Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies, Canadian School of Peacebuilding
Wendy specializes in community conflict transformation processes as an instructor in CMU's peace and conflict transformation studies department and in locations around the globe. She has over 15 years of experience as a community mediator, conflict transformation trainer, peace program consultant, program manager for international development projects and university instructor. The Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh, and Palestine are some of the locations in which she has worked over the past two decades with indigenous groups, NGO staff, community and religious leaders, and various educators.
The focus for Wendy's teaching is upper level Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies (PACTS) courses such as: Models for Peace and Conflict Transformation, History and Strategies of Nonviolence, The Art of Peacebuilding and Building Workplace Conflict Transformation Systems. Wendy is also contributing to the new MA in Peacebuilding and Collaborative Development program. In addition to her teaching in PACTS, Wendy is the Co-Director of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding, an annual teaching institute of CMU, bringing students from around the globe for credit/professional development courses in the fields of development, conflict transformation and peacebuilding.
Wendy completed her MA Theology at the Mennonite Brethren Seminary in California. After significant years of practice within the conflict transformation field, she entered the Peace and Conflict Studies PhD program at the Arthur Mauro Centre in the University of Manitoba and graduated in January 2018.
Among Wendy's contributions to the conflict transformation and peacebuilding field here in Canada are years of teaching and course development at the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute (the Philippines), the Resolution Skills Centre/Mediation Services (Winnipeg) and most recently at the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute in Korea and Japan. Her work with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has seen her and her family spend 5 years working in the Philippines, assisting in strategic planning and training for the peace programs in India and Bangladesh and most recently resourcing the program in Palestine and Laos.
Wendy, her partner Gordon Zerbe, and two children are all active in the CMU community.
Conflict Transformation, peacebuilding, workplace conflict systems, nonviolence and creative action, the art of Peacebuilding, creating collaborative partnerships, peace processes and local initiatives
PhD, University of Manitoba, 2018; MA, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, 1986; BA (Hon), University of Waterloo, 1982
Models of Peace and Conflict Transformation
The Art of Peacebuilding
History and Strategies of Nonviolence
Cultures of Violence, Cultures of Peace
Peace Processes and Local Initiatives
"Multi-Dimensional Peacebuilding: Local actors in the Philippines." PhD dissertation.
"Strengthening Peace Education Skills for the Creation of Social Change" intensive course, Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute, Philippines May 2013
"Collaborative and Culturally Responsive Partnerships" intensive course, Canadian School of Peacebuilding, June 2013
"Restorative Justice and Community Mediation" intensive course, Northeast Asia Peacebuilding Institute, August 2013