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Video Profiles for International Development Week Highlight Innovative Manitobans

Released on February 5th 2015

Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) has produced five video profiles of Manitobans whose work in the field of international development is making a difference, as part of a celebration of International Development Week (IDW), February 1-7, 2015. IDW features events all across Canada that highlight what Canadians and organizations are doing to alleviate poverty around the world. The theme for 2015 International Development Week is “We are making a difference”.

“International Development Week, the first full week of February, is proclaimed by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and highlights and illustrates the work of Canada’s development community,” says Janice Hamilton, Executive Director of MCIC. This year’s celebration will mark 25 years of IDW: “We’re thrilled to showcase the impressive contributions that Manitobans have made globally in this field, and we invite everyone to watch the videos and enter for a chance to win Fair Trade chocolate for a whole year.”

The videos feature: - Dr. Maryanne Crockett and Dr. Lisa Avery of the Centre for Global Public Health, University of Manitoba, discussing the importance of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) for mothers, babies, families, and communities. - Janet Jamieson, Research Chair at Red River College discussing the Science of Early Child Development, an extraordinary international living textbook tool. - Garth Tohms, a Canadian Red Cross aid worker who was deployed as a technician to work at the Red Cross Ebola Treatment Centre in Kenema, Sierra Leone. - Bill Pratt, Executive Director of iDE Canada, talking about health, safety, dignity and what it means to families to have access to clean, private places to go to the bathroom. - Darcy Ataman of Make Music Matter discussing how music is making a difference by helping address the most divisive issues facing countries deeply scarred by conflict.

Videos available at http://mcic.ca/makingadifference-2015/ & photos available on request