Carleen McGuinty

Policy and Government Relations Officer, World Vision Canada (Canada)

Born 1981. Honors degree in History, University of Ottawa 2000-04 and Université Libre de Bruxelles 2003; Masters of International Relations, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto 2004-05; International Development Officer, World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and UNICEF, Youth In Transition project, Sri Lanka 2005; Policy and Government Relations Officer, World Vision Canada (Ottawa) 2006-08; Policy Advisor (Child Protection), World Vision Canada (Mississauga) beginning in September 2008.

Personal Introduction

I work in international development policy for one of Canada’s largest international development, relief and advocacy organizations, World Vision. I am a passionate advocate for human rights, in particular the rights of children. I recently spent one year in Sri Lanka working with tsunami-affected youth and providing constructive alternatives to participation in the war. While I embrace a grassroots approach for positive and lasting change, I recognize that change cannot occur without the will of our political leaders. As such, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from a group of such vast experience. I hope to contribute in some small way and to return to my life and work in Canada with some concrete action points.