Who We Are

Governance

Ultimately, GPN is governed by our members who elect the Board of Directors at our annual general meeting. The Board of Directors is responsible for developing our budget, approving our annual report, and creating policies. The Board of Directors also appoints our Executive Committee which implements the directives of the Board.

Our board of directors and executive

Our current board of directors consists of  Wally Mitchell, Andrew Wilson, Peter Park, Sarah Phillips and Brian Budgell.

Our executive committee consists of Brian Budgell, president (brian@globalpeacenetwork.ca),  Peter Park, chief financial officer (peter@globalpeacenetwork.ca) and Shannon Clark, director of marketing and communications (shannon@globalpeacenetwork.ca)

Contact the board through our registered office at:
2255 West 5th Avenue, Suite 210
Vancouver, BC V6K 4K1
Email us at: askus@globalpeacenetwork.ca

MISSION

To contribute to a sustainable, hopeful and progressive future for those most impoverished in the world through the development of health care and the provision of education.

As one strategy to achieve our mission, we collaborate with local individuals, NGOs and governments in order to strengthen local programs and organizations. Our relationships with collaborators are governed by written MOUs and letters of agreement which define precisely the responsibilities of each party.

Vision

We envision the day when every citizen of the world has access to health care and education.

At our project sites in Tanzania and Nicaragua, as well as in other regions where our collaborators work, we see year-on-year improvements in the lives of local people, demonstrating that intelligent international aid works. In Tanzania, young people who started with us as abandoned street children are now graduating from high school and moving on to college and university. In Nicaragua, our students are returning to their communities to lead efforts in local development.

History

GPN started in May of 2005 when Daniel Budgell, a student at Langara College was working on a CIDA assisted aid project in Tanzania. Daniel designed and constructed a rainwater catchment system for a remote rural health clinic. However, during his time in town, he could not help but also notice the tremendous poverty there. He was especially taken by the plight of children living in the street and soon found himself supporting 5 ‘street kids’ whom he placed in school.

When Dan returned to Canada and told his friends of his experiences, they soon offered to help. In 2007, Global Peace Network was formally registered as a Canadian charity, and from 5 children, GPN has grown into supporting hundreds over the years.

Click here to see a short video about the founding of GPN.

Collaborators and Supporters

Fundacion A. Jean Brugger

Tanzania Home Economics Association

Magu District Council

Our Donors

In addition to our many individual supporters, the following organizations have made significant contributions to our programs

Health Partners International – Canada

Donations of medicine.

Delta Airlines

Baggage waivers for transportation of donated goods.

Rotary International

Donation of medical equipment and supplies.

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

Donation of laboratory equipment and supplies.

K2 Foundation

Long term supporter and donor of cash gifts.