Tanzanian wins Marquis Global Citizenship Award


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The Marquis Project in Brandon has announced the winner of their 2010 Global Citizenship Award. This year's winner -- and the first international recipient -- is Beny Mwenda.

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The Marquis Project in Brandon has announced the winner of their 2010 Global Citizenship Award. This year’s winner — and the first international recipient — is Beny Mwenda.

Hailing from Tanzania, Mwenda is an alumni of Assiniboine Community College who has subsequently returned to Africa and revitalized a growing national organization for agriculture professionals to improve food security and poverty reduction with focused efforts for rural women and youth – the Tanzania Society for Agriculture Education and Extension (TSAEE).

Mwenda has maintained close ties with numerous agencies in Westman for over a decade that has touched lives not only in Tanzania, but benefitted many throughout Manitoba. He has hosted over 19 Westman youth to participate in development projects in Tanzania, including the creation of a fair trade craft program supporting rural women, while successfully engaging a growing number of agencies throughout Canada, the US and Europe in effective international development partnerships. Today, he is a college instructor in agriculture, Chairman of TSAEE in the Lake Zone, Vice President of TSAEE National, as well as the Director for the Developing Energy Enterprise Project for East Africa (Tanzania).

David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press In 2007, Beny Mwenda was in Manitoba to promote a Canadian-sponsored development program.

The Marquis Project has been operating in Westman since 1979 and has provided a link for Manitobans to the developing world for over 30 years. What began as a small local resource centre has grown with the support of the general public, schools, congregations, community groups and government to become a nationally recognized international development organization dedicated to education and global partnerships for Westman. The Marquis Project Global Citizenship Award is made annually to those who have made lasting and significant contributions to sustainable relationships in education and international development in Westman.

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