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Yes, Peace Flag House is a house.

Peace Flag House’s name comes from the two rainbow peace flags that fly on the front of the house. These flags have become a bit of a neighbourhood landmark.

 

We put the flags up in 2013 because we live across the street from a high school and we know there are high rates of homophobic and transphobic bullying in our schools.

 

We wanted any kids at the high school that may be struggling with bullying and acceptance to know they weren’t alone.

 

Putting up the flags felt like a simple act. But those flags sparked an ongoing wave of hate crimes targeted at our house. Homophobic graffiti, stolen flags, broken flag poles and slashed tires became normal.

 

Those flags also brought the neighbourhood together in the most spectacular way. Pascal tells the full story here for Tedx Ryerson.

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Pascal Putting up Peace Flags on Peace Flag House

Peace Flag House has become short-hand for our social justice perspective: we choose to answer hate with inclusion, anger with love and injustice with positive social change.

 

We believe in creating the world we wish to live in.

 

And we have learned through our experience with community development, education and digital communications that stories are the essence of this work.

 

Stories change minds, shift perspectives and most importantly they build connections. Whether chatting with your neighbour, posting on Instagram, building a web site or hosting a big PR event, telling the story of the good you bring to the world is invaluable.

A GOOD STORY IS POWERFUL

Sarah Jean Peace Flag House

Sarah Jean Harrison

Co-Founder & Creative Director


Raised on a farm in rural Ontario where the ability to tell a good story is a key social skill, Sarah Jean discovered at an early age her knack for uncovering the heart of a story and engaging people in its telling.

Throughout her formal education in social and environmental justice Sarah Jean developed the strong written voice and discerning visual eye needed for digital communications.

Fifteen years of experience with community development and education confirmed for her the power of a well told story to change minds and open hearts.

Today, Sarah Jean’s passion for connecting people through story is used to cultivate engaging digital experiences and effective communication strategies for her clients.

Pascal Murphy Peace Flag House

Pascal Murphy

Co-Founder & Financial Director


Pascal Murphy was never one to follow the crowd. As a student at Kings College at Western University, Pascal created his own undergraduate degree, Social Justice and Peace Studies, which became one of the College’s most popular programs.

During his graduate studies at York University Pascal studied Garbology, creating an interactive garbage dump in the centre of the University that explored our relationships with waste.

Pascal founded Peace Flag House with Sarah Jean in 2010, dedicating the space to bringing positive social change to the world one small step at a time.

In addition to his role as Financial Director at Peace Flag House, Pascal is a passionate advocate for supportive social housing development and is President of the Board for St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Association.

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