The Run to End Poverty (R2EP) is a Canada-wide event that aims to bring people together with a common goal: to eliminate extreme poverty in rural Africa. The system of poverty is incredibly complex. Rather than shying away from this, we’ve decided to embrace it and courageously commit to systemic thinking and innovative approaches to find impactful and sustainable solutions. Through R2EP we have the opportunity to reach out to thousands of people across the country with the message that we can and we will defeat poverty. Through incredible programs both in Canada and in Africa, R2EP’s support for Engineers Without Borders has the amazing potential to bring about a positive change in our world.
EWB MUN is gearing up for R2EP 2016! Here’s how to get involved:
During the weekend of June 24th-26th, Memorial University was home to the annual EWB Atlantic Retreat as well as the first Global Leadership Conference. Each of these events took months of planning, and having them come to fruition was an amazing experience for all involved.
The EWB Atlantic Retreat invited members from the University of New Brunswick and Dalhousie University, as well as members of EWB National Office. The day’s events focused on values, mindfulness, and task management through various presentations and team-building exercises. Chapter members participated in a number of tasks ranging from Lego building competitions to meditation, with focus on EWB values and goals for the coming year.
Memorial’s first Global Leadership Conference was a definite success. Through the dedication and hard work of members of EWB MUN, Rotaract, RADHOC, Enactus, MUNHOPE, MUN Minds, and WISE US, the weekend presented delegates with a variety of speakers and panels, as well as presentations from the organizing groups. The weekend allowed delegates to engage in discussion regarding current and future issues, including a panel about Newfoundland’s economic climate by Kim Keating, Dr. Wade Locke, and John Abbott. As well, delegates had the choice to attend breakout sessions such as “Failure is Always an Option” which was organized by EWB, and “A Practical Guide to Networking” with Susan Sparkes which was organized by WISE US.
Overall, the weekend gave participants a chance to network with members of various organizations on a personal and professional level, while also providing individuals with a multitude of resources and skills. We are inspired by the enthusiastic participation of all those who attended, and we look forward to hosting more retreats and conferences in the future.
This weekend wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing efforts of our chapter members, EWB National Office and the other MUN groups listed above. A special thank you goes out to EWB MUN members Taylor Chalker, Ian Connors and Anna Gosine who dedicated a huge amount of time and energy to ensuring this weekend was a success. We are very proud of your courageous commitment to this initiative.
Our chapter had a call tonight with our Junior Fellow this summer, Alycia Leonard. Alycia is in Ghana working for the EWB venture VOTO Mobile. VOTO is a social enterprise which amplifies the voices of the underheard. They do surveying and information distribution to enable smarter, more responsible development. Check out VOTO’s website here and their EWB venture page here for more information on what they do. We’re so excited for her and to learn from her experience this summer.
On March 30th, our chapter held a successful Beat the Crap Out of Poverty fundraiser. If you’re not familiar with the concept, this is how it works:
We acquire a written-off (yet mostly intact) car
We park it near the University Centre
We bring a sledgehammer, safety goggles, gloves and waivers
We let you do the rest
For $2 a smack, $5 for a 30-second brawl or $10 for a full-minute smack-down, this event drew students from far and wide who came to vent their pre-finals frustration. It was a great day with lots of laughs.
Our chapter hosted a retreat on Saturday, March 12 for our members. We had a fantastic time doing workshops in systems mapping, food systems, collaboration through movement, chapter goal-setting and planning for next year. Our members found this a very beneficial opportunity to bond and collaborate. We hope to make chapter retreats a more regular occurrence! Special thanks to Grace Marcoux for organizing such a wonderful day.