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Digging Deep: A Conversation about radio, farmers, and change in Africa
Wed, 19 October 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM PDT
Join Doug Ward, chair of the board of Farm Radio International, as he leads an in-depth yet informal conversation about how interactive radio can bring about positive change in rural communities across Africa. He will share examples that demonstrate how combining two most powerful communication tools on the continent — radio and mobile phones — can make a real difference in people’s lives, increasing food and economic security.
In his 30-year career with the CBC, Doug worked to revolutionize Canadian public radio. He co-authored the English Radio Report in 1970, a landmark publication that ushered in changes that helped make CBC Radio what it is today. He was on the team that created the popular and enduring program As It Happens. And, as director of the CBC Northern Service, he promoted the hiring and training of native northerners to create radio programs that reflected the unique cultures, voices, and concerns of Canada's First Nations.
Doug has not slowed down since retiring from the CBC, having chaired the board of Farm Radio for the past 15 years. For his work as a radio pioneer dedicated to serving listeners, Doug was recently honoured with the Order of Canada.
Doug knows first hand the power of radio to create change. Join him to learn how radio and mobile phones are joining forces across Africa to help farmers grow more and better food, improve their livelihoods, and have a stronger voice in their own development.
This event takes place at the personal residence of Robert and Almaz Carruthers. Space is limited, so please register to reserve your spot.
Doors will open at 5:30 pm. The talk will start at 6 pm.
For more information, please contact Lydia Treadwell, firstname.lastname@example.org or at 613-761-3659