[March 23rd, 2014]

Yo everybody,

This week's weekly stuff is less redundant than that was:

General Meeting: Elections
Come out to E5 2004 this Tuesday (the 25th) for our next general meeting! This one features our seven team lead elections. Candidates for each role will share their platforms, then we'll vote on them, then we'll assign each winner a [possibly nefarious] string to ensure that their victory is bittersweet.
For example: last week I was elected president, and the chapter decided to attack my hair-style. For the first meetings of next term, you'll see me in a suit and comb-over... I don't even own a comb >_>
Oh, and if you're interested in running, you should contact Savannah at people@uwaterloo.ewb.ca .

Global Citizenship Workshop
This Wednesday, at 6:30 pm in E5 3102, the chapter is hosting a global citizenship workshop involving various community-minded UW clubs helps us expand and deepen our awareness of global citizenship. We will share our specialized knowledge and varying perspectives to achieve a common goal, and helps to expand our varying understandings of global citizenship.
In this workshop, we’ll carry out a real-time simulation case study with global citizenship in mind - this could be a simulation scenario involving an international aid project in a developing country, a business, logistics or marketing project with a moral dilemma, or anything under the moon! Think of it like a role-playing game where the scenarios do occur in the real world, and we have to carry out the scenario. We’ll have to work together with (or against) other global citizens, to achieve our make-believe goals, and at the end, we’ll be reflecting and assessing our ultimate impact on our goals and on each other.

Suggestions to Dean's Office re: TransCanada Announcement
Last week, the Faculty of Engineering announced they have received funding for a research partnership with TransCanada and named the E5 LiveLink room after them. Donations always bring some degrees of influence, and we'd like to ask the Dean's office to provide a complementary counter-influence and do our best to keep engineering students focussed on the defining problem of our generation. Information about the announcement can be found here and we'd also like to collect a few thoughts from our community (you) here.

International Water Cooperation Speaker Series
The next installment in our International Water Cooperation speaker series is here! H2O 4 ALL co-founder Timothy Muttoo will be speaking on Tuesday March 25th at 12:00 pm in DC 1403, and as always, free pizza will be provided!
This is what H2O 4 ALL have to say about themselves:
"H2O 4 ALL is an innovative Canadian charity made up of passionate people committed to developing and implementing sustainable WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) solutions in developing countries. By partnering with local charitable organizations and NGOs, we are able to engage and empower local community leaders to take ownership in these solutions.
Our interventions immediately impact the life of many, especially women and children, who have the responsibility to gather water daily. Presently H2O 4 ALL is has initiated work in 9 developing countries - 6 African countries, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Colombia, South America. H2O 4 ALL uses water to create sustainable socioeconomic growth."

Earth-hour at the SLC
SCI (Sustainable Campus Initiative) will be running Earth-hour related events in the SLC Great Hall, this Saturday March 29, 2013 - from 4-10 pm. Lights will be out from 8:30-9:30 for Earth Hour. Activities include: a coffeehouse of local uwaterloo bands, free fitness classes all day, an onsite bar serving local beer, vendors including the Fair Trade initiative, sustainably sourced free food, a photobooth, the bike generator, awesome prizes, and trivia throughout the night!

Those are all the words that you should have read, for now.

EWB UWaterloo

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Responses to EWB's O-Week 2010 Session

We called, and you answered! Here are some responses from students who received our e-mail about their contributions to this session:

Joel said...
"Give hope to people"

1. Hope is something very small to do, but can have huge impacts. The start of bringing hope is supporting people and being there in tough times, hopefully I have been able to do that sometime in my four years.
2. Plan is still the same, I would like to bring it to a more global scale if possible.
3. Re-reading my contribution, it sounds exactly like something I would say. It may be a bit philosophical, but it is something that pushes me everyday.

Savannah said...
My dream was still something I am passionate about, spreading equality which includes access to potable water, however EWB has helped me see more effective ways of accomplishing that task. Volunteering overseas is not the most effective way I can contribute, and there are so many other ways of providing support. It is really nice to look back and see how my perspective has changed, but the underlining goal remains the same.

Malcolm said...
Huh, cool. I had 100% forgotten about this.

I have very different goals now (and have for several years). They're still quite altruistic though: I'm currently working to develop a software system to help ambitious people make progress towards several goals at once. It's called Complice (http://signup.complice.co/), although there's not a lot to see publicly right now. I can tell you more if you're interested.

Janice said...
"Help control industrial CO2 emissions by 2020"

WOW! I'm not even working in this area at all... Just goes to show the varied ideas about what environmental engineers actually do. I'm heading towards industrial contamination control, but from the soil and groundwater side of things! I'm glad to see I was so positive though:)

Ryan said...
I still think working together as provinces is the only way to ensure that every Canadian is treated fairly. This nation is blessed with so many natural resources and we all play a part in making them accessible to markets but we have a shared accountability to one another to do these activities responsibly.

I have always thought the engineering profession to be too narrow minded - thinking only of reaching a design objective but never thinking of the objective itself. I think environmental projects are the largest culprit of this approach and we owe it to our neighbors to widen project objectives in the interest of our community - local or abroad we are a part of it and so are they.

I have tried to spend time with people of the same frustration, learning how their responsibility resonates within their decisions - EWB has been a great mechanism to do this.

Since I started university it has become infinitely clear to me that stepwise improvement can only come about through grassroots and local change - a growing challenge in the age of globalization and the temptation to be part of something bigger. It is clear to me that bigger is not always better. I know I owe it to the people I work and play with to push development in my own community and share our experiences with others so that they might do their own "backyard development".

Reading this again, some 4 years later humbles me as I think to how naive I was and still am. Development is a shared experience within ones own self and for the places and people with which one interacts.

Hope to hear back from more of you; it's so interesting to see how university has changed us!

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