South Vancouver Island Chapter (SOVI)

sovi-logo-colour-rgb-webThe South Vancouver Island BCCIC Chapter was formed to provide a network for individuals and organizations, based in lower island communities, to connect for information sharing and project collaboration in a combined initiative towards sustainable global development.

Contact:  Regional Coordinator Eleri Davies –

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Upcoming Events & Opportunities to Connect

Summer Fiesta Pub Night – Thursday August 17th, 2017
The South Vancouver Island Chapter of the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC-SOVI) is hosting our Summer Fiesta Pub Night on Thursday August 17th, 2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Penny Farthing Public House, 2228 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria.
This event is open to both BCCIC-SOVI members and the general public who are interested in sustainable global development. We’ll be providing light snacks, and a pub quiz with prizes. Please join us for what will be a great night of socializing, networking, and engaging in global and local sustainable development. For more information visit our Eventbrite page.


Update on International Development Week

For International Development Week the South Vancouver Island Chapter (SOVI) hosted International Development Mosaic on February 9, 2017. The goal was to showcase the breadth and diversity of projects being undertaken for local and global sustainable development, and featured local organizations and individuals engaged in achieving The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

A panel was convened, the Committee compiled a list of questions, and the moderator lead the panelists through discussions of the global/local connections of their work, the significance of the SDGs in regard to their work, and the values that underpin the global goals.

Panelists include representatives from Innovative Communities, Mercy Ships, One Love Africa, Pacific Peoples’ Partnership, World Fisheries Trust and a student intern with the Victoria International Development Education Association (VIDEA) intern. Carla Funk, who facilitates resource development and capacity building with non-profit organizations, was the moderator.

There was an opportunity for interested organizations to set up displays of their projects, which were available for viewing prior to the panel discussion. By all accounts it was a very successful and informative event!


Our December 1, 2016 event GLOBAL CONNECTIONS RIGHT HERE AT HOME was a great success and we wish to thank Mike Simpson, Executive Director of BCCIC for travelling to Victoria to engage with SOVI organizations and individuals who are passionate about global sustainability.  Mike addressed the Sustainable Development Goals and discussed how they are inter-related.  Those in attendance had the opportunity to introduce themselves and identify which goal(s) they are aspiring to reach.

New connections were formed just by being in the room with like-minded people.  The benefits of being a BCCIC member were discussed and some new memberships resulted from this discussion.  We look forward to continued collaboration with globally aware citizens.

Together we are stronger!


The Thinking Garden

A film about South African Women sowing the seeds of change.

In the dying days of apartheid, three generations of women in a village in South Africa came together to create a community garden. They called it “the thinking garden” – hleketani in the local xiTsonga language – a place where women gather to think about how to effect change. More than twenty-five years later, the garden is still going strong, providing fresh vegetables and new opportunities for local people while helping to confront the ravages of climate change, poverty and HIV/AIDS in a community pushed to the edge. Beautifully filmed against the backdrop of an epic drought now gripping southern Africa, The Thinking Garden tells the inspiring story of what can happen when older women take matters into their own hands and how local action in food production can give even the most vulnerable a measure of control over their food and their future.

37 minutes, in xiTsonga with English subtitles

Produced with Assistance from the British Columbia Arts Council Additional Funding Provided by the University of Victoria and Indiegogo Crowdfunding Produced in Association with Prairie Girl Films Filmed on Location in Jopi Village and N’wamitwa, Limpopo Province, South Africa