Brock Alumni Networks We want to hear from you

With the holidays right around the corner, it is hard to believe that 2012 has almost come to a close. In 2012, we’ve hosted and been involved with more than 15 successful events for grads across Canada, including pub nights, wine tastings, etiquette dinners and, of course, Brock Days Alumni Weekend.As Brock Alumni Relations gears up for the new year, we want to hear from you – where do you want to have events, what types of events you want and how you want to get involved?We’ve created a short, two minute survey to provide suggestions and feedback. Survey participants will receive a discount code to get $5 off the next Brock alumni event in your area.This feedback is integral to our event plans for the 2013 year. We want to know if you can only attend weekday events, or want to have more networking and professional development events, or you think that $30 is too much money for a ticket.Ultimately, we want to have events in your area that are fun, informative and provide a place for you to meet as many fellow grads as possible.These events are a great way to stay connected with Brock. We’re constantly increasing our number of alumni networks and the number of events that occur in different areas. Please contact Emily Hutton, special events co-ordinator, if you are interested in getting involved in a network or starting your own.Part of the Burlington Brock Alumni Network committee that organized Brocktoberfest on Oct. 16.You may have noticed the alumni network spotlight that was featured in the fall edition of Surgite magazine. The Burlington Brock Alumni Network committee meets regularly to discuss and plan events. Earlier this month, they had their first sold out event at Better Bitters Brewery, home to Nickel Brook beer. By combining sauerkraut, accordion music and fellow grads, they created the first-ever Brocktoberfest event.The evening started with brewery owner John Romano telling the crowd how Nickel Brook started and providing the group with beer tastings, including the Green Apple Pilsner, Headstock India Pale Ale and a Belgian wheat beer, Le Paysan Saison. Attendees were able to mix and mingle with fellow grads, including Silvio Camilleri (BEd ’91), a world-class accordion player who entertained with fun and energetic music while enjoying a German dinner provided by the West Plains Bistro.Silvio Camilleri (BEd ’91)Brocktoberfest was a fantastic event where grads learned a lot about beer and brewing. Those who attended will be able to talk about their newfound knowledge next time they are drinking out of their Brocktoberfest beer mug – just one of the many giveaways attendees received.There are some other upcoming network events or information sessions that may be in a city near you. Please check out the Alumni Networks website for more information.Don’t see an event in your city? Make sure to stay connected to Brock Alumni Relations to receive the latest updates and invitations or fill out the survey to let us know where you’d like to have an event. read more

Humanitarian situation in Iraq deteriorating and growing more complex UN relief wing

The number of Iraqis requiring humanitarian assistance has grown to over 8.6 million people, including over 3.2 million people who have fled their homes since January 2014, according to OCHA. The International Organization for Migration’s most recent tracking of displacement shows that there are now 3,206,736 internally displaced people in Iraq, while military operations and insecurity have triggered new displacement in Salah al-Din and Anbar governorates. Cholera has spread across the country, with over 1,600 confirmed cases and two deaths one month after the outbreak was first declared, according to the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO). The main causes for the current outbreak are broken water supply systems and the lack of sufficient chlorine in the country to provide clean water. Insecurity and military operations continue, as Iraqi security forces and its allies continue military operations to retake areas from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Amidst unverified reports of an escalation of military operations there have been reports of civilians seeking to leave Ramadi and Falluja, but access to safety for civilians in conflict areas remains a concern, according to the OCHA report. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq reported that at least 537 Iraqi civilians were killed and 925 civilians injured nationwide in September 2015. This includes civilian police and casualty figures from Anbar. International assistance has alleviated the suffering of over two million Iraqis during the past year, but funding is still short of growing needs, said OCHA. Overall global funding to Iraq in 2015 is $618 million, of which $237 million has been received outside the UN and its partners’ joint appeals. On 4 June, the Government of Iraq and the UN launched a revised and prioritized Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan seeking $498 million, 41 per cent of which has currently been received. read more