Jeff Hart
• Larry Markowitz
• Miriam Roland
• Natalie St-Pierre
• Phyllis Lambert
• Soryl Shulman Rosenberg
BECOMING A MEMBER OR FRIEND OF THE NETWORK
Our members are philanthropic foundations, corporations and institutions, while Friends of the Network are individuals. The financial involvement of our members and friends is essential, in order to support our mission of creating and maintaining caring and inclusive communities.
Write us to become part of the movement, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your time can be a great asset to us. We would be delighted if you could be part of our team by volunteering your services.
Here are some examples of our needs:
· Misc. support during specific events;
· Social media;
· Press releases;
· Grant requests;
Please email us at email@example.com to let us know your interests, skills and availability.
"I see each collaboration as a gift, because it puts me in contact with projects and people who enrich my heart! For me, it is a way to take a step closer to Peace ... in me, and in the world around around me!"
Peace Network for Social Harmony volunteer