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In recognition of Earth Month, Local Voices will be talking with people helping to make sustainable practices a way of life in our corner of the globe.
On April 22, 1970, the people of Vancouver marched in support of Earth Day, along with people all over the world. 50 years on, that one day has become a month of action to celebrate and protect our home.
As our contribution to Earth Month, Local Voices is exploring sustainability – its past, present and its future – in West Vancouver.
We’re beginning with a rain garden. West Vancouver’s first rain garden, named in honour of community advocate Mary Bayes, was built in the fall of 2019. Once you see a rain garden – so easy to build, so effective in its results, and so ideal given West Vancouver’s climate (it could be said that we’re living in a rain garden) – you’ll want to see more, many more, of them. You may even decide to build one in your corner of the community. The folks from the North Shore Rain Garden Project who built the garden, with the support of the community and a team of volunteers, will be at Local Voices to talk about the concept, design and the story of the Mary Bayes Community Rain Garden.
Jackie Swanson from the Hollyburn Ridge Association will talk about the Hollyburn Mountain cabin community. People here in West Vancouver will remember hiking up Hollyburn to ski, snowshoe and enjoy the clean mountain air. In the days before there were roads, or ski lifts, they carried everything they needed up the narrow trail to Hollyburn Lodge. That’s everything: the wood and nails, hammers and saws to build their cabins, and the stoves and yes, even pianos, to make those cabins warm and welcoming.
You may know that each Local Voices event usually has three presentations. A third participant to be announced soon will join the Rain Garden and the Hollyburn cabin community folks.
The Local Voices format is simple: brief presentations from people whose passion connects them to their community, followed by conversation with the audience. It’s a winning combination that ensures that the voices of our locals are heard. Local Voices is a co-production from West Vancouver Historical Society and West Vancouver Memorial Library.
For more information, get in touch with Laura Anderson at West Vancouver Historical Society, 778.279.2275 and firstname.lastname@example.org or Lynn Brockington at West Vancouver Memorial Library, 604.921.3496 and email@example.com.