Join us on Saturday, 17 October 2020
To all of our Friends and Supporters,
We hope this post finds you safe and healthy.
Dessert auction admirers at the 2019 Solidarity Dinner.
We wanted to take a quick moment to update you on the status of our Annual Solidarity Dinner. As a result of the current health crisis, we have cancelled the June 6 date and rescheduled to Saturday, October 17. We look forward to hosting you at that time.
The dinner will take on a new look—no longer a summer party, but a fall event. We are looking for ideas to make it festive and appropriate to the season. (We imagine many pumpkin spice desserts at the Dessert Auction!) Some have suggested a Halloween theme! We also envision a smaller silent auction as many businesses will need a break from our asking for donations. If any of you have items you would like to donate, please do! Obviously, we can’t accept anything at the moment, but we’ll be so happy to receive your donations when we resume our normal routine. Also, if you have any creative fundraising ideas to enhance the dinner experience, we’d love to hear them. Please email Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org with any and all fundraising ideas and donation offers.
We so look forward to seeing you on the other side of this crisis and until then, wish you and yours good health, good humour, and always solidarity.
The CoDev Team
Special Message to CoDevelopment Canada’s Supporters, Members and Partners
Regarding Operations During the Covid-19 Pandemic
In accordance with the advice of BC’s Public Health officer, CoDevelopment Canada is taking steps to maintain social distancing and reduce opportunities for the Covid-19 virus to spread. At the same time, we recognize the importance of maintaining support for our partners in Latin America who will face huge challenges in the coming months.
As of Monday, March 23, most CoDev staff will work from home. CoDev has set up remote computer connections for all staff and established an online meeting routine that should enable us to conduct most of our business this way. However, the CoDev offices will remain open with skeleton staffing, and orders for Café Etico can still be filled. The general office phone line will still be answered, and all staff will continue to regularly respond to messages sent to their CoDev e-mail addresses.
Office hours will remain 9 AM to 5 PM,
This work routine will remain in place until Tuesday, April 14. Prior to that date, we will reassess the situation and decide on whether to extend it, or adopt a new model.
We hope that these measures will serve to strike a balance between reducing the likelihood of contracting or spreading the virus, while maintaining much-needed solidarity with all our partners in Latin America and their struggle for social justice, human rights and sustainable and equitable development.
We thank you all for your patience and understanding in these challenging times.
Building Partnerships for Global Justice
CoDevelopment Canada is a B.C.-based NGO that works for social change and global education in the Americas. Founded in 1985 by a group of activists who wanted to go beyond financial aid, CoDev builds partnerships between like-minded organizations in Canada and Latin America to foster learning, social change, and community empowerment. These partnerships educate Canadians about Latin America and allow them to directly support the region. Such connections build solidarity, mutual understanding and ultimately improve prospects for a fairer global order.