Video Campaign Asks Youth to Be the Change
Released on February 25th 2010
Video Campaign Asks Youth to ‘Be the Change’ 8 Manitoba Youth Selected as Young Global Citizens
Winnipeg, Man. — As part of International Development Week 2010, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation embarked on a province-wide search for Young Global Citizens. There were so many to choose from! We found youth from all over the province who are taking action as global citizens and using their energy and passion to make the world a better place. While some travel overseas to lend a hand, others realize that their everyday actions here in Manitoba have an effect around the world.
In the end, we selected the following eight youth (aged 17 – 29). As young people, they have already made an impact on our world, and plan to take on important global issues in the years to come. They are an inspiration to other youth in Manitoba.
On February 8, MCIC will post video profiles of these youth online at www.mcic.ca as part of our Be Yourself. Be Bold. Be the Change campaign. Those who view the videos will be entered to win a $500 Fair Trade Wardrobe. The creation of this campaign was made possible by the Canadian International Development Agency, which is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of International Development Week this year.
Please contact us at (204) 987 6420 if you would like to profile or arrange interviews with any of these youth in celebration of International Development Week 2010.
Tito Daodu (23) was born in Nigeria and immigrated to Canada as a child, settling in Winnipeg’s inner city. Drawing from a multi-cultural background, she decided to become involved in international issues at a young age – with a special focus on global health. She is now studying Medicine at the University of Manitoba and, upon graduating, plans to practice in Manitoba’s Northern reserves and eventually work for Doctor’s Without Borders. “Young people in Canada have so many options,” says Tito. “They have the privilege to gain skills to help those who haven’t had the same opportunities in life”.
Breanna Wiebe (19) had the opportunity of a lifetime when she met her World Vision sponsored child last year in Tanzania. “It was amazing to see how this boy was thriving because he had access to his basic needs,” she says. “More than anything he was thankful for an education.” As World Vision’s Youth Ambassador, Breanna works to inspire young people in Manitoba and get them involved in global issues. This year, she started a World Vision Club at the University of Manitoba.
Brad Johnson (18) of Gimli, Manitoba believes in the power of community. At the age of 16, Brad became a Councillor in Gimli’s Town Council, bringing the concerns of young people to local decision makers. In 2009, Brad and the Youth Community Partnership in Gimli worked with the Town Council to have Gimli declared a Fair Trade Town by Transfair Canada. Brad continues to promote fair trade in his community and plans to study Business at the University of Manitoba, “so I can bring my values of ethical consumption and trade into the corporate sphere,” says Brad.
Sané Dube (29), originally from Zimbabwe, has a passion for HIV/AIDS issues. Currently an employee of Nine Circles Community Health Centre, she works on getting services to those suffering from HIV/AIDS in Manitoba. Eventually, she plans to return to Southern Africa, using the knowledge she’s gained here to help those in her home country. “It’s amazing how similar issues come up around HIV/AIDS, no matter where you are in the world,” says Sané. “This really is a global issue.”
Dale Camuyong (17) believes music has the ability to reach youth and get them engaged in global issues on a deeper level. As participant in MCIC’s High School Music Video project, Dale worked with seven other youth from across Manitoba to create an original music video on issues of fair trade and child labour. “Today we have more access to information about these things than ever before”, he says. “There’s no excuse not to be informed.” Dale also promotes social justice in his High School and mentors younger students on issues like peer pressure and drug use.
Kathy Sexsmith (25) of Winnipeg, Manitoba has found her life’s passion in fair trade. As an Economics student at the University of Manitoba, she was inspired by a professor who spoke of unjust trade relationships and the exploitation of workers. “I couldn’t leave this question of fair trade behind,” says Kathy. “I knew changes needed to be made.” After completing a Masters Degree at Oxford University, she now plans to research fair trade at the PhD level in her studies at Cornell University. Kathy has worked with MCIC to inform government of the benefits of fair trade and encourage them to carry fair trade wines through the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission.
Todd Phillips (28) recently got the news that his life-long dream will be fulfilled. An Engineering graduate and instructor at the University of Manitoba, Todd has been accepted to go on a mission with Doctor Without Borders. “For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to work for this organization,” he says. “I really believe in the work that they do and the way they deliver assistance overseas.” Todd will be working in the Engineering Division, setting up medical stations for the staff. He is also one of the founders of the Manitoba Chapter of Engineers Without Borders at the University of Manitoba.
Leslie McNabb (28) believes in the power of youth and the importance of exposing them to other cultures and ways of life. In her work as a Project Supervisor for Canada World Youth, Leslie has seen first-hand the change that comes over young people when their eyes are opened to the world. “I honestly believe that if we could all spend some time in someone else’s shoes, we would see that we all have the same fundamental values,” she says. Leslie currently works in community development, providing services to inner-city residents of Winnipeg.
The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is a coalition of 40 organizations involved in international development. MCIC works within Manitoba to build understanding and engagement on international issues. Visit www.mcic.ca.
For more information, please contact: Janice Hamilton, Executive Director Manitoba Council for International Cooperation Phone: 204-987-6420 (office) or 204-795-2914 (cell) E-mail: email@example.com