Speaker Gift Donation
Last year BCLA and the Conference Planning Committee took a new approach to thanking conference speakers for their participation in the BC Library Conference. Instead of giving speakers a box of chocolates or perhaps a bottle of wine we acknowledged their contribution to the conference with a donation to OpenMedia. We received such a positive response from our members and from OpenMedia that this year’s Conference Planning Committee will continue this new tradition! This year, in lieu of speaker gifts we are supporting two organizations: PovNet and the Pivot Legal Society
PovNet provides online tools that facilitate communication, community and access to information around poverty-related issues in British Columbia and Canada. They work to collect relevant news and resources of use to advocates, community workers, marginalized communities and the general public.
More information can be found on their website: http://www.povnet.org/
Pivot Legal works to protect the legal rights of vulnerable and marginalized Canadians. Pivot’s mandate is to take a strategic approach to social change, using the law to address the root causes that undermine the quality of life of those most in need. They believe that everyone, regardless of income, benefits from a healthy and inclusive community where values such as respect and equality are strongly rooted in the law.
More information can be found on their website: http://www.pivotlegal.org/
Each speaker receives a card thanking them for their participation in the conference and letting them know that a donation to PovNet and Pivot Legal has been made in recognition of their contribution.