South Van Isle Chapter (SoVI)

sovi-logo-colour-rgb-webThe South Van Isle BCCIC Chapter was formed to provide a network for individuals and organizations, based in lower island communities, to connect for information sharing and project collaboration in a combined initiative towards sustainable global development.

Contact:  Regional Coordinator Linda Ryder –

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Upcoming Events & Opportunities to Connect

Victoria’s BC2030 Meeting – January 30th

Monday, January 30th, 6:00-9:00 pm BC Council for International Cooperation and South Van Isle Chapter of BCCIC. Victoria’s BC2030 Meeting will discuss how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) link to work going on in our community and opportunities they present for political engagement for the upcoming provincial election. Commonwealth Place, Teen Centre, 4636 Elk Lake Drive.

International Development Mosaic Panel Discussion – February 9th

February 5-11 is International Development Week! “Leave no one behind: Canada contributes to global goals!”

Please join The South Van Isle Chapter of the BC Council for International Cooperation for International Development Mosaic, a panel discussion followed by Q&A, on Thursday, February 9, 2017, 7:00-9:00 pm at the North Douglas Pentecostal Church, 675 Jolly Place, Victoria. Doors open at 6:30 for networking and set up of displays. Tea and coffee will be served.

We will be highlighting and celebrating local organizations and individuals engaged in achieving The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This event will showcase the breadth and diversity of projects being undertaken for local and global sustainable development.

Panelists include representatives from Innovative Communities, Mercy Ships, One Love Africa, Pacific Peoples’ Partnership and World Fisheries Trust. Carla Funk, who facilitates resource development and capacity building with non-profit organizations, will lead panelists through a discussion of the global/local connections of their work, the significance of the SDGs in regard to their work, and the values that underpin the global goals.

There will be an opportunity to display your organization. To reserve a space please advise No sales or requests for donations please.



Our December 1, 2016 event GLOBAL CONNECTIONS RIGHT HERE AT HOME was a great success and we wish to thank Mike Simpson, Executive Director of BCCIC for travelling to Victoria to engage with SoVI organizations and individuals who are passionate about global sustainability.  Mike addressed the Sustainable Development Goals and discussed how they are inter-related.  Those in attendance had the opportunity to introduce themselves and identify which goal(s) they are aspiring to reach.

New connections were formed just by being in the room with like-minded people.  The benefits of being a BCCIC member were discussed and some new memberships resulted from this discussion.  We look forward to continued collaboration with globally aware citizens.

Together we are stronger!


The Thinking Garden

A film about South African Women sowing the seeds of change.

In the dying days of apartheid, three generations of women in a village in South Africa came together to create a community garden. They called it “the thinking garden” – hleketani in the local xiTsonga language – a place where women gather to think about how to effect change. More than twenty-five years later, the garden is still going strong, providing fresh vegetables and new opportunities for local people while helping to confront the ravages of climate change, poverty and HIV/AIDS in a community pushed to the edge. Beautifully filmed against the backdrop of an epic drought now gripping southern Africa, The Thinking Garden tells the inspiring story of what can happen when older women take matters into their own hands and how local action in food production can give even the most vulnerable a measure of control over their food and their future.

37 minutes, in xiTsonga with English subtitles

Produced with Assistance from the British Columbia Arts Council Additional Funding Provided by the University of Victoria and Indiegogo Crowdfunding Produced in Association with Prairie Girl Films Filmed on Location in Jopi Village and N’wamitwa, Limpopo Province, South Africa