Congrats to Randy Janzen for his successful defence of his dissertation
His dissertation was on the reintegration of combat fighters after the civil war in Guatemala.
Randy 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 he met his wife Mary Ann. He and Mary Ann now have two sons, Sol (17) and Dunavan (14).
He 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 he has worked for the past 14 years.
He returned to school in 2007, completing a year of graduate course work in Peace Studies, and then moved into the Taos/Tilburg program to complete his PhD dissertation, which he finished in November 2011.
In 2010, he took on the title of Chair of the Mir Centre for Peace at Selkirk College. This was a newly created position. His 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.
He has also had the opportunity to work in Guatemala (1993), Kosovo (2011), and live again in Guatemala for a year (2007-8) when he completed my course work in peace studies.