Jane and I have been in Vancouver since 2003 and have become more and more entrenched as Vancouverites each year. So it is with honour and pride that I share the news that I have joined the Board of Directors for the British Columbia chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – more commonly known as CPAWS-BC – a non-profit, grassroots-based conservation organization devoted purely to protecting Canada’s wilderness in our public lands and oceans.
My connection to the natural world was grown over the summers of my youth that I spent on an off-the-grid island in Lake of the Woods in Northern Ontario. A long standing family asset, this 30 acres of wilderness was incredibly unique and my extended family formed a conservation society to manage and protect it. It was both the repeated connection to this wilderness and the sense of responsibility for its protection that had a profound impact on me and my concept of our role as Canadians.
In my estimation, CPAWS is one of the most significant environmental organizations in Canada. Since its founding in 1963 it has helped protect over 400,000 square kilometres of threatened areas. As a Board member, I have the privilege to apply the same strategies we employ at Cause+Affect to help cultivate an organization’s culture and share it with their audience to help grow CPAWS’ funding and impact and help it find its place among from the many other excellent ENGOs out there.
Explore BC’s Sea of Glass
Wednesday, March 23 at the TELUS World of Science
200 metres below the surface there live reefs built by fragile glass sponges that cover more than 1,000 square kilometres of sea floor and rises eight storeys in some places.
Join CPAWS and international scientists to discover the mysterious world of BC’s Glass Sponge Reefs on Wednesday, March 23 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at the TELUS World of Science.