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ACIC is proud to be partnering with our member Chalice Canada to welcome Lissy Chacko to the Symposium through the Southern Speakers Fund.

Lissy was born in Kerala, in the Southern part of India. She graduated in Social Studies and has a diploma course in Social Work, as well as a Master’s Degree in Criminal Law. She has a vast experience of working with different groups of people over the years: practicing family law in the courts and under the State Women’s Commission in Kerala, serving as a member on the Juvenile Justice Board for 4 years, and joining the religious life with the Good Shepherd Sisters Bangalore in 1990. Lissy has built strong relationships with government agencies and non-governmental organizations to assist vulnerable people through implementations of programs in the local communities.

Lissy’s past work reflects the theme of gender equality for this year’s symposium. She has organized and implemented campaigns of women/ girl empowerment programs and participated in the protection of women in Kerala through creation and implementation of policies. Lissy also believes in the theory of change and she is convinced that change is possible through collaboration and building relationships between peoples in the grass root level and institutions that create policies to address gender issues. Lissy hopes through this process, people will be able to live peacefully.

The purpose of the Southern Speakers Symposium Fund is to provide opportunities for Southern partners to dialogue with Atlantic Canadians on issues and demonstrate impact of efforts in international cooperation. ACIC recognizes that there is value added to the member’s work or additional public engagement opportunities that may have taken place in conjunction with the speaker’s participation in the ACIC symposium. One of ACIC’s goals is to increase the effectiveness of Canadian development partners by providing opportunities for members and other stakeholders to dialogue, share good practices and build capacity for effective sustainable development.