SCIC Global Citizens
Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC) Global Citizens Awards announced
(Wednesday, 07 January 2009) – Contributed by SCIC – Last Updated (Friday, 09 January 2009)
SCIC has named Dale Dewar and Bill Curry, two health and justice volunteers, and the Prairie Messenger newspaper, as this year’s Global Citizen Award recipients.
Nominated by the Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC) and supported by Quakers in Saskatchewan, Dale Dewar and Bill Curry are well known for the support they give to many vital causes locally and globally – made possible by the support they give each other and their family. As a prominent rural physician in Saskatchewan, Dale has provided leadership to CFSC’s maternal health programming in Iraq, as well as international programs of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, and is past president of Physicians for Global Survival. A long time proponent of human ecology, Bill works tirelessly for justice and building the wider community into a just and peaceful context for raising children. Both Bill and Dale are proof that global citizenship is the foundation of lifelong empowerment.
Bill Curry and Dale Dewar: Photo courtesy of Joan Eyolfson Cadham
Bill Curry was born in North Battleford, Bill attended school and university in Winnipeg.His first international experience was with Canadian Crossroads International (Zambia 1964), after which (having been a Student Council President) he workedin Ottawa with the Canadian Union of Students, then (a direct result of the Crossroads experience) in Afro-Canadian Nova Scotia communities before joining Company of Young Canadians staff. With Crossroads again in 1967, Bill was a group leader in Niger.
At University in Winnipeg Bill met and married Dale Dewar, and the couple moved to Regina when Bill began graduate studies in Human Ecology. Later the couple moved to Saskatoonwhere Dale entered medical school. In Saskatoon Bill worked with Westside community groups and then ONE SKY Cross-Cultural Centre in its early years. He also served as an SCIC Board member.
Dale Dewar was born and raised on a farm near Dauphin, Manitoba, Dale rode horses, drove tractors and combines, and learned how to sew through 4-H — which also fed her interest in the world, by providing her with travels to Winnipeg and Toronto.
After graduating from the U of Manitoba, Dale taught physics and chemistry in Trinidad and Tobago as a CUSO volunteer. After moving to Saskatchewan with her husband Bill, Dale became a family physician and has served Wynyard for almost 30 years.
As a doctor, Dale continued to have an interest in Aboriginal and international affairs. She worked for short periods in Inuvik NWT and Churchill Manitoba, then worked in Ile-a-la-Crosse as a physician and in Saskatoon as Director of Northern Medical Services. Dale developed the rural curriculum for post graduate family practice training in Saskatchewan as the Rural Coordinator, College of Medicine, U of S (1997 – 2004).
Dale was a two-term member of Canadian Friends Service Committee, 1996-2003. During this time, she was Clerk of Quaker Aboriginal Affairs Committee, 1998-2003. For CFSC/QAAC, she attended the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations (WGIP) in Geneva, in 2001 and 2002, presenting an intervention on behalf of Canadian Indigenous Peoples’ land rights. WGIP led to the UN adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Dale is currently chair of the International Committee of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC). She participated in a program to support a medical library in Baghdad but when Iraq was invaded, the project morphed into a continuing medical education project. She has been to Iraq four times and been involved in teaching over 1000 physicians in primary care skills. Iraqi physicians told the Canadian team they “are helping build civil society.”With concern for the health and wellness of pregnant women and newborn babies, she is facilitating a three year project “training the trainers” in maternity and newborn care. This program provides the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (SOGC) International ALARM Advanced Labour and Risk Management) course, and is cooperatively supported by SRPC, SOGC, CFSC, SCIC and CIDA.
She is also involved in partnership projects in primary health care in Pakistan with theNorthwest Frontier province serving mainly Afghani refugees and in southern Philippines with the University of Ateneo.
Dale is a Board member of Physicians for Global Survival, and was President from 2005-2007. She has participated with International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and is active with ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
The Prairie Messenger is a weekly newspaper published by the Benedictine Monks of St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, Saskatchewan. Well known across the Prairies, the Prairie Messenger was nominated by Development and Peace Saskatchewan for being an excellent source of news and analysis on international development and global justice issues. The Prairie Messenger deserves recognition for the outstanding work that it does in supporting the work of international development organizations, including the member agencies of SCIC.
Here in Saskatchewan the reporters of the Prairie Messenger have shown great dedication and have put much hard work into covering local events that relate to global issues of peace, justiceand then environment. The proportion of the coverage provided by the Prairie Messenger on such issues is way ahead of the coverage provided by the regular media.
The Prairie Messenger regularly covers events of Development and Peace, KAIROS Canada, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and other faith-based global justice organizations and networks, and offers outstanding justice-based meditations from prominent theologians. But it also supports many secular organizations such as SCIC and Amnesty International, and covers academic speakers from broad perspectives.Read more here, or browse the Prairie Messenger and see for yourself, at www.prairiemessenger.ca.