Calgary, March 2014—Months of preparation under the guidance of Janyce Konkin, IofC’s Regional Projects Coordinator in Alberta culminated in a trustbuilding workshop organized and led by student interns from the University of Calgary’s Community Service Learning Project. This program finds community partners willing to provide practical experience for these students to complement their course on “Critical Perspectives on Development Practice and Research.”
Nathalie Chavanne recently assisted in her first workshop in a town near Paris, run by the Initiatives of Change programme Education for Peace. Approximately 30 ten-year-olds, who had been elected to take part in their town council, took part.
A film about the amazing life of Eric Lomax has just opened with Colin Firth playing the part of this terribly tortured World War II prisoner of the Japanese who turned a hated enemy into a friend. Lomax died in 2012 at the age of 93 and was a soldier who in the words of an article in the Daily Telegraph made 'the choice of reconciliation over retribution'. His experience indicates that there may be a time and season for forgiveness that sometimes cannot and should not be rushed.