What is a Transition Initiative?
“It’s a place where there’s a community-led process that helps that 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.” More from the Transition Network: https://www.transitionnetwork.org/support/what-transition-initiative
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
First two chapters of The Transition Companion, written by the movement’s founder Rob Hopkins.
Who are we? The Sooke Transition Town Society 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:
- Community development and a stronger social fabric
- Local jobs and the local economy
- Food security
- Energy and housing.
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?
- Ask 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 Story So Far (selected highlights)
* Speaker presentations featuring One Planet Region’s Trevor Hancock, Greater Victoria Transit Alliance’s Eric Doherty, Andrew Nikiforuk, Starhawk, Guy Dauncey, Fair Vote Canada’s David Merner, Sooke foodshed specialists Mary Coll and Mark Zeigler, climate change authority Parvez Kumar, author Kem Luthor, Sierra Club BC’s Larissa Stendie, City Green’s Glenys Verhulst and GMO whistleblower Thierry Vrain (2011-17)
* Sooke Ecohome Tour (2016, 2017)
* Zero Waste Sooke: Sooke Repair Cafe (May and October, 2017); five street clean-ups by volunteers; regular appearances at the Sooke Country Market; plastic-reduction and BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) initiative; workshops for adults and kids at the Sooke library; Talk Trash Community Open Space meeting (April, 2016)
* Permaculture Sooke: Two permablitz gatherings; regular meet-ups at Cast Iron Farm (2015/16); workshops at Sunriver Garden; GE-Free Van Isle rally at the Association of Vancouver Island & Coastal Communities Convention (April, 2013).
* Bike Sooke: Two editions of the Sooke Slow Food Cycle (2011/2012); installation of bike storage lockers at the Park’n’Ride; bike tune-ups and demos at Sooke Country Market.
* Wild Wise Sooke: Fiscal host for this bear-aware education campaign by coordinator Deb Read (2015-17)
* Co-sponsorship of provincial (2016) and federal (2015) all-candidates’ debates
* Summer picnic/reskilling fairs (2014-17); annual Awareness Film Night presentation (2011-17)
* Various District of Sooke council delegations by TS, Zero Waste and Wild Wise; TS representation on the Climate Change Action Committee and the Community Centre Advisory Committee (2012-16)
* Transition Sooke’s Open Space Community Think Tank (Oct. 2014)
* Campaign for Sooke’s successful “No More Tankers” plebiscite + Let BC Vote public forum with David Anderson, Maja Tait, Andrew Moore and Dogwood’s Kai Nagata (summer/fall, 2014)
* Local Forum on the Economy (Nov. 2012); Sooke Mayor’s Candidates Forum (Nov. 2011)
* Our first public gathering held at the T’Sou-ke First Nation’s solar facility (June 23, 2010)
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.
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.
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.
Working Groups and Projects
– Bike Sooke
– Permaculture Sooke
– Multi-Belief Initiative
Please contact us by email at email@example.com