Grassroots Peacebuilding in Winnipeg Canada

Broadcast on July 18, 2012
With David G. Newman & Abdikheir Ahmed

David G. Newman

Queen's Counsel
Grandfather of 3, father of 3, brother of 2 sisters, son of a father who taught: be humble, never make a decision out of fear never have regrets,work hard and serve humanity during your brief time on this earth. I am a lawyer, educator, advocate and dispute resolver by profession and experience. I have been a servant leader as a volunteer in preventative health and rehabiliation, a citizen advisor to the Salvation Army, Chair of a faith group, Chair of the the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and Cabinet Minister in a majority government responsible for serving the interests of Aboriginal Peoples in Manitoba and northern affairs communities and mines and energy and hydro throughout the province and commuunity economic development in the north.I have also served as a Commissioner on the Nunavut Planning Commission with Inuit Peoples from the far north of Canada.I have been a Rotary Club of Winnipeg member for 30 years . This club made Rotary International in 1910. I serve one of 532 Rotary Districts in the world in the heart of Canada as Honourary Legal Counsel and Co-Chair of the Rotary International District 5550 World Peace Partners Committee. My passion since 2000 has been contributing to a more peaceful world and freedom and "undependency" ( Calvin Helin )of Indigenous Peoples.

Abdikheir Ahmed

Interim Executive Director at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc.

Abdikheir Ahmed is the Interim Executive Director at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc. Abdi has a Master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia where he studied on a Rotary Peace Fellowship. He spent his formative years in Kenya where he did his primary and high schools and studied for his Bachelor’s in Environmental studies in Kenyatta University in Nairobi. He immigrated to Canada in 2003 where he joined the University of Winnipeg to study International Development Studies graduating in June 2006 with a four-year BA as a student of high distinction.

Abdi has extensive experience working with refugees and nomadic pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya. Right after graduating with his first bachelor’s degree in Kenya, Abdi helped form a non-profit called Environmentalistes Sans Frontieres where they raised awareness around environmental problems facing nomadic pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya. 

Abdi worked with IRCOM as the After School Program Coordinator from 2006-2010. Abdi served on a number of boards and committees advocating for the needs of immigrant and refugee communities. For his advocacy, Abdi was in 2009 awarded with the Amina Malko Fellowship by the Canadian Council for Refugees as one of few potential refugee leaders across Canada. In 2011, Abdi was also recognized by the Manitoba Children’s Museum as a Great Friend of Children for his work in providing mentorship and integration support to immigrant and refugee youth in Winnipeg.