What is a Transition Initiative?
“It’s a place where there’s a community-led process that helps a particular town/village/city/neighbourhood become stronger and happier. It’s happening in well over a thousand highly diverse communities across the world — from towns in Australia to neighbourhoods in Portugal, from cities in Brazil to rural communities in Slovenia, from urban locations in Britain to islands off the coast of Canada.” Learn more here from the Transition Network.
The Guardian‘s guide to Transition Towns: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/transition-towns
Wikipedia entry: Transition Town
Transition Initiatives around the world: https://www.transitionnetwork.org/initiatives
Who are we? The Sooke Transition Town Society (Transition Sooke) is a citizen’s initiative working towards a resilient and sustainable community by relying on Sooke’s people, strengths and traditions. In 2011, Sooke became the 346th community to be recognized by the Transition Network, founded six years earlier in Totnes, England. Transition initiatives worldwide are dedicated to practical, common-sense steps to regain control of the future of our communities by reducing:
- Dependence on fossil fuels
- The impacts of climate change
- Our vulnerability to global economic instability
How does this work? Transition groups encourage individuals to follow their passions by developing local solutions to community needs. We’re dedicated to working collaboratively with existing organizations in Sooke to build local capacity and resilience in the following areas:
- Climate Emergency
- Community development and a stronger social fabric
- Local jobs and the local economy
- Food security
- Energy and housing.
The Sooke Transition Towns Society (Transition Sooke) was incorporated under the Society Act of BC on Aug. 18, 2011 following two years of preparatory work by John Boquist, Margaret Critchlow, Andrew Moore and Michael Tacon.
The name of the Society is Sooke Transition Town Society.
The purposes of the Society are:
- To raise awareness of sustainable living opportunities in the Sooke Region
- To build local resilience in anticipation of climate change, peak oil and economic uncertainty and inequity
- To begin the transition from a carbon intensive lifestyle to a powered down way of living using less non renewable resources
- To offer educational programming to inform the community
- To contribute to community cohesion and resilience by working in cooperation and collaboration with existing groups and organizations
- To provide similar and related services as determined by the membership
At the moment, Transition Sooke is using the model bylaws provided by the Societies Branch of the Provincial Government (1996 version). We are working on revising the bylaws to create a set of streamlined bylaws that are consistent with the Act (minimum requirement) and truly represent the kind of organization we are.
In the interim, we have developed some policies to guide us until we have created the new bylaws:
- Membership policy (passed May 6, 2020 General Meeting)
- Decision-Making Policy (Revised August 5, 2020 General Meeting)
- Financial Procedures Policy (Passed August 5, 2020)
- To build on local knowledge, skills and resources to make Sooke a more resilient community.
- To promote the local economy, food security and alternative energy sources for present and future generations.
- To create a vibrant community where we can work, live and play, where we can feel secure and at home.
Original statement of intent from 2011: The Sooke Transition Town Society, aka Transition Sooke, is a local group of concerned volunteer residents committed to working together with existing groups to make Sooke a more resilient and sustainable community. We do so in order to respond more effectively to the challenges of climate change, peak oil, and global economic instability and inequity.
Sooke already has a remarkably strong community spirit that’s given focus by a range of solidly established working groups and organizations. Transition Sooke is uniquely positioned to explore the creative possibilities of local collaborative action with these groups and others to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, offshore food supplies, imported goods and the increasingly unstable global financial system.
What have we done? Transition Sooke has focused its start-up efforts on awareness raising, education and community engagement under its own name and via its working groups Zero Waste Sooke, Permaculture Sooke, Bike Sooke, our multi-belief initiative and Wild Wise Sooke (for whom we serve as fiscal host).
How to get involved? Write us and ask! All welcome as we build teams & slowly, steadily, patiently develop still more community connectivity in the Sooke region.
- Inquire about volunteer opportunities with our working groups
- Attend a meeting and share your ideas and passions.
- Join a working group, or we can help you start and manage one.
Our beautiful, striking and wonderfully apt (for Sooke by the Sea) “hills to harbour” logo was designed by the late East Sooke artist Kay Lovett.