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.
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.
Our Board of Directors
The PSI Board of Directors provides input in a variety of ways. The most important role of the Board members is a discussion of future direction, approval of items put forth at the Annual General Meeting, and expert input in decision-making.
Michaela Peters - President
Michaela has been involved with PSI in various capacities for six years, originally as a student volunteer and then as coordinator in the Northern Ireland Conflict Resolution Project. She has held various board member roles since, including Treasurer and Acting President leading her to the position she holds today. Michaela works in the Global Learning Office (for International Exchange) at Saint Mary’s University and is enrolled at NSCC in the Nonprofit Leadership Graduate Certificate. She also serves on the board of Karate Nova Scotia as Secretary.
Dr. David Bourgeois - Vice President
Dr. David Bourgeois has sat on the board since 2010 and has been supporting the Northern Ireland Conflict Resolution Project since 2017 as the primary faculty advisor. His determination to give students positive experiences and dedication to fundraising is unparalleled. Dave is a tenured professor of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University and is loved by his students.
Kayla Dunphy - Board Secretary
Kayla Dunphy graduated from Saint Mary’s in May 2022 and was the Senior Program Coordinator for PSI and the Northern Ireland Conflict Resolution Project from May 2020 until May 2022. She looks forward to continuing the promotion peace through her participation on the board.
Matthew Salah - Treasurer
Matthew graduated from Saint Mary’s University first in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Commerce, and then again in January 2022 with a Bachelor Science and Diploma of Engineering. He has been working in the Software and Application Support Centre at Saint Mary’s for over two years and looks forward to contributing to PSI’s mission and vision with his knowledge of finance and experience in project management and software development.
Emily Light- Program Coordinator
Emily is a 4th year student at Saint Mary’s University, pursuing her Honours in Global Development Studies and Majoring in Political Science. Emily has been selected as the Program Coordinator of the Northern Ireland Conflict Resolution Project of the 2022/23 year. She is looking forward to building and leading a team of SMU students for the project next year as well as serving on the board for the first time.
Bridget Brownlow - Board Director
Serving as President of Peaceful Schools for many years now, Bridget is excited to return to the board as a director. With her vision of peace, expertise in Conflict Management, and network of colleagues and friends in Northern Ireland, Bridget is looking forward to developing new and existing programs that promote peace in Belfast and beyond.
Dr. Rohini Bannerjee - Board Director
Dr. Rohini Bannerjee, daughter of immigrants from Himachal Pradesh, India, was born and raised on unceded Mikmaki territory, on the Dartmouth side of the great harbour of Kjipuktuk. Rohini is Associate Vice-President, Diversity Excellence and an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Languages and Cultures at Saint Mary's University. Her primary research focuses on the literatures and cultures of the Francophone Indian Ocean. Rohini is the author of short stories and poetry, in both French and in English, appearing in Canada, India and Spain. Rohini is on the EDI Advisory Committee for Universities Canada, is a member of the Board of Directors for Adsum House for Women and Children, and serves as a volunteer writing facilitator with the Immigrant and Migrant Women's Association of Halifax.
Colin Gray - Board Director