Kamloops CanGo Grannies Regional Gathering

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

9:00 am – 4:oo pm

St.Paul’s Cathedral, 360 Nicola Street, Kamloops

The Kamloops CanGo Grannies invite all grandmothers and friends from the interior of BC to attend the first Regional Gathering on Tuesday October 23rd, 2012, right here in Kamloops, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at St. Paul’s Cathedral.  Join us to network and renew our fund-raising for the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the African grandmothers and AIDS orphans we support.  We are excited to present two dynamic speakers from the Foundation: Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, Executive Director, and Zahra Mohamed, Manager of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign.

Everyone is welcome to this event. Registration fee of $15 includes lunch and limited billeting is available. For more information, call granny Ann Milliken at 250-374-0114.

About the Kamloops CanGo Grannies:

The Kamloops CanGo Grannies are a grassroots organization that began in March 2004 in response to Stephen Lewis’ lecture at Thompson Rivers University, when he pleaded for assistance for the African grandmothers who watched their own children die of AIDS and then had to raise their orphaned grandchildren.  Mr. Lewis refers to these amazing and vulnerable women as the Unsung Heroes of Africa.  Since the Swahili word for grandmother is “gogo”, the Kamloops Grannies chose the name “CanGo” to represent Canadian grannies and began fund-raising for the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF). The grandmothers movement in Canada has expanded to over 250 pods, of which Kamloops was one of the first, and gave birth to the SLF Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.  Thanks to the diligence of the SLF field workers in Africa, these projects in 14 sub-Saharan countries are carefully planned to be self-sustaining and truly are helping to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS.


Global Speakers Series: Reconstructing Rwanda

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Desert Gardens Community Centre (Cactus Room), 540 Seymour Street, Kamloops

The Kamloops Global Awareness Network invites all Kamloopsians to attend Reconstructing Rwanda, the first international guest speaker presentation of the Global Speakers Series, at 7:00pm on Wednesday, October 17th at Desert Gardens Community Centre.  The Global Speakers Series aims to bring international speakers from various countries to Kamloops to discuss international development projects around the globe.

The presentation will be delivered by Lama Mugabo, the founder of Building Bridges with Rwanda Consulting Services (BBR), a community development-planning firm based in Kigali, Rwanda. Lama studied and worked in Canada before repatriating to his native Rwanda where he currently facilitates North-South collaboration projects, creating a platform for Rwandan and North American change agents to foster sustainable development work.

Lama will discuss the Rwandan genocide and various reconstruction efforts to form vibrant, economically stable communities. After the 30-40 minute presentation, there will be a Q&A session. There will also be an opportunity to learn about Lama’s local connections to the Kamloops community and how you can get involved. One of BBR’s partners is Developing World Connections; DWC’s president, Wayne McRann, will be on hand to introduce Lama and provide information about his local non-profit organization.

This is a free community event. There will be coffee, tea, and cookies provided. Doors open at 6:40pm. RSVP is recommended.

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