UN SDG Training event at International Conference

May 18, 2017 by  
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July 21, 2017
9:00 amto5:00 pm

An invitation to learn about the sustainable goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September 2015 by 193 countries, gives us a 15 year way forward to create actions and collaborations to preserve our planet, design social programs, increase equity, food for all, build safe and healthy communities, and reduce the effects of climate change. These universal SDGs goals is part of the Agenda 2030 framework, to guide UN nation members’ work during the next 15 years when implementing actions. To accomplish the SDGs, the first step is to learn what they are and create ways to implement them.

The Summer training event s being held at Ryerson University, a co-located training session in collaboration with the International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC2017), sponsored by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is hosted by the Toronto Section.

First initiated by the IEEE Humanitarian Initiatives Committee, July 2017 is the third conference in the humanitarian conference series in Canada and previously hosted by the Montreal and Ottawa Sections. Joan Kerr is a founding member of the Humanitarian Initiatives Committee (HIC), and has participated in all three conferences.



A SDGs Certificate will be awarded to all participants at the end of the training session


World Water Day 2017

March 22, 2017 by  
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The World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March annually since 1993, aims to bring attention to the importance of freshwater and advocate the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The Sustainable Development Goals include a dedicated Water Goal making water a key element of the 2030 Development Agenda.

This year’s World Water Day theme focuses on wastewater as an untapped resource and the campaign, “Why waste water?” is about reducing and reusing wastewater.

Along with other UN-Water members, FAO is actively promoting the importance of safe use of wastewater, in particular in agriculture.



DIY Showcase 2017

January 26, 2017 by  
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February 20, 2017
10:00 amto4:00 pm

You are invited!

This 4th Annual Do It Yourself (DIY) Showcase continues to be support to this worldwide movement, where imaginative people in community dialogue and demonstrates their invention, or tinkering creations.

If you are curious, full of wonder, or just want to connect with the do it yourselfers, then come join us for the DIY Showcase.

The DIY / MAKER movement, is growing, and that’s mainly because people love to make things.  They make anything from toys, to furniture, to knitting, to pens, to cooking, to gardening. it’s our expression of our own skills or drive to create. They are everywhere in our community.

We continue to focus on the individual maker, do it yourselfer, however, in celebration of the 150th Anniversary for Canada, and the 200th Year for the Simcoe Street United Church, the theme is ‘Then & Now’, which we feel acknowledges the Canadian silent attitude of perseverance and tenacity.

The theme also gives an insight, or at least to engage in dialogue, of how much we have done in communities across the world.  One very important factor is the recognition that Oshawa was known as the Manchester of Canada, a hub of innovation.

Among the displays, attendees will:

  • Identify old utensils displayed by Victory Garden, as well as hearing about the solution for power generation and agriculture education;

  • Robert T. Bell, a volunteer for the Victory Garden, and a Simcoe Street Church member will display various technologies/information of historical and curiousity significance;

  • Participate in workshops, and

  • Meet the inventors, tinkers and entrepreneurs in the community.

The day is designed to be fun for the whole family.  Come and join us and see for yourself


6th Annual Victory Garden Harvest Celebrations

November 5, 2016 by  
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November 20, 2016
12:30 pm



Nail Soup:A traditional Swedish folk-tale

Once upon a time there was a tramp walking through a deep forest. He made his living selling a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Now he was cold and tired and hungry and what was even worse, he had nothing left to sell. All he owned were the ragged clothes he wore and an old, bent nail. When he came out of the forest he saw a little cottage, with smoke rising from the chimney. He knocked on the door, the door opened and a woman looked at him suspiciously.


– Please, could you be as good as to give a poor man shelter for the night, he asked.
– I know your kind, she said, if I let you in you won“t leave before you have eaten everything I have. And I tell you, I“m so poor I haven“t had a bite for three days. So you just go away!
But the tramp was a clever fellow, and the woman was so greedy that she immediately invited him when he said that of course he didn’t want to eat the little she had. On the contrary, he wanted her to share his evening meal.
– But first I want to see the food you say you want to share, she said. – This is all I need, he said, and took an old, bent nail out of his pocket. Just bring me a pot and some water, and I“ll cook the best soup you ever tasted with this nail.
The woman brought a pot and looked with amazement as the tramp made a fire, cooked some water and dropped the nail in it. – The soup might be a little thin, he said, you see I have been using the nail for seven days now. It is a pity you don“t have a little salt, that would surely make the soup taste like a soup fit for any gentleman“s house. But what we lack, we don’t have.
– Now that I come to think of it, said the woman. I might have a little salt left since Christmas.
– How lucky, said the tramp and put the salt in the pot. Well I was thinking that perhaps you could even serve this soup to the priest, if we only had some vegetables also. But what we lack, we don“t have.
– Now that I come to think of it, said the woman. I might have some vegetables in the cellar.
The tramp praised the wisdom of the woman and the excellent taste of the soup.
– I think it would even be fit to serve the king, if we only had a little meat to add, said the tramp. But there is no use longing for the impossible. What we lack, we don“t have.
– Now that I come to think of it, said the woman. There might be some dried meat left somewhere.
“>The tramp happily added the meat to the by now sweet-smelling soup, the woman made the table with her finest silver spoons and her best plates. When she came to think of it, there was actually some wine left since her husband’s funeral.
So she felt almost like a queen when they shared the soup the tramp had cooked with his nail. The next morning the tramp left without his nail, because the woman wouldn’t let him go before he agreed to sell it. And still to this day, the nail has been very useful. Not only can you make a wonderful soup, but you can also use it for cooking tales with. True, what we lack we don’t have, but if you add a little of this and a little of that it will certainly be a story fit for telling to a king!
Ulf Ärnström 2002

CSV Stakeout

June 28, 2016 by  
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July 17, 2016
10:00 amto1:00 pm

July 17th: CSV Digout Party
Time: 10 am – 1 PM
Location: 200 Winchester Rd W, Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4, Canada


July 2: Stakeout 




The Climate Smart Victory Garden Team is inviting you to make history.  How?  By being part of our very first Climate Smart Victory Garden in Canada.  This is a model that bring together leading organizations who are addressing climate change in very special ways, and you are inviting to join us!

Members of the Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities, the David Suzuki Foundation DSF “Blue Dot” campaign team, Biochar Ontario, the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship, the Climate Smart Ag Youth Network (Canada), and the Science for Peace Community Sustainability Working Group (CoSWoG) are invited to come out to Oshawa to help assess and set the physical boundaries and undertake some brainstorming and site assessment / initial preparation for our very first Climate Smart Victory Garden in Canada! The model is a demonstration to be used to be used in the global village-smart villages.

When:       July 2nd:  The Stakeout

Where:      200 Winchester Rd W, Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4, Canada

Time:         3 PM – 6 PM

Come and enjoy the outdoors, stakeout the new climate smart victory gardens, enjoy a potluck, and make a stakement.

View pictures from previous intiatives below.

day 1 2010    Sprouting Green


Celebrating World Planting Day 2016

March 21, 2016 by  
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March 21st, 2016: World Planting Day

Plant food, trees, berries, edible flowers with the world and celebrate taste, beauty and healthful living.  Today

World Planting


World Planting Day is March 21, 2016, a special event to celebrate with people around the globe. It’s a day that helps us remember that our gardens are beautiful, and delicious. How you may ask. Consider growing foods for:

  • Fresh, nutritious eating
  • Nourishment
  • Outdoor activities
  • Addressing climate change
  • Being Climate Smart
  • Tasting delicious foods
  • Beautification

Will you start planting and celebrate with the world.  The rewards are countless.

The DIY Showcase 2016

January 12, 2016 by  
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March 19, 2016
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Celebrating Engineering Month

DIY Showcase graphic


The 3rd Annual DIY Showcase recognizes youth in engineering, who have designed projects in Durham Region

What is Engineering month?

March is the month where we celebrate engineering. In Canada, there are numerous events taking place across the country. Engineering month is a way to highlight the designs of students and to encourage others to explore it as an option for a career.

At the Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities (FBSC) we celebrate the human potential for creative thinking, who are passionate about designing, innovating and making, and especially those with ‘do it yourself’ attitude.

From designing malls,communication technologies, airplanes or household appliances, engineers are constantly thinking, desiging and making life more efficient which can give us more time for social activities. Because these designs are all around us, we are celebrating engineering at the DIY 2016 Showcase giving attendees the opportunity to ask questions which can help students improve their designs

According to National Engineering Month

‘Engineers shape our future with forward thinking designs, new technologies and breakthrough developments that haven’t been thought up yet. They prove, each and every day, that anything’s possible.’

National Engineering Month also gives students the opportunity to learn about the remarkable accomplishments Canada’s engineers have made over the years. Be sure to check out this site’s Great Canadian Engineering section to learn things like how engineering work pushes the boundaries of flight and contributes to amazing manmade structures, and the Engineers in Profile section to meet incredible engineers who have been conducting important work like allowing amputees to control their artificial limbs with ease and building earthquake resistant structures.
Considering engineering? Take this test

The WOWEM Team

January 8, 2016 by  
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Joan Kerr

As a skilled business woman, a serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years of managing, operating and innovating, while founding several not for profit organizations and philanthropic initiatives. Her business acumen, dedication to sustainable development principles, collaboration, and a flair for creativity have led her to achieved her goals thus far. An eternal optimist, whose infectious enthusiasm inspires and motivates her clients and colleagues.

Stacy Gildenston

For over two decades, Stacy Gildenston, M.A., has produced media for clients across universities, Fortune 100 corporations, national and tribal governments, and not for profits. She’s been interviewed as an expert in both Linux and virtual realities by the BBC, CNN, and Discovery Television Networks, as well as has spoken worldwide, including at a United Nations conference in Geneva, and at a ‘surprise’ press conference with the Vice President of Peru. She specialises in creative development around technology and education and is making robots with young girls.

Lady Murrugarra

I have the expertise as coordinator of Telemedicine / Telehealth, innovation and entrepreneurship. More 25 years in Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt. Lady have held the following positions:

  • Coordinator telemedicine and telehealth, actuallly
  • Webmaster Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, until 2014
  • Databases and Statistics until 2012
  • Criobank coordinator until 2013
  • Asociated Investigator. Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
  • Editor and Author, Book in ICT and AIDS for the schools.
  • Regional Coordinator. actually

Canadian Victory Garden Brainstorming Weekend

April 15, 2015 by  
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April 25, 2015toApril 26, 2015

FBSC  will be hosting the Canadian Victory Garden Brainstorming Weekend at 200 Winchester Street, Oshawa Ontario  ( West of Simcoe and Winchester)

This event organized by the Women in Engineering at UOIT  is being faciliated by  Butch Shadwell who is has extensive  international experience designing and implementing off-the-grid solutions.  The  event is a free event to  Energy and  IEEE  engineering students  and  it’s a great end to a grueling  school year.

For more  information
Glenn McKnight  905 442 2167


WOWEM: Rises

March 12, 2015 by  
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In 2004, the WOWEM Project envisioned a civil society that cared about how Information, Communication Technologies (ICTs) could be used to promote equity, entrepreneurship and sustainable development.  A way to gage the specific struggles of women and how the community could respond through tecnological collaboration, empowerment and support with practical experience and hence woman’s intuitiveness and exceptional wisdom.

It gives us great pleasure in viewing this video, take a look.

It started in 2004 with a challenge!  How do we 1) find out how women faired in the IT world, and 2) what supports are needed to develop any skills, networks or marketplace to excel.  A simple ‘fact finding’ initiative.

The WOWEM Impact

Over 60 organizations across the globe shared, supported and offer wisdom to the members, resulting in achieving the United Nations Civil Society Award for the World Summit Awards Program.  The recognition for the ‘best in e-content & Creativity’

WSIS 2014

WSA Team

WSA Team

WSIS in Paris

Joan Kerr with Fadi Chehadi at WSIS 2014

Joan Kerr with Dorothy Gordon, Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT


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