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Advocate for social change



Jean de Dieu Hakizimana
  • University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Volunteer Award, Abbotsford, BC, Canada, 2008
  • First and Honor Recipient of The Paige Aimi World Peace Foundation, Seattle, WA 2001
  • Ambassador for Peace, International Federation for World Peace, New York, USA 2001
  • Peace-maker Award of the Martin Luther King, Detroit, MI, USA 2001
  • Vancouver Volunteer Award, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1998
  • Presenter at XI Conference on AIDS and HIV in Vancouver, Canada 1996
  • Presenter at IX International Conference on AIDS and HIV in Kampala 1995

    Jean is a human rights activist, ambassador for peace, peace maker, volunteer, career counsellor, instructor and victim of the Rwandan genocide who brings energy, passion, and creativity to individuals and organizations while assisting them in implementing positive social change.

    With over fifteen years of business management experience, combined with fourteen years of experience as an adult educator, Jean is able to create a learning environment that is both rich and relevant for participants. Organized 15 workshop seminars in United States of America and 65 in Canada.

    He has taught a wide variety of subjects related to community and business development, and currently holds a Bachelor of Art Degree in Adult Education from the University of the Fraser Valley, a Diploma in Business Administration from CDI College, and an Master of Divinity (pending) from ACTS of Trinity Western University.
    In 2003/2004 Jean served as an official Industry Canada delegation member to Tanzania through the Sustainable Cities Initiative. This Canadian/Tanzanian partnership was aimed at enhancing the sustainability of economic development in cities of Tanzania, and helping citizens improve their quality of life.

    Jean’s past experience also includes membership of the Norwegian People’s AID (NPA) agency, working to assist the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tanzania.
    He was a member of the management team for the Lumasi Camp, a Rwandese refugee camp of 300,000 people, with $10,000,000 US in funding.

    Jean speaks fluent Swahili, Kinyarwanda, English, French and Italian.
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