The 100+ Women Who Care Salt Spring Island held its sixth meeting on November 18th on Zoom. Members voted to give the collected donations of the meeting—which totalled about $16,100—to Greenwoods Eldercare Society. Also drawn from the charity basket during that meeting were the nominated charities were Gulf Islands Families Together Society (GIFTS) and the Salt Spring Island Branch of the BC SPCA. Three members gave informative and inspiring presentations over Zoom about why their nominated charity should receive the collected donations. Dorrie Ferster, who presented the winning pitch for Greenwoods, said, “It was a new experience to join the 100+ Women Who Care on a virtual call format. I must admit, I missed the energy of everyone’s presence.” Members cast a secret online vote for one of the three, and for the first time ever, there was a tie vote. Members were asked to cast their votes again, this time for the two tied charities. Greenwoods was the winning charity. …Read more about Greenwoods Eldercare Society Receives $16,100
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An Opportunity to Help Protect the Forest on Lot F of the Larmour Lands
A dedicated group of islanders is working to ensure over 8 acres of mature coastal Douglas fir, Western redcedar, and Bigleaf maple forest remains standing. This healthy mixed forest is on the upland portion of Lot F of the Larmour Lands, and its future is threatened. The community is invited to join us in this effort to prevent Lot F from being clearcut or developed. Through the generous support of many donors, the adjacent forest and wetlands of Lot H have recently been saved and will be preserved in perpetuity! Now the focus is on extending this and creating a larger protected area to increase and enhance the health and function of this important ecosystem. With conservation covenants already in place on nearby properties, the forest on Lot F is the missing puzzle piece. Connectivity is key to increasing biodiversity, and protecting Lot F’s forest will create 46 acres (about 18.5 hectares) of pristine natural habitat, now and forever.…Read more about An Opportunity to Help Protect the Forest on Lot F of the Larmour Lands
SWOVA Receives $18,500 from 100+ Women Who Care
When Erin Lee arrived at the podium at the 100+ Women Who Care meeting on February 24, 2020, she said in a shaky voice, “I’m not a public speaker. I actually hate public speaking. But the fact that I’m up here is a testament to how much I believe in the work of SWOVA.” With that, all of the members present for that meeting were intrigued. But that introduction isn’t what guaranteed the members’ votes. Members heard three excellent presentation at this meeting, one by Louise Doucet presenting for Gulf Islands Families Together Society (GIFTS), the presentation for SWOVA Community Development and Research Society, and the final one by Dorrie Ferster for Greenwoods Eldercare Society. They were followed by murmurs such as “so difficult to choose” and “I’d like them all to win!” These three presentations, like those in previous meetings, were heartfelt and informative and exuded the passion and care prevalent on Salt Spring Island. Members who are present for these presentatio…Read more about SWOVA Receives $18,500 from 100+ Women Who Care
Screening of "The Gender Lady: The Fabulous Dr. May Cohen" for International Women’s Day
Every March 8th, people around the world celebrate International Women's Day. An opportunity to acknowledge women’s achievements throughout history and across nations, the day is also a focal point in the movement for women's rights and gender equity. This year, local celebrations include a special screening of The Gender Lady: The Fabulous Dr. May Cohen. For over 60 years, Dr. Cohen advocated powerfully in Canada and internationally for women physicians’ advancement within the medical profession and is widely recognized for her many contributions to women’s health, sexuality, abortion choice, and human rights. Numerous medical awards bear her name. Two Canadian colleagues of May Cohen, family physicians, and gender equity advocates Cheryl Levitt and Barbara Lent created the documentary “to share May’s remarkable accomplishments, to make them visible, and to offer the film as a tool to help promote gender equity, reproductive rights, and equity for women physicians.” Acco…Read more about Screening of "The Gender Lady: The Fabulous Dr. May Cohen" for International Women’s Day
Spotlight on Inclusive, Peaceful Communities
Gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive human rights issues today. On November 24, 2019, UN News published an article stating that “a third of all women and girls experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, half of women killed worldwide were killed by their partners or family, and violence perpetrated against women is as common a cause of death and incapacity for those of reproductive age, as cancer, and a greater cause of ill health than road accidents and malaria combined.” Salt Spring is not immune. In 2017 alone, Islanders Working Against Violence (IWAV) took 464 crisis calls and served 205 women and 35 children fleeing violence on Salt Spring Island. That's an average of more than one call per day. IWAV creates opportunities for life-changing outcomes for people experiencing violence in our community. One successful story is for a client and a young child who came to IWAV's Outreach office after an extremely violent incident with the client’…Read more about Spotlight on Inclusive, Peaceful Communities
$19,100 Donated to Salt Spring Island Public Library Association
On the evening of Monday, November 15, 100+ Women Who Care Salt Spring Island held its fourth meeting, beginning its second year of raising money for charities with a local impact. Members had nominated 16 local charities prior to this meeting, of which three were randomly drawn during the meeting: Little Red School House Society, Salt Spring Island Public Library Association, and Salt Spring Arts Council. Three members gave passionate and informative presentations, explain why they think that their nominated charity should receive the collected donations. Judy Nurse presented for Salt Spring Island Public Library Association, and much to Judy’s delight, the majority of members voted for the library. Judy Nurse commented: “As one of the 150 people who volunteer at the library, I want to tell you that we are thrilled to receive the gift of $19,100 from 100+ Women Who Care. Thank you so much for this wonderful support for our programs and resources. I look forward to rep…Read more about $19,100 Donated to Salt Spring Island Public Library Association
2019 Eco Living and Home Tour: Ideas, Information, Inspiration
Headlines announcing biodiversity collapse and climate catastrophe can feel paralyzing. Even the most committed environmentalists may not know where to turn for solid information on the kinds of innovative — and dramatic — lifestyle changes that experts say will be need to weather the coming changes. Salt Spring’s Eco Living and Home Tour highlights what some people are doing to reduce their carbon footprint and to prepare themselves for an uncertain future. The tour also offers something that is getting harder to find these days: good news. The innovative event offers inspiring examples of ways that people are taking action to transform their ecological footprint and create sustainable, beautiful homes. Held on Sunday, July 28, from 10am to 4pm, the self-guided tour allows visitors to explore various locations on Salt Spring Island, which has some of BC’s most innovative examples of off-grid living, tiny homes, container homes, eco building and architecture, renewable te…Read more about 2019 Eco Living and Home Tour: Ideas, Information, Inspiration
Island Pathways Receives $18,500
Last Wednesday evening, 100+ Women Who Care Salt Spring Island gathered in the ArtSpring theatre for its third meeting. And something interesting happened... One of the three charities randomly drawn during the meeting, from the 18 that had been nominated, had been drawn before but hadn't been voted to receive the funds. Back into the charity basket it went! This time, Anna Pugh had the opportunity to speak about the organization. She ended her presentation with these words (paraphrased): Everyone on the island, regardless of whether they use the paths, benefits because, as a result, the roads are safer for everyone. At the end of the meeting, 100+ Women Who Care voted for Island Pathways to receive more than $18,500! Island Pathways will be able to use 100% of these funds in ways that it needs most, as long as its efforts benefit the community. Members will hear from an Island Pathways spokesperson at the fall meeting to find out how the funds were used. After…Read more about Island Pathways Receives $18,500
100+ Women Who Care Raise $17,000 in Under an Hour for Local Charities
On the evening of Tuesday, March 5, 100+ Women Who Care Salt Spring held its second meeting. Prior to this meeting, members had nominated 18 local charities. Members randomly drew three of the nominees during this meeting: Greenwoods Eldercare Society, Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association, and Island Pathways. Members heard a compelling presentation for each of the three charities, but it is one presentation that attracted the most votes at the end of the evening. Gail Muise presented for the Salt Spring Therapeutic Riding Association (SSTRA), an organization that serves a wide age range of people who have differing abilities and needs. Her words and message convinced enough members to cast their secret ballot for the SSTRA, and this organization became the second recipient of the collected donations — $17,000 total! Since its inaugural meeting in November, the group has grown from 129 to 170 women. With each woman donating $100 per meeting, the sum totalled an impr…Read more about 100+ Women Who Care Raise $17,000 in Under an Hour for Local Charities
Citizen Science Project on Salt Spring: Good for People and Butterflies!
This month, participants are flocking to a free training in butterfly citizen science led by entomologist Linda Gilkeson, PhD, and hosted by the Salt Spring Island Conservancy. Trainees will learn how to identify and count butterflies from Linda and how to take photos of butterflies from Simon Henson, as a way to aid in identification. There is still space for trainees. This project seeks to increase the number of citizen scientists trained to identify butterflies on Salt Spring Island and to collect records that can be used to show long-term trends in butterfly numbers. Records of butterfly counts are a way to measure the health of local ecosystems, and for the last 2 years, the Conservancy has been establishing a group of volunteers to identify and record butterfly sightings. The data collected by citizen scientists during the monthly counts will contribute to a growing body of data that could supplement (or stimulate) research by scientists. Citizen science is good fo…Read more about Citizen Science Project on Salt Spring: Good for People and Butterflies!
Seniors Services Society Receives Windfall
On the evening of Thursday, November 8, Boodie Arnott gave a 5-minute presentation to the membership of 100 Women Who Care Salt Spring Island. Boodie explained that, as someone who benefits from the programs at the Salt Spring Seniors Services Society, she would like to see the society receive the funds that were being raised that evening. She was speaking to 127 women who gathered at ArtSpring. It was the inaugural meeting for 100 Women Who Care SSI. Each woman in the room was a member, committed to donating $100 at each of the three meetings that will be held in the coming year. As you can see, the donations add up quickly. By the time the meeting started, 127 women had made that commitment. That's $12,700 raised on one hour! Thirteen local charities had been nominated by members, and three were drawn randomly during the meeting: Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust, the Salt Spring branch of BC SPCA, and the Salt Spring Seniors Services Society. For each o…Read more about Seniors Services Society Receives Windfall
A High-Impact Philanthropy Initiative Launches on Salt Spring This Fall
100 Women Who Care Salt Spring will be another option on the “giving menu” - Imagine raising $10,000 in one hour. Imagine being a local registered charity that is given $10,000! Imagine being able to spend it in the way your organization needs most! Now imagine being part of that. All you had to do was attend three one-hour meetings a year and donate $100 per meeting. You didn’t have to do bake sales, make calls, or solicit donations from others. Yet, you know that you’ve helped an organization do great work in the community. This is 100 Women Who Care Salt Spring Island — just one of over 600 active chapters around the world for men, women, and children who want to create positive impact in their communities. Salt Spring’s first chapter of 100 Who Care officially launches on September 26th. Janine Fernandes-Hayden was first introduced to the idea after hearing about it from a friend involved with a similar group. She just couldn’t shake the idea. Knowing it would tran…Read more about A High-Impact Philanthropy Initiative Launches on Salt Spring This Fall
Art & Nature Fest
Their spirit was dampened when the Art & Nature Fest was rained out on June 30. Now they are gearing up for a day of sunshine and art in the serene and beautiful Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve at 265 Blackburn Rd. It will an afternoon of performance, play, and picnic on Sunday, August 5! Join the festivities for workshops, music, and more from 3 to 7pm, or come just for the community picnic and live music from 6 to 7pm. As the festival wound down last year, a mom with her resting toddler on her back told us that Art & Nature Fest was “an epic event with something for the whole family.” Festival organizers loved hearing hear that and have created a similar kind of experience for individuals and families this year. The Art & Nature Fest will connect people and wild places by inviting people to enjoy numerous activities in nature. Festival goers can listen and dance to musical performances by Wesley Hardisty and Andy Meyers, the Ruwadzano Marimba band, and duri…Read more about Art & Nature Fest
People Profile: Dr. Bob Richmond
Community People Profiles on the Salt Spring Exchange feature local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews to tell us a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives and work on Salt Spring Island. Dr. Bob Richmond, affectionately known by many as Dr. Bob, is a conventional chiropractor who likes to make the profession fun and approachable. He and his wife, Mary Jane, have been living on Salt Spring Island for 4.5 years. After practicing in Vancouver and the Maritimes for over four decades, he chose to move to Salt Spring as it has a similar feel to his native New Zealand. The sheep connection goes without saying. "My preferred lifestyle doesn't include being stuck in gridlock on the freeway every morning, so Vancouver was no longer an option. My goals include a healthy and active longevity. I've got my eye on living to 116. So far, so good!" As a self-declared communicator, he likes the chal…Read more about People Profile: Dr. Bob Richmond
The 2nd Annual Art & Nature Fest is on June 30
Last year, a festival-goer called the Art & Nature Fest “an epic event with something for the whole family.” She then passionately stated that there should be an Art & Nature Fest every year! This year, the Salt Spring Island Conservancy will host its second annual Art & Nature Fest on Saturday, June 30, from 3 to 7 pm. It will an afternoon of performance, play, and picnic! The Art & Nature Fest will connect people and wild places by inviting people to enjoy numerous activities in nature. Festival goers can listen and dance to musical performances by Wesley Hardisty and Andy Meyers, the Ruwadzano Marimba band, Women of Note, and during the community picnic, Lewis Davies. Lorraine Lowry will open and close the fest with her masterful bagpipe playing. Festival goers can take workshops: yoga with Jayne Lloyd-Jones, drawing with Lisa Lipsett, hula hooping with The Gravity Addict, writing with author Claire Sicherman, dancing with Tomoko Yamazaki, or cre…Read more about The 2nd Annual Art & Nature Fest is on June 30
Young Trailblazing Scientists at Salt Spring Forum
Few events are equally fascinating for adults and students, but the Salt Spring Forum is presenting one of those few next Tuesday. The forum has partnered with the GISS student council to bring Dr. Jennifer Gardy to Salt Spring. Dr. Gardy is a scientist at the BC Centre for Disease Control whose job is to predict when the next big outbreak of disease will happen and to help prevent pandemics. But Dr. Gardy is much more than a scientist in a white lab coat. As far as scientists go, she is a multi-talented trailblazer. She’s known for her ability to communicate science in a way that is creative and compelling; she has even been a guest host of The Nature of Things, and The Globe and Mail has dubbed her as “the new Suzuki.” You can get a sense of how she presents ideas by exploring her ingenious website. What’s going to make March 13 even more interesting, though, is that it’s going to be moderated by a GISS alumni, Madlen Nash. After graduating from GISS, Madlen earned an H…Read more about Young Trailblazing Scientists at Salt Spring Forum
2018 Salt Spring Film Festival - Who Needs Cannes?
This coming weekend, Salt Spring Islanders gather for film-going ritual at the Gulf Islands Secondary School. The Salt Spring Film Festival is an annual affair and draws much of the community together for an incredible Friday evening gala, two days of documentaries, and the social justice bazaar. After previewing over 100 documentaries over several months, volunteers of the Salt Spring Film Festival Society distilled their choices to about 40 films. They select a variety of films from around the world about the issues of our time. They could be anything from food, art, and music from India to our own back yard; social justice issues from Alberta to Iran; and inspiring films about the environment and human rights. A keen filmgoer could watch nine films over the entire weekend but wouldn’t be merely watching them. The festival is so much more than being passively entertained or educated. Last year, James Cowan, festival manager, shared a story that exemplifies th…Read more about 2018 Salt Spring Film Festival - Who Needs Cannes?
Hot Tickets for a Hot Show
Opening night for Mamma Priscilla: The Sequin is March 9th! But you have to get your tickets fast. The Sequin is the “sequel” to the 2013 production by Mamma Priscilla’s Cagey Revue, and islanders know how good it gets when the Cagey Revue comes to ArtSpring. Some people were known to see the production two or three times! I spoke to Scott Merrick—who wrote the musical, assists director Susannah Devitt, and also acts in it—to ask what audience members can expect, beyond what I gleaned from the ArtSpring website. I didn’t see the last show, but the words “Mamma Priscilla” had me hoping that I’d get a real-life sense of what it would be like to be part of one of my all time favourite movies: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Scott told me that 40 wigs and many costumes are being used during the musical. Three or four people are hard at work applying makeup to the drag queens and kings. For the queen, it can take an hour to an hour and a half just for the mak…Read more about Hot Tickets for a Hot Show
Butterflies, Bees, and Other Pollinators with Linda Gilkeson
Join Linda Gilkeson on Friday, February 23, at 7pm for a factual and entertaining presentation about butterflies, bees, even pollinator flies, and the plants they visit. Linda has a PhD in entomology and is a gardening expert, author, and trainer who has a particular interest in pollinators. According to Linda, over 85% of flowering plants rely on pollinators, mostly insects, to be able to reproduce. Without pollinators, much of the food that humans and wildlife rely on would disappear and ecosystems throughout the world would be in trouble. Even more interestingly, some plants have coevolved with certain pollinating insects, and they can be pollinated only by that insect. If that insect population is threatened, then the plant that relies on that insect for survival is also affected. In her presentation, Linda will also talk about this year’s citizen science project at the Salt Spring Island Conservancy. Last year, Linda trained ten people to become butterfly citizen …Read more about Butterflies, Bees, and Other Pollinators with Linda Gilkeson
Love A Little Help Eating Healthy?
Valentine’s Day marked the “soft opening” of Country Grocer’s newest addition—freshly cut fruits and vegetables in its produce section. You can attend the Grand Opening on Thursday, February 15: the cooler shelves will be fully stocked with glistening colours and tasty cuts. The cooler features halved papayas and small watermelons; fresh blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries; fruit dip and guacamole; salsas that taste like they were made in Mexico; and much more. And then, peculiarly, chopped onions! Why? Because one of the goals of this cooler is to make cooking and eating easier and healthier and to make shopping even better for its customers. For example, busy people can walk into the produce section, choose their pre-cut vegetables, then take five steps over to the rack that has pre-mixed grains for a soup from scratch, and go home to make a family meal. Soon, Country Grocer be adding chopped celery, carrots, and fresh chopped garlic to make stews, soups, …Read more about Love A Little Help Eating Healthy?
Free Workshop: Men Supporting Men
On February 1, island men will attend a workshop exclusively for men, titled Removing the Mask: Rethinking the Culture of Masculinity. The workshop will be facilitated by Tuval Dinner Nafshi who was invited to give the workshop. The workshop will engage men, male teens, and folks who identify as male in a safe and nonjudgmental environment with the goal of learning together and supporting one another. It will be a space to ask questions, such as what healthy masculinity is and how to develop it. Questions have surfaced in response to the #MeToo movement about what’s okay now and how to be an ally to women. For men who feel powerless to help, this workshop will offer tools that men need if they want to help make a difference in their communities and beyond. Tuval is passionate about social and gender justice. He is committed to working with young men to give them tools to dream of a world in which their compassion, empathy, capacity for nurturing, and respect for themse…Read more about Free Workshop: Men Supporting Men