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

Blog 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 community building. For 20 years I was part of a large intentional...

Mark de Bruijn Campaign Office Announcement

We’re excited to announce that our office has officially opened! We are located on the upper floor of 276 Anderton Road in Comox, B.C. (map) We’re very excited to begin volunteer training and canvassing, among other inspiring events as we enter the election campaign. Join us as we continue to grow in strength and numbers, gaining momentum toward success on October 21st. Office hours will be posted once they’re settled. If you are interested in staffing the office or otherwise volunteering with us, please contact Carol Thatcher at niprgreenvolunteers@gmail.com. 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️ If you are interested in foot canvassing, please contact Megan Ardyche at megan.ardyche@greenparty.ca. Training will be provided at the...

Correction Mark de Bruijn Campaign News August 21

Correction Mark de Bruijn Campaign News August 21 Apologies - please note correct time for Garden Party Campaign fundraiser is 5:00-8:00PM You’ve heard about our fabulous store front campaign office in Powell River no doubt? The intrepid Powell River team are hosting a Garden Party Campaign Fundraiser on Aug. 24, 5:00-8:00PM at 4310 Westview Ave, Powell River - come out for the art auction, the garden, the great food and wonderful entertainment! Bring friends, and your chequebook! Tickets available at the office, or at the garden gate. For details go to our NEW website.  If you can’t make it, donating to the campaign will help us to buy more signs, perhaps get a second office, enable more messaging… It’s easy to do from the website...

Mark de Bruijn Campaign News ~ August 21

Correction Mark de Bruijn Campaign News August 21 Apologies - please note correct time for Garden Party Campaign fundraiser is 5:00-8:00PM Only 61 days til Election Day and we are definitely ramping up! Door to door canvassing is starting in Comox on August 22nd from 5:00-7:00PM, and then again on August 29th. We have Mark’s new postcards, and packages of seeds to give away. People who canvass often say that it is surprisingly enjoyable - after all, you are listening to citizens and talking with them about a person you believe in and a party that will move us into a livable future! If you want to give it a try, but need a bit of training, Megan is offering sessions in Comox on August 26th (4:30-6:30PM) and on August 30th (4:30-6:30 PM). Contact Carol niprgreenvolunteers@gmail.com to get on board. You’ve heard about our fabulous store front campaign office in Powell River no doubt? The intrepid Powell River team are hosting a Garden Party Campaign Fundraiser on Aug. 24, 5:00-8:00PM at 4310 Westview Ave, Powell River - come out for the art auction, the garden, the great food and wonderful entertainment! Bring friends, and your chequebook! Tickets available at the office, or at the garden gate. For details go to our NEW website.  If you can’t make it, donating to the campaign will help us to buy more signs, perhaps get a second office, enable more messaging… It’s easy to do from the website www.markdebruijn.ca BIG organizing for Greens - a potluck and workshop with Thomas Teuwen, August 27th, 5:00-8:00PM, Black Creek Hall AND August 28th 5:00-8:00PM at the...

Mark de Bruijn Campaign News July 26

First 90 Days of the Mark de Bruijn Campaign On March 23rd, Mark’s campaign kicked off in Campbell River, with a packed house. Inspired by speeches given by Elizabeth May and Mark, supporters donated generously and dozens signed up to volunteer. Moderator and journalist Andrew Nikiforuk’s incisive questions and commentary topped off a highly successful campaign launch.   On May 4, 2019 Mark writes “I was invited to travel up Discovery Passage north of Campbell River aboard the fish boat Marinet. The trip allowed my team and I to learn firsthand how many Indigenous peoples experience the fish farms, and the impact the farms are having on traditional fisheries and culture, as well as the threat posed to the sport and commercial fishing economy of Campbell River. We thank Hemas Kla-Lee-Lee-Kla/Bill Wilson, Hereditary Chief of the Musgamagw Nation, and George Quocksister Jr., Hereditary Chief Gigame of the Laichkwiltach Nation for this invitation.” Thanks also to Chris Carter for filming the voyage. Mark in conversation with ‘Namgis Elder Vera Newman in Alert Bay. Vera shared some great stories about her family and… Posted by North Island - Powell River Greens on Friday, June 28, 2019   In June, the North Island Green Party Tour took Mark and some of his team to Port Alice, Port Hardy, Port McNeil, Sointula and Alert Bay. Canvassing on the main streets of these towns put Mark into contact with community members who gave the tour a warm welcome. Volunteers stepped up to carry the torch for the campaign in their local areas. The North Island Gazette coverage of the tour included a video interview. Canada...

Did You Know … Week of May 11, 2019

Must Reads from Last Week The Must Reads will not be publishing again for a while due to all available efforts being put into Mark de Bruijn’s election campaign. The hope is that the campaign will be able to put out a periodic newsletter, which all subscribers will get. Events around the riding   Comox Valley March for Climate Two great stories on the Youth Environmental Action March for Climate on May 3: Comox Valley Students ‘Stand Up, Fight Back’ for climate action and Orca and a dinosaur join Comox Valley youth in climate march. And this piece in the Comox Valley Record, profiling Nalan Goosen, one of the student organizers.. World Community film: What is the electric car? DATE/TIME: May 14, 7 pmLOCATION:  Stan Hagen Theatre, NIC, Courtenay campus This entertaining and educational film looks at some of the myths people have about electric cars (speed, range, etc.) and gives thought-provoking information to consider. Vendors, drivers, and enthusiasts share their views. People who watch this film may soon end up driving their own electric vehicle. Admission is by donation.To watch trailer – www.worldcommunity.ca Comox Valley’s first electric vehicle event DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 18, 10 am to 4 pmLOCATION:  Comox Valley Sports Centre parking lot Come check out everything you need to know about electric transportation in the Comox Valley! Test drive an electric car or ebike, talk to EV owners, see a Tesla up close and find out about incentives for purchasing electric vehicles. Sign-ups for test drives will be first come, first serve. (Hosted by Watershed Sentinel) Consent Culture training DATE/TIME: May 19, 10:30-5:30LOCATION:  TinTown (TBA) From Facebook:...

Did You Know … Week of May 4, 2019

Must Reads from Last Week Around the riding Coming Events Forests + Climate Change: Town hall Meeting, Community Dialogue DATE/TIME:  May 10, 2019; 6:30-9 pm LOCATION:  Native Sons Hall, Lower Level Please join Sierra Club BC, the Wilderness Committee and local Comox Valley activists for an evening of presentations on the climate crisis, the state of old-growth and second-growth forests on Vancouver Island and how these two relate to each other, followed by group discussions about how we can build a just and sustainable future in the Valley and across the Island! Climate change and decades of mismanagement of forests in and around the Comox Valley are and will continue to be major challenges into the future. How can we build interest in meaningful change on both these interconnected issues simultaneously, and with the speed required? How can we do this in a way that benefits everyone and respects the sovereignty of the First Nations in whose territories we live? These are the questions we want to dive into. All perspectives are welcome, and we want to issue a challenge that everyone interested taking part in this conversation: try to bring one other person who may not otherwise attend an event like this! The Wilderness Committee and Sierra Club BC will be on the road during the first two weeks of May, documenting old-growth forests and logging, meeting with First Nations, local governments and communities up and down Vancouver Island. Comox Valley’s first electric vehicle event DATE/TIME:  May 18, 2019; 10 am - 4 pm LOCATION:  Comox Valley Sports Centre parking lot Come check out everything you need to...

Did You Know … Week of April 27, 2019

Must Reads from Last Week Around the riding   Comox Valley: March for Climate DATE/TIME: May 3, 2019, 1-4 pmLOCATION: Courtenay City Hall “On May 3rd (time TBA), In front of Courtenay City Hall we will protest the climate crisis facing our planet. Join us on our march to bring attention to the urgency of the situation to city hall, local financial institutions and the office of Ronna Rae Leonard and Gord Johns. Help strike for climate!” (Hosted by Youth Environmental Action) Forests + Climate Change: Town hall Meeting, Community Dialogue DATE/TIME:  May 10, 2019; 6:30-9 pmLOCATION:  Native Sons Hall, Lower Level Please join Sierra Club BC, the Wilderness Committee and local Comox Valley activists for an evening of presentations on the climate crisis, the state of old-growth and second-growth forests on Vancouver Island and how these two relate to each other, followed by group discussions about how we can build a just and sustainable future in the Valley and across the Island! Climate change and decades of mismanagement of forests in and around the Comox Valley are and will continue to be major challenges into the future. How can we build interest in meaningful change on both these interconnected issues simultaneously, and with the speed required? How can we do this in a way that benefits everyone and respects the sovereignty of the First Nations in whose territories we live? These are the questions we want to dive into. All perspectives are welcome, and we want to issue a challenge that everyone interested taking part in this conversation: try to bring one other person who may not otherwise...

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