A late May, 2017 update …
1. Our working group Zero Waste Sooke is hosting its first Repair Cafe this Saturday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. downstairs at the Sooke Community Hall. Bring your malfunctioning items to volunteer fixers at the wood, small appliance, small engine and fabric/clothing work stations. Also on the day’s agenda: A bike repair clinic, 3D printer demo, kombucha-making session and, for the kids, safe and easy bat-house building workshops. Bring a plain t-shirt and have it silk-screened with co-organizer Bernie Klassen’s “DIY Or Die” logo. Full details on the ZWS website and Facebook event pages. Free or by small donation. (This event is operating under license with the Repair Cafe Foundation. Thanks to the District of Sooke for funding support.
2. Volunteers are wanted for a pair of local community garden projects …
i) CASA Garden, 6672 Wadams Way, on Sunday, May 28 starting at 10 a.m.
Family friendly garden renovation and clean-up organized by the Sooke Region Communities Health Network
‘s Christine Bossi. Learn easy techniques for your own food gardens: Permaculture, spiral and keyhole gardens, hugelkultur, raised-bed making and stone painting. More info by email
or phone 250.858.3458
ii) Sooke Baptist Church’s Grace Gardens
project needs four volunteers to join the team installing perimeter fencing this Saturday, May 27. If you can help, please contact Bernie Dovell via email
. With generous community support and much hard work, the garden (which is growing food exclusively for needy families in the region) is almost complete. A fundraiser is planned for June 10 with the official opening on July 9.
3. The Transition Sooke Multi-Belief initiative met for a second time late last month.
A mission statement is being prepared and the group will focus at the outset on creating local awareness of the Charter of Compassion
, launched in 2008 by a team led by Karen Armstrong
and signed by the likes of the Dalai Lama, Isabelle Allende, Desmond Tutu, Robert Thurman, Peter Gabriel and Queen Noor of Jordan. One objective is to work towards official recognition for Sooke as a Charter of Compassion Community, of which there are currently 88 around the world.
TS social media highlights …
* BC election analysis from Fair Vote Canada
: “Under a Proportional system the seat count would be: Liberals 37, NDP 35, Greens 15 (not including minor parties receiving less than 3 percent of the votes.”)