Sowing the seeds of solidarity

October 23, 2012
Josianne Gauthier, Deputy Executive Director and Guy Des Aulniers, Program Officer for Emergency Relief

Apparently, it is never too early to teach the concept of solidarity, nor does it have to be difficult. When the Director of our 3-year-old boy’s daycare informed me that she intended to put together an awareness-building project on Africa for the 2-5 year-olds and that the exercise would culminate in a fundraising activity in support of our West Africa appeal, I was both moved and surprised.


New video on food crisis in the Sahel

August 31, 2012
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Over 18 million people are suffering from food shortages in the Sahel region of West Africa and Development and Peace is helping. To learn more about our response with our partners in the region, watch On the Brink: Hunger in the Sahel, a new video produced in collaboration with Salt+Light TV.

Catholics across Canada mobilize for West Africa

June 22, 2012
Josianne Gauthier, Deputy Executive Director
Niger is one of the countries currently affected by a food crisis

The drought and food shortages currently affecting 18 million people in six countries in West Africa are signs of a growing humanitarian crisis in the region. Although this situation is receiving little media attention, Catholics are not waiting for the crisis to worsen in order to start acting. Most Rev.

Saskatoon school raises $42,000 for Development and Peace!

June 1, 2012
Michelle Dinter-Lipinski, National Council Member and Louise Bitz, Teacher at Holy Cross High School

Each year, Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon holds a Box Lunch Auction to raise money for Development and Peace. Homeroom classes create, assemble, and prepare lunches which are then sold off to the highest bidders. Students gather in the gym in the morning and for one hour lunches are promoted (by a real auctioneer) and then sold - always for a value far exceeding the actual cost of the meal! The spirit that overrides the event is not ‘how much can we get', but ‘how much can we give.' Thousands of dollars are raised as the school comes together in a spirit of community and generosity.

After the Fasting – comes the Feasting

May 29, 2012
Sara Michel, Alberta/ MacKenzie Fort Smith Animator

Development and Peace activities in the Alberta region follow a wonderful rhythm, very much like a daily or life cycle. September, thanks to the Fall Education and Action Campaign, is an awakening of the mind, causing a stir in the heart and soul that prompts engagement and action. The Christmas season is the lunch break - a necessary rest stop in the journey to focus on the Creator, one’s family and friends, and oneself.

"It gives me hope!..."

May 10, 2012
Suzanne Slobodian, Fundraising Officer, Major Gifts

It is with this cry of the heart that a major donor (who prefers to remain anonymous) closed the meeting that we had with her last Friday (May 4th), to thank her for an important gift she made for a project involving youth in the Palestinian Territories.

I was there with one of my colleagues from International Programs, Sonia Lebesgue, Program Officer for the Middle East, and Monica Lambton, a very active member of Development and Peace, who lived in Jerusalem for a few years.

Filipino community in solidarity with victims of Tropical Storm Washi

March 8, 2012
Suzanne Slobodian, Fundraising Officer, Major gifts
Executive Director Michael Casey with members of the FFCA

The Filipino community is very active and a source of inspiration…

It was with these words that Michael Casey, Executive Director of Development and Peace, opened a meeting yesterday with two representatives of the Federation of Filipino-Canadian Associations of Quebec (FFCA).

Give it up for Share Lent 2012

February 22, 2012
François Gloutnay, Communications officer

This year for Share Lent, join the Give it up campaign and commit to an action that will have a positive impact on the environment. Use your commitment to raise money for the work of Development and Peace and our partners in the Global South.

Time to THINKfast

January 30, 2012
Shelley Burgoyne, Youth Officer

THINKfast is a dual-purpose program that provides an interactive, fun and social way for high school and university students to learn about the serious issues of injustice in the world and to raise funds for Development and Peace. The THINKfast kit is published at the beginning of each year and contains activities, prayers and reflections related to the current Development and Peace campaign.