MEMBER NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Amref Health Africa Statement: Emergency response in drought-stricken Afar region of Ethiopia

January 5, 2016 Nairobi, Kenya As the drought and food shortage in parts of Ethiopia continues to worsen, Amref Health Africa is working with communities, all levels of government and partner organizations to identify and address expected public health emergencies.

Registration is open for Humber College's International Development Management Studies Certificate

Thinking of taking your career to the next level? Our line-up of courses for the International Development Management Studies Certificate are now open for registration. These specialized courses are delivered in a five-day in-class workshop by dynamic facilitators who bring their front-line knowledge of international development and humanitarian work into the classroom.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Beautiful Before & After 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016
BMO Conference & Event Centre First Canadian Place, 68th Floor 100 King St. W Toronto
A Celebration of Lives Transformed!
Please join us on Thursday May 26, 2016, for our annual Beautiful Before & After celebration in support of children with cleft lip and palate.
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Defence for Children International—Canada presents: 16th Annual Grant Lowery Lecture on Children’s Rights

Thursday, May 26, 2016
George Ignatieff Theatre, University of Toronto 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto
Cindy Blackstock with Sarah Clarke, Reconciliation, Children & the Law
Learn more about the recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision, its implications and why what government does for our First Nations children is far more important than what it says it will do. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 7:00PM (doors open at 6:30PM) George Ignatieff Theatre, University of Toronto 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto Our speakers: Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Associate Professor, University of Alberta and Director of FNCARES. Sarah Clarke, Principal of Clarke Child & Family Law & counsel with Hensel
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OCIC's Managing Compassion Fatigue Workshop

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Alterna Savings Room, 4th Floor, Centre for Social Innovation - Spadina, 215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON. This venue is wheelchair accessible.
Learn how to identify risk, increase resilience, initiate self-care plans in the workplace and beyond, find available therapeutic resources, develop appropriate agency care policies, and increase organizational loyalty, and career longevity.
Every International Development worker, volunteer and student will experience predictable patterns of frustration, stress, burnout, direct and vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue leading to illness, rapid job turnover, negative effects on careers and personal life, and too often, leaving the profession. This workshop explores the often ignored and always present occupational hazard of Compassion Fatigue (CF), explaining the early signs and symptoms of CF, and accompanying trauma, depression, and burnout factors.
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Refugee Dialogues: What we need to know from Syria and Beyond

Friday, May 27, 2016
2nd floor, Main Activity Hall - Koffler House - 569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON
Join us for an inspiring discussion with refugees and others who work closely with them in Toronto to learn how you can support those affected by global conflicts and welcome many of them to our country!
Every day, people are forced to leave their countries and are displaced across the world.
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Bike with MIKE Fairtrade Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, May 29, 2016
Christie Pits Park 750 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 3K4
Fair trade SCAVENGER HUNT with Bike with MIKE in Christie Pits
Fair Trade Toronto will be in Christie Pits on May 29th Between 12-5pm. Make sure to stop by our table to pick up you fair trade treasure map and passport! This map will direct you to 6 fair trade retailers in the area. You will have 5 hours to bike to each store and get your passport stamped. When you return to our location with all six stamps you will get to grab a prize from our fair trade prize bag!
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OCIC Fundraising Workshop Series: What's the Money For? Perfecting Your Case for Support

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Centre for Social Innovation - Spadina 4th Floor, 215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON This venue is wheelchair accessible.
Part of OCIC's four part fund diversification series
The single most important question donors ask is “What's the money for?” The right answer can motivate extraordinary generosity. The wrong answer may result in disinterest or even hostility. The bad news is that donors are not excited about funding your administrative costs, staff, or overhead, no matter how essential though they are.
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The Fair Trade Show - June 4th & 5th

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Heritage Court - Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON
Join us June 4th & 5th to discover ethical shopping and social businesses in Toronto!
Join Fair Trade Toronto along with over 70 fair trade businesses and social enterprises for The Fair Trade Show! This is Canada's only show dedicated to fair trade, social enterprises and ethically sourced products. Our goal is to connect ethical businesses to consumers who believe in the power their purchases have to shape the world around them. Join us for our next show in June 2016! Fair Trade Toronto will be promoting our exciting new programming, including The Growing Change Project and our Radical Coffee Map.
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22nd Annual Barbra Schlifer Tribute

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Daniels Spectrum - 585 Dundas St. E.
Take a step towards ending violence against women
The Barbra Schlifer 22nd Annual Tribute is an amazing chance for us to come together and take a step towards ending violence against women. On June 9th, please join us at Daniels Spectrum at 6:30 pm and take this step with us. There will be a live and silent auction, food, drinks and many memories to be made. The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic offers counselling, interpretation and legal services to women who have experienced violence.
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Canada Africa Partnership Ride

Sunday, June 12, 2016
HighPark, Toronto, riding along the Lakeshore.
Bike with us in the Canada Africa Partnership Ride, Toronto, June 12.
Raise funds for your own projects! The Canada Africa Partnership Ride has been running for 11 years and is currently open to everyone to register. Organizations wishing to participate are invited to raise funds for projects and are encouraged to register soon. We'll send you organizational registration forms and support you as part of the Canadian-African Partnership. We also invite riders to support and bring projects into being. This year riders are riding to support school education access in Kenya through riding for SEED Canada.
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OCIC AGM & Symposium "Ontarians & the World: Universality Matters" on June 16, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016
192 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON
Early Bird Registration Now Open
We are excited to welcome members, friends, partners and allies from civil society organizations, government, academia, diaspora groups, and other interested communities to join us in our upcoming AGM & Symposium 2016, ONTARIANS & THE WORLD: UNIVERSALITY MATTERS. This one-day event at the Centre for Social Innovation’s newest co-working space seeks to ignite the transformative thinking and innovative leadership necessary for Canada and Canadians to contribute to Agenda 2030 and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
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Support for Salvaide

Thursday, June 30, 2016
http://salvaide.causevox.com/
Work with us to keep SalvAide strong for another 30 years!
We are currently running a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for core funding. Core funding includes our office expenses and pays for staff here in Canada and in El Salvador. We cannot continue to good work we do with a more stable financial base. You can find our crowdfunding page here: http://salvaide.causevox.com/ We hope to raise $10,000 by the end of June!
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OCIC's IMPACT Summer Institute July 6-8, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Metro Hall - 55 John Street, Toronto, ON, M5V 3C7
Deepen your monitoring and evaluation practice
The IMPACT Summer Institute will be a unique opportunity for participants who have completed courses as part of the IMPACT Program to delve deeper into the monitoring and evaluation topics most relevant to their work, and to connect their monitoring and evaluation practice to broader issues within the non-profit sector in Ontario and beyond. IMPACT Summer Institute will take place in Toronto from July 6 to July 8, 2016.
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Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation with 2.5 day Community Practicum

Monday, July 11, 2016
University of Ottawa , Ottawa , ON
An intensive six-day experiential Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation workshop that is practically focused
When: July 11-16, 2016 There is increasing evidence showing that evaluation practices that are participatory and inclusive as possible lead to recommendations that have a better probability of being implemented and adopted. Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) involves a different approach to project monitoring and evaluation by involving local people, project stakeholders, and development agencies deciding together about how to measure results and what actions should follow once this information has been collected and analyzed.
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Gender Training

Monday, July 25, 2016
University of Ottawa , Ottawa, ON
A workshop that will move you beyond theory to apply in practical and useful ways gender analysis and gender sensitive strategies
When: July 25-29, 2016 The popular Gender Training Workshop seeks to provide workshop participants with a solid understanding & skills in core concepts, gender analysis frameworks and gender strategies that can improve the effectiveness of your organization’s programmes and projects in working with women and men, boys and girls. The workshop will move you beyond the theory to apply in practical and useful ways gender analysis and gender sensitive strategies to your organization and its programmes to achieve greater social justice.
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