Michael Murphy did not intend to live a life of service. Originally from Ireland, Murphy immigrated to Canada in 1966 to pursue a career in business. But when his wife suggested in 1969 that they join Cuso International and head to Africa to teach, Michael could not resist.
Eight years later, after teaching in Zambia for 2 years, and working in various Cuso International regional offices in East and Central Africa, Murphy returned to Canada to pursue a career in international development.
“It was time to come back to continue the same work,” says Murphy.
His career has consisted almost entirely of work with international non-governmental organizations. He spent 15 years with OXFAM-Canada in Saskatoon and 16 years as Saskatchewan Animator for Development and Peace.
“I did not intend to make a career in international development,” says Murphy. “But I’ve enjoyed it all. There has never been a time when I have been unhappy about my work.”
Since his retirement in 2009, Michael has turned his attention to volunteering with a variety of local causes and organizations, including the Saskatoon Public Library, his community association, the Saskatoon Peace Coalition and the Community Clinic Foundation.
In 2016, Michael Murphy was awarded the Joanna Miller Peace Award for his work in raising awareness regarding the importance of peace and justice.