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.
Tyler (23) from Morden, Manitoba, works for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba. He is Making a Difference by helping new immigrants integrate into Canadian society, from learning the official languages, to finding a place to live and getting a job. Tyler believes that this Makes a Difference to the whole community, as these people bring with them so much valuable experience and skills. He took his passion overseas working for a WUSC program rehabilitating child soldiers in Sri Lanka. As with all of his development work, Tyler argues that the people whom he helps make as much a difference in his life as he does in theirs.
Ainsley (28) from Stonewall, Manitoba, teaches High School students at Warren Collegiate in Warren, Manitoba. Ainsley is Making a Difference by educating her students on Fair Trade and by working with those students to encourage the school board to take up Fair Trade initiatives. Her students then go on make a difference by buying Fair Trade products and getting their friends and family to do the same. Ainsley’s students exhibit an energy and hunger for change that we must nourish in our youth, if we are to see lasting and sustainable change.
Divine (22) from Winnipeg, Manitoba, volunteers for the Canadian Red Cross Society, MCIC member agency. Originally from Burundi, Divine is Making a Difference by raising awareness among Manitoba youth about the devastation that Malaria causes in our world. Her work raises money for bednets to be sent overseas through planned fundraising activities in the province. Divine is motivated to work with young people as she believes that youth demonstrate an energy and inspiration that is so essential to create a great impact in the developing world.
Roberta (30) from Winnipeg, Manitoba, has worked for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace, a member agency of MCIC. She is Making a Difference by helping volunteers in Canada implement educational campaigns in their communities on international issues and works in both English and French. Roberta had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala to visit some development projects and learned that big progress is being made in the lives of many women who are now able to read and write and thus improve their lives. Such experiences served only to reconfirm Roberta’s conviction in her work, and she has seen first hand that young and old people working together can Make a Difference.
Othello (29) from Winnipeg, Manitoba, helped to develop the African Market in the Central Park area of Winnipeg. Born in Liberia, he saw first hand the injustice that young people had to bear in the refugee camps of the Ivory Coast. When he immigrated to Canada, Othello was determined to Make a Difference by encouraging fellow African immigrants to produce their traditional goods and sell them in an African Market which he set up with the help of other volunteers. This brightened up the area of Winnipeg in which is situated and continues to be a space where people from all backgrounds can share their culture.