By Izzy Czerveniak

Our team of committed organizers in Vancouver has been working together for the past several months, attending pizza-fueled team meetings, chatting with the public at farmers markets, rehearsing presentations and hustling to plan unique and fun events.

On September 16, we had a great turnout for our Blue Dot Nature Walk. More than 80 people of all ages enjoyed fabulous weather, a scavenger hunt, coffee, prizes and snacks.

We partnered with Pacific Spirit Park Society which hosts eco walks to teach people about wildlife and plants in the park – a new element in many people’s park walks. We also included a scavenger hunt featuring scenes from Emily Carr paintings. The Blue Dot prize wheel was a particular hit with the kids as they danced, won seeds and walked away with animal stamps!

The event was a welcome break from a hectic few months of campaigning. Having fun while reconnecting with nature reminded all of us why we do what we do.

Between phoning political leaders, recording and sharing videos and writing letters to both newspapers and members of Parliament, Blue Dot volunteers have been pressing our government to strengthen the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development recently made 87 recommendations to #fixCEPA, including recognizing the right to live in a healthy environment. This is the heart and soul of the Blue Dot movement – to ensure that everyone in Canada has the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water, and eat safe food.

Thanks to all our Blue Dot teams and supporters for their hard work. The efforts are making a difference on behalf of Canadians everywhere.

Stay tuned for more exciting events in Vancouver and North Vancouver and please feel free to contact me directly if you would like to join one of our teams.

Izzy Czerveniak, Western Community Organizer