A dear friend and a Real Wonder Woman
I met Carole at Search for Common Ground. At the time, she was the Director of Training based in Washington and I was working at SFCG Europe in Brussels. I will be forever grateful for her encouragement of my ambition to become a trainer. She supported my going to the field and doing the trainings on the SFCG approach, conflict transformation, communication, and leadership. Every step of the way and in every training, she was there – providing encouragement, assistance, and support. I feel so privileged to have had her as my mentor. She taught me everything I know as a trainer and guided me to develop my first training manual for SFCG Burundi and then, later on, the Gender Analysis and Gender in Conflict Transformation Manual.
I hold Carole very dear in my heart for all the knowledge she imparted on me. Even more importantly for me, Carole was the one to champion my desire to link gender with conflict transformation and develop a gender-sensitive conflict transformation training. It was a novel approach for SFCG, but Carole was steadfast in her support, reviewing the training materials I was developing and providing feedback for everything I wrote. In a way, I have her to thank for becoming the gender advisor that I am today.
Since the first moment we met, Carole inspires me with her sweetness, knowledge, wisdom, and generosity of her spirit. She holds an abiding love for humanity and I admire her for it. I hold in my heart her kindness and her warmth with deep gratitude and respect for her friendship and guidance.
Thank you, Carole, for everything you’ve done for me and I hope that our paths will cross again and very soon. Until then, may your path abound with blessings.
Carole now works at the Peace Nexus Foundation, and you can find out more about it here.