An ambassador for peace at Collège Boréal. At the convention of the International Association of Francophone Mayors held in Phnom Pehn (Cambodia) December 2 to 4, a Boréal student was awarded the 2019 Prix de la femme francophone (Francophone Women’s Award).
Ms. Maïmou Wali was recognized for her commitment to promoting peace and non-violence. In her country of origin, Niger, she created the Cercle de réflexion et d’action pour un développement local innovant (Reflection and Action Circle for Innovative Local Development) or Cercle.Dev, a grassroots organization with 3000 volunteer members who work to prevent radicalization and to counter extremism among youth.
The Prix de la femme francophone award salutes the commitment of women to local development and particularly their ability to carry out projects that have positive impacts on their communities.
Peace and Conflict Studies
As an international student at Collège Boréal’s Toronto campus, Ms. Wali is pursuing her studies in the Peace and Conflict Studies program, which is very much in line with her personal commitment.
After graduation, she hopes to continue her efforts to promote peace and non-violence, particularly in the Sahel region and throughout the world.
Ms. Wali’s nomination for the award was submitted by the Association of Municipalities of the Sahel region in Africa, of which Niger is a member.
“I express my heartfelt gratitude to the Sahel chapter of the Association of Municipalities of Burkina Faso for nominating me as a candidate and to all of Cercle.Dev’s partners. I dedicate this award to all of Cercle.Dev’s volunteers and to all the courageous women who display the amazing fortitude it takes to remain resilient.”
— Maïmou WALI, recipient of the Prix de la femme francophone 2019 award and student at Collège Boréal
“Collège Boréal as a whole congratulates Ms. Maïmou Wali for having received this wonderful recognition, but first and foremost for her work as a community leader in Niger. We are very proud to count Ms. Wali among our students and we hope that her experience at Collège Boréal and her future diploma will open new doors for her continued commitment.”
— Daniel Giroux, president of Collège Boréal
About Collège Boréal
Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of communities throughout Ontario.
Collège Boréal offers comprehensive programs and services in 7 campuses and 38 access centres in 26 communities throughout the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from Collège Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, and employment services. Collège Boréal has established over 120 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.
According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, Collège Boréal ranks first in Ontario for two of the five indicators: graduation rate and, for the fourth consecutive year, student satisfaction. These results show that Boreal’s strengths lie in its investment in human capital.
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