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Turning development on its head

Tuesday, May 8 2012
Contact: Cam Sylvester at 604.986.1911, local 2463

(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) – Youth poverty, gender-based bullying, sustainable energy:  three young Change Makers from Africa will discuss success stories from their own work in Kenya, Uganda and Sierra Leone and how the lessons they’ve learned might apply to the same problems we face here in British Columbia.

Turning development on its head will be held at the North Shore Credit Union Centre for the Performing Arts at Capilano Universtiy on May 14. Refreshments for the free event will be served at 6 p.m., with the keynote and panel discussion running from 7 – 9 p.m. The event, supported by the the Canadian International Development Agency, is open to the general public. The Centre is located in the Birch building at Cap U’s North Vancouver campus located at 2055 Purcell Way.

The keynote speaker will be Evans Wadango, an engineer from Kenya, named one of CNN’s top 10 heroes for 2010, who – along with Ted Turner and Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web – received the inaugural Mikhail Gorbachev “World Changer” award last year.   Wadanago and Daniel Ahimbisibwe from Uganda, and Esther Kanu from Sierra Leone will then join alumni of Capilano University’s Global Stewardship program and other Canadians working in Africa for a panel discussion, followed by Q&A.

(Please Note: Wadongo, Ahimbisibwe, and Kanu are in Canada to serve as mentors for the Global Stewardship Change Pilotz camp to be held in Pemberton from May 10-13. The camp will train high school students in the “business” of running their own projects and social enterprises to support international and local community development. This is to prepare them for the annual Eagles’ Nest event May 17, where teams of high school students pitch their social enterprise ideas to a panel of experts, competing for approximately $6,000 in seed money for their projects.)



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