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Manitoban’s Work Celebrated for International Development Week 2013

Released on February 6th 2013

Winnipeg, MB – To celebrate International Development Week 2013, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is recognizing the work of Pierre Plourde 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.

Pierre Plourde is from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He is working toward MDG 4: Reduce Child Mortality.

Through EMAS Canada Pierre visits Haiti every year with a team of healthcare professionals and educators who work alongside Haitian physicians and nurses to improve their capacity.

Pierre believes that all the MDGs work in conjunction with each other, and that achieving MDGs 1 through 5 will help to significantly reduce child mortality. Pierre recorded video profiles in both English and French.

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); Jan Stewart (Associate Professor at the University of Winnipeg); Tito Daodu (Medical student 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 Pierre or any of the global citizens contact: Janice Hamilton, MCIC Executive Director Phone: (204) 987-6420 Cell: (204) 795-2914 Email: