Pacific Regional Conference
A conference for people to come together to end extreme poverty.
RESULTS members, plus anyone else who supports our goals.
Meet like-minded people, be inspired by speakers and learn how to make a real difference in the world.
Starting Friday May 3rd 2019 at 4pm and running to Sunday May 5th at 2pm.
Our Guest Speakers
Svend served as a federal Member of Parliament from Burnaby and Vancouver BC for over twenty-five years from 1979 to 2004. In 2009, he began work with The Global Fund based in Geneva, where he coordinated the Fund’s engagement with Parliamentarians around the world, in both the global north and south. The Global Fund is the largest funder of international programmes to fight TB and Malaria, and funds some 25% of all international HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care. He worked with a respected global body that is saving lives around the world and is on the front lines of prevention, treatment and care on the three pandemics, while also reducing maternal and child mortality and strengthening health systems in the poorest countries. The Global Fund has a strong human-rights focus as well, for example as the largest international funder of harm reduction programmes in the world.
Viola Desmond Portrayed by Zelda Foxall
Viola Irene Desmond (1914 – 1965) was a Canadian businesswoman of Black Nova Scotian descent. In 1946 she challenged racial segregation at a cinema in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia by refusing to leave a whites-only area of the Roseland Theatre. For this she was convicted of a minor tax violation for the one-cent tax difference between the seat she had paid for and the seat she used, which was more expensive.
Zelda Foxall is a talented actress and RESULTS volunteer, who has portrayed many famous historical figures over the years.
Sonia is a long-time RESULTS activist who many of you already know. She served on the Canadian board for many years and was active in Victoria.
In 2014 she was elected to serve as a director of the Cowichan Valley Regional District and then in the 2017 provincial election, she was elected to the Legislative of British Columbia as a member of the Green Party of British Columbia caucus. Prior to elected office, she was a high school teacher in Victoria and Shawnigan Lake. She has a BA and MA in history from the University of Victoria and lives in Shawnigan Lake with her husband, Blaise Salmon.
Garry retired from the Forest Sector 17 years ago and since then has been working on Community Development projects in Africa. Most of that time in Zambia, creating sustainable community forests, teaching environmental education and explaining the changing climates to rural communities. He was awarded the CIF’s International Achievement Award in 2008 for his work in Zambia and in 2012, was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. His books ‘Guidelines to a Sustainable Community Forest’ and ‘Mr. Garry’s book of Zambia trees” are used across Africa.
Sharmarke fled his home country of Somalia when he was 8 years old, and was a refugee for more than two decades before resettling in Canada. It was these experiences that have convinced him to dedicate his life to social and environmental justice issues.
Sharmarke is an organizer, connector, human rights advocate and recipient of Victoria Community Leadership Award. He was elected to the City of Victoria Council in October 2018.
Chris has more than 20 years’ experience working in pursuit of social justice and social impact. She has expertise in strategic positioning and advocacy, government relations, developing and advancing smart partnerships, and supporting grassroots movements. She has served at the executive level within the international development sector for more than a decade.
Presently, as Executive Director of RESULTS Canada, Chris oversees all aspects of organizational strengthening efforts, campaign strategy, and grassroots support and growth.
Mélissa leads RESULTS Canada’s public engagement strategy to empower citizens to use their voice to end poverty. She previously led Fairtrade Canada’s outreach marketing activities; collaborated with local organizations in Bolivia, Nicaragua and Mexico; and, administered, at Global Affairs Canada, advocacy resources to engage international groups. She is the chair of Fair Trade Ottawa Équitable and takes climate change actions. Mélissa holds a Master’s degree in International Development and Globalization (University of Ottawa) and a B.A. (St. Thomas University).
The conference runs from 5pm Friday to 2pm Sunday. Two dinners and two lunches are provided.
Starting with dinner Friday evening and ending with lunch on Sunday, we will pack the intervening period with well-known speakers, educational sessions and workshops all linked to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. There will also be a variety of networking opportunities and social events.
Stay Amongst Friends at UVic
The RESULTS Pacific Regional Conference has been held annually for over 25 years, alternating between Washington State and British Columbia. When in Washington State, it has been held in a residential camp settings – like Seabeck or Pilgrim Firs where delegates can spent the full 48 hours of the conference, together, getting to know each other. Because of the lack of suitable facilities, past conferences in Victoria have used one location for the sessions, another for social activities, with individuals responsible for booking their own accommodation. This year, we are excited to offer a residential experience in the beautiful setting on the University and are encouraging everyone, including the locals to stay on campus and relax in the company of friends for the whole weekend.
Memories of Student Days
For many of us, it’s been years since we were at University. Having the opportunity to stay on campus in student accommodation will bring back many memories: sleeping in a single bed again, hanging out on the green, visiting the student pub for cheap beer, watching the young people cycling around. The rooms may be a little better than you remember. You will be staying in the athlete’s village built for the 1994 Commonwealth Games. Each condo unit has 4 small bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and living area.
Save Your Spot
You don’t need to be a RESULTS member to attend the conference. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $240 Canadian (approx. $180 US). This includes attendance at all sessions, dinners on Friday and Saturday nights, lunches on Saturday and Sunday and 2 nights accommodation in “student housing”. If you arrange your own accommodation, the cost is $120 Canadian.