April 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Riders Pizza, Cumberland
Join us for the Annual General Meeting. 7 pm at Riders Pizza in Cumberland. Stay tuned for details on keynote presentation. 2017 annual report, board elections, financial reports and update from the society. ALL WELCOME but only members may vote on resolutions or in board elections. Members of the society are all charitable donors from the previous calendar year (those who received a tax receipt for their 2017 contribution).
KEY NOTE PRESENTATION: URBAN FORESTS
Can you see the (urban) forest for the trees? Understanding and valuing urban forests is a rapidly growing area of study and engagement in communities around the world, as we come to understand the value green infrastructure plays in providing essential services and quality of life. The City of Courtenay is currently collecting data on this eco-asset through an Urban Forest Strategy exercise which will include community engagement opportunities in June and through the summer. Unlike other forms of community infrastructure, the success of green infrastructure grows by the stewardship of local residents and is a visual statement of how well a community has learned to invite Nature in. Join Nancy Gothard as she shares her passion for community planning that honours Nature as model, measure, and mentor and ideas on inviting Nature into our communities and our personal lives.
Nancy is policy planner at the City of Courtenay, and was formerly the City’s environmental planner. Nancy’s professional and personal passion is finding ways to invite Nature into our communities, integrating grey and green infrastructure, so that our communities not only serve our basic needs more sustainably, but also nurture our spirits and respond to our need for connection and beauty. Nancy loves getting involved in the various sustainability advocacy initiatives in the Valley which she has been privileged to call home for the last 8 years.