Awards & Recognition
CICR Service Award
Each year, CICR honors one individual at the graduation ceremony with the Service Award for their contributions and outstanding work in support of the values and capacity-building that CICR seeks to promote. These individuals must demonstrate the following:
- demonstrated CICR’s core values;
- showed initiative in mentoring others;
- was effective in supporting CICR’s objectives;
- made a significant achievement for CICR;
- achieved peer support;
- positively reflected the Institute to the public at large
Rasha Kaba (2018)
In 2016, Rasha started her TPN journey within a couple of months of her arrival in Canada. She arrived as a refugee from Syria, sponsored along with her family, by St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Ottawa. Rasha completed TPN-4 in 2016 and became a graduate of the program. She has taken the Deep-Rooted Conflict Seminar, and she is working toward becoming a certified TPN-1 trainer. Before coming to Canada, Rasha completed a degree in economics. And then – after the Syrian civil war broke out – worked in very challenging circumstances with a large NGO for over 5 years in the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Syria. It was with a view to helping promote reconciliation in conflict-impacted communities, that inspired Rasha to begin her TPN journey at CICR. Since then, she has been applying her TPN skills in various communities, for little or no financial recompense. She volunteers in areas related to immigrants and refugees primarily. Rasha is employed too, and she helps support her family. She is presently working as a facilitator for Synapcity Ottawa, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating an inclusive culture of participation and civic purpose. Previously, she interned and worked as a communications officer with the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre supporting people and seniors with physical disabilities so that they may live active, independent lives. In addition to these commitments at work and at home with her family, and in between taking the TPN and the Deep-Rooted Conflict Seminar, Rasha generously volunteers her time, ideas, contacts and linguistic abilities at CICR. She has assisted in CICR trainings, and has produced the first draft of the TPN-1 manual in Arabic. Thanks to Rasha’s (and other) contributions, the TPN-1 will one day be deliverable in Arabic. Today, Rasha continues to pursue her mission to bring the values and skills of CICR’s TPN training to the people in Syria who so desperately need peace and reconciliation. Rasha is a team player with a personal mission, while embodying the values of CICR’s mission and promoting a culture of peace wherever she is involved. We are proud to have her as a member of the CICR family.
Richard Batsidunka Peace Prize (Formerly the CICR Peace Award)
The Canadian Institute for Conflict resolution (CICR) Peace Award is being renamed in honour of Richard Batsinduka. Richard was a member of CICR from the mid-nineties until his peaceful yet untimely death last year in December.
Richard epitomized the values of CICR. He was a gentle soul who valued integrity, respect and peace. Richard was directly impacted by the Rwandan genocide of 1994, a conflict resulting from longstanding ethnic tensions between the Tutsi and Hutu peoples. Out of a population of 11 million, an estimated 800,000 people were murdered. Among those murdered in the genocide, were members of Richard’s family. He never became bitter. In 1994, Richard emigrated to Canada and studied conflict resolution. In 1997, when CICR received funding from the Canadian International Development Agency to re-establish dialogue among key stakeholders of the two ethnic groups and provide conflict management skills to professionals engaged in resolving disputes, Richard led CICR’s post-genocide Rwandan reconciliation project. In 2002, Richard joined the federal public service as a conflict resolution practitioner where he continued to contribute until his untimely passing away in 2016. Richard also continued to be engaged in reconciliation in Rwanda over the years.
Richard was instrumental in CICR’s move into the international arena. Since then, we have undertaken projects in 13 countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Central African Republic, Kenya, Mali, South Sudan and the Dominican Republic to name a few. And each year as our international presence increases, we remember that it was Richard’s foresight, optimistic tenacity and humility which started CICR along its current path. He was a true visionary and ground breaker. He was a community builder and peace maker. Subsequent to Richard’s involvement, a Center for Peace was established at the University of Rwanda in Butari, with their main trainer being one of seven Rwandan trainers, trained by CICR. It is a great honour, and with great pride, that we have renamed the CICR Peace Award the CICR Richard Batsinduka Award for Peace. Every year, this prize is given to local organizations or individuals outside of CICR that deserve recognition for their contributions to community development and peace.
Mr. Donald Nicholls (2017)
In 2017, CICR was pleased to award the inaugural CICR Richard Batsinduka Peace Prize Mr. Donald Nicholls due to his significant contribution to peace building within his Cree nation and also impacting other indigenous population. For 6 years, Mr. Nicholls has been partnering with CICR in his capacity as Director of the Department of Justice and Correctional Services and a leader in the Cree Nation committed to building the capacity of his people to peacefully resolve conflict through a customized TPN program. That program covers theory and practice on foundation, conciliation, mediation, circles, group facilitation, compassionate communication, group dialogue, and key interpersonal skills while fully respecting the Cree traditions and way of life. He has been a true leader on several levels. He speaks openly about the issues, provides moral and inspirational support to his people, and invests in his people with time and resources then enables institutional development in order for them to actually practice the skills learned and be empowered to bring impact in the community to reinforce transformation and resilience on personal and professional levels. Mr. Nicholls supported the participation of his employees from the Department of Justice and Correctional Services in this training, provided the resources for that, and opened the door for members from other organizations and Cree community leaders to join as well until we have now over 70 Cree graduates who identify themselves as peace practitioners and compassionate agents of change. On another level supporting the indigenous people, Mr. Nicholls was present at the passing of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People by the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, and participated in the Working Groups that took place prior to the Declaration, in the Indigenous Caucus, in negotiations with the Canadian representatives, and on the UN General Assembly floor when it was passed in New York. In September 2017, Mr. Nicholls testified before a provincial commission of inquiry to discuss frontline services in Quebec to Aboriginal Peoples in relation to justice, corrections and youth protection.