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This Is Leadership—For Community/By Community. Free community event listings, information, directory, shared resource hub. Showcasing local leaders and change-makers committed to improving the quality of life on Vancouver Island and the Islands. Brought to you by Frances Litman and Creatively United for the Planet.   

Free Legal Work for Worthy Causes. At the beginning of January the UVic Environmental Law Clinic will have law students available to do free work for worthy environmental cases and projects. See for examples of past work. If you have a case or project that you would like a law student to work on, please let me know no later than December 9. Contact Calvin Sandborn, 

Do you have radon? The BC Lung Association is encouraging all Vancouver Island residents to test their homes for radon this winter. Radon is a known carcinogen and the second leading cause of lung cancer. For the month of December people can enter to win 1 of 3 radon test kits. To enter contest go to


Thur 1, 4-5:30pm Voices of the Sacred Water: Stand with Standing Rock, North Dakota. Sutton Mafeo Park, Nanaimo,

Thur 1, 5-7pm Global Connections Right Here At Home: the exciting launch of The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation’s (BCCIC) newest regional chapter, South Van Isle BCCIC! Find out how you and your groupcan actively participate in the realization of the world’s largest-ever project: the U.N. 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Join the conversation @BCCIC. FREE 1246 Fairfield Rd. Contact:

Thur 1, 5:30-7pm ALL OUT AGAINST KINDER MORGAN! Meet Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton St. March, chant, drum, dance, pray. Bring banners, placards, noisemakers and spirit! Rally in the streets to support indigenous resistance to all pipelines and tankers in their homelands that do not have their consent.

Thur 1, 6:30-10pm Victoria Budget Town Hall Meeting. An opportunity to ask questions about the draft budget, and provide feedback. To submit questions, post them on the Facebook wall.

Thur 1, 6-8:30pm Passive Houses and the Building Code. How are energy efficient buildings, like Passive House, becoming part of BC's building code? Learn, network and have some fun at our High Performance Social at the Robert Bateman Centre, Inner Harbour. Presented by Cascadia Collaborative.

Fri 2, 6-9pm Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible. Launch of Nanaimo Bookclub, with potluck. Guy Dauncey will speak about his book to launch the book club. 85 Robarts St, Nanaimo.

Fri 2, 7:30-1am NGO HO HO! A goofy and relaxed night with great music, all your favourite people, another awesome photo booth! ( Victoria Event Centre. Please RSVP and share with friends and coworkers. Tickets $10.

Sat 3, 9am - 12 noon Building Better Soil. Learn compost essentials and building a more fertile garden with the Ceres Edible Landscaping team. Cowichan Green Community, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan. $10 for members/$20 for non-members, at the door. 250-748-8506 

Sat 3, 12-3:15pm Mulching and weeding at Welland Heritage Orchard Park. Join the Greater Victoria Green Team eco-warrior volunteer group and help clean up Welland Orchard. RSVP: 

Sat 3, 1-4pm Canning Antipasto Workshop at Cowichan Green Community (360 Duncan Street). Free. Space limited. Call Jennifer at 250-748-8506 to reserve your spot today! 

Sat 3, 7-10pm One Yoga Victoria Christmas Market. Miiko Skin Co will be a vendor! Bring cash to stock up on goods made by our community. Free event for all - open to the public, bring your friends!

Sun 4, 12:30-3:15pm Removing English Ivy and planting native Garry Oak plants at Cattle Point / Uplands Park with the Greater Victoria Green Team. Meet grass area off of Beach Drive. RSVP: 

Sun 4, 12:30-3:30pm Afternoon Tea Christmas Market. Come join Miiko Skin Co as they host their first holiday market at the Yoga Loft. Drop in and discover a variety of great local vendors, from Victoria to Shawnigan Lake. See the full list here:  

Sun 4, 12-3:15pm Uplands Park Planting And Ivy Removal. Join Friends of Uplands Park and Greater Victoria Green Team to restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem.  Removing invasive ivy and planting native plants will connect you to your natural world, offer outdoor exercise and social connections, all for free!  Refreshments, gloves, tools and instruction provided. Meet Beach Drive entrance to Cattle Point. Margaret Lidkea

Sun 4, 2-4pm Canada’s Environmental Assessment Process Preparatory Workshop and Discussion. Be part of building a visionary new environmental assessment process. Milestone River Room Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo. 


Wed 7, 9:30am-5pm Walbran Wednesday. This month, we'll target an office complicit in the destruction of the Walbran Valley in unceded Pacheedaht Territory and we’ll raise our voices together again and send them a message they can’t ignore. 

Sat 10, 11am-3pm  New Woodwynn Farm Winter Market. 7789 West Saanich Road, 2’ north of Brentwood Bay. Homeless Feeding Ourselves. 

Sat 10, 6-9pm Bounty of the Season and Stories Green Party Fundraiser. Join BC Green Party candidate Adam Olsen and elder, teacher, and storyteller John Elliott for a celebration of the bounty of First Nations food and culture. Enjoy a feast from the Salish Sea with stories about the plants and animals that have given their lives so that we may live. Seating at two long feasting tables. Tickets are $75 from Green Party of BC website:

Tue 13, 4-6:30pm Pressure Canning Workshop at Cowichan Green Community (360 Duncan Street). Free. Space limited. Please call Jennifer at 250-748-8506 to reserve your spot today.

Tue 13, 5-7pm Green Drinks at the Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora. Great beer, wine and juice, great company!

Tue 13, 7:30pm Antarctic Wildlife—Life in a Changing Environment. Dr. Alan Burger, a recently-retired seabird biologist and university professor, will show how global climate change is affecting the Antarctic and its wildlife. Many photos of wildlife, spectacular scenery. Victoria Natural History Society UVic Fraser 159, UVic.  Free. Everyone welcome.  

Wed 14, 7pm Harmony Project Sooke. An evening of film, live music and refreshments. Harmony Project Sooke provides free musical education to students in the Sooke area. Films include new 1/2 hour documentary For the Love of Music. Live music, mulled cider, baked seasonal treats and popcorn. Edward Milne Community School 6218 Sooke Rd. Awareness Film Night Wednesday, with The Sooke Philharmonic Society and Harmony Project Sooke. 

Sat 17, 3:30-4:30pm DIY Body Butter & Lip Workshop @ Boreal Collective Market. Learn how to make your own simple whipped body butter & lip chap. There will also be pre-made DIY Kits to take home and make this holiday season. Cost is $15. Please pre-register: 

Sat 17, 10am-2pm Invasive species removal. Join TLC, the CRD and the Greater Victoria Green Team at Atkins Park - a Garry oak meadow and Doug-fir forest that borders the fish-bearing Millstream Creek. For more details and to RSVP, contact Torrey at 

Sat 17, 10-2pm Removing invasive plants from the CRD Nature Park Reserve near Atkins road. Meet at Mill Hill Regional park and CRD Headquarters. RSVP: 


Wed 21, 10am-10pm Sacred Water Solstice from Shawnigan to Standing Rock. Fundraiser for Standing Rock, $20 - $100+. Come as your best self, with an open mind and heart, and a willingness to find space for the new story we are creating together. 10am: Sweat Lodge ceremony; 2pm: Sacred Water Ceremony by Dawn Dancing Otter ; 5pm: Potluck dinner and connection circle; 6:30pm: Pipe ceremony; 7:30pm: Wisdom of the Generations discussion and sharing led by elders Robert George, Estelle, David Pilz, Dawn Dancing Otter; 9:30pm: Closing ceremony. Please join us at any point along the journey. 


Hikes and Outings with CRD Park Naturalists 


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Biweekly. Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Help us win the battle against invasive species and assist in our meadow project at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Scheduled volunteer days.  250-812-8133 

Every day, 10am – 5pm Clothing for Conservation Fundraiser with Habitat Acquisition Trust: visit Hemp & Company, 1312 Government St. $10 from every purchase of the featured Celebration Top goes to HAT. Makes a great gift! 

Every day, 9am-4:30pm The forest is always ‘green’ here in Goldstream. With over 8 km of hiking trails you will be sure to find one of our unique trees, from Western Red Cedar, Black Cottonwood, Red Alder to Douglas Fir, Garry Oak and Arbutus. Stop in at the Goldstream Nature House for your most up to date trail information. 250-478-9414 or 

Every Day (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack, 250 884 8552 

Every Mon, 10am -12pm Brodick/Bow Parks (Saanich) Invasive Species removal. Volunteers needed. Training, gloves, and tools provided. No dogs. Judy 250-472-0515 

Every Tue, 9am Tuesday Morning Birding. Meet foot of Bowker Ave, waterfront off Beach Drive in Oak Bay. Bill Dancer 250-721-5273. Novice and experienced birders all welcome. 

Every Wed, 11-6pm Haliburton Food Box Program. Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce from the farmers who grow the food. 741 Haliburton Rd (off the Pat Bay Highway), Victoria 

Every Wed, 2:30-4:30pm Cowichan Community Green Work Party in the Food Forest, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan. 250-748-8506 

Every Wed and Sun, 9am Bird Walks with naturalists, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd. Margaret Lidkea 479-0211 

Every Wed, 7pm Cultivating a Lifestyle of Harmony & Balance in Rhythm with Nature with Renee Lindstrom at Oneness Wednesday at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street (James Bay).  Free or by donation   

Every Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston

Every Sat, 10-2 Moss Street Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Off Thurlow St, Fairfield. 

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See for each week’s location. VNHS. Novice and experienced birders all welcome. 

Every Sat, 9-12pm Beacon Hill Park Ivy Pull. Volunteers welcome. Cornelia 250-920-3556 

Every Sun, 1:30-3:30pm Bee in the Garden at Spring Ridge Commons, Corner of Chambers + Gladstone, Fernwood. Enjoy herbal tea and connect with volunteer stewards of this public permaculture site. Participate in hands-on activities, community visioning discussions & food forestry stewardship. 

Every Sun, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Join the weekly invasive plant removal group of Friends of Uplands Park to help remove English ivy and other invasive plants.  Tools and instruction provided.  Meet grassy field on Beach Drive Uplands Park at the entrance field to Cattle Pt. weekly each Sunday until December, starting Sept 11th. Tools and gloves provided, instruction given, and areas to work in will be determined by Oak Bay Parks Management Plan.  Suitable for all ages.  An excellent volunteer opportunity for students. Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP, 


Guy Dauncey, FRSA

Author, Speaker, Futurist
Yellow Point, Ladysmith, BC, Canada


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