Maureen St. Clair
Maureen St. Clair is an artist, peace educator, community facilitator, conflict resolution trainer, activist, writer and learner for life. Born and raised in Canada, with Grenadian citizenship, Maureen has lived and worked in Grenada, West Indies for over 25 years. She has worked on a multitude of development projects with various Grenadian NGOs and community-based organizations, such as Grenada’ Grenada Education and Development Program (GRENED), Grenada’s National Organization of Women (GNOW), Harford Village Peace Youth Leaders, and government community projects such as Grenada’s National Literacy Campaign. Maureen has also worked extensively with youth, and in particular youth at risk both in and out of correctional services.
Presently Maureen divides her time between Canada and Grenada and has been involved over the years facilitating community-based conflict transformation & peacebuilding training programs in Canada and Grenada. Her passion lies in creating safe inclusive spaces that enable people collectively to do the work of self and community healing and building. She uses the power of the creative arts such as story telling, sharing and embodying the ‘other’ as paths to personal and social transformation.
Maureen is known throughout the Caribbean and internationally for her vibrant, multi-racial, women-positive paintings inspired by life and work experiences. Maureen’s artwork has been used as official logos for various non-profit organizations such as the World Health Organization/Grenada Health Organization, and Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre. Maureen is also an accomplished writer, winning the Atlantic Writers Award and the Beacon Award for Social Justice Literature. Her debut novel, Big Island, Small was published by Fernwood Publishing. Maureen holds a Master of Adult Education with focus on Women’s Empowerment and Participatory Education.