RPIRG News & Events

Welcome to our new Executive Director and Green Patch Coordinator!

RPIRG is excited to welcome Naomi Beingessner as our new Executive Director and Taneal Brucks as our new Green Patch Coordinator!

Naomi is currently completing her Masters degree in Justice Studies at the University of Regina, focusing on food sovereignty in Saskatchewan. Naomi also has a Bachelors degree in Education and has previously taught at the high school level here in Regina. With Naomi’s interests and skills in the food justice and social equity areas, we are sure she will be a vital and wonderful new addition to the RPIRG team.

And since Naomi will be leaving her position as Green Patch Coordinator once she begins her new role, Taneal will be taking over the Green Patch responsibilities! Taneal has been a helpful volunteer since the Green Patch began. She is an avid gardener and spends the winter months dreaming of the next growing season! She is in her 3rd year as an International Studies student with a concentration in International Development. Her current interests are food sovereignty, hydroponics, and sustainable food practices, such as organic production and composting.

Best of luck to Jenn Bergen in her new endeavours with SCIC- you will be missed!

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The Toolkit Workshop Series- Register Now!

In conjunction with the Community Research Unit, SCIC, and the U of R Business and Professional Development, we are excited to offer the Toolkit Workshop Series for the second time. The series aims to teach students and community members skills that can help them with work in community based and non-profit organizations.

Workshops this fall include Fundraising, Volunteer Engagement, Learning to Use Social Media, and Internet Marketing. Plus, more great workshops will be offered in Winter 2013!

Registration is now open- to register, click here.

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Generating Momentum 2012

The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) and the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC) are teaming up to offer an amazing training opportunity for young leaders and activists again this summer!

What: 3rd annual Generating Momentum: Activist Leadership Training Camp
Thursday, August 23 @ 6:00 p.m. – Sunday, August 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Cedar Lodge in Dundurn (just outside of Saskatoon)
18 to 29 year olds, passionate about social, global, and environmental justice.
To provide the practical skills, knowledge, education, and networking opportunities necessary to make a difference in your community!

This year, our Generating Momentum workshops and sessions will be focussed on developing, supporting, and uniting progressive voices. We are gearing programming towards learning ways that individuals, groups, and movements can operate within (and outside of) current political, economic, and social systems. By understanding how these systems develop, and our roles within them, participants will leave knowing how to work towards positive change!

Generating Momentum is a great chance to meet the people working on progressive issues and campaigns in Saskatchewan, to participate in training, refine your skills, or learn about issues.  Workshops this year will include anti-oppression training, trade agreements, corporate propaganda, queer theory, alternative media, campaign planning, tools for action, and much more!  Come as part of a group or as an individual.  Registration is $75, and we offer a bursary for the full cost if it is a barrier.

Feel free to contact RPIRG if you have any questions: info@rpirg.org, 306-337-2420.

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RPIRG is hiring an Executive Director!

RPIRG is calling all dedicated and ambitious candidates to apply for our Executive Director position! This position works with a student Board of Directors and staff to carry out the environmental and social justice programming of the organization, as well as maintaining our organizational resources. The start date will be August 1, 2012, but this is negotiable.

If you enjoy organizing, working with university students, and are passionate about justice issues, this may be your dream job!  Please take a look at the full Executive Director Job Posting for more information.

The ideal candidate would have ties to Regina’s activist community and experience working with non-profits. The Executive Director will work with a volunteer Board of Directors, and is accountable to them. Together they will establish and update the policies and direction of the organization on an ongoing basis. This will require an understanding of campus life and the flexibility to work with university students.

The successful candidate will have experience with the following:

• Acting in a leadership role by providing organizational and board support to the volunteer student Board of Directors.
• Taking part in regular board meetings and committee meetings, and participating fully in the consensus decision making process.
• Managing day-to-day operations of the organization, including financial management and compliance with the Non-Profit Corporations Act.
• Human Resources duties, including hiring, training, supervising and evaluating staff.
• Working with board and staff to allocate funds for student-led Working Groups and projects or events.
• Acting as an ambassador for RPIRG, assuming an active role in RPIRG, campus, and community events, and coordinating board-run events such as an annual summer camp, workshops, and conferences.
• Maintaining and strengthening relationships with all on-campus groups.
• Participating in the public relations, outreach, and communication roles for the whole organization, including updating web content, being present at funded events, and working with the media.
• Fostering student activism!

Qualified candidates will also possess the following:

• A combination of appropriate education and applicable experience.
• Self-motivated with the ability to work without supervision.
• Able to work as a team member and to foster participation.
• Excellent oral and written skills.
• Computer skills (website management, Microsoft programs).

This position is permanent at 30 hours per week (75% of full time). The salary range is $25,000-$35,000 per year based on qualifications and is accompanied by a benefits package.

Applications should be forwarded to info@rpirg.org with a resume and a cover letter outlining the applicant’s interest and qualifications for the position. Deadline for applications is Friday, July 20, 2012 at 4 p.m. The preferred start date is August 1, 2012, but this is negotiable.  For more information about the organization please see www.rpirg.org.

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RPIRG is looking for an AV Coordinator!

RPIRG is looking for a dedicated volunteer to coordinate AV services for our upcoming events this year.

Responsibilities would include helping with transporting AV equipment to and from events, setting up equipment at events, and troubleshooting any issues that may come up. Equipment includes speakers, microphones, computers, etc.

Events will take place throughout the year. Some events include:

  • Generating Momentum: August 23-26 2012 (out of town, inquire for more details)
  • RPIRG Annual General Meeting: September/October 2012 TBA
  • Apathy into Action: January 18-20 2013
  • Various speakers, workshops, etc. throughout the year

If you want to volunteer with an organization dedicated to positive environmental and social change, and you have a passion for technology, this is the role for you!

As with all volunteering opportunities, you’ll receive an RPIRG fairly-made t-shirt and a letter of recommendation upon completing ten hours of volunteer work.

Please contact outreach@rpirg.org for more information!

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July 1, 2012 Funding Round!

This summer, for the second time, RPIRG will hold a summer funding round. Applications are due July 1, 2012 and can be sent to info@rpirg.org. For more information on how to apply, please visit our Funding Section.


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RPIRG Has a New Outreach and Events Coordinator!

RPRIG is excited to welcome Halena Seiferling to the RPIRG team as the new Outreach and Events Coordinator!

Halena is in her 4th year of International Studies with a focus in Development, and has had lots of experience organizing on campus and in the greater community. She has done some great work with Amnesty International on campus, and has also been an integral organizer of the Israeli Apartheid Week events. She also participates in the Regina Solidarity Group, as well as other community initiatives around town. She has also had a variety of diverse international experiences that have taken her on an exchange to Norway, as well as on a trip to Cuba to learn about Permaculture and organic farming techniques. She has had many diverse experiences that will bring new perspectives and new skills to the RPIRG office.

Welcome aboard, Halena!

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RPIRG is hiring a student Outreach and Events Coordinator

RPIRG is hiring a for the position of Outreach and Events Coordinator.

If you are interested in applying, please review the SK Jobs posting, or take a look at the full Outreach & Events Coordinator Job Description – March 2012.

Resumes and cover letters can be emailed to info@rpirg.org, and will be accepted until midnight on Friday, April 6th, 2012.

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Board of Director Election Results!

RPIRG is pleased to announce 6 new additions to the RPIRG board:

Kent Peterson
Sonia Stanger
David Fraser
Kay Niedermayer
Patience Umereweneza
Devon Peters

They will be joining two current board members, Anna Weber and Andrea Nelson, to serve on the RPIRG board for the upcoming year.

RPIRG is excited to welcome them to the team!


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RPIRG’s 5th Birthday Celebration!

RPIRG is turning five this year, and we are going to celebrate!  Come on down to The Owl at the U of R for live karaoke, giveaways, and a celebration of the past five years doing social and environmental justice work.  Check out the facebook event.

11:00 a.m. onward:

Cupcakes!   Books!    Balloons!   Stickers!   Buttons!   T-Shirts!   Posters!   Fun!  Donations for all of these sweet swag items will be given to Sofia House in Regina.  Stop by the Owl any time after 11:00 a.m. to join the fun.

8:00 p.m. onward:

Live karaoke sign-ups! – Sign up to sing karaoke backed by the amazing local band, The Lonesome Weekends.

8:30 p.m. – RPIRG in Review – A fun look at the last 5 years of RPIRG’s contributions to social and environmental justice in our community.

9:00 p.m. – Bands!

Julia and Her Piano http://www.myspace.com/juliaandherpiano

Warming the night up is the beautiful Julia and Her Piano. Twenty one year old Julia McDougall grew up in southern Saskatchewan in a town the size of a thumb tack. She grew up with a passion for music, began playing local shows when she was fifteen years old, and continues to play across Canada. Julia’s songs can only be defined as her own: her lyrics are powerful, honest, and true to her prairie heritage. Her melodies, well at times rough and chaotic, are beautiful and unformulated. Now studying at Simon Fraser University’s Contemporary Composition program in Vancouver, British Columbia, Julia has fostered incredible technique and musicianship. Her songs have become more melodic and richer, and as a result, her music emits a deeper sound.

The Lonesome Weekends http://thelonesomeweekends.com

Giving you the chance to sing live karaoke with them!  Formed in the summer of 2009, the trio of songwriters comprised of Marshall Burns (Rah Rah), Chris Sleightholm and Devon Floyd (Thee Hoolies, R.I.P) quickly went from sharing songs in the backyard to forming a full band. Enter Tyler Hammer and Chris Prpich (The Lazy MKs), drums and bass respectively, along with Steve ‘The Hat’ Jeske (Sun Zoom Sparx) on keyboards. The resulting sonic goodness sees one part soulful psychedelia and two parts rollicking groove added to three parts backwoods harmonies, six-string twang and song writing swagger. Drinking from the same mountain stream as Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Wilco and The Sadies , THE LONESOME WEEKENDS released their debut record “Songs For Lonesome Weekends” in April 2011, and will release their follow-up “Songs From A Barstool” in April 2012. They can be seen tearing up local stages near you.

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