Transitioning to a life that makes sense again

Staff writer
March 28, 2014 01:00 AM

The practical parts of shifting to a new way of how we feed, house and power ourselves goes beyond growing vegetables, constructing low-carbon buildings and installing solar panels; it is coming together, supporting each other and rediscovering how to build community that are the hardest things to get right.

Enter the growing global network of the Transition movement, which is demonstrating a highly-effective strategy for strengthening locally-resilient communities while making a commitment not to squander the Earth's finite resources.

This weekend the Sunshine Coast in Transition initiating team is hosting a two-day Transition training workshop and co-hosting an evening event about community-owned investment co-ops.

The workshop is aimed at people who are new to Transition and want to evaluate the model to see if it is for them, or want the basic skills in how to create and run a successful Transition initiative.

Michelle Colussi from Canadian Centre for Community Renewal and Transition Victoria is facilitating March 29 to 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Frank West Hall, 1224 Chaster Rd. in Gibsons. For registration, see or email Leonie Croy at

There is also an evening event on March 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Gibsons Public Market, 473 Gower Point Rd.

This presentation and discussion will allow participants to learn how communities are plugging investment leaks and strengthening local economies through RRSP eligible, community-owned investment co-ops. Sunshine Coast in Transition, Community Futures and FUSE Community Work Hub are presenting this event.

Speakers include Colussi, Brian Smith from Community Futures Sunshine Coast and director of the Public Market and Paul Cabaj via Skype (director of Co-op Development for Alberta Community Co-op Association).

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