On July 16, 2016, members of JCI Brantford joined Burlington riding Liberal MP Karina Gould, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, at the Paris Public Library, in a roundtable discussion on the best approach for Canada's International Aid efforts.
Representatives from Kiwanis, Muslims for Humanity ICNA Relief Canada, Liberal Riding of Brantford, JCI Brantford, Catholic Church Development and Peace, Laurier University International Relations, and Can-Pak Health & Education spoke openly about different efforts which their respective organizations are involved in. Karina also spoke about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals which rolled out last year to be endeavoured towards by 2030 and how they could be tied together. Everyone was asked to speak about how Canada can best get resources and aid to the people who need it most and where Canada should focus their efforts.
Among the suggestions were specific efforts to improve our global impact within developed nations regarding carbon emissions and green initiatives, health and education, a focus on women & children, and partnering with local organizations in affected areas to empower them to create self-sustaining change after relief groups leave. Everyone walked away feeling positive with the dialogue.
Karina is next headed to New York City for a few days to attend a conference on involving youth in the international solution.