Day of Reflection: All the details

 Join your colleagues at Day of Reflection, May 3 at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus.

The theme of the 2012 Day of Reflection is “You + NC = A Sustainable Future,” and will feature high-profile speakers and an interesting line-up of seminars and displays, along with a special lunch catered by our Canadian Food and Wine Institute.

Take the Commuter Challenge:

With this year’s focus on sustainability, organizers are asking staff who attend Day of Reflection to find an alternative way to get to there.  Make plans to carpool, take the bus, roller-blade, ride your bike or your unicycle, take a scooter or borrow your neighbour’s Smart Car, plan your morning jog to end up at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, or team up with your colleagues and rent a tandem, triplet, quad, or quint bicycle … or ride your horse!

Whatever method you choose to get there, remember to track your mileage, you will be asked to submit this information upon registration. And remember, the person who is deemed to have used the most creative method to travel to Day of Reflection will win a prize.

Here are a few things to consider when planning your trip to Day of Reflection:

  • Extra bicycle parking will be available in the North Courtyard and can be accessed via a path from the East Parking Lot.
  • Consider taking the canal pathways: they are scenic and safe, they are easily accessible from Welland, Fonthill, Thorold, and St. Catharines, and by using these paths you will avoid the Glendale and Taylor Rd. construction zones.
  •  If you do take Taylor Road, be prepared for a detour – if you are heading North on Taylor Rd, you will need to turn Right onto Mountain Rd., Left onto Garner Rd., Left onto Warner Rd. and Right back onto Taylor Rd. to avoid construction. 

Bring your walking shoes and join us for a tour the First Nations Garden on the bank of the Campus’ Wetland Ridge Ponds.

Our speakers:

Maude Barlow, National Chair, The Council of Canadians

The Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest citizen’s organization, promotes economic and social justice, and advocates to protect and expand the commons, and create a living democracy. Barlow also chairs the Washington-based Food and Water Watch, is a founding member of the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization, and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. She is the recipient of 11 honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”). In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. Barlow is the author of 16 books, including the international best seller Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.

Sasha Gupta, P. Eng, Global Maintenance Planner, Research in Motion (RIM)

Originally from Niagara Falls, Sasha grew up in a multi-cultural household.  His father came to Canada as a refugee during the great partition of India and Pakistan in 1947; he is now a retired secondary school teacher.  Sasha’s mother (from Winnipeg) and father ensured their children were exposed to both eastern and western cultures and values.  

After earning a BEng in Chemical Engineering, Sasha lived in South Korea for 2 years where he taught English with his sister, Shauna and traveled throughout Asia, learning more about their cultures.  Now licensed as a Professional Engineer, Sasha has worked as a Chemical Engineer with Air Liquide Canada and is currently working with RIM as the Global Maintenance Planner where he works with Data Centers around the world orchestrating best practices to provide reliable, secure services to 75 million customers around the globe.

After a transformative travel experience, Sasha became an active volunteer committed to sustainability and global responsibility — here at home as a family support worker with Habitat For Humanity and internationally with Global Village.  He has helped rebuild El Salvador after the devastation caused by flash floods and landslides which were triggered by hurricane Ida, and led a Canadian team to build homes in rural India, on the outskirts of Mumbai.  Sasha is currently recruiting team members to build in Costa Rica this July and Nepal for March 2013.    

During his travels, Sasha was inspired to write “The Cloud That Changed,” the first of many future creative works.

Your Day of Reflection check list:

  • Your name tag
  • A non-perishable food item for the SAC food drive
  • Your Cell Phone – Why, you ask? You will have the opportunity to participate in a call to action using text messaging.
  • Cash for the Give Back Committee’s 60/40 draw (*please note, you can also purchase your tickets prior to Day of Reflection via Valerie Chambers (NL, W102 x4409) or Michelle Pugh (WC, SE105, x7491)

Please RSVP …

With your Department Secretary by 12PM on Monday April 30 so that final numbers can be confirmed.

Thank you and we look forward to you joining us for Day of Reflection, Thursday May 3, 2012. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30 a.m.  



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