Community Stories of War and Peace


Thanks to all who joined us for our workshop on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Mount.

The workshop report is available here. In this report we’ve tried to capture the day’s dynamic discussions and unique insights. For further information, please email

Please see a detailed program for the workshop below.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

McCain Centre, Room 105/106, Mount Saint Vincent University

8:50 a.m. Breakfast, tea & coffee

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Welcome by Maya Eichler

9:10 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Keynote speaker Stephen Puddicombe

9:50 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. War’s Impact on Diverse Communities

This panel explores how war is experienced from diverse perspectives within our community. What are the similarities and differences in how war has impacted diverse parts of our community?

Chair: Catherine Baillie Abidi

Panelists: Julie Chamagne (Halifax Refugee Clinic) and a client of Halifax Refugee Clinic, Nadine de Blois (OSISS), Tiffany Rae (WUSC MSVU), John Whelan (Whelan Associates)

11:10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Coffee Break

11:30a.m. – 1:00p.m. How and Why We Share Stories of War

This panel aims to explore how we share stories of war. What are current ways of telling stories and how can they be extended to include stories that remain unheard?

Chair: Reina Green

Panelists: Nabiha Atallah (ISANS), Emily Burton (Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21), Kathryn Bates-Khan (YMCA Immigrant Services), Wanda Graham (Heat Theatre Halifax), Jessica Wiebe (artist)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch, tea & coffee

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Discussion and Planning Session

This session will engage all workshop participants in sharing their experience and insight. Together, we will work to establish this research project in a Halifax context. We will identify what work is already being done, what resources and needs the community has, and where to go next.

Co-Chairs: Maya Eichler and Tracy Moniz

Graphic Recording: Brave Space

4:00 p.m. Reception (wine and snacks served)

4:30 p.m. Public reading by Shahin Sayadi (Artistic Director of Onelight Theatre)