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: sierraclub.bc.ca or cvsn.ca

Find us on Facebook: The Future is HERE Comox Valley

 

 

Go Smart Day Downtown Scavenger Hunt Criteri-fun Sunday

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If you are interested in participating please pre-register by emailing Imaginecomoxvalley@gmail.com with the word Criteri-fun in the subject heading.
A criterium, is a bike race held on a short course often run on closed-off city center streets. Race length can be determined by a number of laps or total time.
A criteri-fun is the same concept, however participates can also gain laps to their total by performing scavenger hunt tasks such as: checking out a book from the library, consuming a pint at Billy Dees, or dressing a manikin at Fiction clothing store!
Each task will have a prescribed lap value for completion and successful completion adjudicated by a judge, usually a proprietor of a business, who will indicate successful completion by stamping a participant’s race pass port.
As with a criterium the participant with the most laps will be deemed the winner.
Registration can also be completed 20 to 5 minutes before race time in front of the Comox Art Gallery. Race time is 1pm to 2pm the 22nd of June 2014 - Go Smart Day!
Course route, race passports, and race details provided during registration.

TEDx Comox Valley: Revealing Hidden Local Talents

The folks behind Imagine Comox Valley and the latest TEDx Comox Valley event would like to extend their gratitude to every member of our community that attended our event focusing on revealing hidden local talents. We gathered close to $450 in donations and exposed a crowd of more than 60 people to some ideas that were well worth spreading.

The organisers ask that anyone who attended the event please consider giving us some feedback by completing a short survey.

YMP Intro: How do you imagine the future of the Comox Valley?

Over eight weeks a team of Comox Valley Youth were immersed in learning digital media-making and employability skills at the Comox Valley Art Gallery, resulting in nine original videos which dare to imagine a bold and original future for the Comox Valley. Issues as diverse as sustainability, accessibility, street art and play were examined - and no video screening would be complete without Zombies!

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Comox Valley Art GallerylogoThe Youth Media Project (YMP), sponsored by the Comox Valley Art Gallery through the Government of Canada’s Skills Link Program provided a range of new skills training for nine youth who faced barriers to employment. This pilot project began January 28, 2013 and ended March 22, 2013. It assisted youth in developing life and employability skills through group-based learning. The YMP featured workshops with guest media-makers as well as from the project partners: The Wachiay Friendship Center, Imagine Comox Valley and the Creative Employment Access Society.

Throughout the project youth received training in digital video production, graphic design and animation through the Comox Valley Art Gallery’s media lab, and engaged with key community leaders in discussions surrounding social justice, cultural heritage and community participation. The participants then created group-based video projects that express unique visions of change within the Comox Valley. Alongside the video, participants developed an employment action-plan and resume/portfolio. By completing the program activities youth reportedly experienced reduced barriers to employment and increased ability to enter and participate in the labour market.

Imagine Comox Valley was delighted to play a role in this process and was deeply impressed with the quality of the productions and the social comments they made. Have a look at the links below to view the videos here on our website:

  1. PUSH TO OPEN by Alex Carey
  2. BAGWATLA by Colin Beans
  3. IT’S NOT JUST A TREND by Charlotte Conley
  4. NEW VILLAGE GALLERY by Carrie Poborsa-Cox
  5. WALKING THE VISION by Chantal Solomon
  6. CENTRE. ENTER. by Erich Magdzik
  7. FINDING THE POTENTIAL WITHIN by Hadley Zaborniak
  8. ZOMBIE WALK by Shane Colclough
  9. OASIS by Tim Tran

Alternatively you can show the Comox Valley Art Gallery some online love by viewing the entire playlist of videos on their Youtube Channel.