Great Lakes Peace Center

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About Us

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.

We are a member of the Charter for Compassion ( which provides an umbrella for people to engage in collaborative partnerships worldwide.  We are guided by the Charter’s primary concept of following the Golden Rule and join with them in their support of the United Nations’ 17 global goals for sustainable development. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change.  We believe it us up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.







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.

Resident Elder

Bradley Nedeau


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.

Project Specialist

Deb Nedeau

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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.

Project Specialist

Kathy Vanden Boogaard

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

Our Mission

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


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.

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