How has Anne touched your life?

AnneRwandaAnne has been an inspiration to all of us and has profoundly impacted many of our lives.  Do you have a story to share about how Anne touched your life?  Please share it in the comments section below.

Also, visit our page Celebrating Anne Goodman for poetry, photos, and other memories, thoughts, and ideas that people have shared.

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  1. Anne will always remain dear to me in particular and to Uganda in general for touching lives of many of us. She mentored me in community peace building and because of this, I ventured into peace journalism.

    Today many know me as a peace journalist and I have had many breakthroughs in my media career because of peace journalism.
    Anne also inspired me into teaching peace studies at Rhomu Care College, a secondary school in Uganda which she visited and planted a tree named “Anne Goodman Tree” in her memory. She also launched a the school peace club.

    I feel sad that she is gone. I am however encouraged by the Rabindra Nath Tagore which are posted on the InterChange facebook page:

    ‘Say not in grief that she is no more
    but say in thankfulness that she was
    A death is not the extinguishing of a light
    but the putting out of the lamp
    because the dawn has come’

    She will be dearly missed and may the creator be please with her.

  2. Marta Santamaria says:

    My soul is grieving since I learned about Anne’s death. I have not stopped thinking of her. Thinking of who she was to me, remembering all I learned through her and sharing these memories with my family.

    She made a tremendous impact in my life as I became her student. I started my classes at Oise with her course of Introduction to Adult Education and finished my last course with her course of Coming Together, Walking Together-The Praxis of Reconciliation. I followed her throughout all her courses.

    “All a student need is a humble teacher” I heard her say more than once. And, she embodied everything she said.

    Anne was a true healer. On my walk, I always knew, Anne was someone who I could say understood where I was coming from and she managed it. She included me… and more importantly she was also brave at communicating with an amazing kindness what was needed to help me move forth.

    I am deeply moved by Anne’s death as I remember being when Carlos Galan Sarmiento was murdered in Colombia. For me, he was the hope of a country with no hope. I was very close over my teen years when that happened. I thought that a true leader was silenced and a moment of true, a reality check that drew me to a path of no hope. I learned that good people die and leaders die sometimes when they are most needed…

    Anne’s death however, is different. I am sad, I am sad for the loss of her family and for the loss of the peacebuilders she encouraged through her example of love and acceptance. Yet, my hope is not defeated by Anne’s departure. I try to understand death as she taught and I reaffirm that I need to be resilient with change. It is telling me that I need to continue no matter what. Death is change, is a process, it is not the end.

    Thanks Anne for continue teaching me. Be in peace
    For always in my heart,

    Marta Santamaria
    “Caminante no hay camino, se hace camino al andar”, Antonio Machado

    To celebrate Anne’s memory, I remembered her closeness to Latin American culture through the poet Machado

    http://letras.mus.br/joan-manuel-serrat/538442/

    http://lyricstranslate.com

    Wanderer, there is no path
    Everything goes and everything stays
    but our fate is to pass
    to pass making a path as we go,
    paths over the sea,
    I never wanted glory,
    or to leave on the memory
    of the men,this my song:
    I love the subtle worlds,
    weightless and gentle
    like soap bubbles.
    I like to see them paint themselves on sun and crimson,
    fly under a blue sky
    shudder suddenly, and break…
    I never wanted glory.
    Wanderer, your footprints, and nothing more, are the path.
    Wanderer, there is not path. We make the path by walking.
    We make the path by walking
    and when you turn yours eyes back,
    you see the trodden road that never
    will be treaded again.
    Wanderer, there is no road, but streams on the sea…
    Some time ago on that place
    where today the woods dress in brambles
    the voice of a poet was heard shouting
    “Wanderer, there is no path. We make the path by walking”.
    Blow by blow, verse by verse…
    The poet died far from home
    and is covered by the dust of a neighboring country.
    As he went away, he could be heard crying,
    “Wanderer, there is no path. We make the path by walking”.
    Blow by blow, verse by verse…
    When the robin can no longer sing,
    when the poet is a pilgrim,
    when praying is no more of use.
    Wanderer, there is no path. We make the path by walking.
    Blow by blow, verse by verse (Bis, x3)

    Read more at http://lyricstranslate.com/en/caminante-no-hay-camino-wanderer-there-not-path.html#r3xYH0JHqqjZQeGv.99

  3. Jennifer Ball says:

    It is hard to find the words to express how deeply I feel this loss. For days I have been in shock, realizing the seriousness of Anne’s condition. Now with tears I bow with deep gratitude in my heart for the honour and privilege it has been to know Anne and to have shared so many precious times together. I will miss her immensely.

    As for many others, Anne has been for me my teacher and mentor and friend. It is she who nurtured in me what could not find expression in other parts of the academy. It is she who modeled another way of being as an instructor, creating space for students to show up as whole beings – body, mind, and soul – not just as walking minds. Anne so loved and honoured and celebrated the Spirit of Africa and again, created space through her courses for this to find expression. In this we found kinship.

    I would drive from Guelph to Toronto to take her classes! Then later, I would drive regularly from Waterloo to Toronto to attend InterChange meetings, for this became a source of community with like-minded peacebuilders. I traveled with Anne to Kenya and Uganda twice – first to help initiate InterChange Kenya and to learn from Mpambo in Uganda, then to facilitate peacebuilding workshops with PHARP and work with InterChange Uganda. The first of these trips caused me to fundamentally change my PhD research to focus on Ugandan women peacebuilders. Anne took great pleasure in this radical change and cheered me on.

    In the last number of months I have been away a lot and so did not get to visit Anne. Even now, I write from Australia and so will not be able to be with you to grieve this loss and to celebrate Anne’s life. I offer here some of what I will always remember of Anne:

    – her welcoming smile and hug
    – the twinkle in her eyes when she was excited – whether by being with people or talking about ideas
    – her spontaneous laughter – sometimes like a giggle
    – her curly hair
    – her love of biking and of walking – wherever we traveled she’d find opportunties to walk around
    – her love of nature and plants and most especially of trees
    – her love of sharing food with people – especially good vegetarian food!
    – her love of music making and fun
    – her love of Michael and their enjoyment of each other
    – her love of her daughters and journeying with them in their lives
    – her expansive! sense of inclusion and acceptance
    – her willingness to sit with the uncomfortable and difficult parts of life and find a way through together
    – her sensitivity to justice/injustice, inclusion/exclusion and her willingness to challenge people and systems
    – her sense of vision
    – her passion for peace and for the power of ordinary people building peace in communities
    – her love of Africa
    – her energy and enthusiasm for all things InterChange
    – her ability to connect people and, in so doing, create a vast web of interconnections
    – her openness to exploring and growing into new ideas and opportunitie! s

    For all of this and more, I have loved and will greatly miss Anne.

    I send my love and prayers to you – Vicki, Susie, Sandy, Sonia, and Michael – and echo what someone else has already said, ‘thank you for sharing Anne with us’.

    May we all, through our own lives, continue to live Anne’s legacy. My love and gratitude to all of you who have also been touched by Anne.

  4. Ilaneet Goren and Selina Abetkoff says:

    The day Anne passed, August 1st, my wife and I were marking exactly 2 months since the day Anne had given us the most amazing gift – a legal marriage ceremony. Held in her backyard garden, this life-altering event was quiet, beautiful, unfailingly authentic. In short, it was Anne. We both feel blessed to have had even the brief time we were given with Anne. She was a community healer and a peacebuilder on many levels, and she has touched our lives deeply and we are forever grateful.

    Ilaneet Goren and Selina Abetkoff

  5. Judith Martin says:

    (Note sent July 24)

    Dear Anne,

    We met, only recently, in Saskatoon, spring 2008….What a workshop that was ! We had so much to sort through…tough issues and I was taken with your perspective and your capacity to tackle hard issues in a strong AND kind way. I simply decided to get to know you better.

    So after that each time I was in Toronto, I made a point of meeting up with you. I recall our first Toronto get-together: I was staying at my daughter’s condo and you very graciously suggested you would bike over to Queen Street so that I would not need to go the U.

    And so it went, meeting each year since 2008.
    Thank you for those visits.
    Judith

  6. Lyn Adamson says:

    (Note sent July 25)

    I would like to share how much Anne’s friendship and her relationship through our shared work in peacebuilding has meant to me. She has shown grace, commitment, creativity, and an inclusive vision in all her work, and in her life with friends as well. I have been amazed by Anne’s graciousness in how she has approached this long illness, and the dance between life and death. So much suffering and yet so much openness still to learning on the journey. We are all so sorry that this is not leading to a remission or long-term recovery. We value and love Anne so much! Anne, do know how much you mean to us! I know that I speak for everyone in Canadian Voice of Women for Peace when I express our appreciation and deep respect for you and all you have shared with so many of us. Though we are saddened we are also honoured to have been on this journey with you.

    In peace and friendship,

    Lyn Adamson

  7. Lidia Mestnik says:

    (Note sent July 26)

    Anne has touched a lot of hearts and lives, including my own. I have finally gone back to school, at OISE, in part because I found Anne, a person who walks her talk. Her words are not empty, but inspiring; they make you want to be a better person. If everyone lived their lives as she does, I am convinced that the world would not be as befuddled as it often appears.

    With love,
    Lidia Mestnik

  8. Helen Mills says:

    (Note sent July 26)

    As others have mentioned, Anne’s eloquent writing touched me deeply, connecting also with my own recent experiences with a close friend, and with family.

    How we all felt Anne’s heart, kind truthfulness, listening ear and her being, just by her presence, is a mystery of the universe.

    Though I knew Anne through other pathways than many of you – gardens, heritage seeds, and lost rivers, I have treasured her presence and her work, and learned a very little bit about “the science of peace”. For me the solstice was a precious and healing moment in the round of the year.

    Anne, I hold your hand even though it is by long distance.
    In sorrow and love,
    Helen

  9. Marilyn Laiken says:

    (Note sent July 26)

    Tikkun olam (healing the world) – no one represents this concept, in my experience, better than you, Anne. Your ability to work with conflict, your concern for your own community and the world, your amazing work with graduate students – how all of that will be missed by everyone who knows you as an inspiring woman.

    As your colleague at OISE and friend, you know that I have been following your healing journey closely these past months. Though it seems it didn’t turn out to be healing for you, in the end, my dear Anne, I expect that the courageousness and optimism in your writing has been healing for many others – all part of a legacy as important as the work you have done throughout your career.

    Though I’m writing this from a distance now, my heart is with you and your devoted family, as you face this next leg of your journey. I hope you’ll find peace in knowing how much we all love you and have benefited from your presence in our lives. Safe journey, my friend.

    Love, Marilyn

  10. Linda Koehler says:

    (Note sent July 28)

    Anne has been a beacon of light, hope, positivity and guidance at OISE and in Interchange. She has opened up these parameters to all of us who have come in contact with her.

    Her quiet and gentle consistency (yet fierce persistence!) in a world that seems on the surface to be over flowing with violence and negativity has been an essential ingredient in all of our education, whether we were involved in formal education or informal.

    She embodies the true meaning of “adult education” and I worry that her leadership is of a kind that is being squeezed out of the academy. Her human warmth and abilities to bring cross-cultural and indigenous knowledge to the forefront of all of our processes is an achievement beyond words.

    It is evident, through all of these communications and wishes, that our embodiment of her and everything she stands for is the legacy we share and will be the support that will strengthen her in her battles with health.

    Anne – although I am deeply saddened by this turn of events, please know that you have modeled for me the inspiration to carry on in the name of peace and good will.

    Sincerely,
    Linda Koehler

  11. Maxine Johnson says:

    (Note sent July 28)

    What comes to my mind when I think of Anne, is this poem called Special People

    Special people are those, who have the ability to share their lives with others.

    They are honest in word and deed, they are sincere and compassionate and they always make sure that love is a part of everything.

    Special people are those who have the ability to give to others and help them with the changes that come their way.

    They are not afraid of being vulnerable; they believe in their uniqueness and are proud to be who they are.

    Special people are those who allow themselves the pleasures of being close to others and caring about their happiness.

    They have come to understand that love is what makes the difference in life.

    Special people are those who truly make life beautiful and Anne is truly a special person.

    Maxine Johnson

  12. shukriya dini says:

    I remember Anne and her peace-building efforts and the lovely space she created for peace-builders in Toronto and beyond. I personally benefited from such space and Anne’s efforts in making our community peaceful and strengthening the peace-building efforts of many people in different parts of the world.

    Cheers and warm regards from Nairobi.
    Shukria Dini

  13. Henry Wai says:

    (Note sent July 30)

    In my life I have very few role models around being a citizen of this world. I have continually experienced Anne as someone who is politically, community and interpersonally engaged with presence and care.
    There is a lump in my chest for the sadness and joy as I consider the gift of her presence in my life.
    Anne – know that you matter and are loved.
    Love
    Henry

  14. Anna Snyder says:

    I have admired and loved Anne since her time as visiting professor at Menno Simons College in Winnipeg Manitoba. The year that I got to know her expansive spirit and phenomenal teaching skill was one of my best years at Menno Simons College. Thanks for sharing and inspiring such joy, Anne.

    In peace and friendship,
    Anna Snyder

  15. natalie brathwaite says:

    (Note sent July 30)

    It is so amazing to see how many people care and love Anne. Anne is such a special soul that has touched so many!

    Anne is such a wonderful inspiration and I feel so blessed to have met her. I was part of Anne’s community healing certificate cohort and later moved to the masters program with Anne’s assistance in helping to write my recommendation letter.

    Since graduating from OISE, I moved to New York City. Part of my work has focused on working with inmates at Rikers Island, the large correctional facility here. During our workshops, we focus on healing and supporting inmates reentry back into society. Many of the principles that I share with the inmates, I learned from Anne and her class. The message of Peace is constant!

    Anne is in my thoughts and prayers and will forever be in my heart,

    Natalie Brathwaite

  16. Mary-Jane says:

    Anne please know that I bring your vision and teachings with me each day as I work with communities across Canada to support their youth. You helped me to see that we are all peacebuilders at heart and that we can bring this into all our relationships. I exist in the world in a far better way just for knowing you.

    We used to discuss the liminal space between the spirit and material world that is brought into the open by ritual, and love. In the days and years to come I will be looking for the moments when those spaces open up because then I will find you there.

    Love Mary-Jane

  17. Mutabazi Michel says:

    Anne loved us first and then afterwards we loved her. Anne was a hero, a good mother of multitudes all over the world. We will miss her physically, yet she will remains in our mind… So good she was… May her example inspire all of us.

    Michel

  18. Hana Tauber says:

    (Note sent August 1st)

    Today is Pachamama (Mother Earth) Day celebrated in the Andean region of Latin America. What this day represents definitely coincides with Anne. Her beliefs in transformative education, peace building and the power of community building and love are the very values that we need to see grow on this earth. Anne certainly planted seeds for change, may they continue to grow.

    Love and strength to Anne’s family, friends and community.
    Hana

  19. Daniel Lefebvre says:

    (Note to the InterChange listserve – August 1st)

    My interactions with Anne were brief, involving a conference of peace-builders in Nairobi (Karin), Kenya. The focus was to have Ugandan and Kenyan peace-builders discuss how to reduce post-election violence during upcoming elections in Uganda (2010-11). Anne’s presence and impact were celebrated and recognized by all participants. When I traveled in East Africa to observe the work of many of you, over the next 6 weeks, I was amazed at the dedication and results of your work. I left with a great sense of hopefulness, something that is often overlooked by Western media.

    You have touched my heart. There is no better testimony for Anne. She had a vision that remains alive through you.

    Peace Be with You!
    Daniel Lefebvre

  20. John Wilmerding says:

    From one of the de facto peace education arms of the InterChange, John Woolman College of Active Peace, on behalf of the Principal Scholars of the College, who include many InterChangers, I offer profound and sad condolences on Anne’s passing.

    Anne was a visionary, and one who completely grasped and understood the Theory of Active Peace we had arrived at through years of communal discernment. It was as if we had arrived together at the same wavelength at the same spot in spacetime.

    How sad that our mastery of certain aspects of the good life on Earth could not conquer and cure Anne’s illness. She touched us all very deeply, and will always be missed. But more than that, she will be celebrated and appreciated for a long time to come, for the hard work and clear direction that she offered to the Active Peace (r)evolution.

    John Wilmerding
    Brattleboro, VT, USA

  21. Laura Lavie says:

    Jennifer I have never met you but I absolutely love your description of Anne. I am going to print these and cut them out, and just read them. I too will always remember that giggle of hers, her open-ness to everyone and everything and her creativity yet her calm, rational and insightful side. Her ability to connect and build love between people from no matter where, from no matter what background. I was just telling my good friend last night how beautiful a spirit she IS (and gave vivid description of her long, curly hair!)

    We are all grieving, and very sad. But I feel that these messages are slowly evolving into symbols of hope, of living her spirit. Anne is passing the torch onto all of us.

    Laura

  22. Amanuel Melles says:

    Anne has always been giving us energy, moments to reflect and focus on the value and practice of peace and social justice. To my friend Anne, I say, rejoice knowing that you have touched so many lives over the years. I am reminded of the stars that cover the firmament, the beautiful coral reefs that adorn tropical coastlines and the mist that smokes out of water falls.

  23. Solomon Lubambula says:

    (Note sent August 1st)

    I will always remember Anne for her passion for peacebuilding. As a fresh graduate from University entering into the field of Journalism Anne Introduced me to Peace building and co-existence.

    I will always miss you Anne.

    We have to keep the torch burning.

    Solomon Lubambula
    Kampala, Uganda

  24. Charles Ukandu says:

    Anne was one of the most exceptional people I’ve ever met and we had so much planned regarding continuing my Graduate Studies in Toronto when I finish my current projects in UK. My condolences to her great family, whom she talked so much about and colleagues around the world. Be comforted by the knowledge that Anne lived an accomplished life and touched people around the world.

    Charles Ukandu
    Bradford, England.

  25. Hon. Dr. Thomas Mark Turay says:

    Anne’s physical being on mother earth might be missed but her legacy as a global citizen committed to socio-economic and political justice for the less-privileged and marginalized will be celebrated by the many people she has touched. Her life symbolized PEACE.

    I will continue to celebrate her as my Peace Education role model.

    Hon. Dr. Thomas Mark Turay

  26. Raj Bardouille says:

    (Note sent July 27)

    Anne is an amazing person and I remember when I met her in 2005 at OISE, she wholeheartedly embraced me into the peace education activities that she along with her team were organizing, even though I do not have any formal affiliation with the University of Toronto.

    I have lived and worked in a number of African countries, and have also visited her native country, South Africa, several times. She was so kind that she encouraged me to move from Mississauga to Toronto and showed me a property around. I have fond memories of our brief encounters each time I came to OISE.

    With best wishes.
    Raj Bardouille

  27. Charles David Tauber, M.D. says:

    Anne was a good friend and colleague for ten years. She was creative. One of her greatest qualities was her concern for people. I miss her and know that I will miss her more in the future.

    I speak not only for myself but for the Board of the Coalition for Work with Psychotrauma and Peace, of which she was a member, in sending condolences to Michael and the family.

    Please let me know if there is anything we can do, even in “just” listening.

    With heartfelt empathy,
    Charles

  28. Steve Koptie says:

    She:kon (Traditional Mohawk Invitation to Join Good Minds with Good Intentions)

    My deepest condolences to Anne’s family, friends and partners in “Right Relations.”

    I was a Indigenous man who returned to OISE for graduate studies at age 54.

    Anne was key in my success at OISE, as a favorite professor, a generous and kind critical thinking guide.

    I write about Women-Spirit and the healing work women lead around the world. I recognized Anne’s magnificent Woman-Spirit.

    I have a paper going into publication and if there are no objections, I would like to aknowledge Anne’s contribution to my development as a story-teller. I want to dedicate my paper to Anne’s generosity and Culturally Safe approach to humanity.

    In Unity

    Steve Koptie

  29. Malik Rashid says:

    It feels such a personal loss, though I knew Anne for only over a year as my teacher. Perhaps everone who came in contact with her felt very close to her.

    Talking to her the first time, her wisdom and simplicity amazed me. After a few interactions I couldn’t help but notice her positive focus. Whether intellectual or political, Anne didn’t indulge in conversations that had no impact on connectedness and community.

    In my late 50s, Anne, my guru sent me on a mission to build meaning for my life. Her kindness encouraged me to participate in community-based peacebuilding through InterChange. She was generous to dedicate time and effort to the event ‘In memory of the victims of partition 1947: Dialogue to Heal and Change’.

    When Anne assigned me a role to promote InterChange through social media, not only did she accommodate my enthusiasm for building community through culture of peace (that I had discovered through her course in ‘Community Healing and Peacebuilding’), but she provided me with ground to practice and learn.

    Anne’s wholeness of thought and practice was not confined to teaching only. I am still grappling to understand her all-encompassing world view that potentially dissolves every wall of separateness. Wish there was more time to learn from her.

    Hope I manage to keep alive her spirit of diversity and co-existence for the rest of my my own life.

    According to Jorge Luis Borges, “We forget that we are all dead men conversing wtih dead men.”

    Thank you Anne. Love. Respect.

  30. I, unfortunately, didn’t know Anne very well but I do know her daughters. While Susie, Vicki and Sandy are all quite different, they share a warmth, generosity and openness that I’m sure was learned from and shared with their mother. Anne’s girls naturally create communities of friends wherever their lives take them and I am lucky to have been a part of this always-welcoming, always-supportive community for more than 15 years. So while I may not have known Anne, I’ve learned a lot about her legacy and recognize so many of her amazing traits in her girls.

  31. Tor Iorapuu says:

    It has been pretty difficult for me to comment on Anne. I didn’t believe the story about Anne’s failing health just as I still don’t believe that Anne Goodman has passed on. 1st August was my birthday. I was about 700km away from my family, in another part of Nigeria doing some community stuff. I returned to the city later in the day. A friend had arrange to gove me lunch at his home for a birthday. This friend we have nerver met physically except through social media networks. At his place waiting for the meals to be served, I chose to check my mails and BOOM Carolyn’s mail hits me in the face. My host Terver Akase a journalist, noticed something! He asked and I slowly said, I just lost a friend, an aunty, a colleague and a mother. I showed him Carolyn’s mail. I then said ” so it is true that Anne was ill. What a gift on my Birthday. My host became confused! What do we do he asked? After a moment of silence I said to him ” youself, your wife and your entire household represent my friend, aunty, colleague and mother, Anne who remains a symbol of peace to the world. Just like you, she allowed me into her home without asking questions. You are one of those Anne would have loved to meet”. My host’s response were as though he was meeting Anne already and he said, ” You know I have followed your activities for a while now, sincerely, we a humbled to host you on your special day and we truly grieve with you at this moment as well”.

    Like others have shared, Anne and Michael will remain part of narrative for ever. Since I got the news, I have gone back to read all the recent email conversations with Anne. If only I could get a visa within days, I would have loved to be at Anne’s last moment on earth.

    How do I want to start this conversation! I met Anne in 2006 when Development an Peace through their Youth Program Staff Lori Ryan invited me to speak at their International Youth Program in Hamilton. After that event, I had to speak at different places. Lori got me to meet this charming personality at OISE. I still remember the bicycle I saw her with. In 2007 Anne got me to be part of the Interchange team that visited Rwanda, a jouney that only death can erase from my memory. When I returned in
    2008, Anne and Daniel Schugurensky got me to speak at OISE. The journey that began in 2006 went past an ordinary conversation. But that is who Anne was. An ordinary radical who did extraordinary things. Not many in this world are like Anne. Here in Jos, we want to hold short session for Anne. The young people here are more saddened because they were looking forward to meeting Anne personally. I shared the mail from Anne about the possibility of some Muslim and Christian youth visiting Canada to participate in one of Interchange events. Huumm! What else can any human being say? We just want to thank God for the gift of Anne and her family to many of us.

    Our prayers, love, solidarity and thoughts are with the family, InterChange Team and all those affected by Anne’s peace work across the globe.

    Tor

  32. with deep gratitude, I am spending my time and doing some ceremonies to help Anne’s transition into the different dimension and I know she is always going to stay with us.. I was at the spiritual gathering on some beautiful land last week. In the circle I was called to invite Anne’s spirit. the whole circle was moved and some people knew Anne. her presence was tangible. Mandaza, elder and healer, peace builder from Zimbabwe, told me that we may accept and celebrate easier when we see that beyond dying is going home to the spiritual realm. “Anne did such amazing work for the humanity and she is with us”-he sad. He encourage us all to celebrate and cherish all what came from Anne.
    I will always remember our trip to Balkan, our conversation with people who were healing from war trauma in the gardens, people like charles Tauber and his team in Vukovar or organizations in my home city and Serbia . They were sharing stories with us, helping each other and processing. sense of hope, pride and light prevailed in this moments. we walk this countries( my homeland-former yugoslavia parts) crossing the new borders, and I felt the importance of being connected with the land for peace and reconciliation.Anne was the midwife of healing and peace creating, for and with our new birthing humanity.
    thanks family for sharing her with us and the world. Thank you for organizing the solstice celebrations, watching the fool moon, giggling, dancing, writing stories and being in the moment, supporting, mentoring and listening. I feel one Heart, one Mind, one People, one Free World in all letters I read and in our memories. Anne thank you forever.

  33. I too have been experiencing the sense of profound loss of Anne in our global peacebuilding community, and deep appreciation for all that she did to inspire and provide leadership. I wanted to add my comments to those of so many others. From here in Vancouver, as a member of InterChange, I followed her health journey and my heart now goes out her family and others who share feelings of much sadness at her passing.

    We met in Kampala through Jennifer Ball in about 2005 when Anne’s team from the Toronto area came to Kenya/Uganda/Rwanda and i was working there with a young team of Ugandan peacebuilders on developing an indigenous peacemaking training program for children and youth. It was such a great pleasure then to get to know other dedicated peacebuilders in East Africa, and I continue to follow Interchangers’ work with much admiration and deep appreciation for Anne’s dedicated, loving and often light hearted ways of building connections.

    I remember Anne with great warmth from that time in Uganda. We had great fun together then and we were all connected by our love of the work and the way of being. It’s ongoing – the work and Anne’s legacy. and many will come to stand on the shoulders of dear friends like Anne to reach new places of peace in their lives and in the global community.

    I wanted to let others know this. I developed breast cancer in 2007 and had to step back from the international work to do my healing work. I know how much courage it takes to carry on, and Anne exemplified that. Her life was a beautiful garden, and she walked in beauty. I join so many others in thanking her for being who she will always be in my heart. I will hold her in prayer and trust one day we will meet again.

    with much love

    Marg

  34. Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo says:

    Friends and Colleagues I met Anne once in Uganda, the few days we shared together left a mark on my life. The message was that in whatever situation seek peace. I also interacted with her online as a Board member ,the best time was when we were trying to come up with Interchange Logo….I will never forget the Circles. Lastly her journey to healing touched me a lot and there were many life lessons for me. When all is done Love and Peace is all we need.
    Anne rest in Peace

  35. Kate Flores says:

    (A message to Anne sent 7/27)

    Dear Anne,

    I am sending this message to let you know of my deepest care and love that I hold for you, and my heart-filled yearning for you to be filled with health and peace – whether that means physically or not, and whether it is in this lifetime or not. Somehow, though, from what I have known of you, I already trust that you are, in your soul, already there.

    I’d like you to know about the impact and meaning you have held for me. Your life in relation to mine reminds me of those earthworms of peace – the quiet, unfolding, gentle nature in which you have impacted my life, and surely many others. I am not a good person for remembering details of past events/memories, but I can tell you very clearly how I felt in your presence and what you have meant to me. More than anyone I know, you are the person I think of when I strive towards the goal of embodying peace and being fully present with each person I am with. Presence. When I think of presence, I think of you. I remember how busy you would always be – back in those days when I was a graduate student – yet Every Single Time I needed to talk with you or went to see you in your office – Every. Single. Time. – you were 100% with me. You were completely present with me. And it was not only this. I can’t fully put into words what it was like when I met you. (I don’t actually even fully remember when/how I first met you.) But I was immediately drawn to your energy – your peaceful, wise, and compassionate energy. It is an energy that I needed, and that I believe most people and our planet need for healing. It was a no-brainer for me that I wanted to work with you more in-depth, and for this reason asked you to be my supervisor.

    So, now I am a mother and my now nearly 2-year old (unsurprisingly) is requiring my attention – so I will leave this letter as is for the moment. Think of this, though, as Chapter 1 – but there is still more I’d like to share, and hope to do that soon.

    Sending you all my love and keeping you in my thoughts,
    Kate (Kennedy) Flores

  36. Yishin Khoo says:

    Dear Anne,

    You have inspired me to embody peace and build peace in the academy, in my communities, and in my daily lives. You were so patient and present when listening to my dilemmas and struggles in peace-building work. And every time I walked away from our conversations, my heart was always filled with excitement and hope for new possibilities.

    As I write this note to you, a song by Thich Nhat Hanh came to my mind:

    No coming, no going,
    no after, no before;
    I hold you close to me,
    I release you to be so free.
    Because I am in you, and you are in me.
    Because I am in you, and you are in me.

    Dear Anne, I will continue to learn from you and live up my promise to plant seeds of peace in my communities and beyond. Although I am so very sad to know that I will not be able to see you again at OISE and the InterChange meetings, I understand that your spirit is with us and in me.

    Love you, Anne. Thank you.
    You will forever be in my heart.

    Yishin Khoo

  37. Sharri Plonski says:

    I met Anne the summer after my first year at OISE, where I was doing an MA in International Development and Comparative Education, almost 10 years ago. She led me through my first ‘peacebuilding’ workshop, and gave me a language to cope with the cynicism I had built up on the possibility of building peace and transformative learning experiences, in situations of extreme inequality and belligerent conflict. I worked with her over the next two years, as she became a second supervisor on my MA project, a mentor with whom I could bounce ideas and develop new thinking, and a source of unending support and confidence. She made me feel like I had something to say and do in this world, that perhaps I could share in her path toward change, toward shared space, toward peace. It’s been a while since I last lived in Canada, even longer since I last saw her. But she was someone who helped me to grow and evolve, and I will always love and miss her.

  38. Julia Morton-Marr says:

    Anne Goodman’s influence in my life, began at the ‘Culture of Peace’ meetings held at the Voice of Women office in 1996. Her background in South Africa and in peace education prompted our inter-action. Her interesting comments facilitated many highly intelligent discussions in education. She was also a member of Science for Peace where we worked on peace education concepts.

    Later she married Michael Wheeler, who has participated in IHTEC’s Board for many years, and for peace education in Peel Region schools. What a powerhouse team they made for peace education.

    I am thankful to have been included in her final writing of her healing journey. The loss of another Canadian Peacewoman who was such a loving caring person, along with her high caliber of intellect and action, is very significant. Anne was a Canadian jewel.

    Julia Morton-Marr
    IHTEC International School Peace Gardens

  39. Flora Terah says:

    I rented my first apartment in 2010 in Toronto!

    Anne said she would come and bless it with some energy to unable me cope with the cultural shock.
    I was a newcomer who knew nothing about potluck! So when she said she will come with potluck I suspected that she was bringing Canadian pots that have luck.

    She did not have a cell phone, so we talked on phone and agreed on the time.

    She rode her bike and parked it at the door! As she was locking it my head was spinning,”how can a whole professor of the University ride a bike?” In Africa your status goes with the car you drive.

    We got into my house and Anne removed fruits and berries from her shopping bag! Ha I wanted again to ask where the potluck she promised to bring was!

    I had made ugali and kale, Anne used her fingers and she eat like any other Kenyan would, at some point both of us licking our fingers and laughing. She washed her plate and we settled to the living room to chat!

    I asked her what became of the potluck she promised, an intelligent woman knows when someone is in doubt. She asked me what I thought potluck was! When explained we laughed our hearts out!
    I still can see the look of her eyes as she laughed!

    Anne is now with my son and telling him so many good things that happened while he was away!

    Rest in peace Anne
    Flora Terah

  40. Anne’s life was like ripples of water, spreading far and wide through her peace advocacy work.

    May her soul rest in peace. May Interchange4peace ripple and ripple…..

    Sally Malinda
    Nairobi

  41. Archna Sahni says:

    OISE was a home away from home when I was doing my MEd at OISE. What made it a home was the presence of Anne, who was my teacher and friend. To whom was she not a friend?

    When I met Anne I knew she was special. Getting to know her only confirmed my belief. I feel fortunate to have known this warm, compassionate, and amazing woman. When I was on the verge of leaving Toronto in order to relocate to India in 2012, I went to OISE in the hope of running into Anne. I did. I was looking forward to meeting her in Toronto in the summer of 2014. The news of her death has come a shock, until now I did not know what to write. I will miss you, Anne.

    I remember that we were the only ones who ended up writing a poem on International Peace Day in 2011. We picked a folded piece of paper to get our subject – you got bird and I lizard. Nothing is a coincidence, you said. The bird had symbolic meaning for you and I had a mortal dread of lizards.

    I recall the stories you shared with me in your class, in unannounced visits to your office, I recall your smiling face amidst the sacred circles of the Peace Lounge. You are a shaman in the journey I took to come closer to my self, you will always be a part of me. The Peace Lounge, OISE, Toronto, will never be the same again for me.

    Archna – one of the many lives you touched

  42. Hassan Shire says:

    I met Anne in July 2001 after spending only a month in Canada as a human rights defender in exile from Africa. As a fellow African and peace and human rights activist in her own right, she helped to organize a well-attended event at the Ramada Hotel to share my experiences with fellow Canadians and the African diaspora, largely Somalis. She devoted considerable resources and energy to make that event a successful one.

    Our friendship continued beyond this speaking engagement. I interacted with Anne on a regular basis, within the circles of peace activism in Toronto and beyond until I went back to Africa to establish and work with the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP), which provides protection, capacity building and advocacy for frontline human rights defenders in that region of Africa.

    Our common friend, Katie Meyer, notified me about the untimely death of my dear friend Anne. I pray that Anne rests in peace. I hope that her loved ones have the strength to overcome their grief.

    Sincerely,

    Hassan Shire
    PanAfrican HRDs Network

  43. My deepest sympathy to the Goodman Family – Anne was amazing – I can’t believe she has passed – I was away just came back two days ago to hear this shocking news of Anne’s passing – I was a student in her classes last year and wanted to take my last class with her this fall. She was the greatest teacher I ever had. She was passionate, a great listener, very compassionate and always willing to help. I remember that the last time I saw her in June she had started treatment and was spoke so positively about it – She certainly helped me a lot reflecting on my future. She was certainly a special person and I am a better person for having known her. May God bless Anne and keep your family in peace as you mourn her loss. Anne Goodman will always hold a special place in my heart. Rest in Peace

    God bless

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