Sue Bookchin is the Executive Director of the Be the Peace Institute. She has been a facilitator, trainer and coach for over 20 years working in a variety of sectors with individuals, companies and teams. In all her work, it is particularly rewarding when people recognize something in one another they can connect with. When there is excitement in pursuing what we care deeply about, in camaraderie with others, it is truly inspiring. The Be the Peace Institute has ignited that kind of excitement in Sue. For her, it is a privilege to be in service to community and to social change that honours women; that values their contributions to a just and life-nurturing world; that cares enough to end violence against them, locally and globally. Sue was the Project Co-Coordinator of the Be the Peace project of Second Story Women’s Centre – a three-year initiative funded through Status of Women Canada to coordinate a community response to violence against women and girls in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. She is moved and humbled by the people who have shared their stories – women and men. She yearns for a world where violence against women is as obsolete and socially unacceptable as drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, or selling cigarettes to children.”As we come together for meaningful and engaging conversations and try deeply to understand ourselves, one another and the complex systems we live and work within, we can, together, find the pathways for positive and peaceful change. Let us rise up together and stand for peace.”
Helen is a retired elementary school principal and an activist. She was the Administrative Coordinator of Second Story Women's Centre for more than two years. During that time, she worked closely with staff and members of the Social Action Committee on the Making Change initiative. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors and is one of the lead organizers of the One Billion Rising events.
Helen believes that if we are to end violence in our communities, we must challenge the systems that perpetuate it and be innovative in collaborating with others to address it.
She is also active in other community organizations. She is a member of the South Shore Housing Action Coalition, a member of the Board of Directors of the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia, and a member of the South Shore Chapter of the Council of Canadians.