“One of the most important reasons I stay involved here in Canada is because I want people to understand what development is and what it is not,” explains Roshelle Filart.
Roshelle volunteered for VSO-Canada in Guinea-Bissau from 2003 to 2006. As an education project manager, she worked with the Ministry of Education, community groups and teachers on a variety of projects, especially around the misinformation and stigma about HIV and AIDS.
A passionate advocate for collaborative development models and development funding, Roshelle volunteers with RESULTS-Canada as the Toronto group co-organizer and is on the Board of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation.
“There are decisions that are made in this country that have profound effects on countries like Guinea-Bissau,” says Roshelle. “It’s important that people in Canada know what’s going on. We need to work together the create solutions.”