Cuba Today & The Case of the Cuban 5

Cuban Ambassador to Canada

6:30pm ·  Friday, March 7th, 2014
Irving K. Barber Centre, Thompson Rivers University, 900 McGill Road

Featuring special guests:
• His Excellency, Mr. Julio Garmendia Peña, Cuban Ambassador to Canada
• Mrs. Miraly González González, First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Canada and member of the Federation of Cuban Women

Today Cuba continues to stand out as a country that puts the needs of people above profit. Since the victory of the Cuban revolution in 1959, healthcare, education, housing and employment for its people have been a priority of the Cuban government, despite the limited resources available, due to the U.S. blockade of Cuba. Ambassador Peña will be speaking about Cuba today in the context of current international issues, the ongoing U.S. Blockade, the economic changes, and the future of the Cuban revolution. Ambassador Peña has held several diplomatic posts for the Cuban government.

First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Canada, Mrs. González will be speaking on the case of the Cuban 5. In 1998, five Cuban men were arrested and imprisoned in Miami, Florida. They were in Miami investigating extremist groups who have committed terrorist actions against Cuba. Mrs. González will be explaining the history of terrorism against Cuba, providing updates on the case of the Cuban 5, and discussing the international campaign for their freedom.

This free event is part of a West Coast tour, from March 5th – 8th, to commemorate the 100th picket action in front of the U.S. Consulate in Vancouver to demand freedom for the Cuban 5. For more info on this series of events and the case of the Cuban 5, please visit

This event is endorsed by the Kamloops & District Labour Council (KDLC). It is co-organized by the TRU Socialist Club and Free the Cuban 5 Committee—Vancouver. For more information, please contact the TRU Socialist Club at or at 250-457-0149.


International Development Day: Youth Symposium

International Development Day: Youth Symposium Poster
During this interactive free workshop for youth ages 13-18, participants will learn about global issues and hear from inspiring speakers from across Canada. Lunch will be provided. This event celebrates International Development Week which takes place from February 2nd to 8th, 2014, and is co-hosted with Rotaract Club of Kamloops Fusion.

Registration is recommended as space is limited; however, walk-ins are welcome the day of the event.


Volunteers needed for the 2014 Kamloops Global Film Festival

Volunteer OpportunitiesEducate, engage, & inspire:
Global documentaries are coming to the silver screen in February!

The Kamloops Global Awareness Network is bringing back the Kamloops Global Film Festival which will be taking place from February 6th to 8th, 2014.

This year the festival has expanded from two days to three, and we will be offering 15 dynamic and thought-provoking documentary films from all over the world. Click here to view the festival schedule and film descriptions.

In order to make this event a success, we are looking for a number of volunteers to help both before and during the festival.  As an added bonus, all volunteers who donate a minimum of 4 hours of their time will receive two complementary festival passes. A written letter of participation can be provided upon request as well.

Volunteers are needed for the following positions:

  • Postering 1-2 weeks prior to the festival in designated areas of Kamloops
  • Ticket sellers during the screenings (required to be on site 30 minutes prior to the first film screening)
  • Concession workers – includes operating a table top popcorn machine
  • Projectionist – a basic training session is required prior to the festival

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact KGAN’s regional coordinator, Sarah Johnstone, at Note: emails sent between January 9th – 19th will be replied to after Monday, January 20th.

Sarah and Leigh-Anne getting popcorn ready at last year's festival.

Sarah and Leigh-Anne getting popcorn ready at last year’s festival.