The purpose of this website is to provide visitors with information about the activities of the Manitoba Campaign to Ban Landmines (MBCBL) and to relay other news from Mines Action Canada (MAC), the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), and the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC).
The Manitoba Campaign to Ban Landmines is a registered non-profit organization (Corporation #4525575) based in Morden, Manitoba. Its coordinators, Darryl R. Toews and Meredith Daun, first worked to raise awareness in Manitoba of the landmine issue as Youth Ambassadors with the Youth Mine Action Ambassador Program (YMAAP).
YMAAP was an internship program funded by Canada’s Youth International Internship Program (YIIP). It was managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Canadian Red Cross, and Mines Action Canada. Darryl served as Manitoba’s Youth Ambassador from 1999-2000 and Meredith was Youth Ambassador from 2000-2001. They were hosted by the Canadian Red Cross in Winnipeg.
In an effort to sustain the momentum achieved by the global ban on antipersonnel landmines and to carry on the work they began as Youth Ambassadors, Meredith and Darryl established the MBCBL in March 2002. Joined by a network of dedicated volunteers and supporters, the MBCBL is committed to building a mine-free world.
The MBCBL is committed to:
* sustaining the momentum for long-term action to rid the world of anti-personnel landmines by raising awareness in Manitoba of the global landmine crisis.
* providing educational and other resources to teachers, students and other interested individuals or groups about the landmine issue.
* supporting the efforts of Mines Action Canada, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and the Cluster Munition Coalition.
* supporting local organizations in mine-affected countries involved with survivor assistance, mine risk education, or mine clearance.
Meredith Daun is a social worker with Manitoba’s Department of Family Services and Labour. She has a B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of Winnipeg and a B.S.W. from the University of Manitoba. She has worked in Guinea with the UNHCR and the landmine issue has taken her to Cambodia, Japan, Kenya, Rwanda and Jordan.
Darryl R. Toews is a social studies teacher at Morden Collegiate. He has a B.A. (Hons) and a B.Ed. from the University of Manitoba, and a joint M.A. in modern world history from the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. He has served as both Vice-Chair and as Chair of the Board of Directors of Mines Action Canada. The landmine issue has taken Darryl to Bosnia & Herzegovina, the USA, Kenya, Rwanda and Jordan.