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Fall 2009

The Coady

St. Francis Xavier University • Antigonish, Nova Scotia • Canada

In this issue…
• Coady celebrates 50 years
• We’re in! A look at our new Celebrating 50 years of
Igniting Leadership
• New spring certificates
• ABCD Forum By Mary Coyle
Director, Coady International Institute
• Eric Amit, Olga Gladkikh Vice President, St. Francis Xavier University
• Masters of their Own Destiny –
70 years and available online
In every issue. . .
• Coady graduates making a
difference We’ve enjoyed a remarkable 50th anniversary year of celebrating and of
• Alumni Insight being celebrated. At the heart of it all is the incredible contributions that
• We Hear From you, our graduates, partners, supporters and staff - “Coady’s people” - have
made, and continue to make, toward building a better world.
• 25 year grads
We’ve been using every opportunity afforded by our golden anniversary
to highlight our collective accomplishments through: alumni gatherings;
the grand opening of our new facilities; youth forums; the launch of a
50 years of Igniting Leadership new digital archive aimed at preserving and making our history accessible
online to all around the world; an international forum looking at Asset-
A Coady education strengthens leaders based, Citizen-led Development; a study tour of India and Nepal aimed
and their organizations in order to build at heightening awareness of our graduates’ and partners’ work; and the
stronger communities and societies. The publication of a new commemorative Coady Institute book.
Coady Institute and its graduates and
partners are building a better world. We are honouring our legacy by expanding our education programming,
publications and action partnerships. We are developing programs
Today’s Coady Institute: more than and projects specifically designed to meet pressing educational needs,
5,000 graduates and partners improving increasing access to our programs through scholarships, and expanding
people’s lives in 130 countries practical research initiatives to support our global partners’ efforts. We
worldwide, helping people everywhere are developing a woman’s leadership initiative, expanding youth programs
become masters of their own destiny. to help more Canadian youth experience the world first hand, and
planning programs to support the development of leaders among Canada’s
Aboriginal communities. As always, with Coady, success in any of these
areas is made transferable through broadly sharing effective practices.
We hope you enjoy this issue of The Coady Connection. We encourage you
to continue to send us your news and insights so that we can share them
through the Coady network with your fellow alumni. Let’s stay connected
so all may be strengthened. Together, let us continue to build a better
We’re in! A look at our new building Alumni Profile: Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer
It was a day long in the making when the Institute moved into “With the new facilities comes increased responsibility to In 1967, at the age of eighteen, Winston Baldwin Spencer arrived
its new home on June 12th, 2009, just in time to welcome the continue to build our capacity to serve more development
50th anniversary Diploma in Development Leadership class on leaders from around the world, and that’s been the motivation from Antigua and Barbuda to attend the Coady International
June 29, followed quickly by 100 delegates from 15 countries at behind the building all along,” says Mary Coyle. “Now with Institute’s Diploma in Social Leadership. On September 26th
a Forum on Asset-based, Citizen-led Development, July 7-10. the facilities in place, we can focus on expanding opportunities 2009, he returned again as standing Prime Minister of Antigua and
Some highlights of the new Centre include: to foster world-class education, innovation, leadership and Barbuda to share his memories of his time at the Coady Institute
• A doubling of the square footage of the Institute to community development.” and the impact it has had on his career and personal approach to
55,000 square feet (43,000 renovated and 12,000 new leadership.
• Multifunction halls able to accommodate 100+ W. Baldwin Spencer has spent over quarter of a century in labour
individuals, five other classrooms, and eight collaborative
negotiations, serving in the highest positions in the Trade Union
learning rooms
Movement and Caribbean politics. Most notable are:
• An expanded Marie Michael Library and digital archive,
which will make the Library’s many information resources • 1st Vice President of the Antigua and Barbuda Workers
easily accessible for all students and community members Union (ABWU)
• An inspirational garden, encompassing an area of 30,000 • Assistant General Secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda
square feet, providing an attractive public space and
Workers Union
featuring a bronze monument of Moses Coady
• Interpretation throughout the facilities which will • President of the Caribbean Maritime and Aviation Council
celebrate the leaders, supporters, and partners who believe • Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives
in the Coady Institute’s vision of building a better world
for all
On the international stage, Prime Minister Spencer served as the
• Shared facilities with a revitalized StFX Extension
Chairperson of the Group of 77 and China at the United Nations
in 2008. In May 2008, he also assumed the Chairmanship of The Council for Foreign and Community Relations within
2010 Spring Semester at the Coady International Institute: APPLY TODAY CARICOM (COFCOR), and the Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from July 2008.

Community Development Leadership by Women May 3 - 21, 2010 In August 2008, Prime Minister Spencer received the Commander of the National Order of Cote d’Ivoire, which is
Community-Based Microfinance May 3 - 21, 2010 the highest honour of this African nation, in recognition of his sterling leadership of the Group of 77 and China at
Advocacy & Citizen Engagement May 31 - June 18, 2010 the ministerial level. PM Spencer was also made an honourary Hereditary Chief by Cote d’Ivoire in June, and was
Livelihoods and Markets May 31 - June 18, 2010 given the title of Nanan Koussai II. In September 2008, Prime Minister Spencer became the first leader to receive the
Millennium Development Goals Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and dedicated efforts
The Coady Institute has been offering in achieving the MDGs and advancing the cause of development.
professional community development In the spring of 2010 we will be
training for over 50 years. Some of offering four of these certificate Prime Minister Spencer attended the Grand Opening celebrations of the new Coady Institute facilities and spoke at the
our most popular offerings are 3 week programs in different combinations.
50th Anniversary Gala dinner. During his visit he had a chance to reconnect with Mr. John Chisholm, former Assistant
practical, focused certificate programs. We are thrilled to have well known
leaders from around the world as
Director of the Coady International Institute, who went to Antigua and Barbuda in the seventies and worked closely
These programs are offered by facilitators for these courses. People with the government in establishing the cooperative registry that is still operating today.
Engagement or Community Based
experienced Coady staff with decades of like Emily Sikazwe, Executive Director Microfinance followed by Livelihoods
experience in the global south. They use of Women for Change in Zambia and In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Coady Institute Prime Minister Spencer will be launching the Prime
and Markets or any other combination.
adult education methods to share their Malcolm Harper from the UK. Minister’s ‘Leadership Development Scholarship’ that will be given to a young person engaged in social development
own wealth of knowledge and skills, Please consider joining us for this work in Antigua and Barbuda, to attend the Coady certificate or diploma course as of the 2010 academic year. This
and facilitate the reflection and sharing You could take one certificate over three exciting new spring semester at scholarship will be given annually for the next five years and will be facilitated by the Silver Jubilee Scholarship initiative
of knowledge and experiences between weeks or combine two certificates over the Coady International Institute. established in the Office of the Prime Minister.
participants. Coady staff are joined by seven weeks to deepen your knowledge Generous scholarships are available for
associates who are known for their own and skills in two different areas of most students from the global south. In his speech Prime Minister Spencer noted he was “a proud graduate of the Coady International Institute and a satisfied
expertise and practical work in the field. practice. Application forms can be downloaded beneficiary of the knowledge gained in this fine institution of learning” and “… a living example of what a Coady
Participants are drawn from experienced from our web site
cbos, ngos, social justice groups and You could take Community
education can do for persons who seek to persevere and live out the principles enshrined in the objectives that guide this
education/. institution of learning and knowledge sharing.”
government departments from around Development Leadership by Women
the world. followed by Advocacy and Citizen
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Forum connects global experts in practice of ABCD Alumni Insight
In July the Coady Institute and the please visit Anselmo B. Mercado, Samuel Molla, Dear Editor, Grameen Replication study. happy to serve the disabled. I learned
Asset-Based Community Development faculty/obama/). Gladys Nabiswa, Brianne Peters, Tran Although it’s already more than 20 I would like to say that Coady is a from the Coady Institute how to serve
(ABCD) Institute at Northwestern Minh Hai, Imara Rolstan, Adisa Lansah years since I left the Coady, the spirit of recognized brand at the international those in need. After rehabilitation of the
University (Evanston, Illinois) co-hosted Yakubu, Mengistu Gonsamo, Pauline Coady still lives in my mind and inspires organization I work with for the disabled I am helping them in forming
a unique forum, which brought together McIntosh, and Wiliber Ibarra my work in the community. Coady is the opportunities it provided to deepen my societies to identify others in similar
experts in Asset-Based, Citizen-led first institute I studied in North America. knowledge. situations who need appliances, and
Development (ABCD) to discuss how to A variety of experts were on hand to Thank the Lord that CIDA (Canadian After I finished Aceh (Sumatra) I to start self-employment programs in
deepen a practice which recognizes the enrich dialogue and provoke debate. International Devlopment Agency) came back home in a small town Bogor order to help them to stand on their own
strengths, gifts, talents and resources of Invited for their experience in academic, provided me with a scholarship so could (west Jawa) and work as an Independent feet without having to depend upon
individuals and communities, and helps practitioner, and philanthropic fields, count myself as a Coady graduate. consultant for micro finance and government/others’ help. Most of my
communities to mobilize and build on the delegates’ work has already been My first position after I graduated, cooperative. beneficiaries are quite happy. Behind
these for sustainable development.    inspirational in their own countries and was with the Credit Union of Indonesia, Thank you very much to Coady. my success in my job is what I learned
internationally. in its capital, Jakarta, as organizational Happy Anniversary, and God Bless through the Coady Institute.
The Coady Institute was in excellent development manager covering the Coady staff. In my personal life, I am married
company: the renowned ABCD The ABCD Forum was held as part of It was quite an event, and we are excited whole country. After a number of years in   with two sons. My wife works for the
Institute, at which U.S. First Lady the Coady Institute’s 50th anniversary about how well it was received and how Jakarta I move to East Timor, developing Sincerely transport department, my elder son
Michelle Obama is an associate faculty celebrations, and brought together 100 it might shape future practice. We had an the credit union for the province, mostly Nikolas Pranadiningrat works for MICROSOFT as a team
member, is recognized as a world leader delegates from 15 countries, providing opportunity to showcase the Institute’s in rural areas. That work was sponsored CU CERT HIST, 1979, Indonesia leader, and my younger son is studying
in the practice of ABCD. In a June 16th opportunities to consolidate and enrich work in this area which, along with by a German foundation, the Conrad … computer science at the university of
speech, Mrs. Obama recognized the experience with fresh insight and providing educational programming, Adenauer (KAS). Through KAS I was Delaware, USA.
work of the Institute and members of analysis. The Forum was a watershed capacity building with our partner sent to Germany to study coop law. After “ Behind my success in my job is what I
its faculty, John McKnight and (Forum event, bringing together the global organizations, and research, also includes 3 years in East Timor, I took a position learned through the Coady Institute.” Thanks and regards,
Co-Chair) Jody Kretzmann, for helping networks of the Coady International the publishing of a book on ABCD, with PLAN International in Yogyakarta, Chevuri Ramakrishna Chevuri Ramakrishna
to define the principles and practices Institute and the ABCD Institute From Clients to Citizens: Communities Bali and South Sulawesi provinces as Diploma, 1983 Diploma, 1983 
so critical to building her own vision to discuss new and innovative ways Changing the Course of Their Own a coop consultant. OXFAM in West …
of healthy communities for the future. to change the world one community Development. The book delves into the Timor for participatory training was
She also spoke of her commitment to at a time. Over the course of three success stories of 13 communities in 12 the next then Catholic Relief Services Greetings from Hyderabad, INDIA, Dear Coady friends,
the ABCD approach to community days, participants attended seminars, countries around the world — including (CRS) as Small Enterprise Development Since 1988, I’ve been working in Yes, I am proud to be a Coady
development: “And as we move forward discussions and plenary sessions Canada — which have been recognized Manager further with ACDI/VOCA the government department of Disabled graduate because I learned so much.
to implement the Serve America Act, strengthening the professional, academic, for local organizing and citizen (Agriculture Coop. Dev. Intl.) and Welfare, based at Hyderabad. Mainly Coady is an institute for global capacity
my hope is that the Office of Social donor and activist networks around the engagement. The book explores “asset- then back again with CRS in Aceh I look after the manufacturing and building and that is what we all expect
Innovation that's going to do some of globe. based” approaches to building stronger, for tsunami recovery, with a focus on distribution of aids/appliances (calipers to do when we apply for a course. But
this funding will help us identify the more resilient communities. (For more livelihoods. CRS sent me to Cambodia for those affected by polio and artificial Coady is more than that, it is an institute
wonderful concepts out there like Asset- We were particularly thrilled to welcome information on the Coady Institute’s to study village banking organizations, limbs to the amputee patients). I monitor where I experienced real friendship, not
Based Community Development.” (To home Coady graduates: Steve Brescia, work in ABCD, please visit www.coady. then to Vietnam for a Social Teaching the distribution of the appliances to the only among students, but also among
read Mrs. Obama’s speech in its entirety, Ammanuel Assefa, Jill Koch, Iva Lafond, course, then to the Philippines for disabled throughout the state. I am very students, lecturers and Coady staff. That
makes the difference. You are not only a
student at Coady but, more importantly,
you are a human being, receiving love
when you need it the most. Thanks
Alison, Olga, Marie-Helene and all
I wish us all a happy 50th
Anniversary, even if we cannot be in
Antigonish, we shall feel the spirit no
matter where we are.

With love from Suriname,

Genia Velland-Uiterloo
(ABCD, 2008)
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Alumni Insight ....
....continued from page 5 Two well-known Coady staff honoured by StFX
consultation on “ Alternate Systems of reducing vulnerability among humanity.
Dear Editor,
        Hearty Congratulations to the
Savings & Credit” at the Coady Institute
in 1979, I have nostalgic sentiments
I also want to share with all my
friends and teachers that I was really
A t the fall 2008 Convocation, two
well-known and long-serving
Coady Institute leaders were honoured:
director in 1996. Throughout his career,
he committed himself to building a
community in the classroom and the
student evaluations of her teaching have,
without exception, described her as a
gifted teacher. “
Coady International Institute on about the campus & the community. empowered after getting my 'Diploma Dr. Eric Amit, former director of the world beyond.
completing 50 years in 2009.         I have been conducting experiments in Social Development and, as a result, Coady and a career humanitarian, “The consummate adult educator,
       I am a graduate of Social Leadership in livelihoods & markets as an outcome I have achieved a lot in my life so far. received an honourary degree from the He organized and taught a course of Olga has an exceptional ability to
Diploma in 1965. Sr. M. Valerie A.C was of microenterprises that have backward Now I am again with the International university, and Olga Gladkikh, longtime studies in rural development based engage students critically in their own
my companion. After returning from & forward linkages established and hand- Federation of Red Cross in Geneva, after teacher/facilitator and Manager of on the philosophy of the Antigonish learning. She helps them feel safe to
Canada, I worked at Vijaymari Technical holding and escort services provided by working for almost 17 years with Nepal Educational Programs, was awarded Movement. The course remained at articulate their own experiences and
Institute, Mangalore, training young committed voluntary organizations of Red Cross. Let's see where my fate will the first Coady International Award of the core of the Coady program for knowledge. She is able to influence
girls in secretarial skills, together with integrity that have an inclusive approach take me in the journey of working for the Excellence in Teaching. more than 25 years. Dr. Amit has also positive outcomes in challenging cross-
an all round development of spiritual, to food security health assurance, vulnerable people. become internationally renowned for cultural learning situations through
intellectual, social and interpersonal All the best and regards to all to his commitment to humanitarian causes remarkable skills as a facilitator and –
“Coady opened my mind and my heart and his work with and on behalf of the when necessary – as a mediator. Olga
growth. We inculcated dignity of labour whom I know and who know me,
for other people, different cultures’ and world’s poor and oppressed. In 1995, the has a deep personal commitment to
and self-help methods in running the peoples’ struggle for life with dignity.”
hostel for the above students. I have Fr. Matias Lenz, SJ Mukesh Singh United Nations Association recognized her students and to the causes they are
served this Institution for 20 years with Diploma, 1966 Diploma, 1998 his efforts in generating tolerance and championing in their own countries.”
understanding and in promoting world
breaks in between for other apostolate. ...
peace by naming him a “Global Citizen.”
       I worked as Provincial Councillor for livelihood opportunities & generation
12 years, in charge of Social Work and of steady income. Many academicians & Dear Coady friends,
Though officially retired, he continues
Missionary apostolate for our Karnataka social scientists, besides I am very pleased with the education to work with Coady participants.
Province, out of which I was also the environmentalists, have found my I received at the Coady. It has helped
Provincial Secretary for 9 years. endeavors innovative & replicable. If you me, my family and my community. I am Olga Gladkikh’s award recognizes
       At present I am at the Provincial deem it fit, you may visit our website attaching a photo of Women’s Day march her excellence as a teacher, mentor
House, in charge of Province Library, and we organized at the Tanzania Gender and communicator over her 23-year
teaching English to candidates for contact me for further details. Networking Project, to advocate on career with Coady. The award citation,
religious life and spending some         The Coady Institute might be able to behalf of the women in our community delivered at Convocation by Mary
time in gardening, continuing God's develop a sustainable model of financial who are effected with HIV -- to be Coyle, states, in part: “It is for her
work of creation, promoting healthy inclusion from what we have done, and protected at every level – within the extraordinary teaching talents and her
environment. project it as a reasonable substitute for family, the community and the country. Eric Amit, former director of the Coady unmatched dedication to the learners
       I pray for all the intentions of Coady the future. These are the real ideas of Moses International Institute that we honour Olga. “
Institute. May God grant eternal rest to Coady. His spirit is alive and well in our
the departed who worked in the past. With warm regards, community. “Over the course of her career with the
May God bless your plans and projects. Fr. K. Mampilly Dr. Amit played a significant role in the Coady International Institute, Olga
With prayerful wishes,  KURIAKOSE AS HIST, 1989 Sophia Mwakagenda development of the Coady International Gladkikh has taught in a countless
Institute’s transformative learning number of countries around the world.
Diploma, 2008
experience. He joined the Coady as a In nations as diverse as Nepal, Zambia,
Yours faithfully, ... Olga Gladkikh, Manager of Educational
staff member in 1971 and retired as the Philippines, India and Barbados,
 M. Rosetta A.C. ... Programs
Diploma, 1965 Hello Coady and all friends from ’98,
Thank you for sharing all such Dear friends in Coady,
... information, which takes me back   I feel happy to be counted with
to 1998 and reminds me of so many the Coady family at the institute's 50th
Commemorative Coady book to be published
Dear Coady friends, unforgettable moments. I wish you all anniversary this year. In 1979 I attended The Coady Institute is publishing a special edition book that will look at the Coady’s first 50 years
        Thank you for keeping me updated the best for 50th Anniversary and hope a seminar on community Development through the accomplishments of its graduates, its partnerships and the global themes and movements
with the developments at the Coady more and more people will be part of the organized by the Diocese of Mangalore it has influenced. Well-known Canadian writer Noah Richler is researching and writing the book. This
Institute. I was overwhelmed to global capacity building initiatives which in India in collaboration with Coady will be available for sale in early December 2009 and can be ordered through the StFX University
learn that the proposed new Coady have been provided by Coady, long and International Institute. Mr. H.R. (Eric) bookstore:
International Centre (has brought) short term courses and other endeavours Amit and Mrs. Audrey were the resource
the Institute into the heart of the SFX over the last 50 years, which have helped persons from Coady., Phone: 1-888-867-2450 | Fax: (902) 867-5115
campus in 2009. Hearty congrats! all the graduates to serve in the cause of I was a young medical graduate then Email:
        Having attended a three week long
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Alumni Insight ....
Coady in 50 – our celebrations in words and pictures .... continued from Page 6

Our alumni gather to celebrate pushed in to community health, an area devastating earthquake of 2005. I take the ideas and praxis of Paulo Freire
Coady graduates around the world have taken the opportunity
to gather to celebrate the Institute’s 50th anniversary and their of which I knew very little. The seminar great pride of my work in Baramulla in (Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1970). I
own accomplishments. helped me to understand health and the frontier mission of the church and in used it to great practical benefit in co-op
development in their proper perspective. a beautiful land called the "Paradise on education and aboriginal community
Zambia Later I was given a scholarship for six Earth", unfortunately being destroyed by organizing in Taiwan (1983-1989), as a
In January, a 50th anniversary reception was held in Zambia, months diploma in Social Development militancy and the Indo-Pakistan boarder basis for many papers and my M.A thesis
co-hosted by Coady partner organization, Women for Change. at CII in 1979. The six months spent dispute.    at York, and as a guide for understanding
Forty-five Coady graduates, friends and partners were in at CII were remarkable. The Coady Presently I am working in small issues and political struggles in the
attendance, including a representative from the Canadian High approach to development, and its health center that serves very, very poor overseas Taiwanese community and
Commission and Coady staff member Olga Gladkikh. Grads commitment to ensure the good and tribal villages in Andhra Pradesh. I churches I have related to since then.
were invited from Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique
abundant life for all through community volunteered to come here because I still The second enduring gift was the
and Tanzania. The group was proud to host the first of several
international 50th anniversary celebrations. organization and peoples’ empowerment have big debt to pay to God, to Coady, Coady vision of cooperativism as a
gripped me to be an enthusiastic to my congregation and to many others process of community education and
promoter of social justice and peace, and whose love and care I've been enjoying. organizing to empower oppressed people.
Dr. Lulama Makhubela (CDD Grad 2005), Gord Cunningham
helped me to make a difference because The only way of saying "Thank you" is by This helped us keep our focus on the
and Dr. Dovhaui Mamphiswaua (CDD Grad 2004)
of the way I approach my work. The serving the poor. process rather than on an accountant’s
Ghana love we received at Coady from the staff,   So, thank you Coady. Your old staff bottom line as we worked with aboriginal
In May, a celebration was held in Accra, Ghana at the official students and the people of Antigonish live in my memory. To the new staff: peoples' co-operatives and credit unions
residence of the Canadian High Commissioner. Guests at the has made a long lasting relationship with God's blessing . in Taiwan.  I sigh when I see credit
reception included graduates from 1963 up to and including Coady.   unions here in Canada rebranding
participants for the 2009 summer programs. Alumni also flew After my return I continued to work Sr. Dr. Angelina Roche themselves as "financial services" and
in from as far away as Nigeria and Sierra Leone to celebrate. in community health with Coady vision, A Sister of St. Joseph of Tarbes. seeking to be happy face banks rather
Two Coady staff members — David Fletcher and Colleen organized 26 villages, especially womens’ Diploma, 1979; FD, 1988 than alternatives to the system.
Cameron — were also in attendance. Over 380 leaders from groups, and set up a rehab centre for
Ghana have participated in Coady programs over the years. “The crowning event of my career has
the treatment of Alcoholics and other Sincerely,
been saving a 60-bed Mother and
victims of substance abuse, annexed Child hospital”
Michael Stainton
to the hospital where I worked. The Sr. Dr. Angelina Roche Diploma, 1983; TC, 1989
Elizabeth Chintu (Grad 2006) and Women For Change Staff good work done at the rehab centre got A Sister of St. Joseph of Tarbes. …
Member in Zambia recognition for Government grants and Diploma, 1979; FD, 1988 Dear friends of Coady,
to this day we receive grants to run the Thanks for the Coady
centre. Dear Coady friends, Connection (vol. 23, nº 1). As a Coady
Sanyambe Mweemba, a 2006 Coady graduate, wrote: “I thank
the Coady for making me what I am today. The lessons and After my retirement I served for 3 I am currently a Research Associate graduate (1965-66) I am very happy
practices made me motivated, and I look forward to the best years in St. John's Medical College Multi- at the York (University) Centre for to hear about you and so many former
in life. Empowering local communities, particularly young specialty teaching hospital in Bangalore Asian Research in Toronto. I am students. Coady opened my mind and
women, will always be a part of me. I will never forget the from where I graduated with a Masters called a Taiwan specialist, and also run my heart for other people, different
experience at the Coady”. Degree in General surgery in 1986. It research clusters on history of Canadian cultures’ and peoples’ struggle for life
was an unique opportunity for me to missionaries in Asia and human rights with dignity.
South Africa serve my Alma-mater in the Capacity of in China. I recently served as president I am now working as the Executive
In February, Canadian High Commissioner Ruth Archibald assistant to Associate Director; again, of the Taiwanese Human Rights Secretary of the Jesuit Provincials of
hosted Coady graduates, staff and friends from South thanks to the skills in leadership which I Association of Canada. Latin America and the Caribbean, and
Africa, Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland for a special 50th
gained through Coady. The most enduring gift I received as assistant of a Worker Association of
anniversary celebration at her residence in Pretoria. According 50th Anniversary celebrations in Ghana
to Coady’s assistant director, Gordon Cunningham, the The crowning event of my career at the Coady was my introduction to our quarter (Círculo de Trabalhadores
opportunity to gather with the Institute’s alumni from South has been saving a 60-bed Mother Cristãos, Centro-Sul, Rio).
50th anniversary events are also planned for later this fall in and Child hospital in the district of   Thanks again and best wishes for the
Africa was powerful: “It was simply awe-inspiring to see Coady New Delhi, India (November 8) and Nepal (November 10). If you would like to receive your
graduates who had come to Coady as community development Baramulla, Jammu Kashmir. Run by Director of CII, Mary Coyle, and for
Contact for more information. newsletter electronically, contact
workers with very few rights under the Apartheid system, the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary all the students of the beloved Coady
now serving their communities as members of parliament or us with your e-mail address.
Gatherings of Coady Alumni need not be held only to in the World (FMM) sisters, it was on Institute, at the 50th anniversary!
deputy mayors or even as the head of a construction company. If your contact information
celebrate the anniversary: we encourage all Coady grads to the verge of being closed due to lack
Here they were mingling with each other at the home of the has changed, please let us
consider organizing events in their home countries, to become of a senior resident doctor. I worked Fr. Matias Lenz, SJ
Canadian High Commissioner and reminiscing about their know. Send us an e-mail at
reacquainted, to network and to share successes. Be sure to let for 2 years from November 2005 to Diploma, 1966
time together in Antigonish.” us know if you plan to organize a gathering in your country.
September 2007 in the after math of the
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Exceptional day marks new home; 50 years of igniting leadership
“May our foundations support us, An open house of the new facilities followed the ribbon
cutting. Guests had an opportunity to meet Coady
may our dedication sustain us, participants and learn about the education programs that
and may our hopes continue to make the Coady Institute a unique resource in the world.
That evening, over 500 people attended the gala dinner.
inspire us all to work together for
a better world.” The event was marked by powerful and emotional
speeches including those by former Prime Minister
~ Coady director Mary Coyle in a Martin, Prime Minister Spencer and current Coady
participant Inviolata Mwali Mmbwavi who visibly
toast opening the new home of the moved people with her speech. A choir of current
Coady International Institute Coady diploma participants performing an original song
entitled Leaders Live On, composed by Coady diploma
participant Katrina Collins, with music direction by
World leaders and community members came out in full Dimgonglung Rongmei.
Former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin addresses the audience at
force – an amazing crowd of over 1,000 people – to toast the Gala Dinner
the Coady International Institute as it celebrated its 50th
anniversary and the grand opening of its new $17 million
home in the heart of the StFX campus.
Encompassing four restored historic campus buildings,
the new home for the Coady Institute will provide the
Distinguished guests, in what can only be described as
platform to make a huge step forward for the cause of
an exceptional day-long celebration, included former
justice, human dignity, and self-reliance.
Canadian Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin;
Coady alumni, the Rt. Hon. W. Baldwin Spencer, Prime
Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, and Ann Meekitjuk
Hanson, Commissioner of Nunavut; as well as the Hon.
Frank McKenna, chair of the StFX Board of Governors
and former Canadian Ambassador to the United States.

In the crowd stood global leaders, Coady graduates,

faculty, staff and community members, all who came
not only to celebrate the Coady’s rich past, but the
potential that now exists from the 4,645 square
metres of modern classrooms, offices, and meeting

Many of those gathered remarked on the

community pride permeating the air and the sense of
accomplishment with all that has been done over the
last 50 years and with the new building.

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Coady and StFX are preserving history online Alumni Profile: Ann Meekitjuk Hanson
StFX and the Coady Institute, with funding support from the
Canadian government, are preserving important archival materials Hon. Ann Meekitjuk Hanson was appointed
chronicling the history of the Antigonish Movement and the Commissioner of Nunavut, Canada, in 2005.
Coady International Institute. She graduated from the Coady International
Institute in 1975 and returned as Commissioner of
The project has created a portal to the history of the Movement,
Nunavut to participate in our grand opening and
which highlights the present-day work and positive outcomes
of organizations that followed on its heels, including the StFX 50th anniversary celebrations on September 26,
Extension Department and the Coady Institute. 2009. Her career has been diverse. She has been
a civil servant, broadcaster, journalist and author.
Masters Of Their Own Destiny: The Coady Story in Canada and She was appointed as a member of the Order of
Across the World will preserve the archival materials for future Canada in 2003.
generations, and provide scholars and educators around the world
with greater access to historically significant materials that can In addition to her work in journalism, Comm.
only serve to deepen insight into the movement and its outcomes. Hanson also served with the Government of the
Northwest Territories as a community development
To visit the archives online, visit
worker, counsellor and Deputy Commissioner.

Comm. Hanson has spent considerable time Mary Coyle, Hon. Baldwin Spencer, Ann Meekitjuk Hanson and Dr.
Sean Riley stand in the Leaders Gallery
as a volunteer, helping to start a number of
The Coady Institute is presented with ACCU Lifetime Achievement Award organizations in Iqaluit. These organizations
include the Juvenile Court Committee, the Elders
The Coady Institute was presented with the ACCU (Asian Group, the Inuit Cultural Group and the Quinuajuaq Society.
Confederation of Credit Unions) Lifetime Achievement Award
on September 25, 2009. Mr. Anselmo Mercado, (Diploma,
Comm. Hanson lives in Iqaluit with her husband, Robert
1964) was on hand to receive the award on our behalf.
Hanson. They have five grown daughters.
In his speech, Mr. Mercado stated “...this award speaks
eloquently of the great contribution and positive impact
on human and community development that the Coady
International Institute has shared all over the world during

Mr. Anselmo Mercado, ACCU President Mr. Oh-man Kwon, Wife of the
late Mr. Guillermo Cua, recipient for Individual Category and ACCU
CEO Mr. Ranjith Hettiarachci

the past fifty years, especially in championing the cause of the

credit union and cooperative movements in many parts of the
world.... On behalf of the Coady International Insitute, let me
congratulate the ACCU leadership and all its members for all
that you have done to make the credit union movement in Asia
what it has become today, a great movement.”
Anselmo Mercado give his speech to the audience at the
ACCU Award Ceremony

Mary Coyle presents Ann Meekitjuk Hanson with a John

Berridge photo

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Action Partnership: Coady and CIKOD

There is an exciting new partnership emerging between the After their initial meeting, Mr. Guri invited Colleen to Ghana the process and said that it will be very useful for them in their major contributors to community change.
Coady Institute and the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and to present PATH to CIKOD field staff and associates, with a work with the communities.” “Within Ghana, throughout the African continent, and
Organizational Development (CIKOD). view to explore how the process could be implemented among CIKOD works in six regions in Ghana. After their first around the world, there’s an opportunity to do action research
the communities in which CIKOD works. Colleen ran a 3-day experience with the process, they are hoping and capacity building with CIKOD and
CIKOD, a non-governmental organization based in Ghana, workshop in May 2009 to train facilitators who would then to bring the CHIAT process to as many as 30 their network of global partners to extend
seeks to provoke new ways of thinking about how rural go out to communities and share the process that would help communities across the country. the ABCD approach in new and dynamic
communities can strengthen themselves in order to deal with them identify their own PATH. directions,” he says.
their development challenges. The organization points out that “We plan to use PATH as part of the process
the “new” ways it seeks are not really new, because it focuses on Training the trainers of helping our communities to develop their David, who has been nurturing a relationship
what is already there – indigenous knowledge and resources – While the strength of the PATH process is that it works own vision of sustainability and well-being,” with CIKOD and its partners since 2005,
and on ways to foster their use as a solid base for development. directly with people in their own community, CIKOD staff says Mr. Guri. “For now, we are processing continues: “As we develop our relationship,
Bernard Guri is the head of CIKOD. He first came to it, building the capacity of our organization, CIKOD’s logo has a very we can offer innovations like PATH
developed their own vision of a healthy community (thinking particular meaning. The Bird
spend time at the Coady Institute in September 2008. The of a generic community in Ghana) in order to learn the process. and then we plan to push out with the and our certificate and diploma training
duel purpose of that first visit was both as a guest presenter They developed a Community Health Impact Assessment process at the community level. The process is a Traditional Symbol called opportunities, but we can also learn a lot
on indigenous peace-building mechanisms during the Tool (CHIAT) -- a creative developmental process that any helps people to value their own resources “SANKOFA”, which means from them. They’re really at the cutting
community can go through to identify its vision of a healthy and knowledge about well-being and figure Learning from your Roots in edge internationally on new ways of valuing
community, indicators of well-being, and then develops an out how various development interventions Order to Move Forward, while the world views of indigenous people
impact assessment tool based on their own context. The might influence the community as a whole.” the Surrounding of the Bird and grassroots people to ensure that any
CHIAT was then successfully tested on a government policy Resembles the Step by Step of a development interventions match with their
that was in the process of being implemented in Ghana, in “Our relationship with CIKOD is an Development Process. beliefs, values and attitudes.”
order to get a sense of how it might affect communities, both example of finding synergies and ways
positively and negatively. to expand the asset-based, citizen led Mr. Guri concludes: “We hope that, with
development (ABCD) approach that the Coady has PATH and our developing relationship with Coady, we can
been focusing on as one of the pillars in our approach to ignite a fire that will spread to the continental level.”
development,” says David Fletcher, Coady’s Manager of
Education Programs. “A major dimension of the ABCD PATH is featured in our special Strategies insert, included with
approach is to explore local knowledges and organizations as this newsletter.
assets, and CIKOD and its partners are looking creatively at
social networks, cultural beliefs and indigenous structures as
Bernard Ghuri, Colleen Cameron and David Fletcher

Alumni Insight ....

Coady’s certificate program in Peacebuilding and Conflict .... continued from Page 9
Transformation, and also to become better acquainted with
the Coady, to see what possibilities might exist. During his ... so interesting and useful that, after I am really proud of being an graduate
visit, he met with Coady people, and toured several indigenous I returned home in early Nov/65, of the Coady, and I do not know
(Mi'kmaq) communities in Nova Scotia, trying to build an Dear Coady friends, whenever I performed my duties in how I should express my delight
understanding of the indigenous context in Atlantic Canada.
It is a matter of profound joy for various capacities, especially as principal and gratefulness over your letter
Mr. Guri spent time with Coady Senior Program staff person,
Colleen Cameron, to learn more about her work with a me and of immense gratitude to you, that of a cooperative training institute (1967- remembering me after long 44 years of
program called PATH, or People Assessing Their Health. CIKOD Staff you sent me a letter last fall, enclosing 69) and subsequently as principal of study in your Institute.
PATH is a process that uses community health impact therewith some excellent publications Bangladesh Cooperative College (1979- As I write this letter, I clearly see,
assessment to build the capacity of people to become active of the Institute, where I studied long 82), I recollected with heartfelt thanks in my mind’s eyes, a vivid picture of the
participants in the decisions that affect the well-being of their “The People Assessing Their Health training was very ago in 1965. It is really thrilling to know that most of my success as a trainer and big university campus in the small town
community. The process is grounded in the principles of adult successful, and the staff and associates of CIKOD were proud about your progress and of the program guide in the cooperative sector in my Antigonish, where I enjoyed the best part
education and the belief that people know a lot about what of the fact that they were able to develop their own community to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the country was due mostly to the unique of my education and service career.
makes them and their communities healthy. health impact tool,” says Colleen. “When they used the Institute this year. education imparted by the Coady. Now With sincere gratitude once again
CHIAT to assess the potential impact of a proposal they had I was in Canada in 1965 for about eighty years old, I was only 35 when I to you and all others in the Coady
“When I heard Colleen present on PATH, I thought this is developed for an eco-tourism project, they were surprised by six months, of which about 15 weeks studied in the Coady in 1965. The other International Institute and wishing
what we need,” Mr. Guri recalled during a more recent visit the number of issues surrounding the project that they had not
to Coady this summer to attend an international forum on from May to August in the Coady, institutions of Canada where I studied all success of the Institute’s 50th
previously thought about. Doing the health impact assessment where I completed the adult education in 1965 are the University of Manitoba Anniversary,
Asset-Based, Citizen-led Development (ABCD). “It can really of the proposed project will now enable them to modify the
help us to see how peoples’ own knowledge of health and certificate course. We were nearly 70 at Winnipeg, St Dunston University Ahmed Maniruddin
proposal in order to maximize the benefits of the project and
well-being can be used to assess the potential impact of various trainees from about 30 countries, who at Charlottetown and the Western SS CERT HIST, 1965
minimize the negative effects. They were very impressed with
developmental interventions”. attended the course. The course was Cooperative College at Saskatoon.
Continued on next page

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Coady ignites leadership in Canadian youth Xtending Hope partnership
Coady’s commitment to providing Canadian youth with opportunities to live and work abroad, thus enabling them to increase Based at the Coady International Institute, the Xtending Hope In October 2008, the
their understanding of development issues and to become more actively engaged global citizens, continues to grow and deepen. Partnership (XHP) is a St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) Donner Foundation
Since 1997, 156 Canadian youth, recent Canadian university graduates, have been placed as interns with development agencies, initiative that is mobilizing the extended university community made a $20,000 donation
serving to increase Coady partners’ capacity while allowing young people to gain experience that will improve the interns’ to assist and support the people, governments and NGOs to support nursing
employment opportunities when they return to Canada. The youth associates work with Coady partners in Asia, Africa, the in Rwanda and Botswana as they deal with the HIV/AIDS projects in Rwanda.
Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. To prepare them for their overseas work experience, the interns participate in a pandemic. StFX answered the call made by Stephen Lewis, Rwanda’s Nursing and
four-week orientation program at the Coady Institute, where they get to work side-by-side with Coady participants in the Diploma former United Nations Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa and Midwifery Task Force
in Development Leadership program prior to their placement, and when they return, they benefit from extensive re-entry exercises. co-Director of AIDS Free World, for Canadian citizens and is exploring with XHP
institutions to help African countries address the pandemic. the continuation of
During 2008-09, 14 young Canadians participated in Coady internships in Rwanda, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Peru and St. educational technical assistance for its nursing and midwifery
Vincent and the Grenadines. The XHP maintains a focus on strengthening the capacity of educators. A StFX graduate nurse was placed in Rwanda in July
people, communities and organizations in order to address 2009 as a junior professional to work with this group for five
Youth associate Mike Cameron worked in Peru with the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Over the last year, the XHP has months.
Coady partner El Centro de Investigación, Educación sent 8 volunteers to Xtending Hope partner organizations in
y Desorrollo (CIED). Mike collaborated closely with communities in both Rwanda and Botswana, contributing to a The XHP is looking forward to building on its past
the community to support income-generating activities total of 78 junior and senior professionals sent since 2001. momentum by strengthening its partnership with
through local women’s initiatives and the development organizations in Rwanda and Botswana and by continuing its
and promotion of local tourism. He also shared his efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
love of music with local youth by coordinating and
training a group of grade 8 and 9 students on guitar YIP Alumni Profile
who performed at the annual harvesting festival.
Cathleen Connell graduated from StFX feels that the preparation she received Care unit.” Subsequently, Cathleen
“To work in community development from different in 2002 with a degree in nursing. Upon through YIP, as well as the reentry worked for over two years in Labour
contexts is an opportunity that enriches a person's graduation, she went to Kigali, Rwanda process, gave her the foundation and Delivery in the IWK in Halifax;
sense and vision of what global development should (the first time she had worked overseas) necessary to grow and learn on the from November 2008 she worked
be.  I'm proud to be amongst the many Canadians that and taught nursing at the Kigali Health ground.  at the Kelowna General Hospital in
have been given that opportunity through the Youth
Institute, which has led to a continued the Emergency Department; and has
Internship Program (YIP), an experience that is
engagement with Rwanda. “During my recently taken a new role as a Clinical
increasingly valuable to a good leader." 
internship placement I was teaching, Instructor for five nursing students from
assisted clinical instructing and also Stenberg College (Registered Psychiatric
Youth associate Claire O’Gormon applied her worked along side nurses for 6 weeks on Nursing) completing their medical/
background in nursing sciences to curriculum a medical unit and labor and delivery,” surgical/clinical training.
development at the Kigali Health Institute Cathleen says. “In 2008, I went back to
(KHI), an Xtending Hope partner in Rwanda. Rwanda as a Senior Professional with “Going back in 2008 and reconnecting
Her experiences in providing support to students XHP. I was working closely with Daren with many nurses I had either worked
and increasing accessibility to resources made as Trudeau trying to gather information with or taught at KHI was very
much on an impact on her as it did for those at the to write a proposal for funding to rewarding experience,” Cathleen
Institute. assist 5 new nursing schools run by Her experience with YIP has also been says. “Going back again in 2009
the Ministry of Health Nursing and of benefit to her career in Canada: “The has continued to strengthen those
"The Coady International Institute provided me Midwifery Task Force. I attended a 2 exposure and experience I gained during relationships.” The Coady YIP
an experience that facilitated significant personal week strategic planning session for the my internship certainly has shaped my experience not only opened doors
growth and an invaluable global perspective. schools in addition to visiting a few nursing career and I have sought out for Cathleen, it played a prominent
Although I was in Rwanda teaching nursing, of them. I also assisted in the on the opportunities to gain more insight in role in her increased ability to make
I learned so much in return. I gained a deeper ground coordination of the 1st group the area’s of labor and delivery and will a difference in Rwanda. “I feel that
insight into development issues and furthered
of StFX nursing students to do clinical soon have an opportunity to work in having an opportunity to go back in
my cultural flexibility, both of which will stay
training in Rwanda in April 2008. I the North.” Upon her first return to a different capacity in 2008/09, I was
with me forever.” She goes on to say, “the Coady
continues to facilitate international relationships worked closely with Elsa Arbuthnot Canada, she “realized that if I was to go able to utilize the experience I gained
and connections whereby people passionate about Jensen and Colleen Cameron. This year, back again, I would want to have more in 2002 in a way that I could really
development can learn from each other and share I assisted Elsa again with the planning experience in nursing. I’ve worked for 3 give back to those who supported me
their successes. I now know just how important and implementation of another group years at the QE2 in Halifax in General on the ground in Rwanda during my
these connections are to global understanding, and I going to Butare Hospital.” Cathleen Medicine, Neurology and Intermediate internship.”
am so grateful I got to be part of such an exciting process."
For information on the 2009/2010 Youth In Partnership Interns, visit
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We Hear From.... Happy Anniversary Silver Jubilee Graduates
Udayan Dewan (1988) is working as of Executive Director of Aparajeyo- Company of Bangladesh Limited
Director-Programs for PROTTYASHI, a Bangladesh (AB) as of June, 2009. AB (DDCBL). It is a non- profit and non-
national NGO in Bangladesh. is a national child rights organization, trade entity registered under the Company For 50 years Coady graduates have been promoting sustainable development worldwide. In this issue, we would like
founded in 1996 when Terre des hommes Act of Bangladesh. The DDCBL’s principal to recognize the Coady Graduates of 1984 and join them in remembering and celebrating the 25th anniversary of their
John Kimanthi Mainga of Kenya Foundation (Tdh), Lausanne, Switzerland activities focus on training in dairy farm graduation. If you see your name, please get in touch with us to share your memories of the Coady and let us know
(Diploma, 1996) has formed an NGO wanted to localize their Dhaka child rights management, providing support services what you are doing now. Happy Anniversary!
with other community members called programs. The program was launched in and helping producers access financial
PAIDO. He is considering further study at 1976 to work with children living in and services. The Company also helps the
BANGLADESH Mr. Paul Parimal Adhikari, Mr. Mohammed Kamaluddin, BARBADOS Mrs. Jeanette Bell, BELIZE
StFX. around the slums of the Dhaka city. Its goal farmers to become incorporated under the
was to reduce their unbearable poverty, Company Act so that the farmers become Mr. Joseph Christy Bradley, Mr. Francis Borgia Lewis, BOLIVIA Miss Rosamaria Ruiz, CANADA Mr. Donatus Etowa
distress and vulnerability caused by the a separate legal entity. The general impacts Enang, Miss Polly Greene, Sr. Elizabeth Ann Kinsella, Mr. John Reigle, Mrs. Christine Stewart, COLOMBIA Miss
harshness of slum life. of the Company are poverty alleviation Sarita Mejia, COSTA RICA Miss Mable Nieto De Aguilar, EGYPT Mr. Samir Beshara El-Sabagh Attalla, Mr. Medhat
and an improvement in the quality of Morris Hanna, Mr. Medhat Maurice Hanna Abdel Sayed, ENGLAND Mrs. Claramma Galbraith Kurian, ETHIOPIA
Fr. Elias Gonsalves (Diploma, 2004) was the practices on dairy farms due to the Mr. Teodros Asfaw, Bro. Roger Brossolasco, Mrs. Chaltu Deressa, Mr. Asfaw Kanaa, GAMBIA Mr. John Davidson
appointed as Director of the Centre For increased awareness and support. Cole, Miss Sainabou Faal, GHANA Mr. Ben Wallace Caiquo, Miss Susan Dagadu, GUYANA Mr. Joshua Nol Persaud,
Social Action and Srvodaya-Centre for Tazumel’s responsibilities include
Capacity Building (Mumbai) in the spring providing support services, such as INDIA Rev.   Arockiasamy, Mr.   Asirvatham, Mr. Vincent Benedict, Miss Radha Bhatt, Rev. Temsey Croos, Miss
of 2009, where he will work with the poor training access to veterinary care and Suman Dabholkar, Mr. William D'souza, Dr.   George, Mrs. Renana Jhabvala, Rev. Michael Joseph Kunnathoor, Miss
and marginalized in the Archdiocese of veterinary medicines, immunization Ingrid Mendonca, Rev. Arthur Pereira, Mr. Akasapu Prasad, Sr. Maria Goretti Quadros, Rev. Cyril Sequeira, Mr.  
Mumbai and in Western Region of India. (Inoculation), breed improvement by Shamsuddeen, Fr. Joachim Tirkey, Mr. Thomas Vayalil, Mr. Watkins Vijayakumar, JAMAICA Mr. Vondy Mcfarlane,
Apollo Jaramogi (front row, second from left) He replaces Fr. Rocky Banz, also a Coady Artificial Insemination, and assistance to KENYA Miss Janet Lugonzo-Campbell, Mrs. Julie Akinyi Mulaha, Mrs. Margaret Ogal Ogot, MALAWI Mr. Bastarge
with his fellow-graduates at SDA Bocconi graduate (Diploma, 1991). the farmers to purchase high quality live
University in Milan, Italy Shadrek Kambauwa, MALAYSIA Mr. Muhammad Bin Abu Bakar, Miss Hazilah Bte Hassan, NEPAL Mr. Kailash Kumar
stock, facilitate the cooperation of milk Dewan, NIGERIA Mrs. Pauline Eyisi, Mrs. Victoria Unaku Nwako, Mr. Waje Yayok, PHILIPPINES Sr. Remedios
Apollo Jaramogi (Diploma, 2002) producer groups and help secure financing
Mubangizi Bonaventure (Diploma, recently graduated with his Master’s of for development and extension of farms. Marcos, SOUTH AFRICA Mr. Joseph Baloyi, Mr. Norbert Biyase, Miss Lindy Joyce Khumalo, Mr. Duncan Zenyuse
1994) is head of the department of Public Management from the School of Mehlomakulu, Mr. Mduduzi Cyril Ndlovu, Mr. Walter Sipho Nkosi, Mr. Lazarus Lekgolo Ramalepe, Mr. Tshidumbu
Sales & Advertising in the main leading Management at SDA Bocconi University Herman Seaba, SRI LANKA Mr. Gallege Punyawardana Alvis, Mr. Kandauda Cyril De Silva, Mr. Don Kingsly
government Newspaper in Uganda, in Milan, Italy. Apollo is Executive Edirimanne, Rev. Peter Charles Fernando, Miss Shireen Samarasuriya, ST. LUCIA Mr. Michael Louis, SUDAN Mr.
in addition to being the Chairman of Director of Uganda Orphans Rural Amadeo Awad Mohammed, TANZANIA Mr. Andrew Hepelwa, Mr. Joseph Stephen Mbatta, Miss Zakia Meghji, Mr.
Bukinda Co-operative Village Financial Development Program in Uganda. Mngulu Mnyone, Mrs. Betty Mwaluli, Mr. Bartholomew Mwelupungwi, Mrs. Amina Suleiman, Mrs. Odilia Tibaijuka,
Services.   THAILAND Mr. Dusit Dheppitoon, Mr. Preedee Shoteshoung, Miss Ratchanee Sukonthamat, Mr. Arin Thipayarat,
Keith Bourne (CU CERT HIST, 1980)
Bishoy Lamie Mansi (Advocacy, 2005) was awarded the 2008 Silver Crown of Mr. Sombat Wongsriratana, UGANDA Rev. John Lule, Mr. Godfrey Mugenyi-Good, Mr. Roosevelt Semakula,
was ordained as a priest in the Coptic Merit, an award given by the Government WESTERN SAMOA Mr. Salu Epati, ZAMBIA Mr. John Bwembya, Mrs. Agnes Chimovu, Mr. Arron Kambiambia, Mr.
Orthodox Church in New Jersey, of Barbados for meritorious service or Joe Francisco Makano, Mr. Herbert Joseph Mkangala, Mrs. Nakatindi Yeta Nkana, Mr. Walter Joel Nkana
U.S.A. on June 7, 2009. He also recently achievement in science, the arts, literature,
completed his dissertation for the and any other endeavour worthy of
Masters in Participation at the Institute of national recognition. According to the
Development Studies at the University of citation by his employer, the Barbados
Sussex, UK. Public Workers’ Co-operative Credit Keith Bourne receives the 2008 Silver Crown of Alumni Insight ....
Union Limited, Mr. Bourne’s national Merit .... continued from Page 15
Moussa Gadio (Diploma, 2007) of Mali recognition is due to the significant
has recently begun a 2-year M.S.Ed contribution which he has made to the
in Adult and Higher Education at the credit union movement and the financial Pulcheria Teul (Advocacy, 2007), after After graduating from Coady ended, I was laid off. Certificate in Member Owned Micro
University of Northern Illinois in DeKalb. services sector in Barbados. working with indigenous women for more in 1992, I continued working with However, I was taken back to Finance), if you could update me on the
than a decade is now a Senator in Belize, Uganda Cooperative Savings and Credit Uganda Cooperative Saving and Credit costs involved.
Wahida Banu Shapna (Diploma, 1998) Tazumel Haque (Co-op Certificate, 1992) and the only indigenous woman involved Union, a National Organisation as a Union as an External Trainer which I am It is good to hear that you
has been promoted to the position is now working in Dairy Development in Parliament in that country.
Field Officer supervising 41 SACCOS. doing to date. This is not a full time job preparing to celebrate 50 years. Wish
Then from 1995 to 2005, I was working though. When I am free, I do internal you the best of it and a Happy 2009.
with Uganda Cooperative Alliance, an audit work for Kajara People’s SACCO God bless you.
We remember those who have passed away recently: Apex Organisation on a project funded and Nyarubanga Twimukye SACCO
Sr. Zelma Leblanc from Peru – SS Cert Hist., 1968 (31-Oct-08) by Canadian Cooperative Association in Ntungamo and Mbarara districts of Yours faithfully,
Bro. Nicholas Johannesma from India – SS Cert Hist., 1964 (22-Jan-09) that was promoting SACCOS and Western Uganda respectively. Restituta Neema Byarugaba
Mr. Manuel Alonzo from Philippines - Diploma, 1969 (4-Mar-09) encouraging women involvement both as I have picked interest in online Uganda
Mr. K.K. Kihika from Uganda-Diploma, 1983 (20-Apr-09) members and leaders. When the project distance education, (Advanced
Mrs. Elisabeth Andoga from Papua New Guinea-Diploma, 1999 (3-Mar 09)
Dr. Kevin Donatus Lemorvan from Venezuela-Diploma, 1961 (3-Mar-09)

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This is a reminder that it is time to start applying for a spot in one of our educational programs
which will be offered in 2010:
Diploma in Development Leadership
• A 19 week intensive professional development program designed to build leadership and strengthen
organizational capacity

Certificates in:
• Advocacy & Citizen Engagement *
• Community-Based Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding
• Community-Based Microfinance *
• Livelihoods & Markets *
• Organizational Learning & Change
• Mobilizing Assets for Community-Driven Development
• Community Development Leadership by Women *
• Member-Owned Microfinance Institutions (Distance Learning)
• Facilitating & Training Approaches for Community Change
• Community-Based Natural Resource Management
• Community-Driven Health Impact Assessment


Master of Adult Education, Community Development Stream (through partnership with the Department of Adult
Education, St. Francis Xavier University)

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Community-driven Health Impact Assessment:

the PATH to developing healthy communities
by Colleen Cameron
Senior Program Staff, Coady International Institute

People Assessing Their Health (PATH) is a process that PATH has also been initiated in two villages in West
uses community health impact assessment to build the Bengal, India. In partnership with the Association for
capacity of people to become active participants in the Social and Health Advancement (ASHA) of Kolkata,
decisions that affect the well-being of their community. PATH was introduced to a women’s self-help group
The process is grounded in the in Chandamari, Murshidabad and
principles of adult education and with the management committee
the belief that people know a lot of the village tourism project in
about what makes them and their Mukutmanipur. In both situations
communities healthy. the villagers were able to critically
examine the factors that determine
THE HISTORY OF PATH their health and develop a CHIAT
Since 1996, the PATH Network, a tool they can use to assess the
diverse group of individuals and impact of future projects or
organizations interested in the programs. More recently the
health of communities, have been PATH process was used with the
coming together to share ideas Centre for Indigenous Knowledge
CIKOD staff discussing possible indicators of and Organizational Development
and resources in order to help well-being
communities critically analyze (CIKOD) in Accra, Ghana.
the factors that impact the health
of their communities through the use of the PATH WHAT IS HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT?
process. Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a relatively new,
but rapidly growing, approach to examining how
The PATH process was originally developed in 1996 economic, political, social and environmental policies
At the time, the Nova Scotia health system was and programs will affect the overall health of people. It
undergoing reform and decentralizing. Communities has been used by governments in Canada, as well as in
were being asked to take on much of the responsibility Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
for health, yet they did not have the knowledge or tools
to be able to critically analyze their health situation. The International Health Impact Assessment
While health impact assessment was being used by Consortium (IMPACT) defines HIA as “the estimation
various governments across the country, the PATH of the effects of a specified action on the health of a
process was unique in that it involved community defined population.” Its twofold purpose is to assess the
members in assessing the impact of a variety of factors potential health impacts – both positive and negative
on the health of their community. It has since been – of policies, programs and projects and to improve
initiated in a number of communities in Nova Scotia the quality of public policy decision-making through
with health boards and other community organizations recommendations to enhance predicted positive health
as well as in other parts of Canada. (PATHways, 1997) impacts and minimize negative ones. (Barnes, R. &
Scott-Samuel, A. (2000).
COMMUNITY HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT (Labonte, R. & Fether, J., 1996). This technique
(CHIA) reinforces the belief that, as adults, we learn a lot from
Community health impact assessment (CHIA) is one our life experiences. The story-telling approach, which
way to bring the health concerns of the community is modeled on adult learning principles, enables people
forward in discussions of public policy. It can be to reflect on their experiences and then consider future
seen as a strategy that supports and encourages actions based on a new understanding.
informed community participation in planning and
policy development. A CHIA looks at the wide range With the help of a facilitator, people are invited to tell a
of factors both within and outside the health sector story about their life experience, reflecting on the many
and hence is useful in examining any proposed factors that have influenced their health. The facilitator
policy, program, project or service that will affect the then guides the discussion, asking key questions to help
population. It is not meant to determine if a policy or the group move through the learning cycle illustrated
program is “right” or “wrong”. Rather, it suggests ways below.
to maximize the benefits or the positive effects of the
policy or program and to minimize potential harm or Another approach is to distribute common everyday
negative effects. pictures that are found in magazines, newspapers,
calendars, etc., and have each person describe what
Community health impact assessment is most effective things in the picture represent something about
when used before a program or policy is implemented. “health”. This allows people to identify the many
It can also be used during the implementation phase factors that affect the health of individuals and
of a program or policy to identify areas for corrective communities.
action. Finally, if it is used at the end of a program it What
can become part of a formal evaluation process. do you see happening
in this story?
can we do about it? do you think it
Focus on the process (Action) happened?
The PATH process enables community members (Description)
to develop their own Community Health Impact
So what
Assessment Tool (CHIAT). The facilitated PATH does this mean /
process increases awareness of the determinants tell us about the
of health while the use of the CHIAT enables the factors that affect
community to assess policies and programs that will health?(Synthesis)
have an effect on the health of their communities.
Following are the steps involved in creating the tool The key is to encourage people to think about “health”
and doing an assessment. in a broad sense, not only health services. Using
the either or both of these techniques works well in
STEP 1: answering the question “What does it take to make and
Answer the question “What does it take to make and keep our community healthy?
keep our community healthy?”
The PATH process is grounded in the belief that people STEP 2:
know best what makes and keeps their community Develop a “Vision of a Healthy Community”
healthy. Having them share their views in small groups, A vision of what a healthy community would look like
building on life experiences and encouraging people to is essential to community health impact assessment.
identify all of the factors that influence health and well- This vision becomes the standard used to judge the
being is an important way to identify what needs to be positive or negative impact of potential programs,
included in a CHIAT. policies or projects.
The most effective technique used in the PATH process A vision can be short or long but it should try to do the
is the “structured dialogue” approach to story-telling following things:
sense. Experience suggests that a few basic elements
• reflect the priorities of the community; are required in order for the impact assessment to be
• use language that is simple and meaningful to the useful.
community; and
• be easily understood by anyone who reads it. There should be a worksheet that lists all of the factors
for consideration in the assessment. The worksheet
A vision of a healthy community can be developed should contain space for recording your judgment
by inviting people to think ahead at least 10 years. about the impact a policy will have on each factor. It
What would a healthy community look like 10 years is helpful to include options so that people can record
from now? A facilitator guides the discussion and whether or not the policy will have an impact (yes
encourages people to focus on the opportunities, not or no) and, if yes, whether or not that impact will be
the problems. The key points are then written down in positive or negative.
the form of a “vision of a healthy community”. This is
a different process from visioning for a strategic plan; The worksheet should also have a place to indicate
rather it is to identify an ideal healthy community. when more information is needed in order to make
an informed assessment. This will help ensure that
STEP 3: the impact assessment is based on evidence (whether
Identify the factors that contribute to the vision quantitative or qualitative). There should also be a
Make a list of all of the “factors” that you will consider place for recording any comments, such as the impact
when you are assessing a on particular groups within the community or the need
program or policy. A simple to pay attention to specific
way to do this is to identify concerns.
each of the key words or
phrases in the “vision” and Finally, the CHIAT should
then, for each key word, have a “Summary Page(s)”.
brainstorm all of the things The summary is the crucial
that would be happening in step in impact assessment
the community if the vision because this is where the
was a reality. These are the assessment draws overall
descriptors or indicators of conclusions, highlights the
a healthy community. Try to positive and negative effects
avoid duplication (but don’t that a proposed policy will
leave anything out) and try not have, and begins to identify
to put two priorities together in CIKOD staff proposing a vision statement for a healthy actions to maximize the
one statement or phrase.
community benefits and minimize the
Review the list and add any factors that appear to
be missing or considerations that are important for A template example of a tool that was developed
the community. The list can be reorganized several by the Antigonish Town and County Community
times until it fairly represents the best thinking of the Health Board and can be found on the Antigonish
community. The language should be simple, clear, Women’s Resource Centre website at http://www.
and meaningful to people in the community. It should
avoid jargon words, technical terms, and acronyms or
abbreviations. STEP 5:
Test the CHIAT and make revisions
STEP 4: The most effective way to test the CHIAT is to have a
Design the tool group of people actually do a health impact assessment
What the CHIAT looks like (its presentation or of a policy or program they are familiar with, using
“format”) will depend on community preferences the tool. The goal is to see if the tool is clear and
and needs, combined with creativity and common understandable and to ensure that it addresses all of the
factors that make a community healthy.
STEP 6: Other ways to use CHIA / CHIATs
Make a plan to use the CHIAT People Assessing Their Health (PATH) has promoted
A tool that sits on a shelf isn’t much help to anyone. the use of community health impact assessment
There should be a clear plan for when and how the (CHIA) as a strategy or way to increase community
CHIAT will be used – something that goes beyond participation in health planning and decision-
good intentions. There could be a formal policy that making. One concrete element of the strategy is the
sets out what kinds of programs or policies require development of a community health impact assessment
a community health impact assessment. Another tool (CHIAT) – a resource that provides a systematic
approach is to name someone within the organization way to assess policies and programs.
or community who will be the designated “CHIAT
Advocate” with responsibility for bringing the CHIAT The development of a vision of a healthy community
to everyone’s attention when there is a need for its use. is a very good first step for communities to identify
At minimum, plan to review the CHIAT once a year, their community development priorities. This can
familiarize people with its purpose and contents, and be followed up with approaches and tools to help
review the factors to ensure that they continue to reflect community members identify their assets and strategies
community priorities. for development.

It can also be helpful to tell other groups and policy Community health impact assessment is a way of
makers about community health impact assessment and engaging people in the development of healthy
let them know that there is a resource they can use in public policy. As a vehicle to enable informed citizen
their own deliberations. participation, it is a process that can and should reflect
local priorities and local perspectives.

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