Global Leaders from Central, North and South America recently had an amazing experience participating in their regional meeting. Global Leader Alumni, Ivan Galindo and current Global Leader, Connie Duran Peralta graciously hosted the meeting in their home city of Queretaro, Mexico. Our days were packed with activities, including presentations and tours.
1. Global Leaders are proud of their peace building art activity (Deserea Quintana – Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Laurie Hand – Community Development Institute, Global Leader Secretariat, Maria Thereza Marcilio – Brazil, Monica Sayad – Round Valley Indian Tribes, Mary Zoller – Colusa Indian Community, Isabella Henriquez – Brazil, Gale Spotted Tail – Lakota, Kim Nall – Colusa Indian Community, Lucia Vicencio – Community Development Institute)
2. Engaging in the activity
3. Sharing feedback remotely
4. The children at the center operated by the municipality comparing their embroidery to the beadwork on Gale’s moccasins
A few highlights included a visit to Ivan’s school with an opportunity to speak to staff and parents about the engaging program for children at his center and a tour of the center for the children of women who are street vendors, operated by the municipality.
At the center we were joined for breakfast by the Mayor and his wife and learned more about what Queretaro is doing to support children and families. One afternoon we were able to experience Connie’s Global Leader project first-hand as we engaged in one of the peace-building activities in which children participate.
As always, we were impassioned by each other when Global Leaders presented information about their ongoing community advocacy projects, even connecting remotely with those who were unable to attend. I continue to be inspired by the amazing work happening on behalf of children across the world.