4 memorable moments from Day of Action 2018

Our Day of Action from April 28-May 2 brought together 57 incredible young leaders from across Canada, for two days of leadership training and one mega Day of Action on Parliament Hill. All were jam-packed with memorable moments, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top four.

1) That time our CEO jumped on a double-decker tour bus to share our vision for Canada

During our Amazing Advocacy Race, EWB’s fearless leader, Boris Martin, led a group of 8 EWBers onto a sightseeing bus, where they shared information about our #Hello2030 campaign with unsuspecting tourists. This impromptu bus hop came about mid-race as delegates ran around downtown Ottawa talking to the public about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While Boris’ team didn’t win the race, they did get one of the many great photos!

2) That time we hosted a panel of policy superstars

On our second day of training, Day of Action-ers were joined by (from left to right) Sasha Caldera, well known EWB alumni working now at the Beneficial Ownership Project as Program Manager, Jason Clark, former EWB Policy Manager and now a Consultant at Crestview Strategy, and Taryn Russell, Campaigns Director with Results Canada. This panel of all-stars shared their insights on what to expect when you meet with a Member of Parliament (MP) and answered enthusiastic questions from the attendees. This session was an eye-opener for many delegates, as the majority of them (80%!) had never gone into an MP meeting before. Taryn, Jason, and Sasha definitely helped calm some nerves!

3) When keynote speaker, Julia Sanchez, brought the house down

President and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) (and real-life superhero), Julia Sanchez, delivered a knockout speech to our uber-attentive group. Julia spoke about Canada’s role in development, it’s accessibility, and empowered the young leaders in the room to be the change they want to see in the world.

4) When members of the 3 biggest political parties came to our reception

To cap off the two-day training, EWB hosted a reception for our community and friends in the development sector. Having Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Celina Caesar-Chavannes, International Development critic Ziad Aboultaif and International Development critic Linda Duncan join us and share their thoughts on how Canada can play a more significant role in international development was a huge highlight. Having the three biggest party voices represented at one event speaks to the possibilities of collaboration and Canadian leadership in this space.

While the event may have ended, the action and impact doesn’t stop here! Here are 4 ways you can keep the momentum going:

  1. Invest in young leaders! Chip in $10 to help us continue our work to create these engaging events to increase the development of our young leaders further!
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  3. Show your support for Canadian leadership on the SDGs! Join the campaign conversation using #Hello2030 on social media.

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