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Margaret McQuiston’s career has been primarily with the Canadian government addressing First Nation’s issues including the promotion of self-governing structures and community-based development.  She currently works for the National Energy Board in the area of socio-economic assessment, and public and Aboriginal engagement.

Margaret’s work has given her the opportunity to travel to and work with many Aboriginal communities throughout Canada. She has also traveled extensively throughout the world. Margaret has had the opportunity to see community development projects first hand in El Salvador, Rwanda and Uganda. Margaret also has a passion for the outdoors and loves to ski, hike and bike. 

Margaret is originally from Toronto, Ontario and lives in Calgary, Alberta.

Sponsors and Thank-You’s

  • INSPIRE!africa is truly appreciative of the many who encouraged us to realise this dream and to those who have helped in many ways to make it a reality.

    INSPIRE!africa is also sincerely grateful to the following people and businesses for their generous support:

    • AVASA for our website design and upkeep.
    • Melissa Musgrove and Margaret McQuiston for the photographs on our website.
    • Intaglio Marketing and Design for the design of our logo. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Kim McQuiston for the design of our Gift Cards, brochure and other promotional materials.
    • Edwin Lim for his past support of the design and promotion of our yearly fundraiser and to Jun Ren who has enthusiastically stepped into this role in 2016.
    • Industry Images Creative Studios for their printing services.
    • Webster Galleries for the venue for our annual fundraising events
    • Teresa de Grosbois and Small Shifts Books and Media for supporting us through the sale of her book The Presents' Presents
    • Cheryl Lee for the design of the fundraiser program and bookmarks.
    • Calgary Academy for their donation of equipment, educational expertise and contacts.
    • Louise Bennet for her designs and printing of INSPIRE!africa thank you cards.
    • Jenn Ferguson for her valuable help in formatting INSPIRE!africa art cards.
    • Joel Riker-Fox and Forte Sound & Stage Inc for their expertise and sound system at our annual fundraiser.
    • Manna Catering for their support, presentation and wonderful food at our annual fundraiser.
    • Little Rock Printing
    • Karen Aasen, Stella Bowers, Graham Diehl, Jamie Lafond and Theresa Simons for their creative and heartfelt artwork on the INSPIRE!africa art cards.
    • Graham Diehl for his insightful and innovative Animal Trilogy art series which he created exclusively for INSPIRE!africa.
    • The Planning Committee, Volunteers and Silent Auction Donors of the INSPIRE!africa annual fundraiser.\
    • Dana Cornea, Craig Rubie and Monica Ha for their strong support and guidance with leadership and accounting expertise.
    • Jamie Lafond for his thought provoking artist cards which were unveiled at the 2015 Fundraiser.!
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Our Partners

  • Training survivors in specialized trauma counseling so that they can help each other.  Assisting individuals and families rebuild their lives through access to education, health and the means to support themselves.

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  • Helping widows and orphans of the Rwandan Genocide with counseling and income generation programs.

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  • Survivors Fund

    Rebuilding lives of survivors of the Rwandan Genocide.  Holistic programmes are developed and delivered by survivor-led organizations including AVEGA (Association of Widows of the Genocide) and AERG (Student’s Association of Survivors), with technical support from SURF.

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  • Genocide Survivors Students Association

    A University student organization supporting genocide survivors through a helpline and a youth entrepreneurship program.

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  • Aspire Rwanda helps vulnerable but resilient women rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Rwanda’s genocide. Aspire Rwanda trains women in literacy, English, nutrition and cooking, business skills, commercial agriculture, rights and advocacy. The programme equips them with the knowledge, skills, confidence and the support network they need to become self-sufficient and empowered.

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