Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
March 23, 2009
CCODP animator has deep global concern
WCR PHOTO | RAMON GONZALEZ
Marie-Claude Poirier is the temporary Alberta animator for CCODP.
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER
EDMONTON – Marie-Claude Poirier plans to be the Alberta regional animator for the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace for only a short time.
But the job is one that suits the 23-year-old Grimshaw native, world traveller and development enthusiast well.
“I’ve known Development and Peace since I was child because Development and Peace used to have a large presence in elementary schools back in the early 1990s,” Poirier recalls.
“I remember doing a lifestyle awareness calendar in Grades 2 and 3 here when I attended Father Lacombe School in north Edmonton.”
Poirier recently signed a one-year contract as Alberta regional animator, replacing Bob Schmidt who is on sick leave. The position involves organizing educational workshops for CCODP members as well as campaigns such as Share Lent.
The enthusiastic Poirier recently graduated in honours sociology and political science from the University of Alberta, Faculté Ste. Jean.
KNAPSACK ON HER BACK
She has also travelled abroad on a few occasions. In 2004-05 she lived in Thailand for six months as an English language volunteer with the Canada World Youth program.
“I lived in a rural community in the northeast, far from the tourist zone, very close to the border with Cambodia,” she relates.
“I learned to weave with these giant weavers with the local people.”
In 2006-07 she spent a year in South Korea studying the language as part of a student exchange. “I can read and write in Korean and I speak Korean at an intermediate level.”
Poirier graduated with top honours from the University of Alberta in 2008 and was awarded the Oblates’ Gold Medal Award for the highest average and merit.
Last summer she worked in Washington as an intern for the Korea Economic Institute, an organization funded by the Korean government.
“I was four months there attending conferences and think tanks which involved for the most part policy which could impact the relationship between the U.S. and Korea.
“I organized a conference in which high level officials from Korea came to Washington and we discussed issues that are relevant to them like security, economics and then North Korea.”
Poirier was looking for a job opportunity with the Oblates when she stumbled on the CCODP animator job.
“I found it interesting because I want to do international development,” she said. “It looks like this (job) is going to be a stepping stone in that direction.”