July 2020

Branch AGM and Presentation

Hosted by the Burnaby/New Westminster Branch

Status: Registration is now closed.
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM–12:30 PM: Branch Update and Nomination of New Branch Executives
12:30 PM–1:00 PM: Presentation
1:00 PM–1:30 PM: Q&A session and closing
Location: Webinar
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Presenter: Pia Abercromby, P.Eng., BE
Credit: 1 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Free
Contact: Prabeen Joshi
Chair, Burnaby/New Westminster Branch
Email: [email protected]
Note: Please register by Friday, July 3, 2020.
Please join the Burnaby and New Westminster Branch for their Annual General Meeting (AGM) and a presentation on "Volunteering to Build a Bridge in Uganda - Donating Expertise and Elbow Grease" by Pia Abercromby, P.Eng.,BE, from McElhanney.

Presenter Details

Pia Abercromby, P.Eng., BE

In May 2019, Pia went on a life-changing trip to the north east corner of Uganda. Her company, McElhanney, sponsored the construction of a pedestrian suspension bridge for a small community through the Bridges to Prosperity organization. Pia was a part of a group of 10 women from across North America who came together, rolled up their sleeves, and physically built the bridge. They set the cant in the towers, measured sag in the cables, and manually bent reinforcement into hangers for the bridge. After 2 weeks of hard work when the bridge was completed, they had achieved much more than just building a bridge. They built relationships with the locals, teaching them how to use power tools and how to maintain the bridge. They learnt from the community, understanding more about life in rural Uganda and how this bridge will provide safe access for locals to schools, medical centres, and markets. They learnt how to problem solve with limited resources. After the experience, Pia realized that she gained technical knowledge relating to pedestrian suspension bridges, but also came away with a great appreciation for the privileged life that we lead in Canada. She hopes to encourage others to seek out similar volunteering opportunities.


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