Alumnus Dariusz Dziewanski ’97 visited SMUS last week to speak to Senior School students about international development. Dariusz earned his bachelor of commerce degree in international business and then went on to complete a master’s degree in international affairs in 2005. Dariusz is now a policy consultant and freelance journalist who has contributed to many development projects in Africa and South America. He recently spent six months in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia working for a local NGO that focused on landmine-risk education and disarmament.
Dariusz made a presentation to the Senior School students during Chapel and spoke to individual classes. His talks included information on Ethiopian culture, his NGO work and landmine issues, which Canada has been instrumental in bringing to the world’s attention.
Dariusz also worked for an NGO in Buenos Aires, where he was involved in micro-credit. He helped bring funding to factory workers affected by the currency crisis in 2003, when managers abandoned their factories and workers and took their wealth with them. The NGO helped factory workers obtain financing to buy the factories and raw materials, so that they could become owner-operators of the companies and keep profits and jobs in Argentina. While working in Buenos Aires, Dariusz also volunteered in the one of the slums working with youth at risk.
Dariusz urged the students to stay informed on world issues and suggested that the students should take time out of their vacations to volunteer when they travel internationally.