IRYD and RCHC Welcome Ms. Sheila Pelami as new Administrative Assistant under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program

IRYD and RCHC Welcome Ms. Sheila Pelami as new Administrative Assistant under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program

June 7, 2021 16:35 PM ET

Today, the International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) and the Rwandan Canadian Healing Centre (RCHC) are pleased to welcome Ms. Sheila Pelami as their new Administrative Assistant under the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) programs.

Ms. Pelami is a Science student at Heritage College where she just completed her first year. Passionate about learning, she applied for the post of Administrative Assistant for the International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) and the Rwandan Canadian Healing Centre (RCHC) in goal to develop her skills and grow experience, all of that, surrounded by our team.

We are thrilled to welcome her as we saw in her a young talent full of passion and a great learning attitude. We hope to offer her that growth all summer long. We are also delighted to work in collaboration of the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) and encourage the promotion of students in a work environment.

Mr. Sheila Pelami, we wish you well on your journey with us.


IRYD Executives and Board Members Pay Courtesy Call to Minister James Kabarebe

IRYD Executives and Board Members Pay Courtesy Call to Minister James Kabarebe

Kigali, Rwanda | Last Updated: December 22, 2017 2:52 PM GMT+2

The International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) executive team and board members paid a courtesy call to James Kabarebe, Rwanda’s Minister of Defence. This meeting is a follow-up on the recent November 18, 2017 Rwanda Youth Convention where Minister Kabarebe was Guest of Honour.


James Kabarebe, Rwanda Minister of Defence with IRYD executives and board members

The youth convention was co-organized by IRYD and partners including the Government of Rwanda, the Canadian Association of Rwandan Youth (CARY), the Rwandan Community Abroad (RCA) Edmonton and friends of Rwanda. At the Edmonton convention, Minister Kabarebe inspired Rwandan youth in an interactive conversation where he shared on the role of youth in Rwanda’s past, present and future transformation. The event was the first of its kind and attracted over 1300 participants drawn from Rwandan-Canadians and their friends in Canada.

Today’s courtesy call meeting which took place at the Ministry of Defence headquarters in Kigali highlighted continued positive partnership between the Government of Rwanda and IRYD. Minister Kabarebe reiterated on the government’s commitment to continue working with the youth abroad. Specifically, the government’s focus on positively supporting the youth to share knowledge, business-professional networks and our common Rwandan identity.

About IRYD

The International Rwanda Youth for Development – IRYD (‘I Ride’) is an independent youth forum on the development of Rwanda. Based in Montreal (QC), with a chapter in Edmonton (AB), Canada, and open to the world, IRYD provides an avenue for Rwandan youth, Rwandan and Canadian leaders, the Rwandan Community Abroad and friends of Rwanda across the globe to discuss issues, propose solutions and implement resolutions on the development of Rwanda. IRYD is formally registered as a non-profit organization in the province of Quebec, Canada.

Founded by Moses Gashirabake and Jaures Habineza in 2015, IRYD’s main mission is to continue to stimulate the involvement of fellow Rwandan youth and friends in the development of Rwanda and host countries. By engaging Rwandan youth and their leaders in development-oriented topics, IRYD aims to inspire over 10,000 young people to start businesses in Rwanda and host countries on the year’s heading to vision 2030 and contribute through other ways in social and economic development. The founders became even more convinced following their December 2014 visit to Rwanda, where they met with and were directly inspired by H.E. President Paul Kagame’s focus on youth and the role they can play in economic development through entrepreneurship.

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IRYD Represented at the 2017 Canada-Africa Chamber of Business Africa Day Networking Reception in Ottawa

IRYD Represented at the 2017 Canada-Africa Chamber of Business Africa Day Networking Reception in Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada | Last Updated: May 24, 2017 6:51 AM EDT

The International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) was represented at the 2017 Africa Day Netorking Reception in Ottawa on Tuesday 23 May 2017.  The reception was hosted by the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business in partnership with the international business law firm of Gowling WLG in Ottawa. Representing IRYD were co-presidents Moses Gashirabake and Jaures Habineza. The aim of the reception was to celebrate the Annual Africa Day as well as connect Canadian and African businesses in various sectors of the economy.

L-R: Andrew Kaikai, Attorney at Rideout & Maybee LLP, Jean-Marie Vianney  Faida, Rwandan Investor and IRYD co-Presidents Jaures Habineza and Moses Gashirabake.

The cocktail reception event was scheduled to start at 5:30 pm and end at 7:30 pm but participants stayed past 8pm. Speakers included representatives of the Canadian government and international business leaders.  Speakers who took the podium included Ambassadors of various African countries, Hon. Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament for Hull—Aylmer (Quebec) and Executive Director of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association. Bruce Shapiro, President of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business also welcomed new members of the Chamber and promised to continue working to bring innovative events to members and friends of the Chamber.

Other partners and sponsors of the event included Ethiopian Airlines, Ausenco, BmDodo Strategic Design, Cidel, DaMina Advisors, Export Development Canada, Goodman’s LLP, Gowling WLG, HATCH, Mine Africa, The Republic of Namibia, PDAC, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, South African Airways, SGS, Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture and many others. Business leaders and business lawyers from Canada and African countries such as Rwanda were also represented.

Jean-Marie Vianney, Rwandan Investor with Moses Gashirabake, co-President at IRYD.

About the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business 

The Canada-Africa Chamber of business is is not-for-profit, apolitical organisation funded entirely by its membership and activities. Chamber members and guest speakers represent a who’s who of Canadian companies invested in, or doing business with Africa. The Chamber’s objectives aligns with those of  IRYD in that it exisits to accelerate trade, business and investment between Canada and Africa through “world-class networking and information sharing opportunities.” The chamber was founded in 1994 following South Africa’s first democratic elections.

The Chamber originally focussed on South Africa but has increased it’s activities to broader geographic interests of its members across the African continent. The Chamber has expanded its geographic focus in 2008 to Southern Africa, and now in 2016 to encompass the rest of Africa.

Participants at the Africa Day Networking Cocktail in Ottawa (ON), Canada.


Hon. Greg Fergus Liberal MP for Hull—Aylmer addressing participants.


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IRYD Attends the 11th Shelter Them Charity Gala in Toronto

IRYD Attends the 11th Shelter Them Charity Gala in Toronto

Toronto, Canada | Last Updated: May 8, 2017 11:28 AM EDT

On Saturday 6 May 2017, the International Rwanda Youth for Development (IRYD) attended the 11th Shelter Them Gala in Toronto, Canada. The Gala is an annual fundraiser event hosted by Shelter Them – Batarure, a Christian charitable national NGO dedicated to helping orphans and vulnerable children in Rwanda. Shelter Them assists by providing the basics of life such as nutritious food, shelter, education, healthcare and emotional support. This is all done to give tools that will enable children to play a part in Rwanda’s bright future. 

The event was attended by over 300 people who came from Toronto, Hamilton, St. John’s, Québec City, Ottawa and other Canadian cities as well as from the United States of America. IRYD was represented by its Co-Presidents Jaurès Habineza and Moses Gashirabake as well as Doriane Kundwa, Vice President and Director of Public Relations. Tanya Michelle Contente, a friend of IRYD from the United Nations Association of Canada also joined the Gala from Montreal.

Jaures, Moses and Doriane (IRYD Executives)

IRYD congratulates the Co-Founders of Shelter Them – Batarure, Josephine Murphy and Jocelyne Alexandre for their continued hard work in contributing to the development of Rwanda. Your work is a true inspiration to many young Rwandans who believe in making a difference for the future of Rwanda’s youth. 


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Doriane Kundwa appointed as IRYD Vice-President and Director of Public Relations

Doriane Kundwa

Montreal – April 12,  2017 | International Rwanda Youth for Development – IRYD 
The International Rwanda Youth for Development – IRYD is pleased to announce the appointment of Doriane Kundwa as its Vice-President and Director of Public Relations.  Miss Kundwa shares IRYD’s vision of empowering youth from Rwanda, Canada and across the globe.
Currently based in Canada’s Province of Ontario, Miss Kundwa is well-known for her successful reign as Miss Rwanda 2015. As  IRYD Vice-President, Miss Kundwa will assist the co-founders in coordinating, conceptualizing and delivering projects such as the Rwanda Global Youth Convention (RGYC), Business Networking events and Symposiums. In her role as  Director of Public Relations, she will be in charge of representing the organization with external partners.

IRYD believes her future contributions to our mission of connecting young Rwandans and friends globally on issues relating to economic development will inspire a lot of youth at home and abroad. Doriane’s experience in Rwandan youth issues, strong communications and networking skills are invaluable additions to the team.

Please join us in welcoming Miss Doriane Kundwa to the IRYD team.

IRYD Team.