Profiles of Young Global Citizens
This collection showcases a selection of Manitobans who are demonstrating their commitment to global citizenship and doing what they can to build a better world. There are many more Manitobans with stories like these. Perhaps you are one, and if not, you could be—there is always room for more.
Zoë (25) from Beresford, Manitoba, is studying Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Zoë is Making a Difference by putting what she has learned into practice in developing countries. She worked for six months in Nairobi, Kenya for a national women’s organization, and discovered that many of the concerns that Kenyan women had were similar to those of Canadian women. Zoë believes that these shared problems reflect how our world today is interconnected in so many different ways, a state that, she believes, justifies the importance of everyone’s participation in international development.
Sané Dube (24), originally from Zimbabwe, has a passion for HIV/AIDS issues. Currently an employee of Nine Circles Community Health Centre, she works on getting services to those suffering from HIV/AIDS in Manitoba. Eventually, she plans to return to Southern Africa, using the knowledge she’s gained here to help those in her home country. “It’s amazing how similar issues come up around HIV/AIDS, no matter where you are in the world,” says Sané. “This really is a global issue.”
Dale Camuyong (17) believes music has the ability to reach youth and get them engaged in global issues on a deeper level. As participant in MCIC’s High School Music Video project, Dale worked with seven other youth from across Manitoba to create an original music video on issues of fair trade and child labour. “Today we have more access to information about these things than ever before”, he says. “There’s no excuse not to be informed.” Dale also promotes social justice in his High School and mentors younger students on issues like peer pressure and drug use.
Todd Phillips (28) recently got the news that his life-long dream will be fulfilled. An Engineering graduate and instructor at the University of Manitoba, Todd has been accepted to go on a mission with Doctor Without Borders. “For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to work for this organization,” he says. “I really believe in the work that they do and the way they deliver assistance overseas.” Todd will be working in the Engineering Division, setting up medical stations for the staff. He is also one of the founders of the Manitoba Chapter of Engineers Without Borders at the University of Manitoba.
Kathy Sexsmith (25) of Winnipeg, Manitoba has found her life’s passion in fair trade. As an Economics student at the University of Manitoba, she was inspired by a professor who spoke of unjust trade relationships and the exploitation of workers. “I couldn’t leave this question of fair trade behind,” says Kathy. “I knew changes needed to be made.” After completing a Masters Degree at Oxford University, she now plans to research fair trade at the PhD level in her studies at Cornell University. Kathy has worked with MCIC to inform government of the benefits of fair trade and encourage them to carry fair trade wines through the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission.