The WOWEM Team

January 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Projects

Comments Off on The WOWEM Team



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

WOWEM: History of vision & resilience

March 4, 2015 by  
Filed under Projects

Comments Off on WOWEM: History of vision & resilience

The Women’s Open World Empowerment Movement (WOWEM)

Open Source, gender equity, civil society engagement

Open Source, gender equity, civil society engagement


The WOWEM Project started in 2004 as an initiative to explore how women performed in the IT World and to encourage them to share stories of how they cope in the work atmosphere. It was a collaboration between Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities (FBSC), Lady Murrugarra of Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia  and Stacy Gildenston, formerly of Linux Professional Institute, now residing in Australia. The project focussed on encouraging women to share stories of struggle, resilience and wisdom.  To achieve this, we envisioned the following:

WSA graphic  Provide education to women who organize local community project

WSA graphic  Assist in setting up sustainable women-focused small businesses utilizing Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) as a tool

WSA graphic Promote market-ready products for international sales

WSA graphic  Utilizing profits for local enterprises led by the women including microloans by and from the women who earn them

WSA graphicEducation: topics to include organic farming, permaculture, health & wellness, making, arts.

WSA graphicDevelopment of online portfolios

WSA graphicUsing profits for both personal and community sustainable development

WSA graphicResearch of gender and F/OSS development around the world

WSA graphicEvaluating successes and failures

2004 Vision

A future ‘Marketplace’ to assist women in making dreams come true, by :
1.  Creating a Free and Open Source site to promote women who are making products wearing/using/displaying their work and telling their stories;

2.  Running beta test with products from Indonesia, Mexico, Palestine, Niger, Jamaica, and Peru; and

3.  Supporting a social enterprise to enhance the activities of the WOWEM Project and women around the world.

2005 – 2014

Because the project was embraced by civil society with such enthusiasm, the project won the UN World Summit Information Society (WSIS) Award digital content and creativity.
Following this tremendous acclamation, the site and domain name was hijacked for more than 7 years.  A blow to enhancing the participation and development of gender equity solutions from a local to global level.  It took much time to realign and re-establish the presence we achieved as the digital environment advanced.

2015 Onward: WOWEM, A Story of Resilience

After many attempts to revive the WOWEM Project, Stacy, Lady and Joan, the three original Founders of WOWEM, have come together to relaunch and engage women in digital world. Recognizing the dedication to support open source and gender equity with the shared vision to educate and collaborate, they have agreed to continue the contribution to the global success of WOWEM in the digital space once again.  As we move forward, the primary goal is to focus on learning by offering workshops that encourages designing and making, capturing the ‘Do It Yourself’ (DIY) spirit to advance the technical skills in the digital environment.

We look forward to our continued collaboration and success in the coming years

ICT, gender equity and WSIS

March 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Projects

Comments Off on ICT, gender equity and WSIS

The World Summit on Information Society held in Paris France 

WSIS in Paris

Joan Kerr and Fadi Chehade, President and CEO of ICANN


Dorothy Gordon, Director, Kofi Anann Centre of Excellence

WSA Team

WSA Team

Oshawa and 1812 War

February 21, 2012 by  
Filed under Projects

Comments Off on Oshawa and 1812 War

FBSC is creating a series of docu-dramas to acknowledge and honour local patriots who fought and kept the Americans at bay.  This is a volunteer community project.

Recognizing Oshawa War of 1812 Patriots

We are encouraging anyone from Oshawa and surrounding areas to:

– Share stories associated with the War of 1812;

-Write scripts;

– Videotaping;

– Costuming;

– Photographing; and

– Having fun and more.

The researchers, Glenn McKnight and Robert Bell, and videos team  have already discovered a number of nuggets of history and they are sharing their finds at:


If you are interested in reinactment of these stories in short videos in a docu-drama style, please contact us for more information:

Glenn McKnight at  905-434-6655

Conservation Fair

October 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Projects

Comments Off on Conservation Fair


The Conservation Fair is an annual event to  encourage actions that will reduce greenhouse gases and preserve the natural environment.

The 2011 Conservation Fair was held at the Oshawa Centre and in addition to share tips and receiving information, visitors were able to see the new GM Volt on display.

People are asked to share their conservation tips allowing everyone to learn from each other.



Community Action Days – May 2011 to Sept 2011

July 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Projects

Comments Off on Community Action Days – May 2011 to Sept 2011

The response from the community was really positive at the Oshawa Centre Farmers Market.  We had a couple of musicians, Dani Crosby is so amazing to work with and organizing these days for the artists. and upcycle queen Lianne.

Lots of friends stopped by for support and visitors to the Oshawa Centre Farmers Market was really thrilled to see the handmade products and meet the people who made them.  The overall agreement was that buyers wanted to see more and happy that there was local artists at the Market.

The entertainment was good too.



Oshawa Community Earth Day

June 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Projects

Comments Off on Oshawa Community Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day, which since its establishment in 1970 has become recognized as a worldwide environment day for creating awareness. It is celebrated by over one billion people.  The focus of Earth Day is to plant trees, which reduces carbon and increase oxygen in the air.  The Oshawa Community Earth Day has hosted the following events:

2011:            The Eco-Bunny Hop Trail

Face painting, pictures and planting seeds

2010:            Boost Your Eco

Energy efficient truck, how to make paper

2009:           Repurposing Competition

Using discarded item to make something useful.


Oshawa Community Earth Hour

April 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Projects

Comments Off on Oshawa Community Earth Hour

Earth Hour is a perfect example of community engagement, where citizens influence decisions.

March 2011

The Foundation for Building Sustainable Communities in partnership with the City of Oshawa, Oshawa Public Utilities Commission hosts the Annual Earth Hour Community Event.

Earth Hour is a global event that started in one city to promote climate change and encourage small actions, such as turning off the lights for one hour.

For the Oshawa Earth Hour event, over 140 people come to a drumming circle lead by Mary Brennan, who, helped us feel the music while the lights were turned off.   Everyone agreed that is was a fun time and look forward to doing it again in 2012.

Go beyond one hour and turn your lights off when you are not using them.  It saves money and the environment too


Annual Projects

March 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Projects

Comments Off on Annual Projects

Each year, brings business, institution and community together through various community engagement projects, creating awareness and suggesting ways to include in everyday living.

These include:

Take a moment and visit our sites. Join us for one of our events on your journey in building a sustainable lifestyle.