Randy Janzen, Ph.D.
Mir Centre for Peace
301 Frank Beinder Way
Castlegar, BC V1N 4L3
I was born in 1964, and was raised in a small town on the Canadian prairies. I now live and work in the British Columbia’s Southern Interior.
I completed a BA in Sociology (1989) a BN (1990) and subsequently worked for a number of years in isolated communities in Canada’s north as an outpost nurse. This was how I met my wife, Mary Ann. I decided to return to school and earned an MSc in Epidemiology, and then moved into teaching at the post secondary level at Selkirk College, where I have worked for the past 14 years. I returned to school in 2007, completing a year of graduate course work in Peace Studies, and then moved into the Taos Institute PhD program to complete my PhD dissertation, which I finished in November 2011. In 2010, I took on the title of Chair of the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College. This was a newly created position. My role includes teaching undergraduate courses in Peace Studies, managing a peace centre, developing community education and service projects, all with the mission of creating cultures of peace in our region.
I have also had the opportunity to work in Guatemala (1993), Kosovo (2011), and live again in Guatemala for a year (2007-8) when I completed my course work in peace studies.
Mary Ann and I have two sons, Sol (17) and Dunavan (14).