SPECtrum Newsletter - Sept 2016
September is always a transition time of the year at SPEC. On the one side our summer market, workshops and solar tours are wrapping up, and our fabulous summer interns are returning to their classes. On the other side, our School Gardens Program regains its energy, and many other projects pick up speed, such as the SPEC Elders Circle. This means our volunteer committees become very active once again after a well deserved break. So I invite you to get involved now, this is a great time to see what we are working on, and to bring your ideas, energy and enthusiasm to the table. See you soon!

SPEC ED Oliver
Only One More Food Market Left
Throughout the summer, SPEC and Kits House have partnered to bring local and sustainably grown food to the community. If you haven't visited our summer market yet, you have one chance left, Sept 15. Don't miss out!

For the fall, plans are underway for the Autumn Fair, as well as for off season market days. More details to come!
Meet Your Farmers:  


School Garden Work Party: Get your hands dirty and have fun with fellow earthkeepers! Help us clean up a school garden! 

The SPEC School Gardens program brings food gardens and food education to school children. Today, we’ll focus on the orchard.
Date: Sat, Sept 24, 10:30 – noon
Location: Queen Elizabeth Elementary School, 4102 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver
 Rain or Shine.
Tools and other support will be provided by SPEC. Please RSVP!
Call 604-736-7732 or email

Everyone is welcome. QE school parents, Elder Circle folks, and SPEC members.

Elders Circle Salon: Thurs, Sept 22 event. Would you like to meet fun people and help deliver an interesting event?

Join us at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, Main Hall, for a SPEC’s Elder Circle event, “Bringing Forth Elder Wisdom”. Through the Elders Circle, participants will discover engaged eldership in a time of great challenge and hope.

We need 4-6 volunteers (adult; all ages) to help us deliver this evening community event. You will learn more about how elders in our community can connect, contribute, and grow as creative and wise mentors to younger generations. A light supper is provided.

Volunteer opportunities include the following.
Event set up (5-5:30 pm):
- Set up meeting space
- Set up food and beverage service
- Carry miscellaneous meeting materials
During the event (5:30-8:30 pm):
- Greet and register participants
- Tend food and beverage tables; clean up service area and dishes
After the event:
- Put away tables and chairs
- Clean up food and beverage area and dishes
- Tidy the meeting area

Before the event:
- Assist with event promotions by distributing flyers/posters in Vancouver.

Contact: For more information and to volunteer, please call Barbara at 604-757-6307 or email
This month we celebrate the graduation of the first cohort of the Master Recycler Program. For  more details and to pre-register for 2017, click here."
Site C
Want to connect with other SPEC members and concerned BC citizens about Site C?

For Facebook users, click on the icon image to go to the BC Hydro Ratepayers Association public group page, which is set up so you can discuss this issue and share information. 

Not on Facebook but want to check it out? Make a plan with us to stop by the office here in Kits, and I can show you the SPEC Facebook page, as well as some other things to see if it's for you! Email:

Thinking of growing food in a public space?

Is there an ideal piece of City park or City-owned land in your neighbourhood that you would like to create a community garden or orchard?

Get support from the City and Park Board to develop new urban agriculture projects. Apply by Oct 11, 2016.
SPEC Elders Circle, September 22
Join us and other engaged elders as we explore the many qualities of Elder Wisdom. Why is this important? Our planet faces numerous crises. Seniors are a living reservoir of experience, knowledge and skills. However, that role has been minimized in society and relinquished by seniors. This is a huge loss for all.

Why should you come? The SPEC Elders Circle is offering a space and process that encourages deep reflection, personal connection and intimate discussion to foster the emergence of this wisdom.

Please join us at our September 22 event “Bringing Forth Elder Wisdom” at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver, between 5.30-8.30pm. Everyone is welcome. Light Supper provided.

Please register at For more information please contact Project Coordinator Richard Drake at 604-499-5045, or
Our Thank-Yous 
▪ A big thank you to Shona, who made an in-kind donation of a new tote bag with wheels and a new trolley. The tote bag is being used to store and carry the Plastic Bag Monster costume, which is used at table events and workshops, and the trolley will help volunteers load the bigger items used at these outreach events.

▪ Another big thank you to Kitsilano Neighbourhood House for partnering with us on the summer food market and kindly supporting SPEC's Elders Circle project.

▪ Last but not least, a big thank you to Vancouver Renewable Energy for partnering with us on our Go Solar! Tours.
Shupa and Jessica setting up the Market. 
Thank you to our Summer Interns

Thank you to our summer interns who took on some of our big projects this summer.

Shupa, did a fantastic job coordinating all aspects of our summer market: "Working with and meeting people so passionate about supporting local food was very inspirational. It's awesome to know an organization like SPEC exists!"

Jessica greatly enhanced SPEC's outreach. She coordinated 4 workshops and was part of the SPEC team at our market and at Car Free Day: "It was interesting to learn how SPEC operates and amazing to see how people come together to tackle so many different initiatives to better our city." 

Paris, did a great job of maintaining our school gardens during the summer until the kids came back to school:"This is a wonderful experience. It is an absolute joy to watch the plants grow taller and taller in the garden over summer as if they were my own children. I also got the chance to interact with the school children and used the opportunity to develop my leadership skills"  

To the three of you, THANK YOU on behalf of SPEC, and we wish you all the best going back to school.
Day at the Farm, Sat, Sept 10

The SPEC Food & Environment Committee is hosting a table at this year's event, which is organized by Delta Farmland & Wildlife Trust. We will be having a conversation about the valuable ecosystem services provided by local farmers in the area, and more! The fair provides visitors with the opportunity to connect with real farms, real farmers, and real food. 

Event Details: Time10am to 4pm, rain or shine. 
Location: Westham Island Herb Farm, 4690 Kirkland Road. Westham Island (across the bridge, first road on right).

Arbutus Corridor

Have ideas or concerns about the development of the Arbutus Corridor?
The City of Vancouver is building a temporary pathway and is looking for input from local residents. Come to a public workshop and share your thoughts on the temporary pathway options:

  • Saturday, September 17, at the False Creek Community Centre between 1-3pm.
  • Wednesday, September 21, at the Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel between 7-9pm.
  • Thursday, September 22, at the Kerrisdale Community Centre between 7-9pm.

These meetings are public but space is limited. If you plan to attend a workshop, please RSVP at The same material will be covered at each session.

A broader public engagement process for the Arbutus Greenway is expected to kick-off in late Fall 2016.

Come and check out what are teams are working on.

SPEC Committee Meeting Dates (meetings are open to the public)
▪ Energy & Transportation:
  ▪ 6 PM - 7:30 PM, Wed, Sept 21: Kits House (2305 West 7th Ave)
  ▪ The 3rd Wed of each month

▪ Food & Environment:
   5:30 PM – 7 PM, Tues, Sept 13: Kits House (2305 West 7th Ave)
   The 2nd Tues of each month.

▪ Zero Waste:
   6:30 PM – 8 PM, Wed, Sept 14: 1055 West Broadway, 2nd Floor Boardroom
  ▪ The 2nd Wed of each month.
Photo/image credits: www.thefrogblog (Thank-Yous). Other images and photos from SPEC.
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