We just launched our "Cross Canada Tour" (5 cities) Monday night in Ottawa and it was with a lot of pride that Mgr Terrence Prendergast (Archbishop of Ottawa) hosted the premiere of the documentary A New Leaf. Mgr Prendergast made the opening remarks of the one-hour panel discussion following the film screening. The hundred participants had the opportunity to ask all their questions to our guests: Fr. Isidore Ouedraogo (Executive Secretary of Caritas Burkina Faso), Kris Dmytrenko (Producer at Salt and Light TV), Jim Cornelius (Executive Director of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank - CFGB) and moderated by my colleague, Kelly Di Domenico (Communications Officer at Development and Peace).
The documentary was filmed last summer as Kelly accompanied a Salt + Light film crew in Niger and Mali to witness our work with local partners in conjunction with the CFGB to address the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel (West Africa).
And while responding to a question, Father Isidore had this cry of the heart: "What you are doing is very important; your individual gifts are important for individual persons – thank you for that!"