UPEI’s International Relations Office was approved as a new member of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) during its annual general meeting and symposium from June 13–15. The annual event was hosted by the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and it provided an opportunity for the ACIC to select new members, including UPEI.
The International Relations Office of UPEI is committed to collaborating with organizations that work in the international development field. By joining ACIC, the office is expanding UPEI’s commitment of collaboration and partnership in the region, and around the world.
Two individual board members from PEI were also acclaimed—both with UPEI connections—Leo Cheverie, Librarian Technician, and Digafie Debalke, Project Officer in UPEI’s International Relations Office. Cheverie, also involved in the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) as the PEI representative, returns to ACIC as co-chair; while Debalke joins the board for the first time, as ACIC member-at-large.
Debalke believes the ACIC is an important organization in Atlantic Canada, one that is committed to advancing mutual collaboration and partnership with communities and international development organizations in Canada and beyond.
“The challenges facing ACIC and other international development organizations are numerous, and I am looking forward to serving the organization to the best of my abilities to address these challenges,” says Debalke. “And in doing so, I hope to strengthen our vision for international cooperation.”
The ACIC has over 70 members located in Atlantic Canada, and is actively involved in a variety of activities, including public engagement, international internship placements, capacity-building efforts, and networking.
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