The South Vancouver Island Chapter of the BC Council for International Cooperation (SOVI) is a network of individuals and organizations focused on global social justice and connections to the local community. Through SOVI, people come together to learn, create relationships, and share their knowledge on global social issues and the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
At SOVI, we are dedicated to connecting the global to the local. Our objectives aim to upload those values.
- To create networking opportunities, develop strategic alliances and build a community of practice by connecting practitioners and aspiring practitioners.
- To provide education and training opportunities that build capacity of practitioners, aspiring practitioners, and within local organizations committed to international development and the SDGs.
- To create and/or increase community awareness of BCCIC, the SDGs and local organizations doing work in SDG-related areas.
- To facilitate youth engagement around international development work and the SDGs and ensure they have a voice in all Chapter activities and events.
Our team is made up of our co-chairs, our communications coordinator, as well as our amazing short-term contractors. We are also lucky to have the expertise and guidance of several Community Advisors!
Who We Are
Chelsea Bean (she/her), Co-chair:
Joanna Li (she/her), Co-chair:
Joanna is a second-generation Canadian settler, born to immigrant settlers of Hakka Chinese backgrounds. She grew up on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She has a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Diploma in Special Education from the University of British Columbia. She currently works in primary care with Island Health and is hoping to pursue further graduate studies within healthcare. She is interested in understanding the complex intersection between mental health, exercise, gender, and Persons of Color. In her personal time, Joanna is an avid baker, swimmer, and botany enthusiast. She is frequently exploring new trails with her Bugg MukMuk.
Grace Ribeiro (they/she), Co-chair
Grace, our 2021 Summer Programmer, is a white settler who was raised on the unceded traditional territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples (“Victoria”, BC). Currently working towards their undergraduate degree in Sociology and Applied Ethics from University of Victoria, Grace is a student with a strong drive to acquire and facilitate knowledge whenever possible, creating meaningful connections along the way. It is Grace’s goal to act as compassionate and open resource for their peers and community in order to facilitate education and conversation on the issues and topics they feel passionately about, such as social justice, LGBTGIA2S+ advocacy, community outreach, equity, and systemic oppression. In their spare time, you can often find Grace walking throughout thrift shops in search of treasure, sitting beside (or in) any large body of water, or pondering existential tangents.
Julie Tierney (she/her), Communications Coordinator:
Rachel Levee (she/her), Community Advisor:
Ruth Nakalyowa (she/her), Community Advisor:
Patrick Makokoro (he/him), Community Advisor:
Patrick Makokoro practices as a development consultant with research interests in community development, social justice and early childhood education. He works at the intersection of trust based philanthropy models and asset based community development. The work he has carried out ranges from early learning advocacy network establishment in Detroit, USA, facilitating strength based strategies for non-profit organizations, schools and businesses in British Columbia, Canada and providing support to international non-profits working in Africa and other world regions.
Craig Eby (he/him), Grant Writer and Accessibility Lead
Craig is a white settler from the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples (colonially known as Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario). Craig has lived on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations for the past two years and currently works at the University of Victoria as part of the BC Initiative for Inclusive Post Secondary Education as an Inclusion Facilitator. Craig has a Master’s in Development Practice and a Bachelors in Environmental studies. He is very passionate about sustainable community development, social justice, and helping to build partnerships to further work towards decolonizing our community and creating more equitable opportunities for vulnerable and marginalized people. Craig is acting as SOVI’s Community Grant Writer and Accessibility Lead.
Keen to explore ways of working in justice in equity in the CRD and South Island? So are we! We are actively seeking experienced community advisors to help support ongoing and future projects, and provide sector-specific insight. For more information, please contact the co-chairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.