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Join us at our new virtual coffee chat series, SOVI conversations.

Our second conversation will build on our first, on the topic of systemic racism in our sector. Date and time to be announced soon.



Keen to support folks working on the SDGs in the CRD? 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



Our steering committee, led by our three chairs Ruth Nakalyowa, Rachel Levee, and Craig Eby, is also supported by our Youth Chair, Cristina Venturin, and our community advisor, Prof. Tara Fenwick.

We welcome those interested in learning more about leadership and governance opportunities to connect with the chairs at


About SOVI

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.

Strategic Objectives 2020-21:

  • 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.


The  SOVI Summer 2020 Newsletter is here!

It’s been a remarkable past three months and we are exited to share some exciting upcoming opportunities and events!  Please have a look at our newsletter here to see what SOVI’s members have been up to and how you can connect, engage and explore.