September 2021 

In this edition:
  • Nature in Bloom 
  • SPEC's New Website 
  • SPEC Lovin' the Earth Online Raffle 
  • TLC - Calling All Textile and Apparel Organizations 
  • One Day's Pay 
  • SPEC Blog - Why Open Interactive Environments Can Foster a More Authentic Learning Experience 
  • Community Events 
  • Acknowledgements 
  • Monthly Team Meetings
📷 Rudbeckia flowers - image courtesy of Canva 


The end of August to early September is often the month when the weather shifts from hot and dry to cooler mornings and evenings, often with morning dew. This is our transition into a different season and it's colour palette is  stunning.

From mustard yellows, burgundy reds to rich browns, purples and burnt orange, nature slows down, plants decay and die and the temperature drops. 

If you're enjoying nature with walks in your neighbourhood, learn more about what's in bloom via the bloom calendar from Vandusen Botanical Gardens. 
Bloom Calendar

Have you noticed something different on our website? 
Here's a hint--> it's a new website with straight forward navigation, better readability and easier access to lots of updated information on our programs and resources, including a full list of our current projects. 

A huge thank you to our Board Member, Robin Hadac, for leading this process and putting in so much work in web design, content development and the overall vision for our new online home! 

Please take a moment to visit our website!
Click here for the new site
Purchase your Tickets Now! One Month Left! 

Join us in supporting SPEC's online fundraiser. Every ticket purchased help support our education and outreach programs that inspire and empower individuals/communities to take climate action. 

The online raffle is open to BC residents, over the age of 19 years. 

Tickets can be purchased on the website 
  • $10/ticket 
  • $25/3 tickets 
  • $50/10 tickets
Glance through our the  line-up  of 6 prize packages: 
  • Grand Prize: Planet Friendly Home & Garden  
    • Valued at $1,220.00
  • 2nd Prize Urban Forest 
    • Valued at $610.00
  • 3rd Prize: Ancient Traditions, Modern Comfort 
    • Valued at $495.00
  • 4th Prize: Self Care 
    • Valued at $685.00
  • 5th Prize: Bike Care 
    • Valued at $320.00
  • 6th Prize: All You Need is Love (For the Planet)
    • Valued at $275.00
The raffle closes on October 15, 2021 at 4 pm. 

Visit the link on our main page for a full description of each prize package and information on the individual businesses and organizations involved. 

Learn More
Announcing new programming for Fall 2021! 

This Fall, the Textile Lab for Circularity (TLC) is hosting a four-part workshop to help BC textile and apparel organizations develop circular strategies for long term resilience.

Up to 20 organizations will gather for half-day virtual sessions between October and November. Together, participants will gain an enhanced understanding of their current system, set their circular mission, and develop a custom plan for embedding circularity into their business model. Teams will leave with their own internal Circular Strategy, and the confidence to implement and communicate it internally and externally.

Workshop participants will engage in:
  • 4 live sessions via Zoom.
  • 17 hours of coaching and strategy instruction with expert facilitator Sara Blenkhorn (17 hours).
  • Networking and peer support with 20 peer organizations.
  • 10 hands-on exercises incorporating peer-to-peer review and feedback.
  • 6 assignments to activate learnings.
  • A custom roadmap to embed circularity into their organization.
To register and learn more about the TLC, visit their website 
Sign Up
Campaign for Truth and Reconciliation -

"The Government of Canada recently passed legislation to make September 30 a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is an important step in the reconciliation process. It provides an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families and communities. Starting this September 30, 2021, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will become a designated paid holiday for federally regulated workers in the public and private sector. - Government of Canada, August 16, 2021"

One Day's Pay campaign is an invitation to all Canadians to meaningfully recognize this new federal statutory 'holiday' with more than reflection: it is an invitation to citizens, organizations, businesses, and communities to act by giving one day's pay - or any amount of their choice - to indigenous-led projects, movements, organizations and nations working to meet the 94 calls to action established by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015. 

One Day's Pay has teamed up with The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada an extraordinary Indigenous-led organization that contributes to positive change between philanthropy and Indigenous communities by creating spaces of learning, innovation, relationship-building, co-creation, and activation. The circle works to mobilize the settler philanthropic sector to move funds to Indigenous-led projects, movements, organizations and nations. 

Together, we have determined two ways to give this year:

Option 1 - Donate directly
  • The Indian Residential School Survivors Society
  • The Orange Shirt Day Society/Every Child Matters Society
  • National Association of Friendship Centres 
Many Indigenous-led projects, organizations and movements either aren’t eligible to become registered charities or choose not to seek charitable status. One Day’s Pay invites those who can to give generously, abundantly, and without restriction, including giving without receiving a charitable tax receipt to do so on
September 30.

Option 2- Go deeper
The campaign website will include resources so Canadian citizens can go deeper in their reflection and action. The resource guide will include questions for independent research and dialogue within families and communities. After doing some work on your own, the invitation is to find and donate to a local Indigenous-led
project, movement, organization or nation in your area.

Imagine the impact we can make if we give one day’s pay to Indigenous-led projects, movements, organizations and nations. We have an immense responsibility to stand together, recognize Canada’s painful history and take one step, on September 30, towards reconciliation. Join us in giving One Day's Pay. 
Learn More
📷 courtsey of Gennifer Meldrum 


By Tiffany Li 

This past summer, working with SPEC as the School Gardens Program intern, I had the invaluable opportunity to slow down and reflect on the past year as a full time online student. Being outside in the gardens was a sharp contrast to the fifteen hours of daily screen time... from the bright laughter of children to the crunch of breaking plant cells ...working in the school gardens has revitalized my senses and my brain. More than any other responsibility in this role, assisting with and  facilitating interactive garden and nature based lessons was the greatest reminder of how valuable in person education is and why open interactive environments can foster a more authentic learning experience. 

1. Building connections with others, be it with other humans or nature, is incredibly beneficial for one's mental well being.

2. School gardens are an invaluable opportunity to allow children to begin building a foundation of food and environmental literacy.
3. Learning is a process. Learning is a lifelong journey. Remember to always be fearlessly curious about your learning. 

Read the full blog post over on our website in the link below.
Read More
📸 Image from Canva 


We're highlighting some great initiatives/groups in our community that are hosting online events, educational workshops and/or webinars occurring this month. 
📸 Image from Canva 

  • Acme Delivery Company for their donation to support SPEC's programs. 
  • Thank you to the City of Burnaby and the City of West Vancouver for promoting and hosting repair cafes in your communities in collaboration with  MetroVan Repair Cafes and SPEC.
  • Vancity and KenDor Textiles for supporting the Textile Lab for Circularity.


We are always looking for new members! Our meetings are now held online in a virtual meeting space. They are open to the public and we encourage you to participate.

Our teams meet once a month to review projects, brainstorm project ideas and collaborate on new initiatives. The meetings are a great opportunity to network and engage with others that share the same values and passions in our community around food security, waste reduction, and sustainable energy and transportation. 

If you would like to contribute and join any of our upcoming meetings, please email 

Food Team - Tues. Sep 14,  5:30 -7 pm
Energy & Transportation Team - Wed.  Sept  15, 6 - 7:30 pm 
Waste Team
 - Wed. Oct 13, 6:30 - 8 pm 
Upcoming Meeting Dates
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