Go For The Goals in 2021

FEbruary 7-13, 2021

International Development Week

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Let’s #GoForTheGoals!


This International Development Week, the world looks completely different than it did a year ago. So too do volunteering and partnering and how we can support one another, share our skills and competencies.

Canadian volunteers and our local partners in Africa have been agents of change committed to work collaboratively for decades to reach the UN indivisible goals.  Of course, the current COVID-19 pandemic has challenged economies, communities, and civil society organizations in a way we have never seen before. How can they still make a difference, focus on people, prosperity, planet, partnership and peace to build ONE WORLD?

join the conversation

Engage with our Canadian volunteers on February 9th and our African partners on February 10th for a townhall with CESO, Cuso International, the International Bureau for Children’s Rights, Oxfam Quebec and World Renew as they share their work and discuss the impact of the pandemic.

JOIN US on February 9th – 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm for a conversation with four Crossroads volunteers to learn how Canadians continue to create a more equitable and sustainable world by engaging and empowering individuals, organizations and communities through mutual learning, solidarity and collective action despite COVID-19.

What does it meant to be a Global Citizen? How can Canadians keep sharing their skills and be engaged to build ONE WORLD where poverty is eliminated, equality prevails and the rights of women and girls are fulfilled?

Sit down, virtually, with four volunteers who will share their perspectives from classic volunteer collaboration to e-volunteering and in country work as an expat. #TogetherApart

Caroline Aubry-Abel – Volunteer from August 2019 until March 2019, Caroline was a Gender Equality Advisor for the National Volunteering Agency in Togo. She has worked for a Quebec organization for the prevention of sexual violence and was the founding president of the Quebec Student Union, which today represents more than 85,000 Quebec university students.

Magalie Menard ―Passionate about gender equality and girls’ empowerment, Magalie has volunteered twice with Crossroads and is currently a Program Support Advisor in Tanzania working on programming that aims to advance the rights of women and girls as well as empower them, encourage women’s economic empowerment, and increase access to justice.

Atinuke Chineme  ― Tinu is an Eyes High Doctoral Scholar at the University of Calgary. Her 15-year career in international oil and gas was traded for sustainability by way of the Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV) M.Sc. program. She has worked to construct a renewable energy Power Hub for a women’s cooperative in Burkina Faso and was a Crossroads Volunteer in Tanzania supporting partner TGNP.

Maryse Vallières-Murray ― A student in agroeconomics at Laval University, Maryse focuses on regional development and agriculture including as an e-volunteer for Crossroads partner APROFES in Senegal from October 2020 to January 2021.

Bring your questions on the unique rewards and challenges of volunteering, engaging and collaborating with partners and communities overseas. As we can’t be physically together, we will be #TogetherAtHome.

JOIN US on February 10th, from 12.30 pm to 1.45 pm EST for a bilingual virtual town hall meeting to celebrate the 31st annual International Development Week in 2021. Hear short stories of solidarity and impact from CESO, Crossroads International, Cuso International, the International Bureau for Children’s Rights, Oxfam Quebec and World Renew.

Participate in a new year of action and international solidarity in an ever-changing context of rising covid-19 cases, poverty, inequality, climate change, peace and justice.

Together, let us commit ourselves to building a better and more sustainable world.