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  • Aaron Returns!

    Sep 2, 2009

    Aaron has returned safely from Ghana and has jumped into his new duty of don at Pond Residence. Check out his latest blog entry at Congrats on an awesome job, Aaron!

  • September Events

    Sep 2, 2009

    EWB will be out and about as York University swings into full gear. Check us out at:
    **YFS Clubs BBQ**: Wednesday, September 16
    **Yorkfest Village**: Tuesday, September 23

    Stop by and say hi or if you would like to get involved, please e-mail

  • Taste For Development

    Nov 12, 2008

    The York University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is holding its first ever wine and cheese event, Taste For Development . This evening of formal entertainment sets the stage for keynote speaker George Roter , co-Founder of Engineers Without Borders and one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40.

    Come celebrate York University's young Engineering Leaders as they showcase all the aspects of the York Chapter of Engineers Without Borders and the difference young Canadians are making right across the country.

    All proceeds contribute to sending a young Canadian to work overseas on rural community development projects next summer. Come meet York's volunteer, network with industry professionals and demonstrate how you are making a difference in the world.

    Taste for Development

    Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008

    Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

    Location: Pan-Mancedonian Place, Megas Restaurant, 402 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

    Price: Professionals $45 : Students $25 : Couples $70

    For tickets and other inquiries, please R.S.V.P. to

    Engineers Without Borders believes that technology, when appropriately incorporated into each community's social, cultural, economic and political context, can drive extraordinary change, similar to the principles we, engineers stand by and uphold.

  • Casino Rama 2008

    Oct 29, 2008

    Hi York Chapter,

    In case you haven't heard, EWB is holding our Annual Trip to Casino Rama .

    When: Friday, November 7
    Where: Casino Rama
    How Much: $15
    What does it include: Transportation to and from the Casino, Buffet and non-alcoholic drinks, $5 when you get on the bus!
    Meeting: 3 pm in front of Vari Hall and we should be returning around midnight

    You can buy tickets from any of the EWB exec or from Ian in PSE 403. Space is limited so don't delay!


    Oct 29, 2008

    Public Outreach has been quite for the month of October and I think it's because we have been gearing up for the upcoming month. November is sure to please everyone who takes interest in eradicating poverty. Our first major event for this month begins with Pumpkin Smash on Wednesday, November 05, 2008. Similar to Car Smash, Pumpkin Smash will actively engage the student body on the root causes of poverty and stimulate thoughtful discussion on the matters of sustainable development.

    Students and faculty members will be allowed to smash pumpkins in order to dramatize the defeat of poverty. The aim of Pumpkin Smash is to raise public awareness and discussion along with funds in order to assist our Junior Fellow (a York University student) gain first-hand experience in sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa.

    For any further inquiries please feel free to contact us at or check us out at

    The event information is as follows:

    Date: Wednesday, November 05, 2008
    Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Location: Vanier Field
    Fee: By Donation


    Rameez Lari
    VP of Public Outreach
    Engineers Without Borders
    York University Chapter

  • York Professor Become a Huge Target...for Pies!

    Oct 20, 2008

    EWB at York works toward raising money to send young Canadians to work overseas on rural community development projects. We work in developing communities, helping people gain access to appropriate technologies that will help improve their lives. This year we have the incredible goal of raising $6500 by the end of April in order to send a deserving student overseas on our Junior Fellowship Program.

    Here's how it works:

    Throughout the year, student and faculty will be able to place a donation to Engineers Without Borders in the name of a Professor of their choosing. Until March 13, 2009 all you have to do is drop by a donation box and place a donation into the envelope with the name of the professor and (optionally) your name. These donation boxes can be found in PSE403, PSE102 and in the School of Engineering. Donation of greater than $50 are eligible for a tax receipt.

    On March 13, 2009, the top 3 professors will receive a PIE IN THE FACE ! To make things even more enticing, the person who donates the most amount of money to the "winning" professor's get to be the person who gets to do the 'pie'ing.

    The competition will be tracked on a poster within the ENG Lab and at


    Oct 1, 2008

    Hey everyone,

    We’re looking to send one volunteer overseas this year on a 4 month placement (May-August) as part of Engineers Without Borders’ Junior Fellowship Program. It will give you an opportunity to travel to a developing country for 4 months to learn about development first hand and on the ground. It’s a big commitment but is a bigger learning experience I guarantee!! Definitely an opportunity of a lifetime!
    See the attached poster for more information.
    If you’re interested I more than encourage you to apply. Applications are electronically due by Friday, October 24th by 5pm! Applications can be found at

    We will also be having an information session.
    Where: PSE 258
    When: Wednesday, Oct 8th at 4:30 pm
    What: Past volunteer presentations, discussion on overseas development, and roles we can/should play and JF program overview and Q&A

    Hope to see you there.

    Mary Kuruvilla
    Director of Overseas Sending
    EWB York chapter

  • Car Smash '08

    Sep 17, 2008

    Engineers Without Borders (EWB), YorkU Chapter will be raising awareness and making its presence felt on campus thorough Car Smash 2008. One of the purposes of this event is to actively engage the student body on the root causes of poverty and development work which is needed to eradicate extreme suffering caused by poverty.

    Students and faculty members will help smash a four-door sedan to gain attention and to dramatize the defeat of poverty. The aim of Car Smash is also to raise funds in order to send one Junior Fellow overseas to gain a first-hand experience in sustainable development and return to YorkU with firsthand insight.

    The event will take place on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Come out and help smash the car! We will be located just south of Vari Hall and north of Atkinson College.

  • Stars Rock EWB!

    Sep 16, 2008

    If you missed this year's Yorkfest event, then you missed quite possibly the greatest plug in EWB@York History!

    Yorkfest 2008 featured the awesome talents of Montreal's Stars. Stars played a phenomenal show and 1 song into the encore they stopped the awesome sounds to deliver a special announcement. What followed was the most delicious speech I have ever heard out of a musicians mouth! EWB@York is working to get a sound clip of the plug because trying to explain it in words just doesn't work. If you recorded any of the 'EWB is Awesome' speech from Torq, please e-mail it to

  • Making a Difference: Mythbusters

    Mar 18, 2008

    Breaking the Myths

    Myth: You have to be an Engineer to work/volunteer with Engineers without Borders (EWB).

    At York University, our chapter consists of students who are studying various disciplines. Each individual brings with them their knowledge, critical and analytical perspective, varied skills, and personal experiences to combat poverty. The diversity on campus does not nearly represent the diversity we have established as a Canadian organization. With 25 campus chapters throughout Canada and with more than 200,000 active members, it is a community full of growth.

    Myth: Poverty results from a lack of individual responsibility.

    The increasing unemployment rate, lack of or limited social programs, declining healthcare services, limited education budgets, and further government cutbacks are not signs of individual irresponsibility. They are government mandated policies and decisions that factor for the increasing poverty in Canada and else where around the world. There are a countless number of people who continuously fight each day to survive due to a lack of safe drinking water, proper sanitation, and inadequate food resources. Let us not forget that poverty is a human-made phenomenon, so its demise must also rely on human action.

    Myth: Food Aid (Dumping) is always beneficiary to all recipients.

    “Give a person a fish; you have fed them for today. Teach a person to fish; and you have fed them for a lifetime”—Author unknown

    Over the past century, food aid has become popular in relief efforts and in developing regions. Perhaps food aid does have some use, however, most of the time it is not helpful. Food aid prevents local farmers and the agriculture industry to prosper because it is hard to compete with ‘free’ food. It also enforces a public dependency on charitable food donations which later tends to amplify as a problem when aid decreases. Food aid can also mean less money in the system which can lead to decreasing social services and so forth.

    Myth: Fair trade would solve the problems of poverty.

    Fair trade like any other practice does have negative attributes. Fair trade assumes that businesses are willing to give up large profits and incur greater fees for this practice. If businesses are willing, then it typically means loss of employment or perhaps cutbacks in other departments. Though, this may occur, fair trade does provide an equitable trading practice. It ensures regulation of trade and adequate working conditions and wages for employees. Alongside fair trade, government regulation, and social service restructuring is needed to eliminate extreme poverty. Fair trade is one of the many steps to MAKE POVERTY HISTORY!!

  • EWB Day 2008!

    Feb 12, 2008

    EWB Day is quickly approaching! March 6! We want to see lots of people out to this event as it is going to be huge. If you volunteer for only one thing this year, make EWB Day that one thing. Check the events tab for more details.

  • Next Meeting

    Feb 7, 2008

    The next general meeting will take place at 4:30 on Thursday, February 7th, 2008 in Petrie Science and Engineering Building Room 258.

    We'll be taking a look at the chapter's achievements and all the great stuff we've still got cooking. And if that's not enough to get you out, once again, there will be timbits!

  • Fair Trade Roses @ NGO Fair

    Feb 5, 2008

    come buy a rose, and create awareness about fair trade, there are also fair trade chocolates =)

  • Casino Rama !!

    Nov 30, 2007

    check out the events page for details!

  • Gallery Updated

    Nov 30, 2007

    gallery updated - check it out by clicking on the tab above

  • How to Contact the Chapter

    Nov 20, 2007

    If you're looking for how to contact the chapter, just send me an e-mail:

    or head to: about us--> ewb exec and drop us a line!

  • EWB in the Excalibur

    Nov 20, 2007

    check us out at:

  • Member Ed – MDGs

    Nov 15, 2007

    Member Ed session about the millennium development goals, what are they? how many have been achieved? come at 5!

  • Bake Sale

    Nov 14, 2007

    Our First Bake Sale of November, come to the student centre and buy some cupcakes =)

  • Conference Registration

    Nov 13, 2007

    just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to sign up for conference. copy and paste to sign up

  • Member Ed – Aid

    Nov 8, 2007

    Member Ed session about aid, tied and untied

  • Member Ed – Fair Trade

    Nov 1, 2007

    Member Ed session about fair trade

  • Bake Sale

    Oct 31, 2007

    Halloween Bake Sale - Giving away fair trade chocolate =)

  • Member Ed – What is Poverty

    Oct 25, 2007

    Member Ed session about what is poverty, and its root causes

  • Bake Sale

    Oct 17, 2007

    Another wonderful bake sale in front of the student centre

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