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Collaboration Meeting @ Stirling Avenue Mennonite Church
Nov 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hello All,

Thanks to all that participated in the symposium — we had some great conversation and new ideas!

If you were unable to attend but want to catch up on the conversation, please read the minutes.

As a result of this meeting, we’re starting a website, calendar, and mailing list for peace events and initiatives in the KW area. If you’d like to be on the mailing list, let me know. If you’d like an event or initiative to be posted, please contact Bob Jonkman (

We’re going to have another potluck meeting November 26th to talk about further opportunities for collaboration. Location and time to be determined (probably 5-7pm). You are all invited!

Thanks and hope you all are having a wonderful evening!



Emily Mininger
PeaceQuest KW Affiliate Facilitator

Phone: 519-568-3879
Twitter: @PeaceQuestKW

Rally Against Genocide in Rohingya @ Kitchener City Hall
Dec 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

From: RAC <>
Date: Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 7:48 AM
Subject: cordially invited to join a rally against GENOCIDE of Rohingya

Dear Friends and Supporters,

As you may be well aware the crisis for Rohingya in Rakhine/Arakan State of Burma is at its peak. Under the pretext of “Clearance Operations to drive out the militancy,” the crimes being committed against the Rohingya by the State is literally indescribable. As a result, thousands of houses are burned down; property, livestock, valuables are looted; hundreds of people are killed and hundreds women are systematically being raped and killed. While some managed to escape to Bangladesh, majority of whom are still alive, are living in absolute horror—not knowing when they will be snatched, raped and then slaughter before being disposed into mass-graves. Every family in KW area has lost their loved ones and affected very badly.

UNHCR recently, albeit belatedly, termed it as “ethnic cleansing.” Many researchers, academics, professional writers and seven Nobel Laureates around the world have called it as “Genocide.” However, no preventative measure has taken by any powerful country yet.

Although our Foreign Minister Mr. Dion recently expressed his deep concern for violence against Rohingya and urges full humanitarian access via his twitter account, any concrete steps to save lives is yet to be seen, from our government as well as from any other powerful government.

It is imperative that a swift action is needed in order to save some/most of remaining Rohingya. We feel that more public awareness is necessary to pressure the government to take concrete actions.

Therefore, Rohinyga Association of Canada is holding a peaceful demonstration at the following:

Place: Kitchener City Hall

Date/Time: Saturday, December 10, 2016, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

On behalf of Rohingya Association of Canada, I would like to request you to join us to show your support to our shaken-community members each of whom are impacted badly.

Your presence at our rally means a world of difference and a true solace for our affected community.

Although this is a short notice, we hope you’d join us.

We anticipate your presence at our rally.

Kind Regards,

Anwar Arkani <>

On behalf of Rohingya Community in KW area

ECOFest at @WRegionMuseum ‏ @ Waterloo Region Museum
May 27 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

A FREE fun and interactive event celebrating the environment and sharing simple environmentally friendly lifestyle choices to take home.

Reduce your footprint one step at a time at ECOFest – a fun and interactive event celebrating the environment and sharing simple environmentally friendly lifestyle choices. Learn how a few simple changes in your day to day living can reduce your environmental footprint.

A showcase for community and municipal initiatives, and products and services related to air and water quality, healthy lifestyle choices, energy efficiency, waste reduction, locally grown food and sustainable transportation. In collaboration with many local partners, this event is especially designed for families and children.

ECOFest highlights include:

  • Marketplace of ideas
  • Kids Fun Zone
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides
  • Face painting
  • Reptiles and other critters
  • Includes free admission to museum exhibits and Doon Heritage Village
  • Bring a litterless lunch


ECOFest is a fun and interactive fair designed to educate the public and motivate them to reduce their environmental impact.  To make this happen, we are looking for entertaining, interactive and educational exhibits to inspire families to reduce their environmental footprint.

As an ECOFest exhibitor, you can:

  • Promote your sustainable products or services to the Regional community;
  • Reach out and increase your audience/client base;
  • Network with other sustainable organizations in the area; and directly contribute to building a more sustainable culture! 

For more information about exhibiting at ECOFest email or or call 519-748-1914.

Calendar – Waterloo Region Museum

Wild Weather Talks and Roundtable: Our Changing Climate @ Waterloo Region Museum
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Earth from space

A special presentation and roundtable discussion about climate change in the Region of Waterloo and across the globe. This event includes entry to the new Wild Weather exhibit that immerses visitors of all ages in the science of severe weather.

* Note the Wild Weather exhibit will open at 6:30 p.m. for one half hour prior the 7 p.m. event start, and will also be open after the event from 8:30 to 9 p.m. The exhibit is only open to those attending this special event.


Dr. Christine Dow, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental
Management, University of Waterloo.
Focus on glaciology, particularly in Greenland and Antarctica.

Dr. Chris Fletcher, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo.
Focus on the science that underpins climate change and climate models, and how they forecast climate change.

David Roewade, Sustainability Specialist, Region of Waterloo.
Focus on local climate patterns and extreme weather recently and in the past.

Dr. Johanna Wandel, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo.
Focus on adapting to climate change in Ontario.

Reserve your tickets now by calling 519-748-1914. General admission rates and membership discount apply. MasterCard, Visa, and American Express accepted. Seating limited. No refunds.

Adult – $11
Senior and student – $8
Children ages 5 to 12 – $5
Children ages 4 and under – Free
Family (2 adults & dependent children) – $25
(all rates plus HST)

World Suicide Prevention Day @ Victoria Park Pavillion
Sep 10 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

World Suicide Prevention Day

Working Together to Prevents Suicide!

Monday, September 10, 2018
Victoria Park Pavilion, Kitchener
Free Community Butterfly Release

Information Fair and Presentations: 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Charity Barbeque: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Speakers: 5:30pm – 6:00pm
Butterfly Release: 6:00pm

Download the World Suicide Prevention Day event poster >

World Suicide Prevention Day 2018 – WRSPC

Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day @ Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall
Aug 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day

It is with great expectation that Rohingya Association of Canada writes to invite you to Kitchener City Hall for a second year Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day, which is on Sunday, August 25th from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

This event is to commemorate the mass killings, rapes and exodus of the Rohingya people, as well as the destruction of the Rohingya Nation and current state of survivors.

Given that most Rohingyas in Canada live in Kitchener and each has lost their loved ones in the tragedy and survivors are continuously suffering in the refugee camps in Bangladesh, we believe your gracious presence may console some of their grievances.

We look forward to hearing from you, and your presence there. Please share this among your network.

Kind Regards,
Anwar Arkani

Sayed Ahmed