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Government of Canada Supports National Farm to School Initiative

News Release 

For Immediate Release

Government of Canada Supports National Farm to School Initiative 

New national program will bring more of the local harvest into school cafeterias 

October 3,                            2017 Ottawa, Ontario                                 Public Health Agency of Canada

Improving food literacy – the ability to make healthy food choices – through activities such as hands-on cooking, exposure to new foods, and farm and gardening activities can help build the skills required to plan, purchase and prepare healthier foods. These activities help encourage children to make healthy eating choices and supports healthy living.

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Regional Coordinator serving as: “F2CC School Animator” (Full Time)

Position Summary:

Farm to School BC (F2SBC) and Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) seeks a dynamic, organized, team leader to build capacity to advance Farm to School (F2S) in BC and Nationally. In partnership with F2CC, the Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) School Animator will enable and facilitate the implementation of a pan Canadian Farm to School Canada Digs In! Initiative. The School animator’s primary focus will be to build capacity within 30 K-12 schools in urban, rural and remote communities in BC – supporting their endaevours to implement and sustain Farm to School salad bar programs. The Animator will place local people at the centre of all they do, believing that sustainable solutions are only ever developed when the support of the school community and the local food system sector is strongly evident. The Animator will be a change agent, developing and supporting the exchange of information ideas and resources between within the school community, between participating schools, and and among the different communities and with the diverse organizations and institutions that can contribute to the vision – more healthy local foods on the minds and plates of students.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate learning opportunities for school-based F2S teams (including teachers, principals, school meal providers, and additional partners who work with students).
  • Support F2School leads in the 30 participating schools in achieving three main objectives:
    • improve student access to and consumption of healthy local food,
    • enhance student food literacy,
    • engage the school and the broader community program development, implementation, and evaluation in a manner that fosters sustainability.
  • Support all School leads in achieving contract deliverables in a timely manner.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with all participating schools and provide ongoing support to ensure that teachers, stakeholders and partners are successfully implementing their Farm to School plans.
  • Strengthen communities of practice in School regions by facilitating teleconferences, face-to-face meetings, webinars and other actions as needed to promote the national F2S movement while embedding F2SBC framework.
  • Assist the evaluation team with development and implementation of an evaluation plan and tools.
  • In concert with the Provincial Manager of F2SBC, promote F2SCDI initiative, disseminating ideas, information, tools and other resources and linking F2S, programs, policy and practice.

Deliverables (see Appendix A)

  • Attend annual National F2CC face to face gatherings, quarterly RL Community of Practice calls and regular check-ins with the Provincial Manager.
  • Create articles, blogs and tweets about the F2SCDI initiative and developments in BC and disseminate through F2SBC e-platforms including websites and social media (i.e.,Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
  • Disseminate national newsletters, national farm to school month campaign materials, produced by F2CC.
  • Provide mid-term and annual reports to Executive Director of PHABC and the Provincial Manager of F2SBC.

Appendix A

Qualifications

  • Background in Health Science, Education, Community Development, Nutrition, Agriculture, Public Health or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Preferred minimum of 2 years of experience utilizing school setting-based approaches to health promotion, working with people and communities to integrate a holistic and multidisciplinary method to build capacity in various settings.
  • Understanding of local and sustainable food systems, school food environments, child and youth nutrition, health promotion, health literacy, agriculture and/or combination of relevant or related disciplines.
  • Comfortable with the following software/social media platforms: Word Processing, Excel spreadsheets, WordPress, PowerPoint and social media platforms (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Hootsuite).
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • Leadership style and work ethic that promotes collaboration, inclusivity, creativity, open communication as well as independent decision making.
  • Understanding of regional food systems and school-food service systems including the network of individuals therein (e.g., principals, teachers, parents, school meal coordinators staff, students…).
  • Ability to network with key stakeholders within the regional food system (farmers, gardeners, food producer groups, food processors, and food distributors – including those associated with existing F2S programs and those keen to be supplying such programs).
  • In-depth knowledge of sustainable food system, school food and/or public health nutrition.
  • Expertise in establishing Farm to School programs and familiarity with existing BC Farm to School network is an asset.

To Apply:

Submit your resume and cover letter to Richard Han, Provincial Manager of Farm to School BC at
prov.manager@farmtoschoolbc.ca

Application Deadline: October 4th, 2017 @4:30PM. Shortlisted candidates will be notified on October 9th, 2017.

The term defined for this position is between October 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018 with the
possibility of an annual renewal.

Job Description F2CC SA – PHABC_F2SBC

Call for Nominations-2017-2019 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is now accepting nominations for the following Director positions for 2017-2019. There is one Executive position: President (2-year term) and 4 Director-at-large (2-year term) positions available. Being a PHABC Director is an interesting and challenging opportunity, a terrific way to build your professional network, connect with like-minded people and advance the principles of public health in British Columbia.

Directors come from different professions and locations in the province. It is the Board’s hope and intention to have each major geographic area of BC represented on the Board. Directors can expect to put in a minimum 4 to 5 hours of volunteer work per month – more if you are a member of the Executive Committee, or a committee chair. Many of the Board meetings and other committee meetings are conducted by telephone conference call.

A Director may be called upon to undertake a number of functions. Most of these functions are outlined in the Bylaws on the PHABC website. In addition, a Board member may be asked to Chair a committee such as the PEC (Public Engagement Committee), PARC (Policy, Advocacy, Research and Communications Committee), CBC (Capacity Building Committee) or to work on specific projects or issues. A Director may be asked to attend events in their area to represent PHABC. More information can also be found about PHABC on our website. If you are interested in becoming a Director you must be a PHABC member in good standing. In case your membership is expired here is a link to renew your membership. In order to complete your nomination application 2 PHABC members must support your nomination.

Positions currently available on the Board are: President and 4 Director-at-Large positions.

If you are interested in being a Board member, please send the completed form by email to Christina Harding at staff@phabc.org, she will also be happy to answer any questions you may have. The deadline for applications is September 21st at 5:00 pm. The Elections open and close respectively on October 5th and October 26th @ 5 pm, 2017. Results of the Election are announced at the AGM on November 16th, 2017. After receiving your completed form, a member of the Governance Committee or one of the current Directors will contact you by phone.

Download the form here PHABC_BOD_call_for_nominations_2017

 

Community Action Initiative-Overdose Prevention and Response Project Coordinator

 

About the Community Action Initiative (CAI)

The Community Action Initiative (CAI) was created to support community-led projects that promote mental health, prevent substance use problems and promote effective treatment and support for individuals and families experiencing mental health and/or substance use challenges in BC. The CAI was established in 2008 through a $10-million grant from the Province of British Columbia. In March 2013, the CAI received a subsequent $10 million grant from the Province to continue its work, as well as $5 million to specifically address supportive recovery housing.

The CAI Leadership Council represents a coalition of non-government organizations (NGO), First Nations Health Authority, Metis Nation British Columbia and BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, provincial government bodies and other key stakeholders.

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Shannon Turner, Our Executive Director Was Awarded Honorary Life Membership Award from the Canadian Public Health Association

Shannon Turner, PhD(c) is an exemplar practitioner scholar and has been a stalwart advocate for public health throughout her career. The promotion of health and social good has been foundational to Shannon’s contributions to policy, research and practice. When Shannon began as President of the Public Health Association of British Columbia, there were only 20 members and very little funding. Over the course of her term, she rebuilt the Association and established a foundation for a vibrant and engaged membership. Shannon has also served four separate terms on the board of CPHA and helped to strengthen national networks and public health service and policy throughout Canada. As the national co-chair of Prevention of Violence Canada for over a decade she has worked to build a Canada free of violence with a powerful health promotion engagement strategy for civil society and government.

Shannon’s research efforts on violence prevention, equity and technology are focused on the power of collective voices to promote healthy public policy. Her appetite for seeking collaborative and innovative approaches to advance public health is evident in all her work. She recently co-founded Bridge for Health cooperative, a social enterprise focused on social innovation and equity. Her volunteer efforts for over 30 years, combined with her professional roles as Director of Public Health of a regional health authority in BC and Executive Director of the Public Health Association, demonstrate an unfailing commitment to public health advocacy and service to promoting the health of Canadians.

Job Postings Cuso International

Cuso International

A force for change in an ever-changing world.

 

Cuso International is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality around the globe through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors.Each year we mobilize hundreds of volunteer professionals who work with local partners to create positive, lasting change.

In 1961, a group of Canadian university graduates had a vision of a more connected world. A world where the social constraints you are born into don’t dictate the entirety of your life. Where each human being has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Over the next few decades, as our partners became the educators, health care professionals and farmers, so evolved the role of the volunteers. Today, our volunteers are experienced professionals who focus on building skills and transferring knowledge to our partners across Africa, South East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. And, our name Cuso International reflects this change.

 

Read about Dr. Deirdre Nunan’s volunteer work in Ethiopia

 

Objective: Improving access to medical care.

As an Orthopedic Surgical Advisor at Asosa Hospital, my job is to help increase diagnosis of local cases and develop Continuing Medical Education. Asosa is a small rural hospital and we aim to provide excellence from the most basic level. I assist with surgeries and rounds, organize equipment and supplies, and demonstrate the cleanliness so critical to good care.

I’m also modelling respectful and compassionate care for marginal populations. I recently had a 50-year-old South Sudanese refugee come in from one of the refugee camps. He had a history of being treated with antibiotics for a joint infection inside his knee, but this kind of infection can’t be treated with antibiotics alone – it needs surgery. After we operated, he went from completely bedridden to walking around with a cane with his wife dancing and clapping behind him! It was incredibly gratifying and learning from this man’s case will help others in the future.

– See more at: http://journey.cusointernational.org/volunteers/deirdre-nunan/#sthash.uuUfY8cQ.dpuf

 

FOCUS AREAS

Building a more just and sustainable world together.

Cuso International’s work is driven by authentic engagement with and accountability to the people and communities involved. Our three focus areas are:

 COMMUNITY

At Cuso International, we believe that in order for communities to thrive, children need to be protected, and men and women must enjoy the same human rights and be given the same opportunities to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

  • Priorities include
  • Access to justice
  • Accountability and Transparency
  • Citizen participation
  • Gender equality
  • Governance

In 2013-2014, 74 volunteers worked with 43 partner organizations delivering community projects in 13 countries.

READ ABOUT THE IMPACT OF COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

 HEALTH

Healthy people are better able to work, learn, take care of their families and participate in their community’s development. But access to health care remains a challenge for people living in poverty, in remote communities, or excluded because of race, gender or class.

Cuso International volunteers and partners work together to improve access to basic services.

Priorities include

  • Maternal, newborn and child health
  • Quality health services

In 2013-2014, 50 volunteers worked with 32 partner groups in 8 countries to support health initiatives.

READ ABOUT THE IMPACT OF IMPROVING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

 LIVELIHOOD

Global economic challenges, such as food security and employment, ecological risks like climate change, and discrimination based on gender, disproportionately affect men, women and children living in poverty.

Through skilled volunteers and collaborative partnerships, Cuso International is working to help people and the communities in which they live become more self-sufficient and resilient.

Priorities include

  • Education and Skills training to improve employability
  • Enterprise development and Financing
  • Entrepreneurship support and Training
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable natural resource management and Climate change adaptation
  • Value chains

In 2013-2014, 281 volunteers worked with 143 partner organizations to improve their livelihoods programs in 25 countries.

READ ABOUT THE IMPACT OF BUILDING BETTER LIVELIHOODS

Are you ready to take your career to the next level?

If you join us, you can expect to:

  • Gain valuable international work experience in your field
  • Add to projects that have global impact and reach
  • Grow your global network by working with international colleagues
  • Broaden your professional experience within new industries

Cuso International will cover the following costs:

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Health Benefits
  • A monthly stipend for daily living expenses
  • Moving allowances for dependents*
  • Additional language training*
  • Ongoing support and training to prepare for life overseas

*These are dependent on the placement and decided on a case-by-case basis.

 

 

Health Listings

Maternal Health Project Advisor

Location: Jamaica

Brief Description: 12 Months | Start Date between Jun – Aug 2017

Maternal And Child Nutrition Advisor

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 9 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Pediatric Nurse

Location: Tanzania

Brief Description: 8-12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Community Nurse

Location: Tanzania

Brief Description: 6 -12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Health Advisors And Medical Doctors / Specialists

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 6-12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Midwife

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 6-8 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Maternal Health Project Advisor

Location: Jamaica

Brief Description: 12 Months | Start Date between Jun – Aug 2017

Special Education Advisor

Location: Benin

Brief Description: 12 Months | Start Date between Aug – Oct 2017

Research And Development Advisor

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 12 Months | Start Date between Jun – Aug 2017

Hospital Management And Administration Advisor

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 9 Months | Start Date between Apr – Jun 2017

Organizational Development Advisor

Location: Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Nutrition Project Advisor

Location: Zambia

Brief Description: 9 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Nutrition Policy Advisor

Location: Malawi

Brief Description: 9 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Organizational Development Advisor

Location: Malawi

Brief Description: 10 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor

Location: Malawi

Brief Description: 10 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Multi-sectoral Nutrition Advisor

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 9 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Maternal And Child Nutrition Advisor

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 9 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Community Health Advisor

Location: Mozambique

Brief Description: 9 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Social Work Advisor

Location: Benin

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Apr – Jun 2017

Social Work Advisor

Location: Benin

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Gardening Counselor

Location: Benin

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Apr – Jun 2017

Organizational Development Advisor

Location: Benin

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Counseling And Training Advisor – Volunteer In Guyana (Caribbean)!

Location: Guyana

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Jul – Sep 2017

Pediatric Nurse

Location: Tanzania

Brief Description: 8-12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Hospital Management And Administration Advisor

Location: Tanzania

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Community Nutrition Advisor

Location: Tanzania

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Health Advisors And Medical Doctors / Specialists

Location: Ethiopia

Brief Description: 6-12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Organizational Development Advisor

Location: Nigeria

Brief Description: 6 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Program And Business Development Advisor

Location: Nigeria

Brief Description: 6 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

Youth Sexual And Reproductive Health Advisor

Location: Nigeria

Brief Description: 12 Month | Start Date between Mar – May 2017

 

All positions have the following Support Package:

  • Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
  • Accommodation while in placement
  • Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
  • Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
  • Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
  • Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
  • Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
  • Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
  • Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
More about Cuso International
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Take the next step to becoming a part of the global Cuso International family. 

If you have any questions, please connect with us by calling 1-888-434-2876 ext. 248 or by emailing cuso.recruitment@cusointernational.org

200-44 Eccles Street, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1R 6S4 | Telephone: +1 888 434 2876 | www.cusointernational.org

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