This week, our chapter is celebrating Memorial University’s designation as a Fair Trade Campus! This is a designation that our chapter has been working to obtain for a long time. The Fair Trade Campus designation means that our university offers Fair Trade options for many popular products amongst students, including coffee, tea, and chocolate. It also means that we now have an active Fair Trade Committee at our school with representation from EWB MUN as well as MUNSU and the university’s food service providers. This committee will work to ensure that the university offers ethical food choices.
The Fair Trade Campus designation was announced during an EWB Fair Trade Celebration as a part of Fair Trade Campus Week. Several important figures in the university came out to show their support, including Dr. Gary Kachanoski (University President), Dr. Cecilia Reynolds (Deputy Provost), Dr. Suzanne Hurley (Engineering Professor and Committee Member), Toby Rowe (Memorial Sustainability Office Committee Representative), Matt George (MUN Dining Representative) and Hillary Bellows (MUNSU Committee Representative). Other EWB MUN and MUNSU members were also present
We are very proud of our chapter members who have worked tirelessly to reach this goal. Particular appreciation goes out to Bethany Roberts and Brandon Collier, our chapter’s Fair Trade leads.
The Canadian Fair Trade Network wrote an article about our newfound Fair Trade Campus designation – Check it out here! We were also featured in The Gazette, Memorial’s campus newspaper – take a look at that article here.
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.
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.
In September 2015, EWB MUN hosted a panel with the federal election candidates for St. John’s East as part of EWB’s national #PoliticsAside campaign. The event was titled “Where Do You Stand? Canada’s Role in Ending Global Poverty”.
Candidates from the Liberal, NDP and Communist parties attended. Each candidate answered questions concerning their personal/party philosophy on international development and foreign aid. They then took questions from attendees. The event closed with a reception with Fair Trade tea, coffee and chocolate.
A huge thank you and congratulations goes out to the MUN Advocacy team (Alycia Leonard and Kevin Bell) for organizing this successful event. We’d also like to thank chapter RJF Alex Mackay for stepping up to moderate the event at short notice, as well as all the volunteers who came out to help ensure this event was a success.