Village Surrey Bulletin – July 7, 2015

View the original online version of this bulletin here.

Hello Neighbour,

The “The Secret of Change” film crew arrives in Surrey in one week! This is a great opportunity for us to showcase some of the transformative work that is happening in Surrey. Here is a quote from Zoe, one of the producers:

“Our theme that seems to be emerging is interconnections and how communities use Transition to connect with people within their community, communities around them and even separate areas surrounding, to share ideas, collaborate and grow their resilience. One of the things that we think is essential to show in each episode is how Transition is acting as a catalyst for ideas and how projects that run parallel tie in to the community cohesion ethos of Transition.”

With the focus on interconnectedness, you don’t need to be part of a Transition Initiative or even know what Transition is in order to participate in this! If you know of or are involved in any project that is transforming our community, let’s figure out a way to showcase it!

If you can’t make it personally, one way that you can help is to extend this invitation to people you think should be invited. Here is an overview of the documentary project that you can share with them.

On Wednesday, July 15 we will be filming at the City Centre Library from 6:00-8:30pm. You can learn more about this session here. This session will include the construction of a community map of people and projects doing transformative work in Surrey, so be sure to get your favourite project on the map!

Then, on Saturday, July 18, we will be filming outdoors in The Grove during the day from 1-3pm. This session will be more active and visual and you can learn more about it here. It is also a chance for you to bring artwork or projects that you would like the have included! Come and set up in the morning.

Let’s be good hosts for our UK Transition friends! If you have any other ideas for making their stay memorable and inspiring, let us know.

Before we get too caught up in looking forward, let’s be sure to look back and celebrate!

Linda was recently awarded an Environmental Leader Award! You can get a sense of why she received the award by reading about some of her recent work here.

The Grove has been alive with community building events for the past few weeks! Last week The Grove was activated for “Surrey Doors Open” during the day and an “Open Doors for Peace” concert in the evening. You can see pictures from both events here. This past Monday, the Friends of the Grove celebrated the launch of the “Piano in The Grove” with a well-attended evening music concert.

Community-led art projects continue to inspire community resilience in The Grove too! The “Room to Draw” group had a great session and the “I Have a Dream” project continues to turn heads.

The “I Have a Dream” project has added a Community Garden Signpost to the display, so please feel free to submit the name and location of a garden that you would like to see included on the signpost. You can see pictures of the first phase of construction below.

Anything that happens in The Grove is community-driven and relies on the energy, imagination and resources of people who want to see things happen. If you have the seed of an idea and are looking for fertile ground to plant it, get in touch with the Friends of The Grove.

The “I Grieve” project is gaining momentum. You can read recent newspaper coverage here. There are currently 20 sites logged on the map and more on the way. What creative ideas do you have for mourning the loss of trees and habitat? This is your chance to let your creative side shine!

And last but not least, congratulations to our “Building Resilience in Mission” friends across the river for launching there project and website! They are hosting a “Potluck with a Purpose” this Saturday if you want to head over and check them out.

If you would like to contribute announcements to this bulletin or blogs to the website, please  let us know.

See you in the Village!

Village Social Scene

July 10 – Sullivan Contemplative Group

The Sullivan Contemplative Group meets weekly on Friday evenings. The gathering is a place for people from different religious, spiritual and philosophical backgrounds that meet to build community and deepen relationships. The evening begins with 20 minutes of shared silence followed by informal conversation on a range of themes including spirituality, environmental issues, social justice, personal experience, etc. See here for more details. Contact Connie for more information on the Sullivan group.

July 15 – Indoor Filming for “Secret of Change”

The Secret of Change” is a documentary series that follows a journey of discovery, exploring communities along the West Coast of North America that are adopting the model of Transition. They will be filming in Surrey on July 15. Stay tuned for details and ways to participate!

July 18 – Outdoor Filming for “Secret of Change”

The Secret of Change” is a documentary series that follows a journey of discovery, exploring communities along the West Coast of North America that are adopting the model of Transition. They will be filming in Surrey on July 18. Stay tuned for details and ways to participate!

July 25 – Food Fermentation

You are invited to this free workshop by Silvia Di Blasio being hosted by the Surrey White Rock Food Action Coalition. Workshops take place at South Surrey Rec and Arts Centre from 10 am to 1 pm. Contact Silvia for details and to register.

August 15 – Pickling

You are invited to this free workshop by Silvia Di Blasio being hosted by the Surrey White Rock Food Action Coalition. Workshops take place at South Surrey Rec and Arts Centre from 10 am to 1 pm. Contact Silvia for details and to register.

August 29 – Canning (fruits and marmalades)

You are invited to this free workshop by Silvia Di Blasio being hosted by the Surrey White Rock Food Action Coalition. Workshops take place at South Surrey Rec and Arts Centre from 10 am to 1 pm. Contact Silvia for details and to register.

September 12 – Canning (tomato sauce)

You are invited to this free workshop by Silvia Di Blasio being hosted by the Surrey White Rock Food Action Coalition. Workshops take place at South Surrey Rec and Arts Centre from 10 am to 1 pm. Contact Silvia for details and to register.

Village Square

Climate Surrey “I Grieve” project

The “I Grieve” project is an interactive public art project exploring grief, habitat destruction and climate change in Surrey, BC. At its basic level, this project offers a way for individuals to grieve the destruction of local ecosystems in a way that is meaningful for them. At a larger level, this project opens up possibilities to explore the role and potential of collective grieving as a means of raising awareness and sparking emotional responses to the issues of habitat destruction and climate change in our community. This project is not a protest, nor is it means for blaming, finger-pointing or assigning guilt. This project does not aim to create or amplify “us vs. them” divisions in our community. Participation in this project is open to everyone, without fear of judgment or blame. We are all affected by the destruction of local habitat and climate change, and we are all entitled to express our grief. Learn more about how you can participate in this project here.

EcoVillage Conversation

Interested in a Surrey EcoVillage? Let Henry or Linda know that you are interested in joining the conversation.

Surrey Seed Library Seed Exchanges

The Surrey Seed Library is launching this year in the Surrey Libraries Ocean Park Branch. The seed library is a way for gardeners to sign out, share and trade seed year round. We are currently looking for volunteers to help run the seed library, as well as for gardeners to grow and save our seed. All of the following events will take place at the Ocean Park Branch – 12854 – 17th Avenue. For more information, please watch this video or contact Project Coordinator Matthew Kemshaw. Seed Exchanges take place on the first Saturday of Every Month Beginning March 7 from 10:00-2:00.

Trade School Coop

Trade School Coop Surrey is coming! “Trade School Coop” is an alternative, self-organized school that runs on barter. It works like this: 1) Teachers propose classes and ask for barter items from students. For example, if you teach a class about making butter, you might ask students to bring heavy cream, jars, bread, music tips, clothes, vegetables, or help with something like finding an apartment. 2) Students sign up for classes by agreeing to bring a barter item for the teacher.Trade School is for people who value hands-on knowledge, mutual respect, and the social nature of exchange. The project is based on the belief that everyone has something to offer. What skills do you have to share? What skills would you like to learn?

City of Surrey Neighbourhood Toolkit

The Neighbourhood Toolkit is a collection of grants, services, inspiration, and others supports that you can use to make a positive impact in your community. The Neighbourhood Event Equipment program offers a free loan of tables, chairs, and a portable sound system to support community events. The Neighbourhood Team supports skill building opportunities for community groups through workshops and mentorship.   If your community group or organization is looking for skill building or inspiration, we can offer a range of workshops including: asset mapping, placemaking idea generation, and a mentorship program to new community groups.  The goal of the program is to build your capacity and help you to connect to available resources and networks.  For more information about the workshops or to inquire about what getting involved looks like, contact the Neighbourhood Team.

Village Surrey Website

The Village Surrey website is a source of Transition resources and connections. Would you like to contribute to the “Village Blog?” Send us your ideas! Please let us know if you have any ideas or offerings for the website.

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