May 15, 2021 – GNN 1st Annual Member Celebration and General Meeting
On SATURDAY, MAY 15th at 3pm, Green Neighbours Network (GNN) celebrated its 1st year as an official non-profit organization. We shared our vision and plans for an exciting year ahead, and celebrated our amazing members and volunteers.
The event celebrated GNN’s wonderful volunteers, and GNN’s marvellous members – the individuals, groups, and partners whose passion and energy are making neighbourhoods across the City of Toronto and the GTA greener, healthier, and more sustainable every day. Some of our member group leaders spoke about how their groups started, how they overcame challenges, and about the projects they have underway.
SPEAKERS AT THE EVENT:
🌱 Dorte Windmuller from Cliffcrest Butterflyway in Scarborough, will talk about using the power of social media to find volunteers and engage a community to bring back bees, birds and butterflies to the neighbourhood.
🍀 Saba Khan, one of the trio who founded EnviroMuslims in Mississauga, will talk about starting a group with the goal of educating, engaging and empowering the Canadian Muslim community, and the importance of intersectionality in the realm of sustainability.
Our Climate, Our Stories: http://www.enviromuslims.ca/our-climate-our-stories/
Greening Canadian Mosques: https://www.faithcommongood.org/gcm
🌳 Beth Szurpicki, representing CanadaReduces.ca, will talk about how the ‘Reduces’ movement in one downtown Toronto neighbourhood leveraged the power of zero waste to scale up in record time.
🌳 Myrtle Millares from Climate Pledge Collective will share how we can help stop big Canadian Banks from fueling the climate crisis by participating in their Bank Switch campaign.
BankSwitch Sign-Up: https://climatepledgecollective.org/bankswitch
BankSwitch Ads Crowdfunding: https://chuffed.org/project/bankswitch-ads
Ongoing Projects Donations: https://climatepledgecollective.org/donate
🌱 Colleen Lynch from ClimateFast’s Kitchen Table Climate Conversations will tell us about this exciting climate conversation program designed to inspire and mobilize in advance of upcoming elections – and how you can get involved. 🙂
YouTube Channel, ClimateFast Action: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClreo1EqWo4r6fcdU7-pUPg
Facebook Group, Kitchen Table Climate Conversations @Climatefast.ca: https://www.facebook.com/climatefast.ca
GNN co-hosted the 2020 EcoFair with Transition Toronto
Green Neighbours 21, founded EcoFair at the Barns in 2009, and teamed up with co-host Transition Toronto in 2012. Together they co-hosted the EcoFair annually until the Nov 3 2019 EcoFair at the Barns – a fabulous in-life event with over 1,400 people attending!
In 2020, for the first time, the EcoFair was an online event (not at the Barns). The 2020 event was also the first EcoFair Toronto and the first co-organized by Green Neighbours Network of Toronto with continuing co-host, Transition Toronto. More event details may be found at EcoFair Toronto and GNN’s Facebook event.
As for previous EcoFairs, the 2020 EcoFair was free, family friendly, and fun. The EcoFair celebrated the wonderful people, environmental groups, and eco-businesses that are helping create a greener and healthier planet for all. Attendees and exhibitors shared and learned tips on ways to live more sustainably. We were re-energized to make a difference in the green new decade starting now. We CAN do this together!
The 2020 EcoFair was twelve exciting 1.5 h events happening online over 4 weeks between Oct 15 and Nov 8. The organizing team was abuzz with excitement planning the series of webinars, films, and workshops that culminated in the Nov 8 finale, featuring EcoFair eco-groups & eco-business exhibitors. New in 2020 – EcoTours brought the celebration to neighbourhoods across the City! Check out EcoFair Toronto and while there subscribe to the EcoFair newsletter to keep up on the latest!
As always, the EcoFair is 100% volunteer organized by people like you – who want to make friends and make a difference. Find out about many EcoFair volunteer opportunities by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org