"Evening with DDI" a successful birthday party fundraiser

On October 15, a DDI benefit event was held in Ottawa. DDI Canada Director Ted Jackson used the occasion of his birthday to invite 120 friends, family and DDI supporters to a gala dinner in the grand salon of Ottawa’s City Hall. Music was provided by Cuban-Canadian jazz pianist Miguel de Armas and up-and-coming Rwandan-Canadian singer, Edgar Mbaraga. City Councillor Tobi Nussbaum welcomed the guests, and the keynote address was given by the Honourable Bob Rae, former premier of Ontario and past interim leader of Canada’s Liberal Party.

Rae, who works closely with Aboriginal Canadian communities on mineral rights and development, spoke on the theme, Indigenous Development and International Development: Connecting the Dots. He emphasized the need to “face our own colonial history to understand how to share the land with Aboriginal communities.”

DDI Executive Director Dorothée Gizenga spoke about the difficult reality of artisanal diamond miners and asked attendees to join DDI in making a difference for them and their communities.

“We are grateful to all the participants and donors who made this event a success,” she says.