Saskatchewan Council International Cooperation’s Global Citizen Awards have been recognizing Saskatchewan changemakers making important contributions to international cooperation, peace and global justice for 30 years!
SCIC has made some changes to the Awards in 2021 to better reflect the spectrum of global changemakers we have in our community - we have expanded the categories to include a Lifetime Achievement Award category, a Youth Award category and an Emerging Global Citizen Award category.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be holding in-person events during International Development Week and therefore will be showcasing the 2021 Global Citizen Awards online.
Winners will be selected by a committee and announced at the end of International Development Week (February 7-13, 2021). Check out below to read more about the contributions of these amazing 2021 nominated individuals.
Aditi Garg is an outstanding teacher, environmental organizer, facilitator, and leader. She is an inclusive community builder and brings people together in a time when that is needed more than ever. She gently challenges racism and other forms of discrimination and erasure in effective and engaging ways, through her social media presence and in-person. Aditi works toward goals that fit her values including environmental/outdoor knowledge and builds bridges to bring everyone along.
Ed Lehman has spent his entire adult life as a participant in struggles for peace and economic justice. As a teenager, Ed became active in the peace movement opposing the Vietnam War. In the half-century since, he has taken an active and often leading role in many local, national and international campaigns as a member of numerous organizations including trade unions, peace and solidarity movements and local governments.
A recognized youth leader, Hannah has been chosen to participate in many national and global forums on wide-ranging topics where she advocates for stronger international relations through trade and diplomacy, human rights, women’s rights, diversity, and inclusion.
Hannah was part of a delegation of the National Youth Ambassador Caucus hosted by Global Vision and focused on diversity and inclusion. At the 2019 Digital Citizenship Ambassador Summit she focused on online misinformation and its role in hindering strong democracies around the world.
Mac-Miland Nji Mokom
Mac-Miland Nji Mokom is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW), currently working with the Canadian Red Cross. Mac-Miland holds two degrees, one in Sociology and Anthropology and a second degree in Social Work from the University of Regina.
Mac-Miland was actively engaged in multiple youth development programs in Cameroon including serving as the Regional Secretary of the Cameroon Alliance for Youth Movement (CAMAYM) where he aided several socio-economic programs in Northwest Cameroon.
Dr. Margot Hurlbert
After practicing law in Regina, Dr. Margot Hurlbert became a professor at the University of Regina in the Departments of Justice Studies and Sociology and Social Studies. In 2018 she was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Climate Change, Energy, and Sustainability Policy at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy where she is the Lead of the Science, Technology and Innovation Research Cluster. She is a Senior Research Fellow of the Earth Systems Governance Project, and was the Coordinating Lead Author of a chapter of the Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Land and Climate. Margot is Review Editor for the North America Chapter of Working Group II of the IPCC and currently works on Future Earth’s Working Group on Transformations.
Namarta Kochar, Special Projects Officer in Strategic Communications at the University of Saskatchewan, has helped strengthen various spheres throughout Saskatchewan, and helped address and bring awareness to global issues facing our community such as diversity, equity and inclusion, healthcare, the environment, and poverty. A recognized humanitarian, change-maker and mentor, Namarta has been a catalyst for improving the quality of life for others in our community and promoting human dignity for all.
Samia Sami is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan (UofS). By specializing in power and energy, she combines her passion for the environment with a love of design and technology.
Samia conducted two research projects in renewable energy, including the use of artificial intelligence to predict the security status of renewable microgrids in remote communities across Canada and has received the People’s Choice Award in recognition of her research. As a UofS delegate, Samia presented her research at the Women in Science and Engineering National Conference in Toronto.
Shayne Lazarowich is a musician, songwriter, internationalist, anti-racist organizer, community enabler, and advocate for multiculturalism and reconciliation. His music reaches deep into your soul and is a shoutout for peace, harmony, and social justice for all.
Shayne has lived and worked internationally, in various capacities and contexts, for a substantial part of his adult life. His work has taken him to Guatemala for two years, Taiwan for eight years, and more recently, to Nicaragua for three years, working with organizations such as Canada World Youth/Jeunesse Canada Monde and El Instituto de Promoción Humana (INPRHU). Shayne currently resides between Saskatoon, Canada and Estelí, Nicaragua.
Simon Granovsky-Larsen, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Regina where he teaches courses on international development and international politics.
Since 2004, Simon has worked on and off in Guatemala as a human rights accompanier, independent journalist, and academic researcher. His recent projects have looked at violence against land and environmental defenders; changes to paramilitary violence; the militarization of extractive industries, including the security practices of Canadian mining projects and other transnational mega-development projects; and the role of social movements and agrarian conflicts in the Guatemalan peace process.
Ziyang (Zeo) Li
As the Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Regina Students' Union (URSU), Zeo works with his team members to carry out successful campaigns and programs that benefit students. These include a Mental Wellness Campaign for students from diverse communities (domestic, international, LGBTQ+), designing a Community Service Month for supporting students to initiate their community projects by providing micro-grants, as well as promoting dialogue by organizing a Next Gen Leaders Debate during the 2020 Saskatchewan election.