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The Ethics of Volunteering in International Development: Pathways for Justice-Driven Engagement

February 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Join us on Tuesday, February 6 at 12pm PT to explore the ethics of volunteering in international cooperation.

During this free online event, an expert panel will share practical tips, advice and diverse insights on how Canadians can advance justice, equality, decolonization, feminism, and other values Canadians hold dear. We’ll go beyond buzz words to critically assess our role in global justice, and provide insights that will help you assess opportunities to get involved in international development.

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Opportunities to contribute to global goals are abundant, but they aren’t all equal. While we all have good intentions, some efforts to bring about a better world are undoubtedly more just, decolonial, sustainable and effective than others. Given this backdrop, it’s understandable why Canadians often ask: “How do I decide which organization to support?” and “How do I know that my contributions are going to make a real difference?”

Sound like something you’ve said? Then this event is for you. We will delve into the factors that Canadians can consider when evaluating volunteer and other opportunities to get involved in international development. 

"How do I know that my contributions are going to make a real difference?"

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This event is part of Climate Emergency week at UBC, which seeks to convene and energize communities of climate action at UBC. Join events, workshops, and activities, and take collective action for justice, people, and the planet.


Meet the Panelists:

Chris Singelengele, Youth Development Specialist, VIDEA

Chris Singelengele is instrumental in supporting the journey of each and every intern who passes through VIDEA. Chris is passionate about climate change and is a strong advocate for the equality of women and girls. Chris joined VIDEA after many years working as a gender rights activist with Women for Change, focused on supporting gender equality in rural development projects. Chris is a former teacher, head teacher, and youth empowerment professional. Chris is a strong advocate for the rights of vulnerable and under-represented youth.

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Catherine Lang, Volunteer, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan 

Catherine Lang is a former reporter, freelance writer and author. She also worked for government in communications and in treaty negotiations with First Nations. Now retired, she volunteers with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. After 14 years with the organization, she uses her knowledge and skills as a former reporter and communications professional in her volunteer efforts. She is the media contact for chapter activities, and helps with event planning and promotion. 

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Deanna Fasciani, Executive Director, CoDevelopment Canada

Upon joining CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev) as Executive Director in 2021, Deanna Fasciani became a proud member of CUPE Local 1004 and currently serves on the CUPE BC International Solidarity and CUPE Global Justice committees. Deanna recognizes the central role that international solidarity plays in advancing popular struggles for equity and justice.

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Andrea M. Vásquez Fernández, PhD Candidate, UBC

Andrea Vásquez Fernández is Quechua-Andean Peruvian and has been invited in 2012 by Amazonian Asheninka and Yine Peoples to form an alliance with them. She is a part of a pluri-cultural research team, which is also formed by Asheninka and Yine community members. Together, using Indigenous theories and methodologies in power-shared projects, are committed to conduct collaboratively community-led endeavors to address communities’ concerns and desired futures.

Moderated By:

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Patrick Makokoro (Ph.D), Principal, HuUbuntu Consulting Inc.

Patrick Makokoro is a social entrepreneur with extensive experience working in community and international development. He consults in grant making, philanthropy, and provides consulting support to local and international non-profits. 

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Colleen Hanley, Consultant, Facilitator, Interculturalist & Vice Chair and Secretary of BCCIC’s Board of Directors

Colleen Hanley has the privilege of working extensively for and with Indigenous peoples, and with students and business colleagues in South America, Europe, Africa and throughout the Asias. She have also provided strategic planning, organizational development, intercultural engagement and research consulting services for non-profit organizations. Currently she’s deeply involved as a volunteer with Nashipay Maasai Initiatives, a registered NGO in Tanzania.

This event was carried out as part of BCCIC’s International Development Week programming, which is made possible thanks to funding from Global Affairs Canada.

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February 6
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm