You know you’re in for a great conference when someone runs on stage dressed as a banana. And it’s even better when you get to model this banana costume yourself later that day!
From January 14 to 16, I, along with some Ten Thousand Villages colleagues, attended the Canadian Fair Trade Network 2015 conference. This year’s theme was ‘Engage,’ and the aforementioned banana costume was just one of many highlights from this annual event.
Back in early January, our social media and marketing team gathered together to make a call to Level Ground Trading, our fair trade coffee partner.
Located in Victoria, B.C., the company’s slogan is, “We shake the hands that pick the coffee,” but in reality, the organization does much more. Not only does it invest in communities in South America and Africa, coffee roasting guru and master taster, Josh Del Sol, creates tasty blends and roasts beans.
We wanted to pick his brain and find out all we could about the coffee we sell. It turns out there was plenty to learn. For example…
In December, I was asked to submit an article to Huffington Post Canada’s Impact Blog for consideration.
When I sat down to write, I immediately noticed that the words flowing from my fingertips were different than anything I had ever written.
And to be honest, the words scared me a little bit.
What are the chances that a person could work with an artisan group in Peru, and then work for a fair trade importer after immigrating to Canada?
I have had the privilege of participating in fair trade for almost my entire career – at both ends of the fair trade supply chain – and I’m grateful I still can do it.