Family Balance – What goes in goes…where? | Nick Ward | TEDxComoxValley

Diligently taking out the recycling every week, Nick and his family got to wondering just how much stuff flows though their household. Placing a set of scales at the front door, they measured groceries in and garbage out for a while, and developed some interesting perspectives about how we do, and don’t, think about what we use each day. Every little helps…or does it?

Prepare to Elevate!

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The streets, alleys and halls of Downtown Courtenay are on the brink of transformation as the final elements of the 4th annual Elevate Arts Festival converge for June 3-6. Over 250 artists and performers and hundreds more volunteers and community partners are putting the final touches on their contributions to this mash up of art, culture, ideas and urban reclamation!  
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The Elevate Arts Festival offers culture lovers a fringe-style menu of music, dance, puppetry, parades, films, literary events, projections, improv theatre, circus, live painting, street dining, pop up parks and so much more. A quick glance at the full schedule is enough to tickle the interest of the most fickle culture lover. There are options for participants of all ages including mural projects, writing and ‘zine workshops, puppet making, a giant collage event, kids shows, and hands on art, crafts and creations scattered across the 14 venues that come to life on Saturday June 6th.
“Our vision with this event is to shatter barriers between the people who create culture and the people who consume culture”. says Elevate Co-Producer Meaghan Cursons. “We want to celebrate the incredible creative spirit of our community, in a barrier free format, and show how culture is such a force in community building. We also want to learn from each other and the rich mix of local and visiting artists creates powerful chemistry that helps to stretch our creative edges.”
Events kick off Wednesday Night with “uniVERSE”, a poetry open stage at Union Street Grotto. Or head over to the Comox Valley Art Gallery for Pechu Kucha Comox Valley Volume 4. Then the rest of the week is a freight train of creative momentum! Visit for all the details including a downloadable schedule of events.
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From 10 am till LATE on Saturday June 6th you can fully immerse yourself in a day and night filled with the bizarre and the beautiful all in the heart of Courtenay. The Elevation comes but once a year. You don’t want to miss out on this adventure! For everything you need to know - visit or follow them on facebook or twitter.

YOUTH MEDIA PROJECT – Call for Youth Participants

Youth Media Project is a program for community action through media involving 9 participants between the ages of 16 – 30. For 12 weeks youth work as a team to create videos expressing their visions for change in the Comox Valley. The project welcomes all youth, including immigrant youth, Aboriginal youth, street-involved youth and others who face barriers to employment.

– Full-time minimum wage employment (12 Weeks)
– Experience in video production, graphic design & web development
– Consultations in career development

Team Leader deadline May 27
Technician/Assistant deadline May 27
Employment and Skills Coordinator deadline May 27

Youth Participants deadine June 5

1. A letter of application describing your reasons for applying, your work and school experience and how this project is important to your future

2. Suggested: support material such as a resume, art work (photographs, writing, videos, etc.


INFO SESSION: Tuesday, June 2, 5:30pm at Comox Valley Art Gallery

Email your application to:
Or drop off your application to:

580 Duncan Ave., Courtenay, BC

This is a full-time 12 week program, Monday to Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm

This project is funded in part by the BC Arts Council
Partners: Wachiay Friendship Centre, Creative Employment Access Society, Imagine Comox Valley

4th Annual Elevate Arts Festival set to Launch!

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Dancers, musicians, poets, painters, circus performers, thespians, photographers, projectionists, crafters and merry makers of all stripes are gearing up for the 4th Annual Elevate Arts Festival, set to launch in Downtown Courtenay June 3-6. This multi-venue, cross-disciplinary arts festival welcomes artists, performers and culture lovers to the streets, alleys, halls, pubs and cafes of Downtown Courtenay for a 4 day mash up of culture and community building!

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Featuring diverse evening events June 3-5 and a FREE all day and night street festival on Saturday June 6th, Elevate welcomes participants of all ages to be part of a street level celebration dedicated to shattering barriers between culture consumers and culture producers. “Elevate is about more than the tradition performer - audience relationship. Its about bringing the culture makers and the culture lovers together and its about looking at the intrinsic value of engaging in the cultural life of our community.” says Elevate Co-Producer Bobby Herron.


There are still lots of ways to get involved in the upcoming festival. Volunteers, roving performers and pop up artists are still welcome to join the fun! Poets and story tellers are invited to share their work at an open mic event called uniVERSE at Union Street Grotto on Wednesday June 3. The Elevate Mini Mural Project invites families, businesses or individuals to take on a 2×4 foot mural and paint in place at the festival June 6th. Photographers can submit to be part of the 4th annual Photopia Exhibition! Add to that an Improv Soap Opera, Participatory Story Telling, Poets Corner, Pop Up Parks,  Zine and Collage workshops and crazy kids crafts and your hands, mind and heart become part of the festival! Details about all the ways to engage the Elevate Arts Festival are available online at

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Projects, performers and artists coming to Downtown Courtenay this June 3-6 include Puppets for Peace with Timothy Gosley, Pecha Kucha Comox Valley, Doug Koyama, Daniel Moir, Lara Kroeker, The Women’s Punk Rock Choir, Joy District, Harp Pixie, Triple Heat Dance, 7 Story Circus, Pantuso Dance, Cathy Stoyko, Nova Fire Spun Arts,  Douglas Walker, Hart and Stone, PK Tessmann, Tippy Agogo , The Great Speckled Fritillary and over 150 other creative contributors! Event venues include Union Street Grotto, Billy D’s, Zocalo, Lower Native Sons Hall, The Lower Elks Hall, Duncan Ave, The Comox Valley Art Gallery, The Sid Williams Plaza, The Bridge, Simms Alley, The Avalanche and Imperial Square, the home of Gladstone Brewing, Mudsharks and Guerrilla Pizza.

Mark the dates and plan to immerse yourself in the cultural heart of our community!

Blue Dot Tour Comox Valley

On Friday April 10th at 5:00 pm at the Florence Filberg Centre (411 Anderton Avenue, Courtenay, British Columbia) Imagine Comox Valley with director Meaghan Cursons as champion hosted the Comox Valley Blue Dot Rally.


The time to take action on Environmental Rights is now.  The Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities convention is happened in Courtenay between April 11 -13. Regional decision-makers voted on a resolution to take to the Union of BC Municipalities convention in September 2015.  This resolution calls for a Provincial Environmental Bill of Rights.  A Provincial Environmental Bill of Rights would be a significant step forward to ensuring the health of our environment and communities ­ it will:

  1. Recognize the right of every resident to live in a healthy environment,
  2. Provide for public participation in decision-making respecting the environment and access to environmental information and
  3. Have whistleblower protection.

We hosted this rally on Friday April 10th to show Vancouver Island Councilors and Mayors that safe and healthy communities are important to Islanders and the these decision makers need to pass the resolution.


Many thanks to Craig Carson for the images shared below.

The Future is HERE Comox Valley!

People of the Comox Valley are invited to join the Comox Valley Sustainability Network and Sierra Club BC at the Stan Hagen Theatre in Courtenay at 6pm, April 23, 2015 for a night of networking and information sharing. The Future is HERE event is a part of the Sierra Club BC ‘s province wide tour showcasing the Award-Winning Documentary “The Future of Energy - Lateral Power to the People”, which focuses on the clean energy revolution happening right now all across North America! 

Engage with us and learn how to support the Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy (2010) and the network of community organizations and business that are coming together to support and promote its implementation.

Find out how you can diminish your carbon footprint and reduce your monthly energy costs by participating in the Panel Discussion following the screening of the film. Hosted by Sierra Club BC’s Energy and Climate campaigner, Larissa Stendie, special guest speakers will include, Cristi Sacht, Certified Enery Advisor (CEA) - Through Natural Resources Canada, Michael Zbarsky Manager of Transit and Sustainability Comox Valley Regional District, Mark Tizya, Owner of Novo Solar Systems, and Jessie Lightburn of the Comox Valley Sustainability Network.


6pm Doors Open

Attendees are encouraged to come early to secure their seat and engage with local community groups and energy advisors!

6:45pm Screening of the Feature Film

 “The Future of Energy - Lateral Power to the People”

8pm Panel Discussion

Admission by Donation

On the web: or

Find us on Facebook: The Future is HERE Comox Valley



Genetically Engineered Foods and your Health: the nutritional status of GMOs

Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 7:00 pm

Filberg Centre, Conference Hall (upstairs) - 411 Anderton Road, Courtenay


thierry-vrain3Dr. Thierry Vrain was a soil biologist and a genetic engineer with Agriculture Canada for 30 years. He was the Head of the Biotechnology Department at the Summerland Research Centre, managing the research programs of 40 professional and technical employees and providing leadership for scientific committees and organizations to evaluate research proposals, educate and advise on scientific issues. He provided scientific journals with reviews and editorial evaluations of scientific manuscripts, and technical expertise to governments to evaluate diagnostics and exclusion policies, and to Universities in Canada and abroad to educate students and staff, and supervise research projects. Thierry retired in 2002 and created a little herbal farm on Vancouver Island where he teaches soil health. He has slipped into the persona of “a scientist turned activist” and he lectures about GMOs.

TEDx Comox Valley this Wednesday

Head to the Stan Hagen Theatre at North Island College this Wednesday March 18th for an engaging and stimulating evening of local presenters, TED Talk videos and live music all in the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading.
TEDx is a program of local, independently-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. These events are officially endorsed by TED and are designed to inspire discussion and connection at the community level. Locally organized by Imagine Comox Valley, with support from North Island College and World Community, TEDx Comox Valley is a fantastic night that will stimulate the mind and spark the imagination!
Entry is by donation with a suggested minimum donation of $10 to cover event costs. The event starts at 7 sharp and doors open at 6:45. SEating is limited and advance tickets are available online to reserve a seat. Limited tickets will be also available at the door on a first come first serve basis. Ticket links, presenter info and more info are available at or visit TEDx Comox Valley on Facebook. 
About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

Amanda Ridgway -TEDx Comox Valley 2015


Meet Amanda Ridgeway!

A consultant and entrepreneur, Amanda Ridgway facilitates redesign and the necessary holistic systems to support healthy communities. She brings international experience strategizing community development to the local challenges of affordable housing and homelessness.

She is currently engaging the Port Alberni community working with non-profits, municipalities and health services in completing an evidence-based homelessness prevention plan. Previously she worked in the Comox Valley to devise a model for more effective service provision. With a unique blend of psychology, performance coaching and mindfulness of the spirit, Amanda reframes real community challenges in a way that invigorates citizens to reconnect with their best selves and discover creative solutions.

This Ted Talk translates our society’s increasingly global conscience to understanding the challenges of homelessness and realizing the innovative community problem solving making a difference in communities across the nation. Amanda sees our acceptance of homelessness as a pathology of our disconnection with ourselves, each other and our planet. Amanda presents a vision of community where everyone is at home and invites our participation in tangible actions we all can take to end homelessness.

Dawn Tisdale – Tedx Comox Valley 2015

We told you there would be one more right? Meet Dawn Tisdale!



Dawn Tisdale is a third year student obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at North Island College. Dawn grew up in Montreal, moved to the island in 2000, and became a community support worker for adults with disabilities. Wanting to further explore her career in health care, she decided to go back to school to become an RN. Since entering the BSN program, Dawn has become extremely passionate about nursing - aboriginal health, in particular. What fuels her fire is social justice and advocacy for health promotion.


Dawn was recently elected president of the Canadian Nursing Student Association, representing 28,000 nursing students across Canada.

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