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Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Through Education

There is an African proverb which states, “If you want to go fast, walk alone. But if you want to go far, walk with others.” This quote personally resonates with me in many different ways. Whenever I wanted to make a difference in my community, I initially tried to do it by myself and research everything […]

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Promoting Gender Equality through Making Reusable Menstrual Pads (RUMPS)

Going abroad is always a life changing experience. Getting to know new people and cultures is extremely exciting, and along the way, you become passionate about issues that you were previously aware of, but found difficult to understand. This past summer I traveled to Uganda alongside with four other Alberta youth. During this trip, we […]

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Ensuring Food Security and Building Peace in Uganda

During my tour in Uganda, I saw many forms of peacebuilding in action. One of the most memorable examples I saw was the work Action for Peace and Development (APED) did there with youth. During one of the days the group spent in Soroti, I was able to witness first hand the ways in which […]

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Building Eco-Stoves to Improve Health in Uganda

I remember the last few days leading up to my departure for the program. Individuals in my community had heard that I was travelling to Uganda with a group of youth, but that was about it. I had been asked what I would be doing there and responded by explaining I would be listening and […]

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The Story Behind the Stories (part 1): Theory Meets Sustainable Development Practice

When I was hired at ACGC for the summer the job description was hazy, but I was excited to be part of a “storytelling project,” however nebulous the project appeared to be. Conveniently, it was only a day later that I learned my supervisors were as uncertain about my job description as I was. Nevertheless, […]

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Top 30 Under 30: What they are Saying (part 3)

In the final post of this blog set featuring speeches by Top 30s presented at our Magazine Launch at Bow Valley College in Calgary, 2016 Top 30 Fartoon Siad shares how her own family’s experience has informed her journey becoming a community engaged public health researcher working with immigrant and refugee populations. Drawing on experiences since becoming a Top 30 a year […]

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Top 30 Under 30: What they are Saying (part 2)

This blog set features speeches by Top 30s presented at our Magazine Launch at Bow Valley College in Calgary. In part 1, Noelle Jaipaul shared a strong message encouraging us all to reflect critically about what it means to be an ally. In this post, John Skene shares his reflections on the possibility of making […]

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Top 30 Under 30: What they are Saying (part 1)

In February of this year ACGC launched our 6th Top 30 Under 30 Magazine at Bow Valley College in Calgary. We were honoured to have two current Top 30s—Noelle Jaipaul and John Skene, as well as 2016 Top 30 Fartoon Siad—speak on their experiences as young leaders in international cooperation and community development. The responses […]

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Top 30 Under 30: Where are they now?

As we get ready to unveil our 6th Top 30 Under 30 magazine, we have decided to take a moment to check in with past Top 30 recipients to see what they have been up to. Elise Pullar, who was featured on the cover of the 2014 Top 30 magazine, wrote to us from her […]

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