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A Canadian Effort In Ethiopia

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Ethiopia is no stranger of aid workers, community builders and contributors from Canada. But what sets John Graham apart is, he has lived through many...

5 Ways To Prep For A Depression Relapse

Terezia Farkas | Posted 05.18.2017 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Recovering from depression isn't a smooth one way process. There's lots of relapses. Relapses are okay. Relapses are part of depression. They are warning signals that you might be pushing yourself too much emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually. Relapses can be nasty, not just for you but people you care about. Having a good depression relapse safety net in place can limit the severity and duration of your relapse. Here's 5 ways to prep for a depression relapse.

Health Minister Philpott Has Changed The Face Of Ethiopia's Primary Care

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

In the summer of 2008, Canada's (now) Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she met with Ethiopian colleagues to explore the possibility of establishing family medicine as a formal discipline in the East African country of 90 million people. For the next decade, she would help spread an initiative to help launch such a program in the East African nation.

Samara Canada Is Facilitating Important Discussions

Samuel Getachew | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Samara Canada has indeed become a special place for those looking to be politically engaged. It recognizes the emerging leaders among us, helps us network with the powerful and facilitates smart political discussions among its many achievements.

Canadians Are Leading The Conversation About Gender Violence

Samuel Getachew | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Living
Samuel Getachew

"Violence against women is a violation of the most basic human rights," Prime Minster Justin Trudeau reflected. I would like to highlight two Canadian women who have faced tremendous tragedy in their lives, yet have pulled them together and are inspiring us all to embrace better ideals in our citizenship.

Why I Am Championing A 17-Year-Old Star as the next Poet Laureate for Toronto

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

As former United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, once reflected: "A society that cuts itself off from its youth severs its lifeline; it is cond...

How one Toronto NGO is Giving Back to its Roots

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

The Ethiopian-Canadian diaspora in Toronto, through a made in Toronto initiative, People To People Canada, is slowly but surely making an impact on the ground in helping change that reality. The organization, founded in 1999, has become a passionate advocate for Ethiopia's vulnerable HIV/AIDS orphan children.

Stephen Lewis Is a Great Supporter of the African Community

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.28.2016 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

Last night, at the Isabel Bader Theatre in downtown Toronto, the foundation hosted a sold-out talk called Ask Her and allowed us all a chance to interact and have a conversation with some of the remarkable women of Africa. What an impressive list of speakers.

Nahom Berhane Mattered To Many Here in Toronto

Samuel Getachew | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

I knew Berhane and he was someone I looked up to in high esteem. He was a successful social worker and he and I shared many similar interests in the community. He wanted to empower all those that he was acquainted with and believed in our pursuit of the Canadian dream.

We Need to Make Better Use of Ex-Prime Ministers

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

It's time for Canada to step up and recognize our own former Canadian leaders and use their expertise, both in Canada and around the world. It's the right thing to do for them -- it's also the right thing to do for the world.

Family Of Triplets Battling Cancer 'Overwhelmed' By Support, But Need Help

The Huffington Post Canada | Joanna Adams | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Impact

Barely two days after sharing an accommodation plea for their seven-month-old identical triplets, who are all battling a rare form of eye cancer, the ...

Toronto Star's Canada Day Edition Newspaper Was Inspiring

Samuel Getachew | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

To those who may have given up on the wisdom of newspapers to be agents of change for good in Canada and the world, please read Toronto Star's Canada ...

A Documentary That Is Changing The Face Of International Development

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

For instance, in one of the most memorable scenes of the documentary, its director Nate Araya interviews a number of locals in a taxi minivan. In all of the segments, there were no Bono, Bill Gates nor Bob Geldof explaining what is working in Ethiopia but local citizens giving us a glimpse of their practical work on the ground as they help change the reality of the country.

Governor General David Johnston On His Recent State Visit To India

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Governor General David Johnston made a rare state visit to the Republic of India at the end of February. He shares with me the highlights of his historic trip as well as reflects on why a closer relationship between Canada and India is an important venture for both.

Celebrating a Young Girl on International Women's Day

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Living
Samuel Getachew

Today, being the International Women's Day, in Canada and abroad, I am inspired by the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thou...

The Great Community Builders I Celebrated in 2013

Samuel Getachew | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

As Toronto becomes increasingly known for the misadventures of its naughty crack smoking mayor, there are many individuals that are a positive force for our city. They may not be household names quite yet, but their impact is far-reaching. They are providing examples of a great citizenry with quiet, eloquent grace.

WestJet Should Have Used Viral Marketing for Good

Shelley and Bob Freeman | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Shelley and Bob Freeman

WestJet is by all accounts a wonderful airline, run in a light and care-free manner by like-minded employees. And the "Christmas Miracle" viral smash hit is just that. Imploring us to watch a marketing video so that a needy family can fly somewhere is great marketing but is it any kind of building block for a great society?

How Nelson Mandela Touched Canada (And Vice Versa)

Raymond Heard | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada
Raymond Heard

Mandela acknowledged Canada played a more positive role than most other western countries in helping the African National Congress to topple the apartheid state. Prairie firebrand John Diefenbaker persuaded the Commonwealth to take a stand against apartheid. And all prime ministers after Dief rallied to Mandela's standard.

How Co-Ops Are Making a Difference in Nicaragua

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Business
Canadian Co-operative Association

Nicaragua is a land of extremes: a deeply scarred paradise with placid lakes and active volcanoes; warm, welcoming people, divided by class and polarized by politics. Yet, in this divisive environment, Canadian-assisted co-ops are a unifying force, bringing people together to work for the common good.

Life in Malawi as a CCA Intern

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

This really is a special time in my life and my career. While after seven weeks I haven't made many friends here, found anywhere to go dancing or taken any solo adventures outside the capital city of Lilongwe, I'm enjoying Malawian culture. If you'd like to pretend you're living here as a CCA volunteer, try this routine:

Why Canada Needs to Speak About the Brutality Of Saudi Arabia's Migrant Workers

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

As Saudi Arabia curbs its vital but "illegal" migrant population violently this week to appease high unemployment, I cannot help but reflect on my moment with such destitute citizens a few years ago. Like almost all migrant workers everywhere including in North America, these people perform jobs that their own citizens would not dare touch.

Co-ops Looking to Help Fill Leadership Void in Post-Conflict Uganda

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Canadian Co-operative Association

Co-operatives have long been an effective way for impoverished and struggling communities to come together to lift themselves up and achieve greater prosperity. Today that same co-operative model is being put to use in countries throughout the developing world. Uganda is just one such example.

Rania El Mugammar Mixes Sudanese Heritage With Feminist Values

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

Rania El Mugammar is a community organizer and facilitator with a background in gender studies and political science. She is the founder and current director of SpeakSudan. The group focuses on community building rooted in feminist values. It supports the youth of Toronto who hail from East Africa.

Is Toronto Ready To Be Accessible?

Sam Fiorella | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Sam Fiorella

The 2015 Pan Am and Para-Pan Am Games are fast approaching. Is Toronto ready? A recent blog written by Paralympic athlete and Canadian wheelchair tennis champion Joel Dembe suggests there is reason for concern.

Ruth Mathiang Uses Her Music to Advocate for Good

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

At the yearly Afro FEST, Ruth Mathiang has been welcomed regularly and is one of the most anticipated artists year after year. She sings in a trio of languages -- in English, Arabic and Kiswahili -- and her audiences are always moved by the beauty and style of each of her songs.