Joanie Verret

My Volunteer Experience

With degrees in communications from l'Université du Québec en Outaouais and Ottawa University, Joanie Verret is completing a one-year assignment in Bamako, the capital of Mali. As the daughter of a diplomat, she spent more than 10 years of her life outside of Canada. “That’s where my interest in international cooperation comes from. Uniterra is a perfect way to move from an interest to something real,” she says.

Her assignment consists of assisting Thiam Diallo, her counterpart responsible for communications and promotion in the Réseau national d'appui à la promotion de l'économie sociale et solidaire au Mali [the National Support Network Promoting The Social and Solidarity Economy], better known as RENAPESS Mali. The social and solidarity economy is defined as “a non-profit economic practice that helps develop new ways to consider and fuel the economy while preserving democratic values. This approach aims to improve social and economic conditions while respecting sustainable development” (RENAPESS web site).

To this end, Joanie supports four RENAPESS member groups: Kissima industrie, Covatex, l’Association des groupements villageois féminins [The Association of Village Women’s Groups] and l’Association jeunesse action Mali [Mali Youth Action Association].

Others Volunteers

Stéphanie Boucher

Human Resources Consultant


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Yaya Zan Konare

President of the FENASCOM / Fédération nationale des associations de santé communautaire du Mali


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Hawa Ali Traoré

Co-responsible for the Gender and Social Development Pole of Mali’s RENAPESS.



March 19, 2014
Documentary Launch: In solidarity with the shea tree
February 17, 2014
Launch of the 2014 International Seminar
February 10, 2014
Uniterra featured in The Ottawa Citizen
January 31, 2014
Meet our Canadian participants to the 2014 International Seminar!


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