Heather's Musicians Without Borders

     Heather Jansma, BMT, MT-BC, Certified Music Therapist
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I am Heather Jansma, a recently Certified Music Therapist living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. To further my education, I'm attending the CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont, USA.

This three week program will give me vital skills in peace building and healing trauma using music.  I intend to bring these skills back to Halifax where I will use them within my own community.  Halifax has an ever growing population of immigrants and refugees.  Some of our schools educate children and teens from over 50 different countries in the world.  Children and Teens deals with bullying at school, and adults deal with it at work.  Many new immigrants live in multinational communities within apartment buildings.  As well, there are the ever present issues of discrimination and violence.  There is a deep need for community building through empathy, inclusion, equality, creativity, and safety.  Music is a fantastic tool for this work.

Costs for this endeavour are as follows:

Education Costs:                                 Travel:
Tuition:     $1950 USD                       Flights:                            $   500  
Room:        $   840 USD                      Car Service:                  $  160
Meals:        $   735 USD                      Incidentals:                   $  300  
Bursary:    $ - 800 USD                     Travel Insurance:       $     82
Subtotal:   $2725 USD                      Total:                                $1042.00 CAN
Exchange Rate: 1.33%  CAN
TOTAL:      $3624.25  CAN

Education & Travel Total: $4666.25 CAN

Schedule for this endeavour:

1) Depart:  Sunday, June 2, 2019

2) Course Week 1:
     Explore, with faculty, a range of themes and ideas in conflict  
          transformation and peace building.

3) Course Week 2:
     Musicians without Borders’ Training of Workshop Leaders
          - covers pedagogical, didactic, and musical skills related to the five
             principles of Musicians without Borders’ community music
             training methodology: safety, inclusion, equality, creativity, and
          - offers hands-on experience in leading activities, including body  
             percussion, drumming, singing, movement, and songwriting, as
             well as the opportunity to facilitate a group workshop at the end  
             of the week

4) Course Week 3:
    Travel with the group to Washington, DC, to George Washington U.
     - interacting with and getting training from conflict, peace, and  
        justice experts at three institutions: The United States Institute of
        Peace, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and World Learning.
     - Topics: intergroup dialogue, working with peace organizations, and
        policy advocacy

5) Return: Saturday, June 22, 2019

Please see the link to this website for more details:
CONTACT Summer Program: https://graduate.sit.edu/academics//certificate-programs/contact-summer-peacebuilding-program/?su=1
Musicians Without Borders:

I am seeking to raise $4000.00 Canadian.  The costs above this, I plan to cover myself.

I would be most grateful for your support, and would be glad to speak with you individually about this endeavour.  I would also be happy to do a presentation for you or your organization upon return to Halifax regarding this exciting experience.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Heather Jansma

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