Newsletter: October 18th

In this week's newsletter: 
1. Member Learning
2. School Outreach
3. Junior Fellowship Applications (Last week, apply now!)
4. Black Box Outcome


 


Member Learning


This week at member learning Steve Hanson, the chapter’s African Programs Staff Connection leader, will be giving a presentation on fair trade. If you don’t know what fair trade is, or have only briefly heard about it this is your chance to learn more!  And for those that have an understanding on what fair trade is, this is the perfect time to create discussions about fair trade, and how we can help improve it.  Member learning will be in Agriculture 1e85 @ 6PM on Thursday, October 20th.



School Outreach Opportunity


Our chapter has been asked to give a presentation about water at Ecole College Park School on Friday, October 21st at 1:20 pm. This will be a great opportunity to inform the students about what Engineers Without Borders is and what they do. It is Education Week, and the school has been doing a showcase of water issues and would like to see EWB's perspective on global water issues.

If you are available to help with this on Friday, let one of the executive members know, or simply reply back.


As always, you are encouraged to help out even if you have never given a presentation before, you can help in any capacity or even watch the presentation to learn what it is like. No experience required.


 Junior Fellowship Applications


Last week to apply! Applications due Oct 23rd. Great opportunity to getting more involved in international development. If you are still on the fence about applying , we encourage you to contact one of the executive members listed below for more information on the program.


Are you interested in development in Africa? Would you like to experience a new culture? You can do both of these by volunteering with EWB overseas! A Junior Fellowship placement is a 4 month volunteer term overseas (in either Ghana, Burkino Faso, Malawi or Zambia).  It's an exciting way to spend your summer! Learn more about the program through the following links.

 Applications can be found at http://usask.ewb.ca/juniorfellowship/ . Anyone can apply (engineering students AND non-engineering students ). 
The deadline for applications is Oct 23rd.  More info can be found at www.ewb.ca about the program and the organization. If you have questions do not hesitate to contact either Steph or Raquel (stephanielaing@ewb.ca and raquelvigueras@ewb.ca). They were our chapters latest Junior Fellows this summer, both volunteering in Zambia.


Black Box Event Outcome


First off, thank you to all the people that came out and helped build the box and volunteered their time to talk to students passing by in the bowl.  Another thanks to everyone that helped out at the fair trade booth we had set up in the Arts Tunnel.


If you happened to miss out on what EWB was doing. We were talking to people at the U of S campus about Canada’s foreign aid. As an organization we are trying to push Canada to make our aid more transparent, so that we know where our money is going and how effective it is. Events like ours were being done by EWB chapters across Canada.

Yesterday we asked people to sign a postcard to the government to push the government to sign on to the International Aid Transparency Initiative. We collected 141 signatures , and handed out 300-400  pamphlets informing people what the initiative is, allowing them to send in the attached postcard themselves.

If you missed signing a postcard yesterday and still want to (or to learn more), contact one of the executive members, reply to this email or drop by our office (1st floor Engineering Building).