Janice Hamilton, executive director, Manitoba Council for International Co-operation. Served for four months in Kenya in 1985 with Crossroads International as a teacher.
"Going to Africa was an amazing learning experience for a young university graduate from a small town in southwestern Manitoba. The Kenyans I met were extremely friendly, happy, hard-working and resilient people.
"The experience has had a huge impact on my life. Ever since that time, I have worked with international development organizations in Manitoba, helping people see the connections between global and local issues, with the ultimate goal of creating more active global citizens.
"Even though my first trip to Africa was over 25 years ago, what I do and how I do things today is still very much a result of my experiences there. I realize that our world is very interdependent. What we do here in Manitoba can have a positive or negative effect on people in other parts of the world."
-- Compiled by John Longhurst