2020 in Review: Working through an emergency!

Transition Sooke couldn't have a Green New Deal community event in the Municipal Hall, an Electric Car Extravaganza at the High School, or a tour of sustainable houses in the Sooke Region, but we accomplished a lot in 2020.

- Transition Sooke presentations to Sooke Region Lifelong Learning’s “Towards a Green Economy – Climate Champions”: Transportation (Susan Belford); Repair café, Zero Waste Sooke (Bernie Klassen); Green Energy (Lily Mah-Sen); Habitat and Species Protection (Christina Schlattner); Earth Day in Sooke (Ann Clement); Divestment from fossil fuels (Susan Clarke and Jo Phillips)

January – February - Healing Circles to talk about climate angst (Moki Tacon)

February - Green Energy Team organized a tour for Transition Sooke members to the T'Sou-ke First Nation to learn about their Solar Energy project. Hosted by Elder Shirley Alphonse and project director Andrew Moore.

February - Information table at Seedy Saturday

February - Transition Sooke AGM. Election of the board (Moki Tacon, David Mallett, Bernie Klassen, Jo Phillips, Alan Dolan, Susan Belford, Samantha Webb, Lily Mah-Sen)

February – April - Earth Day Planning Committee chaired by Ann Clement met almost weekly to plan Sooke’s Earth Day activities for April 2020. Planning was well underway when everything had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
May - Sooke Region Backyard Garden Project - Volunteers from three community organizations (Sooke Region Food CHI, Transition Sooke, and the Sooke Garden Club) partnered with the Food ECO District (FED) of Greater Victoria to support individuals, families and laid-off workers during the pandemic by supplying them with home-based, start-up gardens to provide fresh produce over the summer.

June - In recognition of World Oceans Day on June 8, Orca Pod organized a “One Earth-One Ocean: Sooke Wave Orca Event” to raise awareness for social and climate justice.

July – August - Wildwise summer wildlife educational courses on bears, cougars, wolves, birds, deer, elk and more (Samantha Webb).

July – August - Sooke Multi-Belief Initiative Summer Community Unity Series. Socially distanced under the poplars at John Phillips Memorial Park.
July – September - Transition Sooke provided feedback on the Transportation Master Plan and the Parks and Trails Master Plan, which were produced for the District of Sooke by an outside consultant. To see our comments, please visit our website.

July - COVID Picnic. Transition Sooke members gathered in John Phillips Memorial Park to talk about how the pandemic is affecting them and focus on positive lessons learned.

September - COVID Picnic #2 at John Phillips Memorial Park
September - Transition Sooke’s Official Community Plan (OCP) and Climate Emergency Team made a presentation to Sooke Council requesting that Climate Action be the over-arching framework for Sooke’s new OCP and that the community conversation on the OCP address the Climate Emergency in every aspect of community life. Download the presentation.

October - On October 28, 2020, members of the OCP and Climate Emergency Team met briefly with Dialog, the Vancouver consulting firm undertaking the District of Sooke's OCP, along with Sooke's planners. We followed up with additional written feedback. A summary of the meeting and follow-up feedback can be found here.

October - Sooke Multi-Belief Initiative organized a non-confrontational, virtual all-candidates meeting for the provincial election.
November - Participated in Dialog’s stakeholder workshops on the OCP.

November – December - Green Energy Team’s sessions for Lifelong Learning: Green Energy Vision for Sooke (Beth Lange, Lily Mah-Sen);  building envelope and energy efficient heating (Keif Elliott, Cheryl Travis); heat pumps, solar water heating, geothermal, and wind and waves (Andrew Moore); putting the energy planning pyramid into practice, converting a home to solar energy (David and Carol Mallett).
December - Transition Sooke sent a letter to our MLA, John Horgan, urging him to cancel Site C


January – March - Face-to-face monthly general meetings and smaller team meetings
April – December - Virtual, monthly videoconference general meetings and smaller team meetings via Zoom
June – December - Transition Sooke volunteers “watchdog” District of Sooke Council meetings and publish summaries on the website (Hester Vair, coordinator). See recent meeting summaries here.

Upcoming Events

Note: A number of Transition Sooke groups are continuing to meet via videoconferencing. For the Climate Change Emergency Teams, contact the individuals listed at the bottom of the Climate Emergency page. For other groups, please contact our general email.

Jan 6, 7 pm Regular General Meeting (via Zoom) All welcome. Contact Alan for the login information. Previous minutes and upcoming agenda here

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