Saturday, September 17th


One Step Forward and Worlds Apart - The Planet Game facilitated by Linda McDaniels

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. in Rooms 215 and 220

One Step Forward and Worlds Apart – The Planet Game is a cultural simulation for teens and adults. Come join us for an intergalactic mission to meet and learn about newly discovered life forms in the universe! This fun yet revealing simulation will have you seeing old worlds with new eyes, and is sure to leave you with interesting insights into the beauty and complexity of relationships across diverse cultures. Hope to see you there!


Out of Sight, Out of Mind facilitated by Helmut Blanken

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Room 215

Waste Management - A Social and Technical Challenge.  Everybody is generating waste. Nobody wants to deal with it. Waste management becomes more and more a social and technical challenge.  By learning from mistakes and remediating deficiencies causing environmental impact, landfill / waste management technology has developed rapidly from ‘out of sight, out of mind’-style dumps’ to today’s highly-engineered facilities.

Helmut Blanken will provide an overview on the development of the waste management technology and the economic and social challenges involved. Our resources are limited and emissions, in particular Greenhouse Gas Emissions, must be reduced. Climate change and resource management affects all of us. He will explain the environmental, social and economic implications of landfills and provide options to make landfills safer, through technology and waste management strategies. The technology is available. Now it us up to us, to take responsibility for our waste and make the right decisions to not transfer our problems to future generations.

We are looking forward to a lively discussion. How can each and every one of us (young or old) contribute to protect our environment?


 Exploring Post-Secondary Options facilitated by Lexis Kross

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. in Room 220

Not sure what to do after high school?  Didn’t complete high school?  Want to upgrade?  Asking yourself, “What do I want to do with the rest of my life?”

These questions and others will be explored during this presentation by VIU counsellor and advisor Lexis Kross.  See what possibilities await you and what prerequisites are necessary to take a new step forward.  No question is too insignificant!


Welcoming Newcomers to Our Community facilitated by Lynn Weaver

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Room 220

Our community is changing as more and more newcomers to Canada are making the Cowichan Valley their home.  Lynn Weaver, Executive Director of Cowichan Intercultural Society, will share information and ideas about how we can help them feel welcome.  Participants will also be invited to share their thoughts and experience, especially with regard to refugee resettlement.  Topics may include:  stages of settlement and cultural adjustment, empowerment and ethics, and managing conflict situations.


Composting for Kids facilitated by Helmut Blanken, Joyce McMenamon and Jackie Kitzler 

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. in Room 215

Waste Reduction - Sense the better Way.  Waste generation is a significant problem of our consumer society. How does the waste generation affect our life and future?

Wasting valuable resources and environmental impacts from disposal does not only affect us, the problems will be transferred to future generations, our children, grandchildren, ……

The facilitators will invite our kids to learn about waste reduction, re-use and recycling. We can feel, see, smell, hear and taste the better way! This workshop shall be an inspiration for our next generation to protect our environment.

We will learn about composting, waste reduction, re-use, sustainable living and valuable resources.  Our children will be an inspiration to walk the walk - not talk the talk!


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