Annual Top 30 Celebration Event
Each year, the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC) celebrates its Top 30 Under 30 through a celebration in Alberta. The celebration takes place during the first week of February as part of Canada’s annual International Development Week, which provides an opportunity to pause and acknowledge Canadian contributions to poverty reduction and sustainable development around the world.
ACGC was pleased to extend an invitation to our Top 30 Under 30s (past and present), friends, family, and the wider community to come together on the evening of February 9, 2022 in a virtual celebration of the 2022 cohort of Top 30s and their achievements!
Thank you to all those who joined us virtually on February 9, 2022 for an evening of celebration, music, awardee performances, congratulatory addresses, and more!
This virtual event was live-streamed from the Grindstone Theatre and hosted by 2021 Top 30 Hannan Mohamud. Attendees enjoyed awardee speeches, congratulatory addresses, and a special live musical performance by Afro-fusion band MelAfrique!
Congratulatory addresses included messages from:
- Minister of International Development Harjit S. Sajjan
- Reading of statements from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Jason Kenney
- Address from Elder
- ACGC Executive Director Leah Ettarh
2022 Top 30 Speeches included messages from:
On the evening of February 10th, 2021, families, friends, and the wider community came together to congratulate the 2021 Top 30 Under 30!
The celebration featured each Top 30 Under 30, as they delivered speeches describing their inspiring work, made calls to action, and visualized what a just and sustainable world looks like. We even saw Top 30 Under 30 Sabuna Gamal take the virtual stage, singing Yo Karma Bhumiko Aaganma, Karmako Udaharan, a Nepali song about youth involvement in development.
We also heard greetings of encouragement from Deputy Minister of International Development Leslie MacLean, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Leela Sharon Aheer, and ACGC Executive Director Leah Ettarh. Special thanks to our two energetic hosts, 2020 Top 30 Under 30s Mackenzie Brown and Ivan Touko.
Check out some photos from the celebration below, taken with a virtual photobooth hosted by (Viva) La Vida Photobooth.