World University Service of Canada (WUSC) hosted its first International Forum “Innovation in Sustainable Development” in Ottawa from Thursday November 10 to Saturday November 12 2011. WUSC Local Committee Students (campus groups) from across the country attended the 3 day event aimed at bridging academic research and practice in sustainable development via engaging sessions on good governance, social inclusion and economic development.
Over 170 Local Committee students and Sponsored students (former refugee students) travelled to the Nation’s capital to learn, network and share their best practices! WUSC Campus Engagement kicked off the Forum with dynamic skill-building workshops pertaining to campus recruitment, holding a “whizbang” event on campus and engaging student communities through video. These special sessions gave students a better understanding of Local Committees’ important role in supporting WUSC and Uniterra international programs from their campuses. Saturday afternoon, students also participated in the annual Student Refugee Program (SRP) National Training session where they reinforced their knowledge of the program and provided some valuable input to strengthen it.
Other highlights include an intimate night Gala where l’Université Laval was awarded Local Committee of the year, a spontaneous human Fair Trade Train action to promote ethical purchasing, and multiple research workshops on sustainable development. Local Committee members had the unique opportunity to ask their pressing questions to researchers, professors and development practicians in and out of sessions.
The Forum may have come to a close but it certainly doesn’t end here for Local Committees! Keep an eye out for their thought-provoking events and awareness raising activities they will be organizing from coast to coast this year. Follow-us online (wusc.ca) or on Facebook!