On July 20 we celebrated the 2023 Diploma in Development Leadership participants as they completed the ten week on-campus portion of the program.

With a focus on community partnership and appreciation, this year’s event took place at the Antigonish Town and County’s People’s Place Library. Participants hosted a gallery walk where attendees could learn about their experiences throughout the program and the change initiatives they will implement in their communities in the next phase of the program.

Following the gallery walk, members of the Antigonish communities presented each participant with their Module Two certificate.

Agathe Diama who works for the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Mali shared a few words on behalf of the cohort.

“From the moment we arrived, we were embraced with open arms – with love – and our sense of belonging was overwhelming. Your kindness and generosity have made our transition into this community smooth and enjoyable.”

Agathe Diama

Prossy Nantngo of Reach One Touch One Ministries (ROTOM) and Beautiful World Canada in Uganda received the Katherine Fleming International Development Award presented annually to an African woman leader in memory of the late Katherine Fleming who dedicated her life’s work to overcoming child poverty in Africa.

The celebration closed with socializing and refreshments from local, small businesses.