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Talented Young Manitobans Create Spoken Word Piece

Released on February 6th 2014

Winnipeg, MB – To celebrate International Development Week 2014 (February 2-8, 2014), six talented high school students from around Manitoba have created a spoken word piece called “We Can Make A Change” about some of the global issues that they feel strongly about today.

The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) arranged for these talented young Manitobans to get together to write and perform a spoken word piece. “We Can Make A Change” looks at some of the most pressing issues facing our world today, such as climate change and lack of access to education, and ends with a plea for young people to get involved to help make a change.

Abdulqudus Abusaleh (Fort Richmand Collegiate), Shaden Abusaleh (Fort Richmond Collegiate), Haley Alarie (Powerview School), Nicholas Kastellanos (Glenlawn Collegiate), Al-Zahra Kadhim (Kelvin High School), and Courtney Stevens (Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute) worked with spoken word facilitator Aaron Simm to create the piece in celebration of International Development Week 2014 with MCIC.

The spoken word piece “We Can Make A Change”has been posted at 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.

For 24 years, IDW has taken place during the first full week of February. This year, it is taking 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 students who created “We Can Make A Change” contact: Janice Hamilton, MCIC Executive Director Phone: (204) 987-6420 Cell: (204) 795-2914 Email: