This week Simon Fraser University will present the 2017/18 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue to humanitarian and peacebuilder Alice Wairimu Nderitu.
Alice Nderitu is a global leader in the use of dialogue for mediating armed conflict and a pioneer in the field of peacebuilding and violence prevention. She currently serves as Adviser to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue on Africa. Her full bio is available here.
The Blaney Award is presented every second year to an individual who has demonstrated international excellence in the use of dialogue to further the understanding of complex and profound public issues. It is named in honour of SFU President Emeritus Jack Blaney, under whose leadership SFU became a leader in dialogue knowledge and practice.
A unique feature of the Award is that it is accompanied by a program of engagement with public officials and the broader community. On February 21, for example, SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue will partner with the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education to present Building Peace and Well-Being Through Education. This public event will explore issues surrounding Alice Neritu’s peace-building work – ethnicity, identity, the power of storytelling, and the role of education – that contribute to building strong pluralistic values and well-being. Other engagement activities will include a parliamentary reception in Ottawa and meetings with federal government representatives.
I know that all members of the SFU community join me in offering congratulations to Alice Wairimu Nderitu – recipient of this year’s Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue.