Ali Grovue, BCSEA Executive Director, kicked off the meeting describing the overall provincial status of BCSEA, and the connection to the local chapters. Marion Pape, Chair of the Victoria Chapter, then gave an overview of last year's work and introduced the 2016 steering committee. Denise Stocco then gave a short-but-sweet overview of the finances for Victoria Chapter.
After 10 years at Board level with the Cowichan Bio Diesel Co-op and Cowichan Energy Alternatives, Sam is now free to direct those energies (pun intended) to the BCSEA. He is a proud owner of an EV (solar charged assisted) vehicle. He is focused on positive communication and he will bring his connections as a semi-pro musician and band leader to the BCSEA cause.
Fifty BCSEA and Dogwood Initiative supporters gathered at The Oaks, celebrated our 2015 achievements and built energy for some great collaborations in 2016. Thanks to BCSEA volunteer Sam Torrance for the mellow cajun sound of Bijoux du Bayou that set a warm tone to the evening, despite the soggy weather. Mark January 7th in your calendars: our AGM will feature words from Kai Nagata, Dogwood campaigner extraordinaire, to set us in the right direction.
The BCSEA banner was prominent at the "The People's Spark” rally on November 29th on the steps and front lawn of the BC Legislature in Victoria, intended to ignite climate action at COP21 along with 350.org events happening around the world.
2015 Victoria Candidates Debates on Energy, Climate and Our Future
BCSEA Victoria Chapter held a summer retreat in 2014 to determine a project for all of 2015 that would unify, inspire and motivate people to action. We unanimously agreed to work on the proposal submitted to explore all major areas related to federal policy on Climate Change up to and including the 2015 Federal Election Campaign.