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?
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.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
– Youth Participants deadine June 5
TO APPLY, PLEASE SUBMIT:
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:
COMOX VALLEY ART GALLERY
580 Duncan Ave., Courtenay, BC
This is a full-time 12 week program, Monday to Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm
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!
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 www.elevatethearts.com.
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.
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.
Many thanks to Craig Carson for the images shared below.
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
Find us on Facebook: The Future is HERE Comox Valley
Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 7:00 pm
Filberg Centre, Conference Hall (upstairs) - 411 Anderton Road, Courtenay
Dr. 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.
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.com. 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.
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.
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.