Zooming in on the Big Picture: Linking Local and the Global Concerns

Within the context of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its roadmap of 17 goals, panelists will discuss how local and global issues intersect, and why addressing both will be important for creating meaningful impact towards transforming our world in positive ways.

Johanne Perron 

Johanne Perron completed a B.A. in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University and a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies at the Université de Moncton. She worked two years as a project leader with Canada World Youth and another two years as coordinator for the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation just after its foundation. Since 2001, she has been the Executive Director for the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity which has a membership of 90 organizations and 700 individuals, and advocates for pay equity legislation for the public and private sectors. Pay equity is equal pay for work of equal value. Under Johanne’s management, the Coalition obtained pay equity legislation for the public sector and continues its struggle for the private sector. In parallel with her career, Johanne has volunteered with various local and national organizations involved in social justice, international development and women’s rights.

Dylan Letendre

Dylan Andrew Young Letendre dit Batoche is Michif from the community of Batoche in what is now called Saskatchewan. His father is a survivor of the 60’s Scoop, and his father’s traumatic experience, and subsequent healing journey, has informed how Dylan experiences and engages with the world around him. Individual healing is a communal endeavor, and on his own journey Dylan has attempted to be mindful of the communities around him. Dylan has witnessed the intersections of trauma from both an inter-generational and inter-community perspective. Dylan has worked for Katimavik, with institutionalized Indigenous youth, volunteered for Amnesty International, was a Co-President of the Dalhousie Aboriginal Students Society, conducted research alongside Dr. Amy Bombay on Inter-generational Trauma and Reconciliation, has facilitated countless discussions on Indigenous Identity, and is a recent Dalhousie Graduate. He currently manages a partnership of 18 community organizations in Spryfield, Nova Scotia while continuing to engage in community education on Reconciliation.

John Perkin

Born in England, John is an ordained Baptist minister; he served churches in Winnipeg and Ontario before moving to Sackville, NB in 1993 to serve as Chaplain at Mount Allison University. As Chaplain and Adjunct Professor, John provides spiritual direction and pastoral care to the University community and teaches a wide range of courses, the most popular of which is apocalyptic studies. Additionally, he has taught in Japan, and has supervised a study program in India. John is an active volunteer and frequent spokesperson for religious topics in the media. With his wife Dodie, he began the Sackville Refugee Response Coalition in fall 2015 in response to the Syrian refugee crisis.