This holiday season, Fair Trade Vancouver wants shoppers to make Fair Trade a part of their festivities. To learn more about what this city has to offer, we visited Choices Market as part of our Fair Trade Holiday Shop Event.
Food is such a big part of the holidays, we thought that it would be important to give Vancouverites some ideas on how to bring Fair Trade into their holiday meals.
Giving food as gifts offers a way for gift receivers to manage their holiday clutter. With minimal packaging and storage needs (most food gifts are best stored in our stomachs!), food gifts offer a means for bringing friends and family together for shared culinary experiences. Consider giving gifts of Fair Trade wine, olive oil, or put together a gift basket of baked goods.
Of course, our holiday meals wouldn’t be complete without holiday treats. Lorna Young of Fair Trade Vancouver has put together some special holiday recipes that will make the most of Fair Trade and other sustainable products available at your local grocery store.
This holiday season, Fair Trade Vancouver wants shoppers to make Fair Trade a part of their festivities. To learn more about what this city has to offer, we visited Agro Café as part of our Fair Trade Holiday Shop Event.
Agro Café makes a great place for a breather, whatever you’re doing on Granville Island. I think this place is fantastic! Amazing Fair Trade coffee, some delicious eating and a pleasant ambiance – you can take your pick of the bustle of the ground floor or the quieter mezzanine.
This holiday season, Fair Trade Vancouver wants shoppers to make Fair Trade a part of their festivities. To learn more about what this city has to offer, we visited Ten Thousand Villages as part of our Fair Trade Holiday Shop Event.
This year, on top of the fabulous selection of household crafts, home furnishings, jewellery, books and CDs, musical instruments, stationary, games and toys, personal care products, and an ever growing section of chocolate, coffee, and great food, Thousand Villages has put together Gifts with a Heart. A World of Gifts gift center has skillfully created a variety of living gifts for every type of person on your shopping list. From the chef in the family, to home pampering’s and jewelry sets, there is something for everyone.
This holiday season, Fair Trade Vancouver asks that shoppers make social sustainability a part of their festive celebrations. And there’s no better time to start thinking about great gift ideas than at our Fair Trade Holiday Shop event this Sunday, Dec. 2nd.
One of the questions we get asked most often is “Where can I find Fair Trade products in Vancouver?” Our holiday shop event is your opportunity to go out and see some of the wonderful Fair Trade options that Vancouver retailers have to offer.
Can’t make it? Be sure to check back here in the coming weeks for recaps on products and interviews from our event.
Fair Trade Vancouver and Camino are partnering to bring you a delicious and ethical
Halloween. You can order the following chocolate products all of which are Fair Trade certified just in time for the trick-or-treaters to arrive.
Orders must be received by October 15 to allow for processing and delivery.
Product / Flavour Price
Peanut butter - Dark chocolate Case of 20 bars $15.00/case
Almonds & raisins - Dark chocolate Case of 20 bars $15.00/case
Almond butter - Dark chocolate Case of 20 bars $15.00/case
Puffed rice & quinoa - Milk chocolate Case of 20 bars $15.00/case
Mini Dispenser, Assorted 200 Snack size $50.00/dispenser
Mini Bulk Bag, Assorted 888 Snack size $220.00/bag
FAIR TRADE VANCOUVER is a volunteer driven non-profit made up of local Fair Trade advocates who promote the purchasing and sourcing of Fair Trade products in Vancouver. We believe that purchasing and promoting Fair Trade certified products is a tangible and important path to improve trade relationships around the world. By informing consumers about the story behind their food and handicraft purchases, we help to close the gap between producers and consumers, and support community locally and abroad.
We are looking for an Executive Director to continue propelling the organization forward.
Previous Directors include Jeff Giepel who helped co-found FTV and held the position for 2 years, and Sean McHugh, who served for 1 and ½ years until August 2012.
FTV currently has no paid staff positions.
The Fair Trade movement has in its fold people from all parts of the country who are passionate about increasing the awareness and support for Fair Trade. The nation-wide efforts are representative of the grassroots nature of the Fair Trade movement itself.
As it is now, however, with so much hands-on work being done by people largely working as volunteers in their spare time, many of these fragmented efforts are pursued in isolation.
Enter the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) — a national network that is working towards building an infrastructure for Fair Trade advocacy in Canada.
The birth of a network - participants from across the country at the preliminary meeting in Ottawa.
The initiative began during the fall last year, and initial members first met at a preliminary meeting in Ottawa last January. On July 16 the network took its first steps to becoming an organization with its first official board meeting, comprising of members from provinces across the country.
According to Sean McHugh, “we all have a way of becoming siloed in our own work and day-to-day struggles.” The consequences of this isolation often result in several inefficiencies: duplication of resources, overlap of work, and mixed messaging.
Fair Trade Vancouver was co-founded and is led by a dedicated team of volunteers. They are a diverse group of talented individuals driven by a love of community, the demand for fairness and equity, and an environmental conscience. Fair Trade Vancouver acts to create a community of Fair Trade visionaries catalyzing social change — a place where any viable businesses can implement social change and conduct trade respectfully, support all stakeholders in the supply chain, and put people first.
Fair Trade Vancouver operates as a volunteer-run non-profit, with a working Board of Directors who appoint the executive director, and work on the day to day operations of the society. We have had two executive directors since our inception in the fall of 2009. Jeff Geipel, who also helped co-found Fair Trade Vancouver, served as the first Executive Director for two years, and Sean McHugh who took over in January, 2011 and has served for the last 19 months.
The last three years have seen Fair Trade Vancouver grow, expand, and increase both its influence and potential for social change in Vancouver. We quickly started out of the gate in the fall of 2009 and have relentlessly committed to achieving lofty goals and measurable change in Vancouver. This success has led to expansion. Vancouver has the largest and most coordinated Fair Trade community in Canada. We can pride ourselves on our attention to detail in executing top notch Fair Trade events such as the Fair Trade Pavilion at the EPIC Sustainability Expo and our own Holiday Fair. We have also developed a network that has allowed us to host Meetups, participate in Mexico agricultural exchanges, create media splashes with flash mobs and the Poverty Gorilla, and bring on board the most creative, energetic, and clever volunteers to promote everything Fair Trade. We now have a Fair Trade City, and two Fair Trade Universities in Metro Vancouver, along with the highest number of new Fair Trade businesses and products available.
Since January of 2011, I have had the privilege of serving as the Executive Director of Fair Trade Vancouver. In this time it has been a pleasure to work with an incredible team of people. The new relationships and the friendships have made every minute of my time more valuable and more enjoyable than I could have ever imagined. These experiences include not only the Fair Trade Vancouver team, but also all of our wonderful partners across the non-profit sector, those leading and working for Fair Trade companies, and the various institutions that we have been fortunate enough to engage with.
In a very short period of time, our organization has made leaps and bounds to become one of the leading social and environmental justice organizations in Vancouver. In this time, we’ve been able to lead several national initiatives that have helped achieve Vancouver’s designation as a Fair Trade Town and UBC and SFU’s designations as Fair Trade Campuses.
The world continues to face many challenges—not only in terms of our social and environmental well-being, but also in finding ways to manage our strained economic and political systems. These challenges can only be met by working together to achieve our common goals.
I believe that a sustainable and just world is achievable; however, it will not be easy. It will require hard work, commitment, and resolve. It will require us to transform many of the processes and systems in which the world relies. It will require wide scale adoption of a triple bottom line business model where business interests are able to shift beyond mere profit—to include a wider consideration for people and the planet. It’s going to require a transformation of our global relationships—with those that produce, grow, and manufacture—and to re-think our relationship with the natural world. Lastly, it’s going to require wide scale agreement on policy and a multilateral approach among a multitude of stakeholders to overhaul our entrenched systems of the past.
The world of the future, and our next step in this evolutionary process, will be our biggest and most important yet, as we seek to advance equality and create opportunity for those who are the most in-need. In doing so, we must reconsider how we live, and find commonalities amongst each other and with our natural world.
I am therefore moving on from my position at Fair Trade Vancouver, and I look forward to furthering my commitment to these undertakings. At this time I would also like to make note of my new position as Executive Director of the newly forming Canadian Fair Trade Network (www.cftn.ca). Please don’t hesitate to call, drop by the office, or send me an email at my new email address: email@example.com .
I thank everyone involved in this process so far, and I look forward to continuing my work with everyone in the future.
Harriet Lamb in the vegetable patch of her garden in Herne Hill, London
Harriet Lamb has no pretensions about competing with Nigella Lawson. She readily confesses, “I’m an absolutely hopeless cook, too impatient.” But it is the kitchen we head for as she welcomes me to her terraced house in Herne Hill, south London. This is “the centre of the household where we spend all our time”, and where the executive director of the UK Fairtrade Foundation marries home and work life.