My plans for the One Year One World initiative were ambitious, challenging (especially for a one-woman-crew in 2009) and, had it not been for my lack of income while I worked in the field, completely do-able...
My goal was to document and amplify the crucial voices of communities and people who were, and are, of utmost importance but were being largely ignored my the media. With a profound interest in traditional knowledge and wisdom, ancient practices and Indigenous cultures, I left the newsroom and set off a mission to help add their stories to the global dialogue.
While my commitment as a messenger lives on, the present-day/global reality has put the breaks on that journey (temporarily, I hope). In the meantime, I find myself in the Kingdom of Cambodia where I continue to explore the world around me with great admiration, gratitude and passion.
Welcome to my page, an unofficial outlet for all the things that fuel my urge to keep celebrating the wonders of our global community.
"There is so much
to be learned from Indigenous peoples around the world. I chose to pursue my dream because of my insatiable curiosity and profound love, respect, and concern for the future of the world's traditional cultures and wisdom. Travelling alone, with very little funds, wasn't easy, but my expeditions have taught me so much more than I could have ever imagined..." -mp.
After more than a decade of working for Canada’s largest news networks (CBC & CTV) as a video journalist/reporter, producer, writer and editor, Maggie Padlewska, left the newsroom to embark on a one-woman journey to help raise awareness of the stories and issues of communities that lack the resources to be heard globally. She travels alone, with her gear, to meet with some of the world’s most neglected yet fascinating people, many of who struggle with human rights abuses and their communities’ cultural survival. Padlewska is a passionate advocate for the protection and preservation of indigenous wisdom and practices, the world’s cultural heritage and the natural environment.
Video Journalist / Documentarian / Producer / Observer
Master of Journalism - Carleton University 2008
B.A.(Hons) Political Science /with Distinction - Concordia University 2004
Associate Degree Television Broadcasting - Algonquin College 2001
Korean Studies Certificate - Yonsei University 1998
Carleton University Reporters Without Borders / Journalists for Human Rights annual event Guest Speaker 2016
University of Ottawa International Development Week Guest Speaker 2016
ROLEX Awards for Enterprise Candidate 2016
GLOBAL CHORUS guest Contributor/Author 2015
IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation) Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship 2014 Runner Up
ONE YEAR ONE WORLD:
It all started with an idea in 2004...
"Maggie's mission is fuelled by passion, commitment, courage and a deep respect for all humanity – a personal commitment to social justice and human rights issues, and a determination to bring to light and preserve untold legacies before they fall into extinction."
- Julie Nesrallah, CBC Host