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Dear Canada…

Our Vancouver Island branch (RCSVI) has partnered with youth leaders Aysha Emmerson and Jasper Johnston to support Dear Canada/Cher Canada, a new initiative designed to connect Canadians. Read more about this new initiative, as described by Jasper. Dear/Cher Canada is a national project developed by a team of youth aimed at connecting Canadians, across geographies and generations, bringing them into a single conversation. Our online platform enables people to create a digital “postcard” on which they can write a brief…

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Commonwealth Youth Awards 2020

The winners of this years Commonwealth Youth Awards were announced on March 11th. Among the winners was Canada’s Sowmyan Jegatheesan, founder of Systema Naturae. Sowmyan chronicles his exposure to the Commonwealth and his win.

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Remembering Sir Charles Gunning

It’s with great sadness that we share with you that the NSCF community has lost a golden, shining star in Sir Charles Gunning. Charles will be known by many generations of NSCF delegates as the ‘father’ of NSCF. With other RCS Ottawa members, in 1973 he founded what is now known as the NSCF. For decades, until his health forced him to retire, he would organize, rally, convince and pull last-minute strings to help pull-off a successful NSCF year-after-year; support…

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RCSVI Chair’s Remarks

Excerpt from the April RCS Vancouver Island Circular: What does a President say after a most successful Commonwealth Day Luncheon on Monday, 9th March, and now finds himself located in the midst of a global pandemic when everyone is becoming self-designated “stay at homers”? He could say a number of things, but perhaps the most significant thing would be to acknowledge that life is in a grand transition, not only physically, but also, economically, socially, and even, ecologically. Perseverance and…

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Sawdust Fusilliers: The Canadian Forestry Corps in WWI

On February 16, 1916, Andrew Bonar Law, the British Colonial Secretary, formally asked the Duke of Connaught, Governor-General of Canada, if Canada would provide the manpower necessary to cut and process timber in England. By March 1, 1916, the Canadian Government had responded by creating the 224th Battalion, dedicated to harvesting and processing timber resources overseas. RCS Regional Chair Judith Elson tells us more about these unsung heroes of the First World War. Read more!

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Nikolas with children

Venture2Impact

Nikolas Robert Shymko spent the month of February 2018 in India, volunteering with Venture2Impact, a Canadian organization founded to help communities break the cycle of poverty. The Royal Commonwealth Society Nova Scotia Branch was proud to support Nikolas with his campaign. A recent Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Economics graduate from Saint Mary’s University, Nikolas will be spending June and July volunteering in India with V2I before attending McGill University in September to begin the integrated B.C.L/LL.B law program. Nikolas…

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Another successful year for CHOGM on the Rock!

The second annual CHOGM on the Rock youth conference in St. John’s, NL was held on March 10th and 11th to great success. Despite a snowstorm and delayed opening, we had 29 delegates representing 17 Commonwealth countries, with board members filling in for partners who dropped out last minute. Delegates debated food security and discussions focused on sustainable agriculture, food exports and transport, intellectual property rights to food, and agricultural education. Read more!

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2016 Vancouver Island Student Commonwealth Conference

The Vancouver Island Student Commonwealth Conference gathered for it’s annual meeting this past November, providing a fantastic opportunity for local youth to engage in meaningful, and enriching debate about the effects of climate change. The event was held at St. Michael’s University School in Victoria, British Columbia, organized by St. Michael’s teachers Tony Goodman and David Lynch (himself an alumnus of the National Student Commonwealth Forum). Read more!

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A Watershed and Divining Rod: The Statute of Westminster, 1931, and the Commonwealth

December 11, 2016 marked the 85th anniversary of the passing of the Statute of Westminster. After the enactment of the Statute, the British Parliament ceased to legislate on behalf of the dominions (Commonwealth Realms) without their consent. Additionally, changes to the Royal Succession required the consent of the dominions, paving the way for the creation of the independent crowns of each dominion. By recognizing the legislative independence of the dominions, the Statute of Westminster was a key moment in the…

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A Canadian Reflects on the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament

Early in November 2016, the BC Legislature hosted the 8th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP). Young people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth participated in the 5-day event, acting as Members of Parliament for the fictional country of Commonwealth Land. They learned about the common form of government that links most Commonwealth nations as well as formed connections with like-minded people across the globe. RCS British Columbia Mainland member, Stefanie Panesar had the great opportunity to participate and reflects on her…

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