Point of contact and facilitator of the “Buddy System” for a designated college

The Canadian Coalition of Sustainable Development Alliances Published: November 5, 2020
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This project aims to test the various resources developed by the coalition by using them to create an Alliance in sustainable development within a member college of CICan. A coordinator (godfather, godmother) will liaise with the selected college and support them in the co-creation of an Alliance relevant to their specific needs. This coordinator will accompany them in all the stages related to the creation of an Alliance and will help them to organize a training day on SD on their campus. (online, COVID-19) This project will also be a test of the effectiveness and feasibility of expanding the concept and approach of Sustainable Development Alliances to several other college and university campuses in Canada . The different colleges proposed for this pilot are:

    • SDSN AND CICan Members:
      • Vancouver Island University
      • Sheridan College (we are already in contact with them)
      • Dawson College
    • Francophones: Collège Éducacentre
    • Vancouver: Langara College


  • Develop a Student Alliance in Sustainable Development within a CICan and SDSN member College using some resources developed by the CCSDA.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of such resources on the field.
  • An online institution buddy-system will be set up.
  • A designated college will have set up a team of students and, if necessary, professionals forming an operational SD Alliance.
  • An effectiveness report describing the relevance and effectiveness of our resources and systems will be produced.



Contact and establishing needs  The college designated by CCSDA will be approached and contacts will be established with staff as well as student groups potentially interested in sustainable development. A needs identification workshop will be organized with them. December

Contact and establish the needs (cont.) December will continue November efforts with the designated college and establish another meeting to establish the structure of the developing Alliance as well as 'a recruitment strategy for January. January

Recruitment and development of a structure January is taking advantage of the return of the holiday season to recruit members for an executive council of the SD Alliance in development of the selected college. Following recruitment, new members will receive a short training on the principle of SD Alliances and will attend the launch of the Guide and resources towards the end of January. February

Planning a college event The executive committee of the chosen college will work to develop an event for the end of March, putting their Alliance on the map and giving them visibility within their institution. March

Efficiency report The designated college, the executive committee as well as the point of contact (sponsor) will put their efforts to deliver the event on which they have been working since February as well as to increase their credibility within their institution. Also in March, an Effectiveness and Appreciation report will be co-produced by college members regarding the effectiveness, strengths and improvement of our system and resources.

This project is done in partnership with Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada and the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship. Funds will be received through them.

Duties and responsibilities

Point of contact and facilitator of the “Buddy System” for a designated college: This person will be responsible for facilitating the creation of a Sustainable Development Alliance within the college or institution chosen by the different parties. (ex: Sheridan College) Number of hours offered: 10h / week at 18 $ / h from November to March 31 totaling $ 3600 over 20 weeks sharing an impact grant with the coordinator Francophone. (expansion options if necessary and possible by funding)

Knowledge and skills

  • Interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Passionate about advancing the SDGs in campuses across Canada
  • Mentorship skills
  • Strategic planning
  • Organizing launch event for SDG guide
    • Project planning and management skills
    • Strong interpersonal skills with a desire to engage with our community of SDG leaders
    • Comfortable facilitating meetings with various stakeholders
    • Effective oral and written communication skills

Education required

Be enrolled in post-secondary education.

Eligibility criteria

Qualified interns are:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada1
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to participate in an ImpAct internship for a flexible duration of up to 6 months by March 1, 2021
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

1Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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