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Post date: Oct 26, 2013

 

 

September 27, 2013

Dear Lylas,

Last night at Frontiers Foundation AGM, President Lawrence Gladue praised you for your work and being a splendid person. He wanted to personally present this medal to you, however due to your daughter’s health you couldn’t make it.

Back in 1996 I was fortunate to meet you for the first time at Wagoshig First Nation building log houses after which you became one of our Aboriginal Operation Beaver volunteers of the year. In subsequent years I saw you in action in many housing projects in Northern Ontario and in Quebec at Kitcisakik, handling our LT40 Woodmizer. Also wherever and whenever you laboured, that wonderful Evelyn was with you, sharing your assignment and equally worthy of recognition.

Thanks to your presentation at the Indigenous Conference in Vancouver, B.C. the world learned about Frontiers volunteer work in Canada’s third world.

Your personal contribution to voluntary sector resulted in improved health and better living conditions for so many families in Northern Ontario, Northern Quebec and lately in Northern Manitoba.

Thank you for sharing your housing construction skills, expertise in handling our donated Woodmizer sawmills, recruiting volunteers like Liss Larson, training so many young Aboriginal people and foremost, thank you for your spirituality.

May the Great Spirit bless you,

Marco A. Guzman, LL.D.
Executive Director

 
Post date: Oct 10, 2013

Dear Friends,
The workplan: Raising Peace – from Grassroots actions to Global Campaigns promoting Peace and Human Rights for 2014 was approved by the Council of Europe.
Following the Plan of Action the workplan aim are to strengthen the role of international voluntary service organisations as key players in the field of Peace and Human Rights Education.
The objectives that were set to support the network in achieving this aim are:

To improve the quality of the coordination work carried out in the peace and human rights thematic area of action;
To raise awareness on Human Rights and Peace construction all over Europe, underlining the fact that construction of peace is the result of the construction of a fair, inclusive, diverse, sustainable and participative society;
To increase the number of trainers with an expertise in Peace and Human Rights Education and able to act as multipliers;
To increase the advocacy and international representation skills of the international voluntary service movement;
To increase visibility of the results achieved in the Peace and Human Rights thematic area of action in order to achieve a higher impact;
To centralise the international voluntary service organisations’ know-how in the field of Peace and Human Rights Education and make it available for all international voluntary service organisations.
The project will be divided up into:

1. Steering Team Meeting: A working group on Peace and Human Rights, that coordinates strategies of existing campaigns and activities. A first physical meeting will be organised in the beginning of 2014; further meetings will be held by Skype. The first meeting will focus on 2 items: the coordination of the 2014 activities; the setting up of a coherent training kit on Peace and Human Rights Education that gathers the materials developed by CCIVS members (and relevant stakeholders) in the last years.

2. Training Course on Campaigning and Promoting Peace and Human Rights projects in Rome: aiming at supporting international voluntary service by providing them with the opportunity to enhance their capacities to develop and implement campaigns that promote Peace and Human Rights

3. Training of Trainers on Peace and Human Rights Education in France. The main aim of the training is to empower young people involved in international voluntary service organisations to develop and lead youth trainings focusing on Peace and Human Rights Education.

4. Implementation of a Global Communication Strategy on Peace and Human Rights in the IVS movement: The setting and implementation of a global communication strategy for ongoing Peace and Human Rights Education campaigns that gives bigger visibility to existing initiatives and helps giving a coherent image to what is happening in the international voluntary service movement for the promotion of a culture of Peace and Human Rights. This strategy will include the creation of a website, the reporting of activities (real time by streaming), the online publication of all selected training materials, etc.

5. Promotion of an Awareness Raising Campaign within IVS projects that links Peace to all fundamental values of social justice: The fact of having trained 25 trainers on Peace and Human Rights Education and 25 trainees for campaigning, advocacy and international representation will bring the capacity and the opportunity to their countries to set actions, and trainings in their local work. Taking advantage of the fact that CCIVS members organise hundreds of projects every year in their countries, training and campaigning activities will be included in several projects of 10-15 countries on the Peace and Human Rights thematic area of action

Further information will be sent out concerning this workplan later on in the year.

Best wishes

Vicky

CCIVS Secretariat
UNESCO House
1, rue Miollis
75015 Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 45684936
secretariat@ccivs.org
www.ccivs.org

Post date: Oct 10, 2013

 

 


In all my years of volunteering I would say that today (which has been the culmination of months of hard work) has been one of the most gratifying days ever. In a nutshell I have recently sourced enough free food to supply both the newly formed Piikani Food Bank and Piikani Soup Kitchen ad infinitum, and today we had the opening 'ceremony' for both endeavours. This is purely a Piikani Nation Homeless Working Group initiative (of which I am the only 'employee'), and therefore a huge feather in the cap for Frontiers Foundation.

I have enclosed a photo of the opening (we had an elder give a blessing and had a ribbon cutting, followed by the feeding of the homeless and food hampers to take home - all from the food bank/soup kitchen). As I say, it has been a lot of hard work and I may have had to 'bulldoze' my way forward on occasion due to 'nay-sayers' but when it means the homeless are fed and warm (we had snow here today!) then bursting a few people's egos is worth it.

Now all that is left to do is to get the third part of the homelessness supports in place: the emergency homeless shelter. Let's just hope I can get the final piece of the puzzle in place within the next two years...
 
Best wishes,
 
Martin Pritchett

 

 

Post date: Sep 20, 2013

Check out the link below. It will bring you to a newspaper article on our volunteer, Adrienne Talbot, who is starting her third project in Inuvik. http://www.southwesternontario.ca/news/former-south-huron-woman-finds-a-new-life-in-inuvik/

Post date: Sep 10, 2013

With our compliments, please enjoy our latest quadrennial report herewith.
Project AMIK II (on the cover) and AMIK III with a total of 42
all-aboriginal apartments in Toronto are breaking ground in the next weeks.

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