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Gimli youth making a difference

Teresa Carey

Carly Welham and Zoe Gross, both from Gimli, are two of the eight individuals acknowledged during the recent International Development Week.

International Development Week took place two weeks ago. Proclaimed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), International Development Week highlights the work of Canada's development community. The theme for this year is, "I Am Making A Difference".

The week was kicked off with a Fair Trade Fashion Show on Feb. 7 at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg. At the same time, eight Manitobans were celebrated for the contributions they have been making in Manitoba and throughout the world to improve the lives of others.

Welham, a student at Gimli High School, has been promoting youth voice through the MB 4 Youth Advisory Council as well as helping to represent young Manitobans in local government. She also founded the 'Trick or Eat' campaign in Gimli, in which youth collected cans for food banks on Halloween.

Gross, a student at the University of Winnipeg, is enrolled in Women's and Gender Studies. She is putting what she has learned into practice in developing countries. She worked for six months in Nairobi, Kenya for a national women's organization, and discovered that many of the concerns that Kenyan women had were similar to those of Canadian women.

Both Welham and Gross were selected out of numerous Manitobans to represent young people in our province.

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