Guiding Goals

Seven Grandfather Teachings

 Respect, Love, Truth, Bravery, Wisdom Generosity. Humility

Our Mission

About Us

Our mission is to celebrate diversity while honoring our shared humanity/seeking peace through understanding, love and compassion.

The Great Lakes Peace Center is a grassroots organization located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan focused on the work of peace building.  We champion a collaborative approach to peace and peace building with other individuals and organizations who share our vision for loving and respectful communities.  This is accomplished by bringing people together through the use of recreational activities, cultural experiences, opportunities for personal development and healing experiences for physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Our efforts will also focus on shifting human understanding toward empathy, compassion and connection, and providing opportunities to dialogue toward common ground and peaceful solutions to conflict.


Bradley Nedeau, Resident Elder; is a member of the Sault Ste Marie band of Chippewa Indians.  He is passionate about his culture and sharing the traditions of his ancestors. He has been involved in non profit organizations that provided opportunities for participation in Native American gatherings and ceremonies and is well connected to Native American cultural resources in the Upper Peninsula.

Deb Nedeau, Project Specialist; has worked in a variety of positions in the area of education and social work. She has worked for 30 years as a presenter, educator and workshop facilitator. Responsibilities included grant writing, implementing collaborative projects, project reporting and evaluation.

Kathy Vanden Boogaard, Project Specialist; has worked in a variety of school

and community agencies as a counselor/therapist for over 30 years. She has experience in facilitating trainings for students and adults, grant writing, project implementation and evaluation.

Our Vision

Our vision is to offer a variety of services that will shift human understanding toward empathy, compassion and connection in order to facilitate personal growth. We believe this will create a ripple effect resulting in greater peace and well-being for individuals, families, communities and our world.

Alex Ruuska, PhD,  Applied Sociocultural Anthropologist, specializing in North American indigenous cultures.  She brings a depth of understanding and knowledge to the peaceful healing process as well as the expertise to build the architecture necessary to create opportunities to listen, share and heal.

Mollie Larsen, Project Specialist; brings years of strong organizational and management experience having worked as executive director in several non profits and adjunct faculty at the local community college.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.

--Margaret Mead

Great Lakes Peace Center

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