reMEMBER Campaign Day 22: Convergence Consulting Solutions Atlantic

Hint: This organization supports organizations both in Canada and internationally with a focus specifically on the civil society sector in the south.

Please Note: this member does not currently have a website so information is gathered solely from our ACIC membership forms.

The Basics: Convergence Consulting Solutions Atlantic "supports organizations in Atlantic Canada and internationally in pursuit of their objectives for sustainable livelihoods in a peaceful, equitable, and healthy environment...Convergence provides services to southern civil society organizations to build their capacity through consultation and training, to achieve their objectives and mission."

WHY WE LOVE CONVERGENCE CONSULTING:

  • one of the activities Convergence does is it trains people to do development work in Canada and abroad!
  • consulting services span from management capacity to financial analysis & planning
  • Convergence's ED, Hugh Landry, was on our BOD!



i want to spend more time with Convergence Consulting:


  • you can get to know more about Hugh

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reMEMBER Staff Edition: Carolyn

This woman is the glue that keeps the office together if someone's away or things get hectic. She knows everything about...well everything. If you're brand new to the office, Carolyn will patiently sit with you and answer all your questions about ACIC from how the organization began to where everyone is at now. She's got a motherly feel about her (probably because she is a wonderful mother of two!), doesn't forget a single detail, and makes you feel at peace in her presence.

Carolyn Whiteway: Program Manager

  1. What’s your role at ACIC? In 1-2 sentences, what does a typical day look like?

In my role as Program Manager, I am currently wrapping things up for our International Aboriginal Internship Program.  This was the first year that ACIC, along with 7 other implementing organizations across Canada, has managed this new program. We hope to hear about other internship funding in the near future- which will keep me really busy into next year and beyond! Additionally, I am staff representative on ACIC’s Policy and Ethics Committee and Internship Networking Group and share responsibility for the Move Your World Youth Conference.

2. Your favorite bit about working at ACIC?

I enjoy working with our partners and member organizations, as well as the numerous youth that participate in our various programs. Also, we have great fun at staff meetings!

 3. Your favorite quote?

I believe far too many people have said many fabulous things, so I don’t really have a favorite quote.  I am continually inspired, humoured and made to reflect by all kinds of quotes!

That quote, ladies and gentleman, is a Carolyn original! 

 4. On a day off, you’d most likely be…

Battling weeds in my garden.

5. What are you currently reading?
 

Dropped threads 3: beyond the small circle, a collection of essays and short stories on the theme of personal discoveries by thirty-five Canadian women.

reMEMBER Campaign Day 21: CNA International Programs Office

Hint: This organization has offices and projects around the world with a large focus on China and the Middle East

The Basics: The College of the North Atlantic's International Programs Office

WHY WE LOVE CNA's International Office:


  • They are not restricted to working within their province. Instead, they are "open for business to the world."

  • They are making a difference for those looking for an international experience here
  • This is one of our few members with Chinese characters on their website! Talk about dedication to an international education

i want to spend more time with CNA's International Office:



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reMEMBER Campaign Day 21: UPEI's IRO

Hint: This office is located at the University of PEI (UPEI).

The Basics: UPEI's International Relations Office (IRO) has the great task of coordinating exchange programs and other international efforts for students at UPEI. It is guided by the Internationalization Committee whose mission is "to encourage, promote, and co-ordinate international activities through the development of strategies, policies, guidelines and programs that reflect the University’s institutional commitment to internationalization."

"The overall vision of internationalization at UPEI is to strengthen and enhance existing partnerships with higher learning institutions and other relevant organizations in different parts of the globe as well as here in Canada. While emphasizing the importance of strengthening existing relationships, UPEI is also committed to exploring possible avenues for building and nurturing new relationships. In doing so, the University believes that a network of global academic and research communities could provide the necessary tools to make a positive impact on many lives through quality education and research."


WHY WE LOVE UPEI's IRO:

It has been an experience unlike any other and I have loved every minute of it - UPEI student


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reMEMBER Campaign Day 21: University of New Brunswick IRO

Welcome back everyone! Can you believe our reMEMBER Campaign is drawing to a close? We've got just one more week of posts in store for you...If you haven't been featured yet, fear not...this is the week for you!

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Hint: This member is based at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (UNBF).

The Basics: The International Relations Office (IRO) at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton has a mandate to "promote, support and coordinate all facets of internationalization on the UNBF campus. The IRO has primary responsibility for defining and coordinating campus-wide internationalization initiatives, and advisory responsibility to academic units and service providers on campus as well as to UNB International and its bi-campus units (such as the International Recruitment Centre).

 

Most activities that further internationalization on our campus are undertaken by individual academic and service units, and by individual students, faculty and staff. The role of the IRO is to evaluate, facilitate and support these efforts, and to ensure that they are consistent with UNBF policies and strategies."


WHY WE LOVE UNBF's IRO:

  • faculty are encouraged to take on a global perspective in the classroom and are backed by resources from this office
  • a committee made up of both faculty & staff and students guides this office
  • a firm belief that travel is a great part of education

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reMEMBER Staff Edition: Janelle

This woman will be your cheerleader. She is always the one to encourage and affirm others around her. Though we never get enough of Janelle (she works from out of the office), we always look forward to her positive emails and energizing phone calls. No staff meeting is boring in her presence. She is life to the office even from afar.

Janelle Frail: Public Engagement Coordinator


1. What's your role at ACIC?

I’m the Atlantic Regional Public Engagement Coordinator with ACIC and I started last September. I work remotely at the NSAC International Office in Truro (where coincidentally I went to school!). My two main areas of work are with the ICN (Inter-Council Network) on a multi-year program titled Exploring Public Engagement Effectiveness in Canada. This work involved gauging what type of public engagement is happening in Canada (my area of focus is in the Atlantic), what are our challenges and our successes and ultimately what are the good practices taking place. Members of ACIC may know me because of the interviews and focus groups that I conducted throughout the region during the late fall and winter. The next phase of this work includes Knowledge Hubs – convening public engagement practitioners to explore a Partnerships and Collaboration in public engagement with the end goal being good practices material for a PE Toolkit that will be launched next year.

My other work involves bringing ACIC Members together for a Collaborative Public Engagement Project. What can ACIC Members work on together? What topic are many Members interested in and able to collaborate on? This work envisions ACIC Members using their collective abilities and ideas to create a public engagement campaign that reaches a wide audience. I will be meeting with Members over the next while to work on bringing them and project together.

2. Why do you love working at ACIC?

I love working at ACIC because of the great people both in the office and amongst the member groups. I love the opportunities to connect people and to see all the great work members are doing.

3. Favorite Quote?

“I sit on a man's back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means - except by getting off his back.” - Leo Tolstoy.


I’m trying to figure out how to ‘get off the man’s back’. Does this mean being a hermit in the woods? Living and working with partners overseas? Growing my own food? The challenge for me is to figure out what works for me, what I can sustain emotionally, mentally, physically and financially and trying to make it work.

4.  Something we might not know about you...

I’ve moved home! I currently live right beside my parents in the same small community I grew up in (Upper Rawdon, East Hants, NS).

 5. What are you currently reading?

I love to read! I’m currently reading the third book of the Game of Thrones (by George R. R. Martin) fantasy series. I love reading all genres of books from historical fiction to life adventure to young adult fiction. I like to switch it up too so after this book I want to read, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts which is a autobiography and from what John (my partner and book-selection helper) tells me is a gripping adventure where truth is stranger than fiction.

reMEMBER Staff Edition: Rena

This woman is a powerhouse. You can count on her for everything from knowledge about every single one of our members to making you feel incredibly loved and welcomed in your first week at a job to even fixing the computers when the share drive crashes. Yes, everyone meet Rena Kulczycki.

Rena Kulczycki - Membership Coordinator



1. What’s your job at ACIC?

yikes! it's changed so much over the 5 years I've worked here, but for the past little while my focus has been on our youth public engagement programming (organizing our fall youth conference and International Development Week program), and membership services (managing the Member Collaboration Fund program, member training and networking events and handling the new member applications and approvals). Oh, and helping Jen and Carolyn figure out how our printer works. ha!

2. What’s your favorite bit about working at ACIC?

Getting to work with people who are committed to global social and environmental justice. It's an incredible gift to  be in the midst of such important and careful work. I came to this job with more of a "saviour complex" than I'd like to admit - and I'm leaving it incredibly humbled with a deeper understanding and commitment to solidarity than I could have even conceived of 5 years ago! It's been a real privilege to be in a position to facilitate connections between organizations & individuals through ACIC.

3. If you were a song, what song would best capture YOU? 

I had a hard time with this question, so I asked some friends. I'd never heard this song before today, but I think this suggestion is the best one yet: "Yes We Can" by Lee Dorsey, later covered by the Pointer Sisters. It's hard not to cringe at the gendered language (men/brothers = all people?), but the message is right on!

4. Favorite Quote?

"Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other" - Euripides

5. Favorite neighborhood eatery by ACIC?

How about favorite places to eat I've had on my adventures with ACIC across the region?

  • In St. John's: The Sprout on Duckworth
  • In Charlottetown: Sushi Jeju on Grafton
  • In Moncton: Calactus on Church
  • In Fredericton: The Blue Door on Regent AND the Farmer's Market on George
  • In Halifax, near the office: The Food Emporium (used to be on Gottingen, now it's on Windsor), DeeDees on Cornwallis and the cafeteria in the Public Housing building on the corner!

reMEMBER Campaign Day 20: Katimavik

Hint: Youth country-wide are voicing their thoughts (like this vid below) about this organization after the federal government recently stated that funding to this organization would be cut...

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The Basics:



Katimavik is an organization with a clear focus: They "engage youth in volunteer service and foster sustainable communities through challenging national youth learning programs...They are Canada’s leading youth volunteer-service program. It gives youth the chance to take part in intensive service and learning projects that help change Canadian communities. Through their volunteer work, youth grow and mature into engaged citizens."



Their objectives?


  • To positively impact youth through Katimavik’s competency-based program that focuses on personal, social and professional development.

  • To positively impact communities through Katimavik’s program of volunteer service.

  • To positively impact Canada by exposing Canadian youth to the regional and cultural diversity of the country and its two official languages through Katimavik’s program model.

WHY WE LOVE KATIMAVIK:



i want to spend more time with KATIMAVIK:

  • add this to your subscriptions
  • stay up to date with their news

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reMEMBER Campaign Day 20: Canada World Youth

Hint: After a little break, this organization's website is back and ready to share all that this member has to offer. This member recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. WHAT AN IMPACT IT HAS HAD.



The Basics: "Founded in 1971 by the late Honourable Jacques Hébert (1923-2007), Canada World Youth (CWY) is a world leader in developing international educational programs for young people aged 15 to 35. A non-profit organisation, CWY is dedicated to enriching the lives of young people that have a desire to become informed and active global citizens. CWY programs are designed to help youth experience the world for themselves, learn about other cultures and diverse Canadian communities while developing leadership and communication skills."



Their mission?

Canada World Youth’s mission is to increase the ability of people, and especially youth, to participate actively in the development of just, harmonious, and sustainable societies.

Their vision?

Canada World Youth envisions a world of active, engaged global citizens who share responsibility for the well-being of all people and the planet.

WHY WE LOVE CWY:



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reMEMBER Campaign Day 20: MSVU IPO

We're nearing the final days of our reMEMBER Campaign. Thank you for all the wonderful responses we've received. Stay posted in these final days as we feature the last of our members. We've got another great day of posts in store for you! You might be our daily feature...

Hint: This afternoon's feature is "in partnership with other departments at the Mount Saint Vincent University (including the International Education Centre) and is tasked with the primary role of expanding the Mount's engagement in international education."



The Basics:The Mount Saint Vincent University International Projects Office (phew! what a name), we will refer to them as the MSVU's IPO from here on out, is "Mount Saint Vincent University's efforts to increase its reach and visibility on the international scene.



Our goal is to strive to become leaders in international development, cross-cultural relations and cross-border involvement through our innovative and collaborative projects and research initiatives abroad."

Their mission you ask?

  • To identify new international project opportunities
  • To engage faculty, staff and students in international opportunities to promote capacity building and knowledge transfer; and to contribute to their learning and understanding of global issues
  • To manage and develop proposals for submission to funding agencies
  • To provide sound management expertise
  • To ensure MSVU's involvement in international projects is ethically sound, gender inclusive and environmentally sustainable
  • To develop opportunities to enhance teaching, research and community service

WHY WE LOVE MSVU's IPO:



i want to spend more time with MSVU's IPO:

  • Read about the stories of interns from MSVU and around the globe as part of the Students for Development Fund internship



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reMEMBER Campaign Day 19: Memorial University, International Centre

Hint: This member is a part of the Memorial University in Newfoundland.



The Basics: "Memorial University is committed to internationalization, international co-operation, student mobility, and cultural sensitivity. We welcome international visitors and strive to collaborate with educational institutions, business, governments, foundations, benefactors, and alumni around the world in order to enrich research and teaching, and to ensure we offer outstanding programs for faculty and students."



WHY WE LOVE MEMORIAL'S INTERNATIONAL CENTRE:



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reMEMBER Campaign Day 19: CUPE

We just got back from the Premier's Puppet Parade through downtown Halifax. Em and I could be found carrying the giant version of Saskatchewan's premier. Find out more about public health care issues today when you get some time.

Hint: There were many members of this member at the Puppet Parade. This member is Canada's largest union with 618,000 members!

The Basics: The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) "represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, libraries, universities, social services, public utilities, transportation, emergency services and airlines." The CUPE Global Justice Committee from PEI, NS, NB, and Nfld. are members of ACIC.


"A strong and democratic union, CUPE is committed to improving the quality of life for workers in Canada. Women and men working together to form local unions built CUPE. They did so to have a stronger voice – a collective voice – in their workplace and in society as a whole."

WHY WE LOVE CUPE:



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