International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Since the first event in 1911, millions of people around the world have been gathering to raise awareness and further women’s equality. The Comox Valley event is the brainchild of Letz Sing’s Tina Filippino who, in 2019, wanted to create a local event that would bring all people together for a day of solidarity where women could celebrate women. “I gathered some of the most talented women I know from the valley, and we got right to work!” says Filippino. “We each brought something unique to the show, and the response was so enthusiastic, we knew it was the start of something much bigger.”
On February 13, Comox Valley became the hub for youth and environmental think tanks
passionate about solutions-based planning on the climate issues facing society today.
The conference, dubbed Empowerment for Impact, was born in response to the growing desire
among youth and educators in the District to offer more education opportunities on the subject of
climate and environmental protection.
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) announced that Myriah Foort will be their new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) starting in May, following the retirement of long-standing CFO Beth Dunlop in April. As the CFO, she will lead the financial, accounting, insurance, procurement, asset management and contracting functions for the organization and will be key in ensuring an integrated approach aligning to the board’s strategic priorities.
The famous author, Michel Proust once said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Inspired by this quote, the Reverend Ingrid Brown, founder of Weird Church in Cumberland, has organized several public events to help participants see each new experience is an opportunity to expand their spiritual vision and improve their “eyesight.” All are welcome to attend any and all events – everything Weird Church offers is by donation.
With financial support from the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction, the BC Accessibility Grants program was created to provide an opportunity for organizations that have been rated through the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility CertificationTM (RHFAC) program, to improve their access based upon the results of their rating scorecard. RHFAC is a rating system modelled after LEED and BOMA Best that rates the level of meaningful accessibility of buildings and pre-construction plans.
…and a sure sign is the increased activity behind the scenes at LUSH Valley Food Action Society!
With the help of a grant from the Comox Valley Community Foundation, we have been able to start our Fruit Tree Program earlier than usual and have introduced a new ‘Prune Along’ program.
We have been active on several committees and community initiatives relating to advocacy and food security, including the new Food Policy Council and working with School District 71/Comox Valley Schools.
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and the K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) are pleased to announce that new directional signage will be coming to Seal Bay Nature Park this spring. During completion of the 2019 Seal Bay Nature Park and Forest Management Plan park users indicated improving directional signage as a top priority.
The Annual General Meeting on Sunday, February 16, 2020 will highlight brief presentations by the Marine and Shoreline Group and the Birders Group. In addition, Gabriel Bau Baiges (former CVN Secretary) will present an update of the Comox Strathcona Waste Management Service Capital projects. The presentations will start after introductions at 7:00pm in the Rotary Room of the Filberg Seniors Centre 411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay.
The Coldest Night of the Year is on Feb 22rd this year and across the country 1,000 of Canadians will be enjoying a family friendly walk of 2, 5 or 10kms that raises money to support those in our very own community who are struggling with poverty.