Newsletter july 2017
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On the international front

One of CCI's Directors travels to Thailand

Suzanne Simatos, Member of CCI’s Board of Directors, organised a field trip to Thailand this past March. As Counsellor in Spiritual Life and Community Involvement in several  Lester B. Pearson Commission high-schools on the West Island, she also organises intercultural trips to Central and South America, that feature the experience of volunteering while respecting the environment. This way, students learn much more about responsible citizenship, and are able to familiarise themselves with the needs of communities in developing countries.  

Sue Simatos and Lucy Gagnon travelled as counselors with seventeen students from John Rennie High-School on this two-week trip to Thailand. At the Santikham Centre, they had the opportunity of spending several days working with children, volunteers and staff. Moreover, they were able to visit some of Bangkok’s surrounding slums.


These Canadian students were thus able to observe the importance of this project’s being supported internationally. They also went on to organise a workshop, and participate in an awareness exercise to sensitise local communities to the fate of Burmese migrants and their children, as well as to the urgency of putting an end to their exploitation.  

The students were touched by their discoveries, and returned home extremely motivated and committed to fight against child exploitation.  

CCI is growing!

CCI has just now opened an office in France. Our new branch has obtained the necessary legal status to officially begin activities in that country.  

CCI-France partnered with C’Music, an association located in Canet-en-Roussillon. On July 7, six mothers belonging to this association gave a rock-musical production inspired by “Men in Black,” for the benefit of CCI. Thanks to these ladies’ generosity and dedication, CCI-France was able to take in 250 Euros.

As well, an enchanting concert was given on July 13 by the Canet-En-Roussillon Choral Group, combining several musical styles, and bringing in 143 Euros for CCI-France. CCI is more than grateful for the organisation of these events that only testify to the artists’ and audiences’ great generosity and incredible support.
To learn more about the above, click here : ici (in French only)

In Quebec

Opening for an intern under the auspices of Québec sans frontières, to work with schools and the general public.

CCI has an opening in its main offices for an associate who would be responsible for working on projects in the field of education for global citizenship. This intern would be appointed under the auspices of Québec sans frontières.

The internship is for a period of 25 weeks, from September 4, 2017 to February 23, 2018, and the intern is expected to work 26 hours per week.  

For more information and how to apply, please access:


Winners of the video contest

CCI held a video contest around the theme “Describe two daily actions that you can take to fight against child exploitation.” 

This contest made it possible for several candidates to express themselves on this subject, as well as provided an opportunity for people to seriously reflect on the solidarity existing between peoples and throughout the world in which we live.   

Our congratulations to our winners:  Katherine Jackson, Yasmine Benzidane (unfortunately absent from the photo), Magali Gervais and Laurence Marier. CCI was

impressed by the originality of their concepts, as well as the educational nature of their work.

12 june - World Day Against Child Labour

This past June 12, CCI — in collaboration with Tous les Enfants de l’Autre Monde (T.E.A.M.) [All the children of the other world— highlighted World Day Against Child Labour at ‘La Ruche du Vieux Terrebonne.’  

This free public event consisted of several activities, including the showing of a movie clip from ‘Lion,’ followed by a round-table about child labour around the world. The India Masala restaurant in Repentigny generously provided a ‘solidarity buffet,’ whereby the public was introduced to Indian dishes while at the same time learning about the challenges that working children, especially in India, face daily in trying to satisfy their hunger. The audience was charmed by a performance of Kirtan (devotional music heard in India and Bangladesh), and a photo exhibit showing the actual conditions in which child laborers live and work. 

2017 observance of Quebec 'Days' celebrating international solidarity (Journées québécoises de la solidarité internationale)

Once again, CCI will be responsible for the organisation of these special JQSI days in the Montérégie Region. This year the theme will be: “What role does culture play in our understanding of the meaning of international solidarity?”  These ‘days’ will be, as usual, observed throughout Quebec from November 9 to 18, and various activities will be out together around this theme. Stay tuned: the programming and list of activities will be announced in the fall.   

Investigation on the perception and consumption of ethical fashion in Canada

FEM International, Ethik Ecodesign Hub, in collaboration with the consulting firm Les Vigies de la Mode, are conducting a survey on the perception and consumption of ethical and sustainable fashion in Canada. This survey is the component of a project that aims to develop a portrait of this sector; the final objective is to produce a reference document for those working in the industry.

As a consumer, you are invited to complete this short survey on the subject by clicking here

Introducing new members of CCI's team 

CCI would like to introduce two new staff members assigned to its main office in Longueuil: Oliva Chabi, responsible for fund-raising activities, and Nadia Tranchemontagne, responsible for communications and public relations.

CCI’s entire team welcomes them with open arms!  

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