Mark de Bruijn Nominee for the Green Party of Canada Candidate for NIPR

Mark de Bruijn Nominee for the Green Party of Canada Candidate for NIPR Much of my passion for the natural world and it’s wonders comes from leaving my urbanized European homeland at the age of 3, and moving to a country with nothing but wilderness everywhere. My father was smitten by it, and our family spent countless weekends and summers exploring the wilds, from our home in the Calgary foothills to the California Sierras. I grew up hiking, canoeing, trail riding and rock climbing my summers away in the glorious Rockies, much of it as a counsellor with a YMCA wilderness camp near Banff. Upon graduating from the University of Calgary with a 1st class honours B.Sc. in zoology, I worked as a fish biologist in the Arctic on Canada’s first major environmental assessment for a pipeline destined to bring Alaskan natural gas to Edmonton. Our work ultimately contributed to the Canadian government’s decision to decline the development application – the huge pipe was never built. Gradually I discovered my real interest lay in helping others appreciate and treasure the wonders of nature. I became a college biology instructor at Mount Royal College in Calgary. Later I completed the training to teach high school chemistry, biology and math, including a stint as school principal. As economics, interests and lifestyles changed, I gathered an eclectic range of skills working as general contractor, sporting goods buyer, healing program coordinator, and employability teacher and coach. But always I returned to education and the natural world as my primary passion. Along the way I discovered an interest in exploring the potential of creative...

Announcement of 2024 AGM

AGM Announcement! Sunday, June 2, 2024 — 1:30-3:00pm Powell River Public Library #100-6975 Alberni Street Featured speaker: Jessica Wegg, Candidate for the North Island-Powell River Greens and International Trade Critic for the Green Party of Canada.  Jessica will be accompanied by her Campaign Manager, Don Goodeve. We look forward to greeting you all in person. If you are unable to attend in person Zoom access will be available online for registrants. Register by clicking on the below link. RSVP 2024 NIPR AGM (greenparty.ca) VOTING AND MEMBERSHI[PS The AGM is open to anyone, but only Members are able to vote at an AGM. If you’re unsure of your membership status, you can find out here (you will need your user name and password) or you can contact us and we’ll confirm your standing. If your membership has lapsed less than one year before June 2, 2024 you can renew it up to the day of the AGM. If it has expired more than 1 year before June 2, you must renew it at least 30 days before the AGM (i.e., by May 4). Buy or renew membership here. NOMINATING MEMBERS TO THE NIPR BOARD One of the key functions at an AGM is the election of a new Board of Directors for the coming year. We are always keen to welcome new board members. Any member is eligible to join the board. Any member can nominate another member to join the board. If you are interested, please contact Mark de Bruijn before May 26. We encourage you to join us!...

NIPR Newsletter (Vol III – Issue 1) Mar 2024

Hello fellow Greens! 2024 is promising to be a busy year if this first quarter is any indication. In addition to taking part in the Green Party AGM, your executive has been busy mapping out our plans for the future, attending local events and holding our own Town Hall with Elizabeth and Jonathan. We hope you find our quarterly newsletter to be informative and interesting. To go to the newsletter: NIPR Newsletter Vol III-Issue 1 Watch for more information about our NIPR EDA Annual General Meeting - we’ve set the date as Sunday, June 2 and are busy working on the details such as location, time, special interest speaker, etc. Carol, Jay, Jessica, Larry, Linda, Mark, & Susan...

Cortes Currents Interviews Jonathan & Elizabeth

GREEN PARTY LEADERS COMING TO CAMPBELL RIVER ON MARCH 2 Canada is expected to have another Federal election in October 2025. Green party leaders Elizabeth May and Jonathan Pedneault launched their national campaign almost two weeks ago. Cortes Currents interviewed  them in Ottawa (via ZOOM) this last Monday. They will be coming to the Maritime Heritage Centre in Campbell River on Saturday, March 2. Check out the interview at: Green Party Leaders coming to Campbell River on March 2 | Cortes...

Public Townhall March 2 with Elizabeth and Jonathan

Tired of being pulled apart? – LET’S COME TOGETHER! What a time we’re in! There is so much at stake as we head toward another Federal Election (before the end of 2025), where The Green Party of Canada seizes the opportunity to reinforce the impact and counter-balancing presence of our current Green MP’s — Party Leader, Elizabeth May and Kitchener-Waterloo MP, Mike Morrice. Instead of being ‘pulled apart’ by the dysfunction in Ottawa, let’s ‘come together’ in support of what’s already working! Let’s boldly bring our Green values into Parliament! Let’s magnify the qualities we long to see in our politics! We are thrilled to have the Leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May, and Deputy Leader Jonathan Pedneault, coming to North Island-Powell River for a public TOWNHALL. Join us at 3:30 pm, Saturday, March 2nd at the Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre, 621 Island Hwy. Bring your questions and concerns, and help build a bright future for Canada. SAVE THE DATE! …and join us for what’s sure to be an invigorating and inspiring conversation!  Feel free to bring your neighbors and your kin–all are welcome! We look forward to seeing you...

2023 Year End Donation Support

 December 21, 2023 Greetings, The wild and wacky days of winter are upon us, high winds, rain/frost/snow or all of the above in one day. Bring out the boots, coats and mittens and enjoy the cold air! Our Green NIPR (North Island-Powell River) Executive team is preparing for our Strategic Planning retreat in early 2024 and we are asking for your support. We also put out our quarterly newsletter this month: see the December Newsletter here! We are very thankful for the support that you have given in the past. It does take all of us working together to create the positive changes we are looking for, and we appreciate and value the contributions that you are able to make. There is a new Green Party initiative, the Campaign School, that is another activity you could assist us with. The first two modules were presented this past month and the next modules will begin in the spring. Your donation for this unique project can have a real impact. Our NIPR EDA has committed funding and personnel to participate in this new initiative designed to build a winning campaign culture and team as we prepare for the next election. This training series will blend the approach of Community Organizing & Leadership championed by Marshall Ganz, with the demonstrated best practices within the Green Party of Canada that have helped get Greens elected and our issues debated in Parliament. Recently, Green Party MP Mike Morrice introduced a motion to apply a windfall tax on oil and gas profits that would generate $4.2 billion to be directed towards proven climate solutions and affordability measures for Canadians. If...

NIPR Newsletter (Vol II – Issue 3) Dec 2023

December already? Hi Friends! It’s hard to believe that it’s December already, but here we are – another year is almost over, and we are looking forward to the possibilities and opportunities a new year brings. Please check out our December newsletter. NIPR Newsletter (Vol II - Issue 3) Dec...

Once You Know

Sierra Quadra is presenting Emmanuel Cappellin’s latest documentary “ONCE YOU KNOW” on December 16 at the Quadra Community Centre. Doors open 7 pm, film begins 7:30. Admission by donation. Hot beverages and desserts. Internationally renowned French cinematographer and documentary filmmaker Emmanuel Cappellin meets with the world’s leading climatologists for an exploration of what it means to wake up to the truth about the climate crisis and its ensuing impacts. We may have thought of climate change as an event from a science fiction novel, but the reality is that the human race is sleepwalking into a climate change induced collapse which has to be accepted and confronted and which has already arrived. Cappellin’s gripping documentary asks how do you continue living a normal life with meaning once you know that the world is on the brink of catastrophe? And can you? Connected to the natural world at an early age, Cappellin’s worldview is shaken while traveling aboard a giant container ship to Asia, leaving him obsessed with how to best respond personally and collectively to the planet’s existential crisis. Trapped at sea with 18,000 containers, his mind spins as he calculates the millions of goods and billions of economic transactions that will take place across the planet just from this one vessel, a cornerstone of the global growth machine responsible for altering the world’s climate. Panic attacks take hold of him, and visions of apocalypse flash before his eyes. This visceral experience becomes a turning point in Cappellin’s life as he ponders how climate and energy scientists manage to face similar visions on a daily basis. His quest takes...

NIPR Newsletter (Vol II – Issue 2) Sept 2023

Hi Friends! Whew - it’s been a while since our last issue! Apologies for that. A lot has happened since March, and we are looking forward to sharing the highlights with you here. We hope that, in these pages, you find stories that challenge, motivate, and inspire. And we want you to know that we are here, we are working, and we are listening. NIPR Newsletter (Vol II - Issue 2) Sept...

Summertime Is Festival Time!

As usual, the NIPR riding has a number of festivals of various kinds during the summer months. Your EDA executive is taking advantage of these events to get out and meet people, spread the Green message and just have some fun. On Canada Day we manned the recycling station at the Campbell River pancake breakfast and the kids had a chance to “Go Green”. We also had a booth at the Powell River Canada Day festivities. Look for us at the August 18 Blackberry Festival in Powell River and on August 19 at OrcaFest in Port McNeill. Drop by and say hello. If you’d like to volunteer a bit of your time and help us man our booth at either location shoot us a note at...

Pin It on Pinterest