About Us

BTP LogoBe the Peace Institute

 PO Box 459    Mahone Bay, N.S.  B0J 2E0    

  902 624-8011  http://www.bethepeaceinstitute.ca

  N.S. Registry Joint Stock #: 3295099


Organizational Profile

Purpose: The Be the Peace Institute is a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting gender equity, healthy relationships and safe, peaceful communities and systems in Nova Scotia.  Working in close partnership with community organizations, government bodies, survivors and citizens, it promotes positive social change by addressing violence against women, children and youth, and altering the social and systemic forces that deny women and girls full equality, security, opportunity and justice.   Through innovative, collaborative initiatives, BTPI advances knowledge, research and best practice evidence to improve violence prevention while informing policy development, decision making, system change and service provision related to gender-based violence.

Who We Serve: The citizens and communities of Lunenburg County and beyond. While our work is primarily on behalf of survivors of intimate partner, domestic and sexualized violence, it benefits their families, friends, co-workers, communities and networks. The impact will be felt by all the young people in our county who face the challenges of growing up in a world of gender-based stereotypes, myths and oppression that affect the integrity, dignity and productivity of our entire community and people of all genders.

Vision:  Under a framework of peace-building that is restorative at its core, BTPI courageously promotes and engages community for justice, gender equality and social change, from the individual to systemic. We are a ‘centre of excellence’ in research, education, data and tools to prevent, address and end violence against women in all forms, making Lunenburg County the most safe, equitable place for people of all genders to live, work and thrive.    

Guiding Principles:

  • Explore different views and listen for common ground.
  • Uncover all assumptions and agree on expectations.
  • Share leadership, responsibilities and information generously.
  • Treat everyone as a respected, trusted, cooperative partner.
  • Take purposeful action when there is a clear path and energy.
  • Invite all voices and perspectives to create safe spaces where everyone can belong.
  • Ask even the hard questions.



Sue Bookchin, Executive Director   902-624-8011  sue@bethepeace.ca 

Helen Lanthier, Board Chair  902-640-2225                                           helenbrownlanthier@gmail.com