Meet the New Creators of Peace International Co-ordinators
Our international co-ordinators come from different countries and together have oversight of the work of Creators of Peace throughout the world, to support our facilitation and training work, as well as to assure the good governance of our resources. They were elected in August 2016 at our Annual General Assembly.
Diana Damsa, Romania
I’ve been interested in the Creators of Peace programme since my internship with Initiatives of Change Australia in 2007. I became more involved in 2009 when we organised the first Creators of Peace Circle in Romania. Since then, we have organised 8 Creators of Peace Circles, plus a few gatherings and follow-up events, developed a network of women connected and empowered to take more responsibility in their community. In 2015, I joined the Programmes Training Portfolio and have become a trainer of facilitators. This growth in involvement has happened organically and as a natural development of my entire IofC experience. I believe I can support even more the CoP programme, assuming more responsibility and giving more time to a programme in which I strongly believe.
Luz Stella Camacho Castro, Colombia
I love to facilitate and to accompany women in their process of becoming responsible of healing their own pain and enlightening their darkness. My great longing is to see more and more women sitting in a circle, honoring their own life story and becoming healing seeds for other women. Women connected with the love power of Mother Earth and her cycles, givers of life and its protectors in all its manifestations and who will stand straight with the certainty of their inner wisdom to inspire sisterhood among us under the shelter of God´s Light. I have facilitated workshops, encounters and women circles for 8 years with groups up to 100 hundred women. To support the processes I use tools and methods that have been effective in my own path, most of them inspired by women. From bodywork that brings silence to be able to listen and release the memories of pain, to explore ancestor lineage and heal the old wounds of disconnection with Nature and her cycles, as well as meditations and conscious breathing. I received the beautiful gift of participating in a Creators of Peace Circle, I was deeply touched by its depth and simplicity. I then facilitated my first Creators of Peace Circle with Helena Von Armin in Bogota.
Living peace means to me to work everyday in my own darkness, my own war inside, trying to accept whatever arises with consciousness to spread an atmosphere of love and gratitude for my path with the Divine Presence of God. In the other hand, I love to create encounters to heal relationship between people.
María Cristina Muñoz, Brazil
I have belonged to Initiatives of Change since the beginning of the century, and have worked full time for IofC Brazil since 2014, sharing my personal experience with the Principles and Quiet Time through testimonials, lectures and workshops. I am a facilitator of Creators of Peace Circles since 2010 in Colombia and Brazil. I firmly believe that the Creators of Peace Circles are successful and can help change women's lives, because I myself have experienced it. After facilitating some in Colombia, I felt called to translate the manual into Portuguese and so they could reach more women, because for me they are a simple but powerful tool for real and permanent change that needs to be spread further. At this stage of my life I have the time to commit to help, and to experience life on my own personal work process.
For me, a living peace is a personal and social achievement, the result of a profound work to overcome the wounds of the past, to change the mistakes of the present, and lower expectations for the future; and it is closely linked to forgiveness to others and to yourself.
Nighat Kurshid, Pakistan
My first interaction with Initiatives of Change and Creators of Peace was at a seminar in Canberra in 2013, which was about the India and Pakistan partition. The same year, I also had a chance to sit with a Creators of Peace Circle in Wellington, New Zealand. That communication reflected on me to take the idea of peace circles back to my country Pakistan. In my view peace precedes development and peaceful societies best reap the benefits of development. I am now based in Islamabad to research and analyze socio-environmental challenges surrounding women during conflict and war. The CoP friends in Australia and New Zealand have since then been very supportive of my vision to trace a peaceful path for communities most affected by conflicts. Fortunately this year I got elected at Caux during the theme event 'Living Peace' as one of the international coordinators. Very exciting position indeed and I am honoured to work alongside a group of inspiring women from around the world. I aspire to become a worthy team member.
As long as we have the desire to live; we have the passion to live peacefully. Living peace is thus so valuable.
Shoshana Faire, Australia
I have been involved in Creators of Peace for 6 years and I feel passionate about Creators of Peace, how it touches hearts and empowers women to be peacemakers. For several years now I have been actively facilitating Creators of Peace Circles and Facilitator trainings and refreshers locally and internationally, plus mentoring others to do the same. For the last 3 years, I have been actively involved in the Programs Portfolio together with a very active team. We have developed a Framework for the Programs Portfolio, developed a database of CoP Facilitators internationally, ‘A Pathways to Being a Creators of Peace Facilitator’ and ‘Pathways to becoming a CoP Trainer of Facilitators’, plus upgraded the Facilitator Training Curriculum, and produced handouts for our peace circles participants and for our Facilitators. We are currently focusing particularly on programs for those who have done peace circles. I am looking forward to continuing with this and to facilitating a community of shared learning and the development of further programs as part of CoP as the need arises.
I have a deep commitment to living peace and that it comes through inner transformation, transforming relationships and taking action where needed.
Sylvie Lefrançois, Switzerland
My motivation for being a peace creator: I have always admired the courage and strength that radiates women in general, given the great wisdom of some which I am inspired by. I have a heart to support, listen, and help women to persevere and resolve their biggest challenges. I myself have experienced in my life story, and I often testify the power of forgiveness. I like to gather and lead sharing groups. I have the gift of hospitality and I try to be in kindness to each person I meet. I followed the two day facilitator training at Caux in 2015. I attended my first Creators of Peace Circle facilitated by Christian Garin and Maya Fiaux in January 2015 to January 2016, the have dome my training as a French-speaking facilitator. I have promoted Creators of Peace in my home and by speaking in my community and to the Friends of Caux.
The theme of my life is the encounter of real sharing, authentic and uplifting. Living peace is to follow this golden thread.
Yara Zgheib Salloum, United States
I am a bookworm, writer, and traveler, with a PhD in international affairs and an undying love of chocolate. I have worked in peace and reconciliation both at a desk and in conflict zones, and have learned more from brave people helping others on the ground than in any book. Creators of Peace can have a powerful impact on communities; Peace Circles can launch the conversations that heal the past and start new lives. As a CoP coordinator, I am honoured to support these remarkable women in difficult situations who are working for that change.
Peace is an action. Living it means reaching out to real people and engaging in real dialogue.
The new international co-ordinators are joined by:
- CoP Ambassador, Daphrose Ntarataze, Burundi
- Elders Jean Brown, Australia, Christiane Garin Al Azhari, Switzerland and Vijayalakshmi Subrahmanyan, India
Our President, Secretary and Treasurer will be confirmed following the EGM at the end of this year. For more information, contact Kate Monkhouse, Executive Officer.