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Saskatoon Global Citizen Awards: Partners for a Better World
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Date(s) - 03/02/2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Le Relais


Saskatoon Global Citizen Awards: Partners for a Better World

Program at 7:30 PM | Doors @ 7:00PM – FREE & open to all!
Le Relais, 103-308 4th Avenue North (Le Rendez-vous Francophone)

A part of International Development Week (IDW) celebrations: Feb 3-10.
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The 28th Annual Global Citizen Award is celebrating the theme of “Partners for a Better World”, celebrating inspiring Saskatchewan people working towards global citizenship, global cooperation, justice and peace. The awards will spotlight work that is based on shared goals and values, mutual respect, solidarity and our shared responsibility as global citizens.

Join us in Saskatoon as we celebrate the contributions of these amazing Saskatchewan people and organizations working for a more just and sustainable world:

  • Dr. Alaa Murabit
  • Marcella Pedersen

FREE delicious appetizers by the amazing Chef Jenni. This event is FREE. RSVPs are not mandatory (but appreciated): or 306.757.4669.

Dr. Alaa Murabit
Dr. Alaa Murabit was born on October 26, 1989 in Saskatoon. She completed high school at the age of 15 and moved to Zawia, Libya in 2005 where she enrolled in medical school at the University of Zawia and founded “The Voice of Libyan Women” at the age of 21.
Dr. Murabit is an UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth, one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General, and has most recently been appointed the Executive Director of the Phase Minus 1 team, which provides thought leadership in conflict resolution, notional security, security cooperation and defense technology.

Dr. Murabit is an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow and International Deliver For Good Influencer, she serves as a trustee for The Malala Fund International Alert, Malaria No More and Keeping Children Safe. Her TED Talk was released in July 2015, “What my religion really says about women” and was selected as the TED Talk of the Day and one of four moving TED Talks you should watch right now by “The New York Times”. In 2016, she founded a global Mentorship Programme for emerging leaders and co-founded The Omnis Institute. Her leadership in global policy and in elevating the role of women – particularly young, minority women – on global platforms was recognized by Harvard Law, who named her the youngest 2017 “Woman Inspiring Change”.

Marcella Pedersen
Marcella Pedersen has been an activist all her life. She has been nominated for this award in recognition of her decades of international solidarity work through Development & Peace. However, she has been deeply involved with several organizations that intersect with international and local justice including the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), the Catholic Women’s League (CWL) and the New Democratic Party. It is particularly remarkable that Marcella has stepped up to take on leadership roles within these organizations, and has also done the hard work at the grassroots level. She has had a major impact in all of the organizations that she works with, in part by promoting action campaigns among her different communities, further enriching the campaigns of the other organizations in her network.

With a background in farming, Marcella is very concerned about farm security and food sovereignty as it relates to health. Marcella is happily married to Gilbert, her husband of 43 years, with whom she has two children, Yens and Karen, and two grandchildren. In 2009, Marcella and Gilbert joined the North Saskatchewan River Environmental Society in a struggle to stop nuclear development and to encourage conservation and wind and solar energy. For 30 years, they have lived in a passive solar heated home. In 2010 they installed four wind turbines on their farm and solar panels for heating the honey house.

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