Stand Campus Digest

The Stand Campus Digest is dedicated to connecting Stand members across the country by sharing news, events and advocacy ideas.

In our premiere issue:
  1. Principal Director Anne Wagner shares what it was like running into an old friend at Rumrol IDP Camp. Watch Anne's video blog here!
  2. Stand on the Hill: read about two Members of Parliament who are true champions of the cause.
  3. Featured chapter Stand UBC is making huge strides in raising awareness in their community. Find out more here.
Want to attend a Stand event this week? Read about our upcoming events here.

A Message from Anne

2009 marks exciting new opportunities for Stand – exciting collaborations, exciting events, exciting stories. This is the first edition of our new bimonthly newsletter –we look forward to sharing ideas and events throughout the coming year! I returned from Sudan last week – an inspiring journey that motivates me to continue advocating for change in Darfur and strengthen Canadian policy on genocide.

I look forward to working with you for Darfur, and to stop genocide, in 2009.

All the best,

Anne Wagner
Principal Director
Stand Canada

Stand On the Hill: Featured MPs
Stand had the great pleasure of traveling to Sudan with the Honourable Glen Pearson and Dr. Carolyn Bennett this month. After a week of engrossing discussions, sharing ideas, and renewed agreements to work together, one step at a time, to make a difference for the people of Sudan, we left Sudan with a renewed belief that Glen and Carolyn are true champions of the cause. Their openness to inventive ideas and new approaches are inspiring and heartening as advocates.

University of British Columbia’s Stand chapter held a very successful music night this past week in partnership with UBC’s Caribbean African Association. The event, which featured music from Robin Layne, Free City Collective, and local DJ Mmeli, raised $1000 for Darfur advocacy. Over 150 people attended the event.

Under the leadership of Aneil Jaswal and Rebeka Ryvola, this Stand chapter is continuously seeking new ways to raise awareness about Darfur in Vancouver. Last term, UBC actively participated in Stand’s Speak The Name election campaign, meeting with all candidates in the region, as well as implementing a very successful Stoves for Sudan initiative that raised enough money for 185 stoves for families in IDP camps. They are continuing both of these efforts this term by meeting with Member of Parliament Joyce Murray in the next few weeks, as well as continuing to raise money for the Berkeley Stove Project with their Firewood Run planned in April.

One of Stand UBC’s key projects this term is to hold a series of high school workshops about the genocide in Darfur in their community. “High school students are the next generation of Darfur advocates”, says Jaswal, who has been working with Stand for over two years. “They are idealistic and realistic enough to know that they can make a difference”.

Congratulations to the UBC chapter on a successful start to a new term!

If you are interested in joining the UBC chapter, you can reach them at

Stand Alberta Presents Genocide in Darfur: On Canada's Watch
Join experts to discuss what Canada can do to stop the killing.

Featuring Dr. Tom Keating & Edward Akufo.

Tuesday Feb 3
11:00-12:20 pm
Dinwoodie Lounge
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
For more information email

Stand Victoria Presents Dance For Darfur
Dance the night away for Darfur! Featuring free beginner’s salsa lesson and silent auction. Proceeds to help the women, men and children victimized by the atrocious acts of violence committed in Darfur.

Friday, February 6th, 2009
Tickets $10
8:30 pm
Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street)
For advance tickets email

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