RETURN TO THE VILLAGE CELEBRATION:
Success of a Canadian Village precedent –
April 22nd, 2016
Grand Opening Celebration of OUR ECOVILLAGE as an award winning model for integrated sustainable living and agricultural community design. land protection, green burial, and ecological education centre. After a long 8+years of negotiating the financing of OUR amazing “Non-Profit Multi-stakeholder Community Services Cooperative” (yep it creates a lengthy name when you put all the pieces of the puzzle back together in holistic design!!) ownership model…..VANCITY CREDIT UNION has stepped forward with incredible support and ‘gone above and beyond’ to assist in ensuring this innovative community ownership design can take title of the lands and projects of O.U.R.(One United Resource) ECOVILLAGE.
Since 1999, OUR has worked endlessly to create everything you know and love about this 25 acre Sustainable Living Demonstration Site and Education Centre to ‘be legal’! With one new precedent and allowance after another much changed quickly in 2008 when the markets crashed. Suddenly innovation became a ‘risk evaluation’ from banks/credit unions who we approached for moving OUR mortgage from a private trust to a full on title Coop mortgage. Though the values and ethics of cooperation and ecological education are highly esteemed in the wider world….it is often difficult to bridge the old conventional models with the award willing precedent work of new structures. And yet – we have!!
Please join us in celebrating one of the most important steps in the history of OUR ECOVILLAGE. We are wishing to invite all of OUR amazing coop, OUR funders, supporters, past participants in educational programs, volunteers….and for many of you who were so many of these titles….just everyone who has ever been part of laying their hand to the creation of this incredible achievement of human endeavor. We have all truly co-created ‘the commons’ again and worked so hard to create the structures and administrative processes to allow for an experimental model and a hope for ‘the commons – for the common good by the common people’ to rise again.
There is so much to see and so many changes just in 2016 alone! From a new lake, huge food systems expansion, 4 homes ready for living in this year, beautiful detailing and commercial kitchen for OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery, expanded courses, many new outstanding guest teachers and highly recognized speakers coming for 2016 (check out the ReStory Festival and amazing Storytellers from all over the world!), an onsite Homeschool Program, and so many amazing communitarians.
1:00 Gather: tea and treats
1:30 Welcome and Opening from funders, founders and celebrated community heros
2:00 Site tour of educational facilities, farming/food systems, awarded ecological design/natural buildings and affordable housing cluster, alternative energy systems, wastewater systems, art and culture, governance structures….and so much more.
3:00 Thank you to Vancity and 17 years of funders.
3:30 Depart of stay on for afternoon of community building and digital storytelling session capturing the history and hopes of OUR ECOVILLAGE.
5:00 Community Feast in OUR ZERO MILE MEAL EATERY
6:30 Evening Program and musical performance.