Common Strength: Film Screening and Talk

Event Details

February 05, 2020 at 6:30pm - 9pm
Thom Gallet

About the event

This is a free event. Donations are welcome at the door.

Colleen Dyck, a farmer and entrepreneur from Niverville, Manitoba, travelled to western Kenya to live and work alongside small-scale farmer Lucy Anyango.

Common Strength explores the common bond between farmers in the Global South and in Canada. The film illuminates the courage and strength of the people who produce our food, as well as the risks that are inherent in an industry where so much is beyond the control of farmers. The film explores what can happen when you unleash the potential of women farmers, who make up the vast majority of the world’s food producers. The film documents the encounter between Colleen Dyck, a farmer and entrepreneur from Manitoba who traveled to western Kenya to live and work alongside small-scale farmer Lucy Anyango.
“One of our hopes for this video is that Canadians, including decision makers, will see that empowered women farmers are vitally important to ending global poverty and hunger, and that they will support increased aid for agriculture, especially for women,” says Carol Thiessen, Foodgrains Bank senior policy advisor. For more info visit:

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Hosted by Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC), the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and the University of Regina Faculty of Social Work.

About Rick and Jacquie,

Rick grew up on a small farm near Saskatoon and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a BSc and MSc in Soil Science. He has worked mostly for non-profit organizations focused on agriculture and food security. Jacquie, originally from B.C., has a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from ACTS in Langley, B.C. and worked at Bethany College in Hepburn, SK. for five years. For Rick and Jacquie, one of the highlights of working with the Foodgrains Bank is connecting with many people from a diversity of backgrounds who all share a commitment to responding compassionately to the needs of those who are hungry. The Blocks have two children: Ezra, 13, and Hilary, 10.