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2010 October

News and Updates from our Chapter

30 Oct


EWB 10th Anniversary Gala

October 30, 2010 | By |

The 10th Anniversary EWB Gala is all set to wow you. On Saturday, January 15, 2011, 2000+ people will come together at the Allstream Centre in Toronto to celebrate African humanity and achievements like never before. And we have a world class presenter excited to join us.

Engineers Without Borders is thrilled to announce that K’naan, the internationally acclaimed poet and hip hop artist, will be joining us to celebrate our 10th anniversary conference.

K’naan is not afraid to shed light on sensitive issues and address real global challenges through his music. Whether standing up to the UN, or consistently creating urgent music with a message, K’naan always makes his voice heard.

To read more about K’naan: click here.

K’naan will inspire attendees through a unique keynote address and then close the night with a small performance.

(Above text courtesy of the EWB National Office website)

Register for the exciting 2011 EWB national conference here  .

28 Oct


Chapter Planning Meeting

October 28, 2010 | By |

Next Grand River Chapter Meeting:  November 18

The next meet-and-greet and planning meeting of Grand River Chapter’s fall season is currently scheduled for November 18th at 8 PM.   (Please check back here on the day of the meeting, in case of any last minute update regarding location or time.)  Anyone considering becoming more involved in the Grand River Professional chapter, or wanting to learn more about Engineers Without Borders in general, is invited to attend.  We’ll have lots of interesting feedback from our chapter’s amazing group of volunteers currently working in Ghana and Malawi.  See you there !

Location:   229 Glasgow Street (SIDE entrance), Kitchener

27 Oct


News From Mark In Ghana

October 27, 2010 | By |

Update From The Field

Grand River Chapter member Mark Soares has joined the team of the District Agricultural Development Unit (DADU) in Saboba. He has been working with fellow Grand River volunteers Ben Best and Erin Antcliffe on tackling some of the management challenges found in the Ministry of Food and Agriculture that are affecting the implementation of the Agriculture As A Business Program. 

Some of Mark’s other day to day responsibilities include:

– working with staff at the office, helping them with office tasks;

– working on the EWB “ Agriculture as a Business”  program coordination and curriculum delivery;

– doing field visits with an Agricultural Extension Agent and delivering one of 10 workshops associated with the agriculture as a business program, to a farmer group in a rural village.

Learn more about Mark’s work with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and his exciting adventures in Saboba by following his blog!

11 Oct


Are you a Planner or a Searcher?

October 11, 2010 | By |

Update From The Field

Hello Grand River !

Reporting in from Mzimba, Malawi where I’ve been working for the past month and half as part of EWB’s Water and Sanitation Team with the Mzimba District Water Development Office (DWDO). 

The DWDO is responsible for providing sustainable water access to rural communities across the district.   This goal doesn’t just mean installing boreholes and water points, but perhaps even more importantly, it involves making sure that the water points stay functional, that communities are aware of proper sanitation and hygiene practices, and that those areas with the most need are being addressed, in order to provide reliable and safe water access to everyone.    It’s not an easy job, but it’s an important one. 

As the Grand River Chapter’s African Partner, it is my job to keep you updated with the work that EWB is doing on the ground in Malawi that everyone’s hard work and financial contributions are helping to support.  I’m excited to still be closely connected with the Grand River Chapter, despite being geographically quite far away. 

I’d like to introduce you to my blog:, where I’m keeping track of thoughts, feelings and experiences to share with others.  We’ll also make sure that at least a monthly update appears on the Grand River Website, so you can follow along as my work progresses.  This week’s entry ‘Are you a Planner or a Searcher?’ looks at questions I’m asking as I examine my role within the DWDO.

If you have any questions, thoughts or ideas about our African programs, and/or how they can be shared with individuals in the Grand River Area, I would be happy to talk to you more.  Please use the contact form on this website to get in touch with me.  I look forward to speaking with you!

Mwenda makola (may the journey be good),


06 Oct


EWB Eastern Retreat

October 6, 2010 | By |

Are you looking for a refreshing break from your regular routine and a chance to enjoy nature, all while expanding your understanding of what EWB is all about? If so, the EWB Eastern Retreat is just the place for you! Along with other regional chapter members, you will have a chance to meet National Office staff and chapter leaders from Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. There will be workshops to sharpen your leadership skills and build your knowledge about EWB.  And yes, the weekend will be fully catered. Please comment to this post or contact our chapter if you are interested in arranging carpooling with others from this area.


When: Nov. 5th-7th

Cost: $120, includes lodging and food

RSVP To: Eli Angen <>