Organization Profiles: Think Global, Link Local 2015

unacto11.jpgNext Friday is the second annual “Think Global, Link Local 2015” networking event, a novel opportunity for students interested in the social justice sector to collaborate with expertise from the Vancouver area and beyond.

A diverse range of local, national and international organizations will be hosting tables at the breakfast. Attendance will include professionals specializing in international development, human rights, poverty reduction, public policy, foreign relations, domestic politics, environmental and marine conversation, literacy, research, health, equality, LGBTQ rights, children’s rights, amongst several others.

In anticipation of the event, the work of several organizations are showcased:

Environmental Organizations

LOS-logo-2013-tag-large-2Living Oceans (LOS)
Healthy Oceans. Healthy Communities

With offices in Vancouver and Sointula, Living Oceans has focused its work on Canada’s Pacific Coast (both oceans and communities) for over a decade. In partnership with the provincial, federal government/First Nations LOS has been working to protect the Coast’s diverse marine life, so that future generations can enjoy the ocean’s rich environment. Ocean planning is critical for ensuring sustainability. Currently planning initiatives include: Building Marine Protected Areas (MPAS); working to ban oil tankers along the Pacific North Coast, promoting sustainable salmon farming and sustainable seafood consumption; protecting “four pillars” of our the oceans ecosystem (habitat, biodiversity, food webs and water quality); and reducing rising acidity levels as a result of c02 absorption and the maintenance of shorelines (including the clean up of marine debris).

Follow the LOS blog “Water Blogged” at
If you would like to learn more about Living Oceans, registration is still open to sit at their table next week.

GSA logo RGBGeorgia Strait
Caring for Our Coastal Waters
Mission: To protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of Georgia Strait, its adjoining waters and communities.

Georgia Strait is a marine conservation charity located in Nanaimo, working to conserve the Strait of Georgia – the 220 km inland sea between the mainland and Vancouver Island. The Strait is beautiful and rich in diversity, but is at high-risk to many threats, including: oil spills, mismanaged marine, resources, pollution and many others. An example of work pursued by the charity is the Waterfront Initiative. Based on the success stories in New York and New Jersey, the initiative seeks to bring individual actors, civil society and the private and public sector, in order to sustain and improve Vancouver’s shoreline. The goal for a “thriving, sustainable, diverse integrated and resilient waterfront” is driven by principles of collaboration, accountability, public engagement and inclusion.

Follow the Georgia’ Strait’s Twitter Feed: @GeorgiaStraitBC for up to date news!

If you are interested in getting involved with their work, you can find out more at next week’s networking event by registering to sit at the organization’s table.

BC-LOGOCanadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)
CPAWS vision: “CPAWS believes that by ensuring the health of the parts, we ensure the health of the whole, which is our health too.”

For over 50 years, CPAWS has been Canada’s “voice for the wilderness.” Specializing in parks, oceans & freshwater, grasslands and wildlife, CPAWS mandate is to protect Canada’s diverse natural environment, through promoting awareness and encouraging individual action and partnerships.  For CPAWS, Canada has the opportunity and responsibility to lead by example, through our own national conservation efforts. Projects currently underway at CPAWS include: advocating for a strong Species at Risk Act (a projected 650 Canadian species are at risk of extinction); fighting to ensure permanent protection against the controversial use of fracking in Gros Morne Park, Newfoundland; and advancing boreal caribou conservation.

Successful past projects have included: the New Brunswick and GTA youth targeted “Get Outside Program” (2013), expanded protected lands across Canada (including the establishment of eastern Canada’s second biggest park “Tursujuq National Park” in Quebec (2012), the signing of Canada’s Boreal Forest Agreement (2010) and many others.

There are still seats available at CPAWS table! For more information on their work and to get involved, see:

Women & Children

YWCA_MetroVancouver_HorizontalGreenYWCA Metro Vancouver
Mission: is to touch lives and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness, and equal opportunities.

The YWCA is one of the longest standing, largest non-profits in Vancouver. Since 1897, YWCA Metro Vancouver has been seeking to promote gender equality. The YWCA provides a diverse range of services, including the provision of affordable housing, mentorship (including mentorship programs young Aboriginal girls, high school students, and assisting adults in professional development), legal education, support for single mothers, and many others. In addition to service provision, YWCA pursues numerous advocays projects, including “Week without violence” and “Work/Life Balance.”

See the YWCA’s latest blog post on International Women’s Day at:

If you are passionate about gender equality and issues facing women in the Vancouver Metro area, you can reach out the YWCA at “Think Global, Link Local 2015.”

Sexual Health

logoOptions for Sexual Health (OPT )

Mission: To provide comprehensive education, accurate information, support for sexual expression and reproductive choice, and confidential clinical services that help British Columbians enjoy healthy sexuality throughout life.

For 50 years OPT has provided non-judgmental and confidential sexual health services to British Colombian residents, with 60 clinics across the province. The range of services provided by OPT include: clinics, education services (including primary and secondary school initiatives), and a tool free number (1-800-SEX-SENSE).

For more information on OPT’s work in the field of sexual health, visit them online at

As previous blog posts have highlighted, planning for a post-2015 Development Agenda (and our future) requires conceptualizing the link between various issues, including the environment, international development, women’s rights and other goals.  Social justice projects can benefit greatly from collaboration and insights across themes. The meeting of Vancouver’s activist community is a promising example of our area’s shared ambition for the future. Partnerships and collaboration provide opportunities for innovation and strength.

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 6.47.52 PMJoin us in shaping it at “Think Global, Link Local 2015″