The Board of Project Ploughshares is pleased to announce the appointment of John Siebert as Executive Director effective August 1, 2005.
John has served as a Foreign Service Officer of the Department of Foreign Affairs; Program Officer for Human Rights and Aboriginal Justice with the United Church of Canada; and as consultant to governments and non-governmental organizations in Canada and overseas in project and program development, institutional evaluation, and policy development. He has a BA in political science from the University of Winnipeg and an MA in theology from St. Michael’s College of the Toronto School of Theology.
While at Foreign Affairs, John worked in the United Nations division in Ottawa and in the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. His human rights work with the United Church included work with the Canadian Council of Churches Human Rights Committee, the World Council of Churches Program to Combat Racism, and the churches’ advocacy work with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. More recently he has assisted the Canadian churches involved in litigation related to Indian Residential Schools.
John is married to Carolyn Wiens and they have two teenaged children, Dylan and Cora. The family is currently in the process of relocating to the Kitchener-Waterloo region. The board and staff feel privileged and delighted to welcome John and his family to Project Ploughshares. John’s experience, skills, and commitment promise to build on and expand the work and effectiveness of Project Ploughshares.
John succeeds Ernie Regehr, O.C., who has been with Project Ploughshares from its beginnings in 1976, and who is especially pleased to welcome John. Ernie will continue his association with Ploughshares, focusing on research, writing, and selected projects.
Project Ploughshares is an agency of the Canadian Council of Churches with a mandate to work with churches and related organizations, as well as governments and non-governmental organizations, in Canada and internationally, to identify, develop, and advance approaches that build peace and prevent war, and promote the peaceful resolution of political conflict.
Sponsoring churches are the Anglican Church of Canada, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, Canadian Unitarian Council, Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the United Church of Canada. Since its founding Project Ploughshares has also been affiliated with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies of Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.