Jan 17, 2019
Marie-Paule Attema
3 Club Meeting - Mennonite Central Committee Projects

Marie-Paule Attema

December, 2018



As a Rwandan-born first generation immigrant in Canada, Marie-Paule Attema is passionate about promoting peace locally as well as globally. In the last 10 years, Marie-Paule has worked with the most marginalized and isolated populations in South Africa, Guatemala, Australia and Canada.


After completing the Masters of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2012, Marie-Paule began to work with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a non-profit organization that focuses on relief, development and peace. Her role focused on restorative justice issues for men returning to community after incarceration. While in this role, she provided trauma, correctional, mediation, and addictions services. In her last position with MCC, Marie-Paule worked to eliminate persistent homelessness in the Canadian context by supporting men and women as they transition from homelessness to stable housing.


In 2012, Marie-Paule joined the board of directors for Peaceworks, a non-profit organization that specializes in peace education for youth. Marie-Paule is currently pursuing a Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies as a Rotary Peace Fellow at University of Queensland, Australia. During her time in Australia, she has committed to working alongside Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders towards social inclusion. 


Her career goal is to contribute to recovery and mental health in the aftermath of armed conflict, and in the long term, to promote peace and equality through global policy making.