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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 Christine Penner 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.

Christine Penner is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and is the Assistant Superintendent at the Interlake School Division. She is working toward MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDs, malaria and other diseases.

Christine founded Grannies Gone Global in Winnipeg’s North End, and that organization supports grandmothers in Uganda who are looking after grandchildren whose parents have died of AIDs. Christine is so pleased to see how the sustainable livelihoods that Grannies Gone Global helped to develop, are allowing so many Ugandan grandmothers to financially support themselves and their families.

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); Pierre Plourde (Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba); Megan Wilton (Midwife in Winnipeg); 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 Christine or any of the global citizens contact: Janice Hamilton, MCIC Executive Director Phone: (204) 987-6420 Cell: (204) 795-2914 Email: