It is with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation that we announce the retirement of our founding Executive Director, Janet Chisholm, on May 31, 2012.
More than 12 years ago, Janet envisioned the possibilities that would emerge from a national nonviolence training organization. She created the curriculum that is at the heart of our work, thus giving birth to this organization that is becoming a national movement. We would, simply, not be here without her leadership, her vision and her dedication.
To say that we are grateful for Janet’s exceptional skills and talents does not communicate the weight of our appreciation for her and her good work. Her dedication to nonviolence and the cause of peacemaking resulted in an organization that is making a difference in many individuals’ lives and in many communities – from colleges to congregations, from veterans’ groups to Occupy sites. As individuals and as a community, we are better for the work of Janet Chisholm.
While Janet is retiring as our executive director, we are comforted that this is not good-bye: Janet will continue to be involved with CCP as a trainer and will play a continuing role in the movement toward greater peace and greater justice. She will also be a resource to Phil Stoltzfus, a current CCP board member who assumed the role of Interim Executive Director on June 1, 2012.
In the coming months we will continue our work in communities across the country in anticipation of further developments in the movement for nonviolent social change. We also look forward to building stronger relationships with individuals and sister organizations across the country as we explore how we might collaborate more closely in our pursuit of a more peaceful and just world.
In anticipation of the future and with warmest regards,
Barb Gessner, Co-Chair
Dwight Wagenius, Co-Chair