Newsletter Jan to Sept 2017

Message from the CEO Greens dream of sustainable lifestyle, deep meaningful democracy, and limits to growth in respect for finite resources. Your NIPR executive has the courage and a vision to serve and be visible in our communities. On behalf of NIPR Greens, I thank you for stepping up. The future is pregnant with options. Speak up with confidence, know your voice is heard; you are the agent for change. NIPR AGM The April 2017 AGM featured guest speakers Andrew Nikiforuk (Canadian journalist and investigative author), Provincial candidates Ernie Sellentin (Courtenay-Comox) and Sue Moen (North Island). read more  Quadra Beach Clean-up The NIPR EDA joined dozens of Quadra residents for their 20th annual Earth Day Beach Clean-Up. This completely volunteer-driven event is hosted by the Sierra Club of Quadra Island and involves hundreds of volunteer hours. read more  Earth Day on Mitlenatch Island NIPR members Mark de Bruijn and Carol Thatcher, with friends Elizabeth Karunaratne and Chris Farah, spent Earth Day on Mitlenatch Island in the the Salish Sea…Every week from April to September small teams of volunteers act as stewards. The only human presence, apart from the volunteer stewards, is the occasional day visitor arriving by boat. To safeguard the plants and breeding birds, most of the island is strictly out of bounds to everyone. read more Saanich-Gulf Islands EDA AGM Greens from Courtenay-Alberni and North Island-Powell River federal EDAs travelled to Sidney in June to attend the AGM of the Saanich-Gulf Islands (SGI) EDA. Shown from left to right: LeRoy McFarlane, Megan Ardyche, Mark de Bruijn, Sue Moen (all from NIPR), Elizabeth May, Don Munroe and Sharon Edwards (both from...

Green Storming Workshop

Federal GP EDA Get-Together After the BC Green Party AGM in Sidney, on Sunday morning, August 20, 2017, we had a gathering of Federal Green Party EDAs whose members were also attending the AGM.  Wally Kunz, CEO of Vancouver East EDA, had the foresight to ask why not get together, since many of us will already be in Sidney.  So Wally organized this 3-hour Sunday morning Green storming session (like brainstorming only about Green issues).   Below is one of our members’ summary, which I think covers it very well: The Green storming session that followed the Convention introduced us to a way of conducting meetings — particularly those in which the sharing of ideas and vision is the purpose — that allows everyone present to have an equal opportunity to be heard, in which all views and ideas are welcome and not censured, and in which no one person or group gets to dominate the conversation. There is the perception that such meetings are unplanned, unstructured, and therefore potentially a recipe for chaos. In fact, such a meeting takes careful planning, but it’s done in such a way as to be almost invisible. What we experienced was a meeting that ran almost seamlessly, in which the agenda was driven by the ideas of the attendees, and everyone was heard. Miraculously, the meeting ended when we all ran out of things to say, right on time! This approach generated lots of rich ideas, many of which will no doubt bear fruit in the months ahead in the work of the various EDAs present.     The big bonus was...

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