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Gimli’s Fair Trade Achievements Celebrated for International Development Week 2014

Released on February 7th 2014

Winnipeg, MB – To celebrate International Development Week 2014, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) has created a video profile to celebrate the Fair Trade work of The RM of Gimli.

International Development Week (IDW) runs from February 2-8, 2014. The theme for this year is We Are Making A Difference. IDW is an opportunity to explore how Canada and Manitobans are making a difference in our world. MCIC has produced eight video profiles of groups of Manitobans who are contributing their time and effort in the areas of international development and social justice issues to make a difference in our world.

The RM of Gimli has become a great Fair Trade success story in Manitoba in recent years. Joann King (RM of Gimli) explains how Gimli managed to become the first official Fair Trade Town in the province, garnering support of the public and many businesses, as well as the council. Paul Cuthbert (Superintendent of the Evergreen School Division) then describes the student-initiated Fair Trade and sustainable development achievements in the division. Lisa Zolinski (The Fresh Carrot) speaks as one of the business owners in Gimli who have embraced and championed Fair Trade in the town, so much so that last year her store was honoured with a national Canadian Fair Trade Award in Toronto.

The video profiles of the eight Canadian groups have been posted on as part of the We Are Making a Difference campaign. Manitobans are invited to watch the videos and enter a contest to win Fair Trade chocolate for a year with a value of $260. You can also find more information about IDW events happening in Manitoba at

The other seven videos created for IDW 2014 by MCIC focus on Canadian Lutheran World Relief; MATCH International Women’s Fund; Maples Collegiate; La Siembra Co-operative; The City of Brandon; Fair Trade Sports Balls and Assiniboine Credit Union. For 24 years, IDW has taken place during the first full week of February. This year, it will take place from February 2-8, 2014. It is proclaimed by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and is a great opportunity to explore how Canada and Canadians are making a difference around the world!

To arrange an interview with any of the global citizens contact: Janice Hamilton, MCIC Executive Director. Phone: (204) 987-6420 Cell: (204) 795-2914 Email: