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Manitoban’s Work Celebrated for International Development Week 2013

Released on February 5th 2013

Media Release January 31, 2013 Manitoban’s Work Celebrated for International Development Week 2013

Winnipeg, MB – To celebrate International Development Week 2013, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is recognizing the work of Jan Stewart from Winnipeg with a video profile.

International Development Week (IDW) runs from February 3-9, 2013. The theme for this year is I Am Making A Difference and MCIC is focusing on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). IDW is an opportunity to explore how Canada and Manitobans are making a difference in our world. The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) has profiled eight Manitobans from all walks of life who are contributing their time and effort to take action as global citizens.

Jan Stewart is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. She is working toward MDG 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education.

Jan works with teachers to develop curricula, primarily in post-conflict situations, such as Uganda and South Sudan, to address the psycho-social and educational needs of children. Jan is passionate about achieving universal primary education, and knows that great strides have been made in some countries but recognizes that there are barriers, such as poverty and gender inequality, that may get in the way in certain situations.

The video profiles of the eight Manitobans have been posted on as part of the I Am Making a Difference campaign. Manitobans are invited to watch the videos and enter a contest to win Fair Trade chocolate for a year. International Development Week is proclaimed by the Canadian International Development Agency, whose funding made MCIC’s IDW 2013 campaign possible.

The other seven global citizens profiled for IDW 2013 are Vurayayi Pugeni (Humanitarian Relief & Disaster Recovery Coordinator at Mennonite Central Committee Canada);Tito Daodu (Medical student at the University of Manitoba); Pierre Plourde (Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba); Megan Wilton (Midwife in Winnipeg); Christine Penner (Assistant Superintendant at the Interlake School Divison); Jo-Ellen Parry (Project Manager at the International Institute for Sustainable Development) and Derryl Reid (Owner of Green Bean Coffee Imports).

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