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On March 9th, 2016, IDI hosted its celebration for International Women’s Day (March 8th) at Friends house. The theme for this year’s Luncheon was ‘recognition, reclaiming and respect’. The Master of Ceremonies for the luncheon was Rose Buhagiar, director and retired MCSCS.

Program started with lunch and following lunch participants were introduced more than one story card game ( and had some time to play the game.

Excellence in Service award presented to Kairos for their dedication on women and indegenous rights. Shannon Neufeldt, Network and Young Adult Coordinator of Kairos gave a brief presentation of about Kairos. You can reach the videos that were showed during the presentation.

  1. Blanket exercise
  2. Reconciliation is in the Wind


Melissa Stevenson-Adamji recieved IDI Excellence in Community Service Recognition for her hard work to improve indegenous peoples health and well being. Melissa gave a brief information about her background and reason for pursue her career to giving back to the community. She also brought her drum and performed two native songs with her lovely voice.


At the end of the Luncheon participants introduced to have free work with their clay, mostly it was found as a relaxing activity.


You can find more information about award recipients below:
Excellence in Community Service Award: KAIROS

KAIROS unites Canadian churches and religious organizations in a faithful ecumenical response to the call to “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

KAIROS deliberates on issues of common concern, advocates for social change and joins with people of faith and goodwill in action for social transformation. From churches and communities to Parliament hill and the United Nations, KAIROS:

Defend dignity and human rights for all.

Promote just and sustainable energy policies.

Build right relationships with Indigenous peoples.

Inspire Canadians to seek climate justice.

Link women of courage around the world in common actions to end violence.

Urge companies to respect human rights and ecological integrity.

Join together across denominations in worship that inspires faithful justice.


Areas of Focus: Gender Justice, Indigenous rights, Ecological Justice, Migrant justice, Prophetic witness


Excellence in Community Service Recognition:
BScN, CDE, Diabetes Nurse Educator

Melissa is of Ojibway-Cree heritage. Her family originates from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. She is Bear Clan and is a proud mother of 2 amazing little boys. She currently resides in Mississauga Ontario with her husband and 2 sons.Her education includes Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Ryerson University, a certificate in Diabetes Education from Michener Institute and a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) designation from the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board.

She is a Registered Nurse on an interdisciplinary Diabetes Education Team at Anishnawbe Health Toronto. She aligns with the agency’s mission to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal people in spirit, mind, emotion and body by providing Traditional Health with an intradisciplinary health care model. Her passion lies in Aboriginal health & wellness. Understanding the important role culture plays in health & healing she appreciates the contribution from many traditional teachings in health education. While striving to raise awareness about diabetes the team provides the community with the necessary information and tools to live a healthy lifestyle through one to one sessions and educational workshops.

Additional Melissa is a member of an academic affiliated research team that is currently focusing on Aboriginal health that has publish an article related to understanding the different factors that may affect ones health and has presented this same information presented at Professional conferences.