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Ghana4.HEIC

Catalyste+ Advisor

I consider myself very fortunate to have been accepted as an advisor for Catalyste+.  Catalste+ is a Canadian economic development organization that helps people build better lives by strengthening local economies in Canada and in developing countries around the world since 1967. In 2024 I completed 4 projects in Peru/Spain, Guyana, Ghana, and Iqaluit - 2-in person and 2 virtual.  Each assignment is unique based on the client needs and regardless of what the desired outcome is, the fulfillment and reward for me cannot be measured.  

“I have never met someone who helped me understand myself to such a high degree and she does it without judgement.  For that I will always be grateful.”  Student – Guyana - WAD

 

“You have made us feel loved, valued, understood, seen, and heard.  I don’t know how you are able to see our gifts after only meeting us for 1 hour, but I never knew my gifts until I met you.”   

Student – Guyana – WAD

“Mia, thank you for everything.  I am at a loss of words for the passion with which you are working to support our work.  I am forever most grateful.  May God bless your efforts.  Thank you!” 

Amos Seido – Ghana, West Africa – CRIS Organization

"I create a ripple effect on the world around  me."

Ghana, West Africa
CRIS Organization

I was blessed to spend 16 days in a remote part of Ghana, West Africa working with the Centre for Rural Improvement (CRIS) organization.  They required digital marketing and business guidance to help support the farming cooperatives with their mission of ending child pregnancy and illiteracy.  I developed a social media presence for them which included both Facebook and Instagram, while at the same time updating and enhancing their website and logo, and introducing them to the power of storytelling.  

 I spent time with over 175 of the women of the organization to understand their primary needs and to share their story with the outside world.  Although we had many challenges with technology and payment platforms, I felt the work made a significant impact during my time.

It was an exceptionally rewarding assignment. 

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Guyana, South America
WAD Organization

I was fortunate to spend 17 days in Georgetown, Guyana working with WAD – Woman Across Differences educating a group of female students on business strategy and empowerment training.  

I worked with 12 students who were preparing to start their own business or expand their current business. The coaching part of the assignment was to help them understand how to tap into their true potential, so their businesses and home life would have a high value and successful outcome.  

The entrepreneurial training included business strategies, social media expectations, creating a vision, mission, and strategy foundation, understanding how to manage complex change and growth, understanding the importance of branding and more.  

I completed 5 days of workshops with the women followed by 5 days of private sessions to work with each student individually on both the personal and professional part of their goals. 

It was an exceptionally rewarding assignment.

Peru

I was blessed to spend 16 days in a remote part of Ghana, West Africa working with the Centre for Rural Improvement (CRIS) organization.  They required digital marketing and business guidance to help support the farming cooperatives with their mission of ending child pregnancy and illiteracy.  I developed a social media presence for them which included both Facebook and Instagram, while at the same time updating and enhancing their website and logo, and introducing them to the power of storytelling.  

 I spent time with over 175 of the women of the organization to understand their primary needs and to share their story with the outside world.  Although we had many challenges with technology and payment platforms, I felt the work made a significant impact during my time.

It was an exceptionally rewarding assignment. 

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Guyana, South America
WAD Organization

I was fortunate to spend 17 days in Georgetown, Guyana working with WAD – Woman Across Differences educating a group of female students on business strategy and empowerment training.  

I worked with 12 students who were preparing to start their own business or expand their current business. The coaching part of the assignment was to help them understand how to tap into their true potential, so their businesses and home life would have a high value and successful outcome.  

The entrepreneurial training included business strategies, social media expectations, creating a vision, mission, and strategy foundation, understanding how to manage complex change and growth, understanding the importance of branding and more.  

I completed 5 days of workshops with the women followed by 5 days of private sessions to work with each student individually on both the personal and professional part of their goals. 

It was an exceptionally rewarding assignment.

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