At the EWB Regina chapter we have always prided ourselves on actively contributing to our community. However, while we have strong participation and a motivated group, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have failures as well. As a university chapter, a large portion of our work revolves around fundraising for events, programs, and initiatives. One of our main fundraising events is called Pint for Poverty and involves us getting as many local bars as possible to donate one dollar for each pint of beer sold on a given night. In exchange, we promote the bar and the event on social media and throughout campus. Last year, the event yielded much poorer results than we had hoped for – while we got many bars involved, we failed to raise a large amount of money.
By Varnit Grewal, Director of Internal Affairs, University of Waterloo Chapter
A consistent failure that the University of Waterloo EWB chapter encounters is poor retention. It is a common trend to have many members join at the beginning of the term, and have a significant drop in attendance two to three meetings in, sometimes going from 50 members to five. Due to the strong coop program at the university, there are two separate EWB clubs that run off stream from each other at UW; when one set of students is at school, the other set is on co-op, and they swap every term. It is well understood that the coop program is a large part of why the club has such poor retention, as it is difficult to get students motivated about projects that only last four months at a time, and get the members to return after a four-month hiatus. Getting past the challenge that the coop program presents has been this chapter’s biggest and longest-running failure.
By Joyce Lee, Western University, Director of Community Outreach
In an effort to extend our chapter’s network in London, we designated one chapter member to run in the London Youth Advisory Council’s (LYAC) election. This person would be the Youth Councillor for Western’s ward. We were excited for this new opportunity to meet young leaders in our community; however, we failed in being too single-minded in our motivation to win.