In The Community

In recent years, after our daughter came into our lives, I realized the importance of community. I choose to take part by being an active member.  My belief in stewardship is the driving factor in where I serve my community.  Knowing my neighbors, food security, charity and resilience are the key areas that I contribute to.

Community

Getting to know my neighbors does not just refer to those physically living around me.  We as a family take part in community activities, farmers markets, events, and groups.  I am proud to know my community leaders and being involved with them in to continue building our community.

Neighbors

On May 25th, communities around the world took part in a march to protest Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in our food and other comsumable goods. This march was called March Against Monsanto (a large GMO corporation). Myself, my wife and my 3-year-old daughter, with protest poster in hand, joined over 300 people marching through Halifax. We plan on attending the next rally in October.

Our community requires leaders to assist in the securing its food supply. Rather than wait for someone else to take on that important role, I have chosen to do it myself. On September 22, 2013 I am hosting a dinner I have planned with The Wooden Monkey, at one of their amazing restaurants. This event will gather like-minded people for a local GMO-free dinner and discussion.

We must care for our community as an act of unlimited love. I have volunteered with the Brunswick Street Mission before my daughter was born and will do so again once she is old enough to come along. I have met a friend or two in the process and learned that homelessness is not always attributable to laziness or bad luck.

Soup

I have recently joined the steering committee for Transition Bay St Margaret's. Transition Bay is part of the transition town movement that promote ways to build resilience in a community in order to address the many possible global changes in energy supply, unstable economies and environmental depletion in the years ahead. The steering committee guides the movement providing support for various projects and initiatives in the St Margaret's Bay area.

As a member of Transition Bay, I am involved in the Educational Garden project. We plant and maintain a garden at the crossroads in Upper Tantallon. This garden helps the community learn more about how to grow their own vegetables. Once harvested, the crops are donated to the local food bank.

EDU

Building resilience in a community takes many forms. I am the lead organizer of the first community garden project in the St. Margaret’s Bay area. The garden is made up of community members who want to grow vegetables, but do not have the space, know how, or the time to take care of a garden at home. This year we are growing several crops together that will be split at harvest time. Next year we will be expanding and adding personal garden plots within the communal ones.

Educational Garden

Being a person committed to a sustainable lifestyle, it was natural for me to join the Environmental Committee at Efficiency One. I presented the idea of a raised garden bed garden, outside of the offices, to support the local food bank. I received approval and spearheaded the first two seasons, culminating in donations to Feed Nova Scotia.  

There are several other projects in my near future that I will add as they come to fruition, read more soon.


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