EWB Calgary – Our position on the U.S. Travel Ban and Quebec Mosque Shooting.
The EWB Calgary City Chapter works toward EWB’s vision of a thriving and sustainable world, where every person can live to his or her unique potential. An important part of this work involves tackling systems of inequality and injustice that currently prevent many people from attaining their basic needs and opportunities.
As a community, we are grieving and outraged by events of the past few days, particularly the U.S. travel ban on refugees and citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries, and the horrifying shooting at a mosque in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. These further reinforce systems of injustice, and represent clear steps against the type of world we are trying to build.
EWB Calgary City Chapter is proud to have several members who are part of the Muslim community, including citizens from countries targeted by the immigration ban. They have made our chapter stronger through their contributions, and we are fortunate to call them colleagues and close friends.
We will continue to work towards making our chapter an inclusive place, where people of all faiths and backgrounds feel welcome and are able to contribute their unique gifts and perspectives. Our chapter is also actively exploring ways in which we can show solidarity with the Muslim community and support human rights in our city, province, and country. We welcome anyone with suggestions to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and to follow our website at calgary.ewb.ca for more updates.
Posts & Upcoming events
Feb. 3rd, 2017: Send Off for Kumvana Visitor
Feb, 7th 2017: Planning Session for World Fair Trade Day
Feb. 9th, 2017: International Development: From Theory to Practice
Feb. 21st, 2017: EWB Calgary General Meeting
Feb. 22nd, 2017: Development Drinks
Feb. 24 – 26th, 2017: National Fair Trade Conference
Jan. 29th, 2017: Snowshoeing Trip
Jan, 31st 2017: Lean Start-Up for Social Enterprises
EWB Calgary is excited to host Kenyan social entrepreneur Samuel Wachieni during the week of Jan. 29th – Feb. 4th 2017. Samuel is the co-founder and CEO of Crowd Farm Africa, an online crowd-farming platform designed to attract investment into African business and unleash the continent’s agricultural potential. While in Calgary, Samuel will be exchanging ideas with a variety of Southern Alberta investors, farmers, and entrepreneurs.
We have planned multiple events for the EWB Calgary community to meet Samuel during his time here in Calgary. We hope to see everyone at these events!
Review of EWB Calgary’s 2016 Achievements
It’s hard to believe that the “EWB year” is already half over! Traditionally, EWB chapters have planned around the academic calendar: new teams and plans are developed in the summer, and the fall and winter tend to be our busiest seasons in terms of events.
As such, now is a good time to take stock of achievements from the “first half” of our year, and we have a lot to celebrate already! Here are just a few of our highlights:
- The Fair Trade Calgary Team worked with Morrison Hershfield to create Alberta’s first Fair Trade-certified workplace
- EWB’s Corporate Engagement Team partnered with Mountain Equipment Co-op for a successful Run to End Poverty campaign, raising $7,500+ for EWB’s overseas ventures
- EWB’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Team has convened government, non-profit, academic, private sector, and faith-based groups for two invigorating Steering Committee meetings to develop a Calgary agenda for action on the SDGs
- More than 20 chapter volunteers participated in a retreat to brainstorm ideas on the direction of the chapter for the next three years, which has since been further refined in a follow-up session
- EWB’s Basic Income Team participated in the Metro Alliance for the Common Good’s Discernment Assembly, and has been working with multiple groups to develop a proposal to run a basic income pilot locally
- 11 volunteers will be representing our chapter at the EWB National Conference in January 2017 – the largest Calgary City delegation in at least five years!
We still have lots of work to do in the coming months, and if you’re interested in being part of the action, please contact us to see how you can contribute to any of the above teams!
In the meantime, we wish all EWB Calgary volunteers and supporters a very happy, restful and safe holiday season.
Nov. 29th, 2016: Fair Trade Calgary Holiday Party
Fair Trade Calgary is hosting their first annual holiday mixer on Giving Tuesday November 29th at 1410 World Bierhaus.
This event is meant to be a fundraiser for the group so that they can host a big community event in May 2017 to commemorate World Fair Trade Day during Canada’s 150th birthday.
The event is in partnership with GoodMob and Place2Give. Place2Give will be selling charity giftcards at the event for anyone interested in picking up a gift that gives back.
Highlights of the Sept. 10th 2016 Retreat
Twenty active volunteers with the EWB Calgary City Chapter convened for our annual fall retreat at the downtown Calgary Public Library. With a diverse group of participants, this gathering was a unique occasion to get to know each other, discuss strategic questions for the chapter, get energized and inspired for the coming year.
The day’s discussions and workshops included:
- Our connection to the broader EWB organization
- The impact areas and long-term wins (or “trophies”) we aim to achieve as a chapter
- The financial, communications, and volunteer engagement structures needed to support that vision.
The chapter’s Executive Team has since been discussing next steps to distill all the great ideas we collected last month into a prioritized plan. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook group as we post more reflections on the retreat and follow-up activities, and thanks to all those who participated in the retreat!
Run to End Poverty 2016
Congratulations to all the volunteers and runners who participated in EWB Calgary’s Run to End Poverty (R2EP) – our largest annual fundraiser on September 24th!
More than 25 runners, 5+ volunteers, and 2 Fair Trade banana suits contributed to raising $7,500 (and counting) for EWB’s anti-poverty ventures. It’s not too late to contribute if you’d still like to support the efforts – visit our chapter R2EP page here, where you can donate to a particular team or individual.
Why do we host the R2EP fundraiser annually?
EWB invests in creating incredible leaders. Your donation and participation in R2EP is an investment in innovative ventures that reduce poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Explore some of our ventures.
- Oct. 13th, 2016: FairTrade Calgary: Community Ambassadors Monthly Meet-up
- Oct. 20th, 2016: Orientation for the Evolving Engineering Mentorship Program (See details)
- Oct. 24th, 2016: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Presentation (See details)
- Sept. 7th, 2016: Fair Trade Calgary – SAIT Welcome Week Expo Day
- Sept. 10th, 2016: EWB Calgary Chapter Annual Retreat
- Sept. 13th, 2016: Free Movie Screening – ‘Pipelines, Power & Democracy’
- Sept. 15th, 2016: Fair Trade Calgary – Community Ambassador Training
- Sept. 24th, 2016: The 2016 Run To End Poverty
- Sept. 25th, 2016: Fair Trade Calgary – REAP‘s Food for Thought (food tasting event)
- Sept. 29th, 2016: Development Drinks with EWB Alumni – Patrick Miller
- August 18-27, 2016: Globalfest 2016
- August 27th, 2016: Social Capital Tournament