MCIC Staff

Janice Hamilton

Janice Hamilton

Executive Director

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Janice has worked at MCIC since 1988, in various capacities, and has been the Executive Director since 2000. She has a keen interest in public engagement and enjoys finding creative ways to get more people interested in international development and seeing the connections between global and local issues, with the ultimate goal of creating more global citizens. She has participated in a number of committees, both nationally and provincially, regarding public engagement. Her first international experience was as a Canadian Crossroads International volunteer in Kenya. She has also worked for the Canadian Red Cross, The Marquis Project and World Food Day Association. Janice considers it an honour to be able to work with such great colleagues on staff, board, with our member agencies and with so many others who are working to make this a more just world for all.

Patricia Maruschak

Patricia Maruschak

Director of Engagement and Learning

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Patricia has worked in international development and humanitarian assistance for over 20 years for organizations such as the Canadian Bureau for International Education, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the International Finance Corporation – World Bank Group and Canadian Lutheran World Relief.

After beginning her career as a teacher in Winnipeg she went on to complete a Masters in Public Administration and International Development at Carleton University in Ottawa which led to managing development projects on policy reform, juvenile justice, education reform and corporate governance in Jordan and several countries in eastern Europe and Central Asia. She has also been responsible for food assistance, food security and humanitarian response projects supporting refugee populations in Palestine, Myanmar, Uganda, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Iraq.

Patricia is excited to be a part of the team at MCIC and to work with our partners to raise awareness about global citizenship and the great work Manitoba organizations are doing internationally.

Jane Mychasiw

Jane Mychasiw

Office Coordinator

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Jane has been working at MCIC since 2015, having made a mid-career change after working in hotels for 20 years. Originally from Victoria, BC, she holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria and is currently taking her Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University. She has lived overseas in Dubai, UAE and London, UK and is trying to change the world one office coordinator task at a time.

Abdal Qeshta

Abdal Qeshta

International Program Coordinator

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Abdal holds a Bachelor degree in political science, and an MBA in Global Management from Paris ESLSCA Business School in Egypt. He has previous experience in international development focusing in business development, education, and humanitarian programs in the Middle East funded by USAID and European Union.

Recently, he was working with the United Nations Association in Canada as a Regional Coordinator in Manitoba for the Canada Green Corps Program and with iDE Canada as a Fundraising Manager.

Abdal considers it an honour to be able to work with great colleagues - staff, board, and with our member agencies; and being able to contribute to the great work of MCIC and our members.

Lauren Roberts

Lauren Roberts

Digital Media Specialist

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Grace Van Mil

Grace Van Mil

Public Engagement Specialist

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Grace has a decade of experience working in international and community development, ranging from locally based community projects to international NGOs operating around the world. Whether within communities here in Canada or as part of development projects in East Africa, Grace’s passion for social justice has informed her life and work.

A lifelong learner, Grace enjoys facilitating learning opportunities for others and exploring innovative ideas for development practice. She is a graduate of the International Development post-graduate program at The Business School at Humber College and looks forward to supporting MCIC members and engaging Manitobans as global citizens.

Kalin McDonald

Kalin McDonald

Sustainability Specialist

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Kalin is excited to bring his sustainability expertise to the MCIC team. He holds two degrees from the University of Manitoba in Psychology and Environmental Studies. His professional interests include sustainable tourism, waste management and environmental stewardship. 
He comes to MCIC from The Forks, where he was an integral part of numerous Target Zero initiatives during his five years with the organization. His work included launching a Market-wide compost program and the implementation of a centralized dishwasher, both leading to large reductions in waste. His non-profit work also includes mentoring LGBT youth and supporting adults with intellectual challenges. 
Kalin looks forward to making connections across the province and working together toward a just and sustainable world. 

Anna Kroeker

Anna Kroeker

Public Engagement Specialist

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A champion of social justice in her personal and professional life, Anna has been involved in the non-profit world for many years. She holds a Bachelors degree in international relations from the University of British Columbia, and looks forward to snowy winters now that she is home in Manitoba. She has worked in youth engagement for many years, coming to MCIC from Lower Fort Garry and Fort Whyte Alive. She recently interned for Seva Canada and Susila Dharma International Association and was honoured to work on such important global projects.

Her work at MCIC brings together her passions for youth engagement and global issues. She looks forward to engaging Manitobans in the efforts of advancing sustainability. She looks forward to creating relationships with MCIC members and citizens across Manitoba.

Ben Dearing

Ben Dearing

Communications Specialist

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Ben is a lifelong advocate of justice and global equity.  He holds a Diploma in Public Relations, Strategic Communications and Marketing from the University of Winnipeg, and has worked and volunteered with multiple non-profits working in Canada. He is excited to turn to international development with MCIC. 

Ben's previous work includes time spent with the YMCA and Tim Horton's Children's Camps as an educator and program facilitator for youth from disadvantaged communities.  Seeing the potential of newly empowered young people first-hand motivates him to promote organizations doing similar work in communities around the world.  

He is eager to grow MCIC's reach in the community, making it an accessible and authoritative voice on sustainable development and global equity.