Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Festival

Friday, November 23rd, 2012: 12 pm to 6 pm
Saturday, November 24th, 2012: 10 am to 4 pm

Desert Gardens Community Centre, 540 Seymour Street

Be the change you wish to see in your world by supporting and shopping fair trade in Kamloops this holiday season! This annual festival has become a Kamloops tradition over the past 13 years and aims to raise awareness of fair and free trade issues world-wide. Presented by the Council of Canadians, the Ten Thousand Villages Annual Fair Trade Festival features global arts and crafts, jewelry, small furnishings, chocolate, books, and much more. Admission is free.


Global Speakers Series: Challenges Facing Indigenous Women in Guatemala

Thursday, November 8th, 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 Challenges Facing Indigenous Women in Guatemala, the second international guest speaker presentation of the Global Speakers Series, at 7:00pm on Thursday, November 8th 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 Floridalma (Flory) Lopez Sincal from Guatemala and Michael Newman from World Neighbours Canada.

Flory is a Kaqchikel-speaking Mayan woman from the community of Patzun, Guatemala, who brings 19 years’ experience working with marginalized, rural peoples throughout Central America. Holding teaching and social work degrees, she has served on a small team that planned, implemented, and monitored long-term village development projects in Honduras with Canadian organization, World Neighbours Canada. Following post-graduate studies on gender issues in Mexico, she has been working with both local indigenous women’s groups and lobbying at the national level for recognition of women’s issues.

Michael Newman is a 22-year veteran of the World Neighbours Canada board. World Neighbours Canada is an international organization that supports community initiatives to alleviate hunger, disease and poverty in Asia, Africa & Latin America. His focus has been Central America, which he visits on an annual basis. His most recent visit was in January and February of this year where he visited Guatemala and Honduras seeing five long-term development projects including two financially supported by World Neighbours Canada.

After the 40 minute presentation, there will be a Q&A session. There will also be an opportunity to learn about World Neighbours Canada and how you can get involved locally. World Neighbours Canada is a KGAN Network Member.

This is a free community event. There will be coffee, tea, and cookies provided. Doors open at 6:45pm. RSVP is recommended.

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