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2017 Mary Burlie Award Winner – Meheret Worku

The Mary Burlie Award for effective program/and or services to the Black Community & or Community at large

 

 

  • Ethiopia
  • 2 University Degrees
  • Teaching – Community Development
  • Devotion to Community
  • Out of School Time Program
  • Mentorship
  • Women Conversation Café
  • Women Initiative
  • Women Advocacy Voice of Edmonton
  • Promote Leadership Development
  • SEEDS – Co Founder
  • Edmonton Ethiopian Community Association
  • Educational – Community Services
  • Counsel for the Advancement of African Canadians

 

Ms. Worku is a teacher with Edmonton Public School Board, she hold 2 degrees. As a teacher she engages & advocates for families & their children so that their voices are heard & their needs met. Ms.Workhu has extensive background which intersects teaching, community development, social investment, non- profit & municipal leadership and she has been a promoter for individuals, groups, communities for years. Ms. Worku has sat on a number of boards & is an active member/volunteer for initiatives such as Out of School Time Program, Mentorship for African Youth Projects, Women Conversation Cafes, Women Initiative at the Africa Center of Edmonton.

Ms. Workhu has been active with Women’s Advocacy Voice by the city of Edmonton. She has countless hours of work & roles with the Ethopian Canadians Community Association of Edmonton. Along with her husband they started the “Eye of the Horn Project which focused on helping children stay in school. The program is now called SEEDS of Alberta & has expanded to work with 80 families in Ethiopia.

Meheret has worked deliberately to include communities of various linguistic, cultural and religious backgrounds, using her expertise to create caring partnerships. She has nurtured relationships across communities, & has helped immensely to strengthen the social connections that are essential to sustain dynamic neighborhoods and resilient communities.

 

2016 Mary Burlie Award Winner – Tesfaye Ayalew

The Mary Burlie Award for effective program/and or services to the Black Community & or Community at large


 

  • Ethiopia in the late 1980s
  • Community development initiatives – 30 yrs
  • Edmonton Ethiopian Community Association
  • African Association of Alberta
  • Community Centre
  • Pan-African approach
  • City of Edmonton
  • Council for the Advancement of African Canadians
  • African multicultural Centre
  • Africa Centre
  • Executive Director
  • Beyond African communities
  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

 

2015 Mary Burlie Award Winner – Jeannette Austin-Odina

The Mary Burlie Award for effective program/and or services to the Black Community & or Community at large

Jeannette Austin-Odina

  • Has lived in Canada for 48 years
  • Teacher Consultant with Edmonton Public School
  • Registered Social Worker
  • Dedicated & persistent champion – Black Community
  • President Council of Canadians of African & Caribbean Heritage CCACH
  • CCACH Tutorial Services & Saturday School
  • Mentoring & Supporting Black Youth
  • Organized Certified Teachers
  • Feed the Community @ Thanksgiving
  • Job Training – Churches – Prayer Warrior
  • Black Achievement Humanitarian Award
  • University of Alberta African Student Award
  • Benefit the disenfranchised
  • Create change in our community

 

2014 Mary Burlie Award Winner – Muru Khamisi

The Mary Burlie Award for effective program/and or services to the Black Community & or Community at large

Emcee notes

muru

  • former military pilot for the Ugandan army
  • competency in Mechanical Engineering
  • lived in Canada for 20 years
  • Afro & Caribbean Communities 1979
  • African Immigrant Groups- Gov. Agencies- Businesses
  • founder of Ugandan Relief Foundation of North America
  • Council of Black Organization of Alberta
  • Immigrant Neighborhood Community Partnership
  • Edmonton Flying Club – since 1985
  • EPS – CSS U of A – Francophone Community
  • Philosophy that emphasizes – Teamwork – Discipline
  • Multicultural Health Brokers – Coalition of Health
  • McDougall Immigrant Neighborhood Coalition
  • Presbyterian Aid Global Aid
  • Drumming & Instructor for HIV/Aid Prevention
  • Numerous Awards
  • Priceless Experience
  • Dedication of Time
  • Bringing Harmony & Peace
  • Immigrant Communities
  • The Africa Center