Film Screening: “Life, Above All”

Life,-Above-All-(Directed-by-Oliver-Schmitz)-Saturday, October 19th at 7:00pm

Clocktower Theatre, Thompson Rivers University

The Kamloops CanGo Grannies are pleased to partner with Kamloops Film Society to show a special film called Life, Above All. It is based on Canadian author Allan Stratton’s book Chandra’s Secret, which tells the dramatic story of a 12 year old African girl coping with her mother’s AIDS and the fear in her community, and fighting to rescue the people she loves. Life, Above All won a 2010 Cannes Film Festival prize for Life Affirmation and Journalism. Roger Ebert said this film “is pure human drama, about deep human emotions, evoked with sympathy and love.”

Click here to watch the movie trailer.

Admission is by donation and there will be refreshments and displays at 6:30 pm and a question period following the film.

About the Kamloops CanGo Grannies:
The Kamloops CanGo Grannies raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign (, which supports African grandmothers struggling to raise and educate their AIDS-orphaned grandchildren. Millions of babies and children are living in the direst poverty, having lost both parents to the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.   In many cases, the children aren’t able to attend school because the grandmothers cannot afford food or the fees and uniforms.  The Stephen Lewis Foundation works with local support groups in African communities to provide food, housing, nursing care, grief counselling and educational opportunities.


Global Speaker Series: Defending Women’s Rights in Nicaragua

MEC women's marchTuesday, October 1st, 2013
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Desert Gardens Community Centre
540 Seymour Street
(Mohave Room)

The Kamloops Global Awareness Network invites all Kamloopsians to attend Defending Women’s Rights in Nicaragua, the fourth international guest speaker presentation of the Global Speakers Series, at 6:00pm on Tuesday, October 1st at Desert Gardens Community Centre.  The Global Speakers Series aims to bring international speakers from various countries to Kamloops to discuss international development projects around the globe.

Defending Women’s Rights in Nicaragua will be presented by Johana Arce, a community organizer and legal advocate for the “Maria Elena CuJohana Arceadra Movement” (MEC) of Working and Unemployed Women. Johana first became involved with MEC in 2005 when she was just 16 years old and is now responsible for its legal clinic in Managua, Nicaragua. She is part of the team who has helped develop and lobby for several new laws in Nicaragua including the 2012 Law Prohibiting Violence Against Women. Johana’s presentation will focus on the ongoing fight to protect the rights of maquila (sweatshop) workers and the rights of women who have suffered from gender violence.

Johana will be accompanied by Kirsten Daub, the Education Program Director for CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev), a BC based NGO that works for social change and global education in the Americas. CoDev and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) were the first partners to support the women who formed MEC in 1994. MEC’s other Canadian partners are: BC Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU), Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, and the United Nurses of Alberta

Johana is visiting BC to receive the International Award of Leadership on behalf of MEC from the Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC). As such, this visit is funded by the Government of Canada through the development side of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

The 45 minute presentation will begin at 6:00pm followed by a Q&A period. After 7pm, we will open the floor to an informal roundtable discussion for interested attendees.

Doors open at 5:45pm and snacks and refreshments will be provided. Everyone is invited to this free event and drop-ins are welcome; however, we encourage attendees to RSVP if possible as space is limited.

Eventbrite - Global Speakers Series: Defending Women's Rights in Nicaragua

Click here for more information about the Maria Elena Cuadra (MEC) Movement of Working and Unemployed Women.

Click here for more information about CoDevelopment Canada.