International Women’s Day: Making a Difference for the Environment Featuring Elizabeth May, Keynote Speaker at St. Margaret’s School – March 8, 2020, 1 PM to 3 PM


Youth environmentalism is not a new phenomenon. For decades, our youth have assertively challenged rigid political views in order to make a difference. What is new, is the sense of urgency our young people are feeling around making significant change to address the challenges of climate change.

Following a keynote address by Elizabeth May, each of four panel speakers will offer their perspectives on what we can do as individuals to address the urgency of climate change.

Elizabeth May
Elizabeth May is the Green Party of Canada’s first elected Member of Parliament, representing Saanich-Gulf Islands in southern Vancouver Island. From 2006-2019, she served as the leader of the Green Party of Canada; a period in which she was the only female leader of a federal political party. Elizabeth practiced law in Ottawa with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre prior to becoming Senior Policy Advisor to the federal Minister of the Environment (1986-1988). In 1989, and for the next seventeen years, Elizabeth served as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada. In 2005, Elizabeth May was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her decades of leadership in the Canadian environmental movement.

Megan Humchitt
Growing up in Bella Bella, Megan spent time with her family out on the ocean learning about her ancestral territory and Heiltsuk culture and traditions. She has worked hard to bring light to issues facing her community. Megan was elected as a Heiltsuk Tribal Councillor in the summer of 2018, and is the daughter of a Hereditary Chief.

Ines Khouider
Ines is a grade 11 student at St. Margaret's School, and is the co-chair of St. Margaret's School Green Club, where she helps to streamline the recycling program and support education on the climate crisis. A finalist in the 2019 International Schools Essay Competition for the International Schools Debates and Children’s Conference, Ines believes that “the time for action is now.”

Vicky Husband
Vicky Husband is an internationally renowned forest and marine conservation advocate, and passionate defender of B.C.'s natural heritage. Vicky is the recipient of the Order of Canada, the Order of BC and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Victoria for her volunteer conservation work in BC.

Larisa Hutcheson
Larisa has worked in many areas of environmental management with the CRD, including the infamous wastewater treatment plant soon to be commissioned at McLoughlin Point. Larisa currently has responsibility for the Harland landfill, regional recycling and solid waste planning, climate action, environmental education, as well as potable water quality and conservation.

Following the formal presentations, guests will have the opportunity to have coffee, visit exhibitor displays and gather information about their products, services, and/or initiatives. By the end of the forum, participants will have been exposed to new ideas and will be inspired to make changes in their personal lives and in the communities in which they live.

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Scholarship and Bursary Reception at Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria – February 26, 2020, 4 PM to 6 PM

2019-20 Scholarship and Bursary Celebration!

The Scholarship and Bursary Society Board are delighted to invite you to a celebration of our 2019-20 Award recipients. This year, instead of a weekend lunch, we are hosting a late-afternoon reception during the week.  We will be inviting all student award recipients as well as representatives from each of the three post-secondary institutions.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Hotel Grand Pacific  - Pender Island Ballroom

Appetizers and No Host Bar | $25

Registration for the 2019-20 Scholarship and Bursary Reception is easy through CanadaHelps. Registration information can be found here.    

We also welcome donations for student tickets! And if you can’t attend but want to support the event and S&B, there’s an option for you to make a tax-deductible donation.

If you prefer, please use this form to register manually and send it along with a cheque in time for us to receive it by Feb. 14, 2020.

Margaret Morrison, Treasurer; Brenda Canitz, Chair;
Anny Schaefer, Secretary

CANCELLED General Meeting – Lisa Gordon: If Urban Trees Could Speak About Climate Change – January 15, 2020, 7 PM

Lisa will provide an overview of the relationship between trees and climate change, explain why urban trees matter so much and offer ways to support urban trees. She will draw on her own experience and lessons from the works of Peter Wohlleben, Robin Wall Kimmerer and other popular writers about trees.

Personal Bio

Lisa Gordon’s life is dedicated to protecting trees. Her Master's degree in Environmental Studies focused on the politics of saving South Moresby (now known as Gwaii Haanas). Her career was with environmental and governmental organizations, most recently with the Islands Trust. In her retirement, she joined Community Trees Matter to speak for the trees in our urban environment. She also offers “Courage Earth” workshops for people who sometimes feel overwhelmed by all the bad news.