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Ladner Rotarian to chair international Rotary Peace Centres Committee

A member of the Rotary Club of Ladner, Offer takes office on July 1.
Chris and Penny Offer in Laos
Chris Offer, with his wife Penny Offer, both regional and international leaders of Rotary, present a new water filter to a mother and family in a remote village of northern Laos to improve health, education and living conditions.

The new international chair of the Rotary Peace Centres Committee, which every year selects the Rotary Peace Fellows for the 50 Master's Degree or 80 Professional Certificate programs in peace and conflict resolution at seven universities throughout the world, is Ladner resident, Chris Offer.

A member of the Rotary Club of Ladner, Offer takes office on July 1.

The seven universities which provide peace-related programs, selected by Rotary International for this peace fellowship system are: Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand; University of Bradford, in Bradford, England; University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia; Uppsala University, in Uppsala, Sweden; Duke University and University of North Carolina, in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina; International Christian University, in Tokyo and Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda.

Aside from reviewing applications and selecting finalists for a Rotary Peace Fellowship, in the US$5 million program, the Committee builds awareness of the program and assists in the evaluation of university partnerships and program outcomes. There are six staff that support the Peace Centres. There 10 members of the Peace Centres Committee come from 10 different countries and a Rotary Foundation Trustee who is liaison with The Rotary Foundation trustees.

Offer is visiting Uppsala for an official visit to build relationships with the university there and assess the peace and conflict resolution program on behalf of Rotary International.