Heart-Links is thrilled to be featured in an Ontario Council for International Cooperation podcast and illustration series that launches next week. Running from International Development Week (Feb. 7–13) to International Women’s Day (Mar. 8), the series examines the future of international cooperation and global solidarity, and the partnerships needed for gender transformative, sustainable development.

Here’s a taste:

With the help of podcaster Safa Shahkhalili and illustrator Amanda Schutz, the series will share stories from Heart-Links and 7 other OCIC members—Bhutan Canada Foundation, CAP Network, Canada-Mathare Education Trust, Inter Pares, Partners In Health Canada, Rayjon Share Care, YMCA of Greater Toronto—and our respective international partners.

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OCIC members offer Amanda Schutz feedback on her illustration of Heart-Links’ conversation with Erla Hoyos of Centro Santa Angela’s Leadership School

A lunchtime launch event at 12 noon, Monday, February 8, kicks off the series. Join us through zoom to

  • Reflect on the importance of International Development Week, and why a partnership approach matters
  • Hear from podcaster Safa Shahkhalili about her approach to creating the series and engaging with partners around the world
  • Hear from illustrator Amanda Schutz about her artwork and artistic process
  • Engage with participants about what’s at the heart of their podcast stories


Two new episodes of Tapestry 2030 air each week. Heart-Links’ episode airs Thursday, February 11, just one day before our own celebration of solidarity, Share the Love @ Home.

Here’s to celebrating International Development Week with you!