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Walking the Talk: Peace Building and Safer Neighbourhoods

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Winnipeg has been labeled one of the most dangerous cities in Canada. Is the safety of Winnipeg’s streets the sole responsibility of the police or does everyone have a role to play? How does social development support safer communities?

Speaker: Paul K. Chappell

Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain. He is the author of the Road to Peace series, a seven-book series about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. The first five published books in this series are Will War Ever End? The End of War, Peaceful RevolutionThe Art of Waging Peace, & The Cosmic Ocean.

Paul serves as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Lecturing across the country and internationally, he also teaches courses and workshops on Peace Leadership.

Paul grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. Growing up in a violent household, Chappell has sought answers to the issues of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose, and hope. His website is www.peacefulrevolution.com.

Paul’s message will be followed by a discussion with Paul and the following panelists:

James Favel, Bear Clan Patrol co-founder

James Favel’s commitment and leadership has made the Bear Clan Patrol an important part of Winnipeg’s community.  The grassroots group that re-launched in Favel’s North End backyard in July 2015 has grown to over 600 volunteers who spend their evenings patrolling Winnipeg’s streets and supporting some of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable citizens.

The model is now up and running in 18 communities between Manitoba, Ontario, Alberta and soon to be British Columbia.

The stated goal of the Bear Clan Patrol is found on their Facebook page:

“The goals of the Patrol can be stated as being the restoration and maintenance of harmony within the community by promoting and providing safety, conflict resolution, mobile witnessing and crime prevention, maintaining a visible presence on the streets, providing an early response to situations, as well as providing rides, escorts and referrals. The Bear Clan does not arrest people, it does not go into people’s homes unless invited, or otherwise take action that is more appropriately the responsibility of the police.”

S/Sgt. Bonnie Emerson, Winnipeg Police Service – Community Support Division

Bonnie is a proud Indigenous woman from Winnipeg’s North End and has been a member of the Winnipeg Police Service for the past 26 years. Bonnie has had a diverse career with assignments in operations, support and criminal investigations as well as a secondment to the Block by Block Community Safety and Wellbeing Initiative (Thunderwing Project where she acted as Executive Director for 6 months. She is currently assigned to the Community Support Division which oversees the Diversity Relations, Indigenous Partnership, Crime Prevention, Victim and Volunteer Services, School Engagement and Auxiliary Cadet Sections.

Bonnie assists on numerous Committees and Initiatives as the WPS representative including: City of Winnipeg Indigenous Management Committee, Liaison Officer to the Indigenous Council to (WPS) Police Board, Leadership table for Block by Block Community Safety and Wellbeing Initiative, Morningstar Project, Neighbourhood Resident/Safety Committees, LiveSafe, Intergovernmental Strategic Aboriginal Alliance (ISAA)

Bonnie has forged strong community connections in Winnipeg and supports a variety of community/cultural activities and organizations throughout Winnipeg and currently volunteers her time on the boards of Taking Charge (Co-Chair), BUILD and Mediation Services.

Wendy Kroeker, CMU Instructor in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies, Co-Director of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding

Wendy specializes in community conflict transformation processes as an instructor in CMU’s Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies department and in locations around the globe. She has over 15 years of experience as a community mediator, conflict transformation trainer, peace program consultant, program manager for international development projects and university instructor. The Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh, and Palestine are some of the locations in which she has worked over the past two decades with indigenous groups, NGO staff, community and religious leaders, and various educators.  She has contributed significant teaching and course development at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (the Philippines), the Resolution Skills Centre/Mediation Services (Winnipeg) and most recently at the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute in Korea and Japan.

The focus for Wendy’s teaching is upper level Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies (PACTS) courses such as: Models for Peace and Conflict Transformation, History and Strategies of Nonviolence, The Art of Peacebuilding and Building Workplace Conflict Transformation Systems. Wendy is also contributing to the new MA in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development program. In addition to her teaching in PACTS, Wendy is the Co-Director of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding, an annual teaching institute of CMU, bringing students from around the globe for credit/professional development courses in the fields of development, conflict transformation and peacebuilding.

Presented by:
  • Rotary Club of Winnipeg
  • Canadian Mennonite University
  • Winnipeg Police Service


October 19
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Canadian Mennonite University


Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftsbury Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
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