Who We Are

PSI is a charitable organization run by volunteers. We support schools around the world that have made a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace.

Working with school communities – educators, students and parents – Peaceful Schools International provides resources, promotes peer mediation, and encourages schools to develop their own peace plans and activities.

Currently, we have more than 350 member schools. Approximately two thirds of our members are in North America, with the rest in countries including Finland, Cameroon, Jamaica, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Serbia, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

PSI relies on a network of volunteer Regional Coordinators who provide support to schools in their local geographic areas. PSI is governed by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council.  

PSI’s Board of Directors

The PSI Board of Directors provides input in a variety of ways. The most important role of the Board members is discussion of future direction, approval of items put forth at the Annual General Meeting and expert input in decision-making.

Bridget Brownlow – President
Conflict Resolution Advisor, Saint Mary’s University
Emily Anderson – Vice-President
B.A. Program Adviser, Saint Mary’s University
Dr. Jeff Power – Treasurer
Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting, Sobey School of Business
Meagan MacPherson – Secretary
Northern Ireland Program and SMU Alumni, Saint Mary’s University
Dr. Rohini Bannerjee
Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages & Classics, Saint Mary’s University
Rosie Bona
Principal, Halifax Regional School Board
Dr. David Bourgeois
Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Saint Mary’s University
Carol Dodds
Teacher, Halifax Regional School Board
Dr. Esther Enns
Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning Studio,
Studio for Teaching and Learning, Saint Mary’s University
Rick Lewis
Training Coordinator, Department of Safe Schools, The School District of Palm Beach County
Dr. Don Naulls
Acting Associate V.P., Enrolment Management, Saint Mary’s University
Steve Noel
Employment Development Officer,
Fred Smithers Centre for Students with Disabilities, Saint Mary’s University
Ysaac Rodriguez
Manager, International Centre, Saint Mary’s University
Ossama Nasrallah
President, Saint Mary’s University Student Association
Hetty van Gurp
Part-time Adjunct Faculty, Saint Mary’s University

Advisory Council

The Honourable Myra A. Freeman (Founding Patron)
General (ret) John de Chastelain, OC, CMM, CD, CH

Chairman of the Independent Commission on Decommissioning
The Irish Peace Process
Heather Harris
Teacher, New Brunswick
Sherry Hassanali
Diversity, Equity and Human Rights Consultant
Joe Morrison
Principal, Halifax Regional School Board