Alumni in the news

Congratulations to graduate Sophia Mwakagenda, a Member of Parliament in Tanzania. Sophia received an international award on women’s economic empowerment from the Alhuda Center of Islamic Banking and Economics, United Arab Emirates. She is a graduate of the 2008 Diploma in Development Leadership and the 2012 Global Change Leaders program.
Congratulations to Adepeju Jaiyeoba, Global Change Leader ‘13 graduate and 2017 research fellow. Recognized as one of the 100 most inspiring women of Nigeria in 2017.
Former Coady Youth Intern Maggie MacDonnell won the coveted Global Teacher Prize.
Microfinance graduate Prisca Kambole leads Zambian projects

CBC Radio’s Unreserved program interviewed IWCL ’12 grad Devy Fiddler.
“What began as a way to empower Indigenous women while changing public perception has grown into a business for a Saskatoon entrepreneur. Devon Fiddler is the brainchild behind SheNative.”

Radio Barpack is on the air.

Coady graduate Bhumiraj Chapagain helps a village rebound from a killer earthquake. Read more.

Coady graduate Mallah Tabot is having a phenomenal impact on youth in her native Cameroon. Read more.

Krishnan Narasimhan of the Solomon Islands credits his Coady education after leading high-profile workshops during Pacific Microfinance Week. Krishnan is a graduate of the 2015 certificate in Community-Based Microfinance for Financial Inclusion. He says he used many of the ideas shared by course facilitators Anuj Jain and CS Reddy, and his fellow participants from 19 countries. Krishnan works as a specialist with the UN Capital Development Fund.


GCL ’13 graduate Adepeju Yaiyeoba met U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington this week. She is at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, being recognized for the success of her Mother’s Delivery Kits service. See a nice video with her being interviewed on the White House lawn at


Devon Fiddler is making a name for herself. This 2012 IWCL grad was the first to be announced as a winner in the Saskatchewan Future 40 competition. CBC launched the campaign to celebrate the province's new generation of leaders, builders and change-makers under the age of 40.

Barnaba Okony Gilo (Diploma 2008) speaks about his Coady experience with CTV News.

Mallah Tabot will receive the Queen's Young Leader's award at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace, (from Queen Elizabeth herself, no less) and will also be invited to take a course at Cambridge University. She is one of 60 recipients from across the Commonwealth. Mallah has worked hard to improve the lives of many young women in Cameroon including those at risk of early and forced marriages. Her organization, United Vision for Women, uses theatre and art to engage communities and change attitudes. Now Mallah also wants to achieve better sexual and reproductive health for teenage girls.

Coady grad Glanis Changachirere of Zimbabwe (Communications & Social Media ’13) is featured in this blog post by Zimbabwe activist/writer Barbara Mhangami, who describes Glanis as “ small package of dynamite…a phenomenal feminist activist whose work with marginalized rural women is truly inspiring."

Last year Glanis received a Democracy Award from the National Endowment of Democracy, USA. There is a video of her talk, at the World Movement for Democracy’s 7th Assembly, although the quality isn’t the greatest. But you will hear her, loud and clear!
Mary Ramsis, Diploma '11 and a project leader in our TAG project In Egypt, has just received the prestigious Chevening Scholarship from the British Council to pursue her Masters Degree at IDS in the UK. She will start the Masters in Participation and Development in September, while also continuing to be involved from the distance in the TAG project work in Egypt.
Alumna Patience Agwenjang of Cameroon received the 2014 Award for Youth Excellency in Civic Education. Patience was recognized during the Cameroon National Youth Day celebration. “Thank you (Coady) for your contributions toward my development. I will forever cherish the moments I shared with you all at Coady."

Congratulations to Karri-Lynn Paul (IWCL ’11) who has joined the First Nations Women's Council on Economic Security with the Province of Alberta. See the CBC News TV story at


Congratulations to graduate Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale, GCL ’13, for receiving the Change A Life ‘Hero’s Award’ from the Lagos State Governor, during a live ceremony on Nigerian national television. Olutosin helps train women in tailoring, bead making, knitting and cooking. She has launched income generating projects for more than 200 women.

Her organization, the Star of Hope Transformation Centre, empowers local communities to end child sexual abuse and heal survivors. Olutosin also received the Amelia Earhart Woman of Courage award from Women Have Wings last year, and will attend Aspen Institute in Colorado as a visiting scholar in June 2014. She was one of only six women from around the world to receive this honour.


Coady graduates featured in New York Times
Elmer Sayre
(pictured in the striped shirt), Cora Sayre and Cesar Sayre are helping Typhoon Haiyan survivors by building toilets. Read More


Graduate receives Masters degree
Congratulations to Dominic Alexander (Diploma 2011) who successfully read for a Masters (with Distinction) in International Development: Development Management.


Congratulations to Fred Okello (Diploma 2008) who graduated on the 19th Oct with BA Hons in International Development Studies with Great Distinction (Magna Cum Laude). He will head for Grad School in 2014 to study a 1 year Masters program in Public Policy (MPP).


Congratulations to Coady grad Watson Khupe, MBA, of Zimbabwe on his graduation from the National University of Science and Technology.


Global Change Leaders Alumna shortlisted for award.

Congratulations to the Brown Button Foundation and Coady Institute alumna Adepeju Mabadeje Jaiyeoba of Nigeria, 2013 Global Change Leaders participant. The Brown Button Foundation has just been shortlisted for the World Summit Youth Award for its work in maternal health!! They were selected from among 422 entries.


Coady alumnus receives prestigious award in Washington.
Hats off to Glanis Changachirere, (Communications & Social Media '13), founding director of the Institute for Young Women Development in Zimbabwe, who was honoured in Washington July 17 as one of four recipients of the National Endowment of Democracy's 2013 Democracy Award. Glanis was recognized for her work as a young leader in "an extraordinarily challenging environment". The other recipients are from Pakistan, Russia and Cuba. Our graduate's photo and story are in the news release at


Graduate recognized as Rhoda Karpatkin International Consumer Fellow.
Congratulations to Coady graduate George Cheriyan (Dip.'92), Director, Consumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS) International and Head, CUTS Centre for Consumer Action Research and Training, who was recognized as the Rhoda Karpatkin International Consumer Fellow for 2013 at the annual conference of the American Council on Consumer Interests held in Portland, Oregon. George delivered the Rhoda Karpatkin International lecture on the topic of consumer protection regimes around the world with special reference to the state of the Indian consumer. For more information, visit


Women with Vision: The inspiring Coady partnership with the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
Sarah Thompson and Crystal Dennison are following different passions, but share a rare accomplishment at Coady International Institute. Read More


Coady grad receives volunteer award.
Congratulations to Coady Institute graduate Melanie Smits (centre in photo) on receiving the United Way GenNext Volunteer Award from the Sudbury/Nipissing districts. Melanie was honoured for her mentorship role with youth. We are proud to say she was also an outstanding participant in the 2012 Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program here at Coady Institute. Well done Melanie!


Former Youth Associate researching in Alberta.
Colleen Arnison, a former Coady youth associate, is featured in this Jasper, Alberta newspaper article. Colleen is involved with a Parks Canada/University of Calgary study on deer population trends.Read more.


Sister Beverly Hoffman – Giving a voice to the differently-abled in Belize.

Coady graduate receives Jamaican award
Congratulations to Fitzgerald Rowe, Diploma'89, for receiving the Governor General's Achievement Award for his dedication to the co-operative movement in Jamaica. Fitzgerald is President of the National Union of Co-operative Societies.

Faith Phiri of Malawi, Global Change Leaders '12, was invited by the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association to speak about the rights of young women and girls at the 'Interactive Session on Human Rights', held recently in Malawi. Eleven Canadian Members of Parliament, Senators and other leaders attended the meeting.

Lilly Be'Soer of Papua New Guinea, Diploma'09, spoke before the U.N. Commission of the Status of Women as an expert on the empowerment of rural women. More at

Sasha Chabot Gaspe on the Idle No More movement.
Sasha is a graduate of our Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program. Racism, hunger and laziness: A First Nations youth perspective on Idle No More media coverage. More

Coady grad receives national award
Fr. Augustine Savariraj, Diploma '10, and Director of Chetanalaya, received the Skoch Financial Inclusion Award for Low Cost Housing at a Jan. 5 ceremony in New Delhi. The award highlights best practices in the Indian banking and financial services sector that promote poverty reduction and inclusive growth.

Coady/StFX grad fights early and forced marriages.
A 12-year old girl in Tanzania was forcibly married to a 75-year old man just three days before Sophia Mwakagenda arrived in her community to speak at a rally about gender rights. When she heard about the young girl's circumstances, Sophia designed a strategy to rescue her. Read More

Coady graduate receives Diamond Jubilee medal
Congratulations to Mélanie Gareau-Smits of Sudbury, Ontario for receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Mélanie is a graduate of the 2012 Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program. She was honoured for outstanding community work in Métis education and outreach..

Boye Bandie vies for seat in Ghana Parliament
Robinson Dakubu Boye Bandie, Learning Organizations and Change '09,  finished second in his recent attempt to win a seat in the Ghana Parliament. Bandie was up against the incumbent Health Minister and three other candidates in the Nadowli-Kaleo constituency, Ghana Upper West region. Bande received 25.8 percent of the votes.

Shaiju Chacko assists Indian training program
Shaiju Chacko, Diploma '12, is helping to implement a massive 5-year training program for Indian youth. The Himayat project in the state of Jammu & Kashmir hopes to reach 100,000 youth. More

Inviolata Mmbwavi fulfilling a promise
Inviolata Mmbwavi, Diploma '09, is putting her words into action by running for the National Parliament in Kenya. She hopes to represent the Lurambi constituency.

Stephanie Brown's research project
2011 Coady youth associate Stephanie Brown is completing a 4-month contract as a junior policy analyst with a federal government department, with a focus on corporate social responsibility. She is also working on a business plan to produce all-natural soaps with shea butter from a women's co-operative.

Sarena Provost in New Tribe magazine
Sarena Provost, Coady'12, a recent graduate of the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program, is featured in the Nov 2012 issue of New Tribe Magazine. (See pages 26-27) Sarena is Aboriginal Community Outreach Coordinator at the Calgary YMCA. More

Coady Youth awarded new appointment

Arabi Rajeswaran, Coady'12, a recent graduate of the Skills for Social Change certificate, has been appointed to the Youth Advisory Council as an Ambassador for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
Read the news release here.

Coady Graduate featured in magazine.
Josephine Ndambuki, Coady'12, a graduate of the Global Change Leaders program, is featured in Msingi magazine, a publication of Safaricom Foundation in Kenya. Josephine is founder of the League of Young Professionals. Read pages 21/22 here (2.3M PDF).

Joel Burton behind UWO workshop
This Skills for Social Change '12 graduate is now Community Engagement Coordinator, Public Humanities at Western University in Ontario. Joel helped develop and implement the Public Scholarship Education Series at Western University, Canada. More

Dayle Eshelby, Diploma '11, elected to office
Congratulations to Dayle Eshelby, 2011 Diploma in Development Leadership graduate, on her recent election as a town councillor in Lockeport, Nova Scotia. It's been quite a year for Dayle. She was also chosen to deliver the 2012 Valedictorian's address at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, where she was also named to the Senate's List, with distinction. We're proud of you Dayle!

Melinda Laboucan, IWCL '12 alumna featured in article
Canada's Northern Online News Service featured a story on IWCL Valedictorian Melinda Laboucan and her time at the Coady Institute. More

Coady '12 grad wins major book award
Dr. Afua Cooper, a graduate of our Certificate in Communications and Social Media, is the 2012 recipient of the Beacon of Freedom Award. Ms. Cooper is Dalhousie's James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, and has received the prize for her book 'My Name is Phillis Wheatley'. The award, chosen by grade 4-6 students through the Williamsburg Library in Virginia, champions a book that introduces American history to children in a historically-accurate and engaging manner. More

Coady grad wins media scholarship
Congratulations to Coady '11 graduate Lauren McComber, who was in last year's inaugural cohort of the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program. She has just been awarded the Jesse Deer Memorial Media Scholarship in Kahnawake, Quebec. The $1,000 scholarship encourages younger community members to become active in local journalism.

Pope announces Coady graduate as new bishop
Pope Benedict XVI announced on July 8, 2012 that Fr. Elias Gonsalves, Coady Diploma'04, was elected as the new Bishop for the Amravati Dioceses in India. Fr. Gonsalves was ordainted into the priesthood in 1990. Prior to his election as Bishop, he was director of social work in the Archdiocese of Bombay. The announcement from the Vatican was published in the Times of India.

Three Coady graduates at national aboriginal conference
Rose Julian, Vanessa Tait and Leslie Qammaniq, graduates of the 2011 Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program, will work together again in Nova Scotia. Our hard-working alumni are voluntary board members elected to the national Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando), which is meeting at Membertou First Nation from Oct. 21 – 25, 2012. Cando is a national body that focuses on training, education and networking opportunities for professional economic development officers.

Coady graduate attends international women's leadership forum
Naran Munkhbat, a 2012 graduate of the inaugural Global Change Leaders program, attended this conference in Mongolia in July 2012. More than 100 women leaders from government, private business, academia, civic organizations and other fields attended the forum to study best practices for expanding women's access to political and economic arenas around the world. The closing ceremonies included speeches by former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Coady grad co-ordinates youth training in India
Fr. Shaiju Chacko, Diploma '11, is involved in a massive training project in India designed to reach 100,000 youth over five years in Jammu and Kashmir state. Shaiju reports that they have just completed their second round of training, which involved 777 youth in 10 centres. He is working as the project coordinator of Don Bosco Tech ( which is one of the major implementing agencies for the project, funded by the Ministry of Rural Development, Govt of India.