Past Events

International Development Week: February 3-9, 2019

Looking for something to do for International Development Week? Join SOVI at Hillside Centre on February 9, 2019 as we celebrate the exciting work of our members and related organizations. Learn about the impact British Columbians are having – both locally and globally – and tell us what global citizenship means to you!


We’re excited to announce the South Vancouver Island Chapter of the BC Council for International Cooperation will be cosponsoring for The City Talks event on Thursday March 22nd with Erasmus+ programme of the European Union through the Jean Monnet EU Centre of Excellence at the University of Victoria.

Join our Steering Committee members from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm at Wild Coffee House632 Yates Street, as we discuss the importance of Gender Equality and Sustainable Development Goals.

Following the coffee circle, we’ll be moving to the Legacy Art Gallery630 Yates Street, for  The City Talks speaker series Sex and the City. The talk is presented by Ebru Ustundag, an Associate Professor at the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies at Brock University.  This event starts at 7:30 pm, it’s free and open to the public.

Event Details 
  • Thursday March 22nd 2018
  • 6:00 – 7:15 PM: SDG 5: Coffee Circle @ Wild Coffee House, 632 Yates Street, Victoria
  • 7:30 – 9:00 PM: The City Talks Lecture Series @ Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates Street, Victoria
We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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

The Thinking Garden

International Development Week 2017

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!