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.
Diane has worked and volunteered for a number of years in the non profit sector in Calgary. Her work has focused on supporting women to achieve social equity and personal well being.
Her most recent work has been as a funder associated with a large community fundraising organization. Her work involves evaluating and monitoring programs as well as understanding the social needs of Calgary, the city she has lived in her whole life, and working to find solutions for the most pressing of social issues.
She is really interested in expanding her knowledge in international development and has supported Inspire Africa since it began. She travelled to Rwanda on the 2012 trip and got a first hand look at the exciting projects that are making a difference in the lives of orphans and widows who are re-building their lives.
Jae Cowie is currently retired. His 30 year career in oilfield services and manufacturing spanned 5 countries in Asia, Europe and North America.
Jae is a passionate traveller who has been to Africa a number of times.
In addition to INSPIRE!africa, he has been involved in an economic development project with a village in Malawi for the last 8 years through World Renew.
Jae grew up in Calgary and still calls the city his home.
Joy is happily retired after a 30 year career with the City of Calgary primarily focused on Diversity Services. She became interested in Rwanda many years ago fueled by a longing to see the amazing mountain gorillas, and then as a result of that, took a larger interest in the country over the years.
After her first visit to Rwanda in 2012,(to see the gorillas and meet a child she sponsored),she ‘came upon' INSPIRE!africa in Calgary and became involved as a volunteer. Joy returned to Rwanda with I!a in 2014 to become more immersed in the projects funded by the group.
At home, Joy has always been involved in projects/activities that foster community, inclusion and positive change for individuals or groups who can benefit from some advocacy and support.