August 2022 Regular Meeting Agenda – And a Movie

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Time: August 17, 2022 – 6:00pm Pacific Time – Duration 1hr or less.

August 17, 2022 – Regular Meeting

  1. Unceded Traditional Territory Acknowledgement 6:00
  2. Introductions
  3. Unfinished Business and Current Topics
  4. Upcoming Events – 6:20
    • Fall Fair
  5. Sub Group Reports –
    • Food Group / Food Hub
      • Updates on Summer Programs, etc.
    • Cycle Alberni
      • Fall GoByBike
    • Ocean Friendly PA
      • Next Event?
    • Somass River Estuary Group
    • Financials:
      • Aggregate: $57,422.26
      • AVTTS: $1,234.75
      • Food Hub Aggregate: $53,434.13
      • Food Hub: $35,782.24
      • Systems Change (ACRD): $7,500.00
      • Food RX (McConnell): $3,303.95
      • Food RX (2nd Harvest): $0
      • Food Hub Education: $496.59
      • Grow Local: $3,280.07
      • Gleaning/Summer Student Grant: $3,071.28
      • Cycle Alberni: $4,901.25
      • Alberni Climate Action: $2,668.88
  1. Affiliated Groups (welcome to share if present) 6:45
    • Alberni Climate Action
  2. Other Fun Stuff?
  1. Next Meeting – September 21

August 2022 Minutes


Minutes 2022 98 17

Meeting opened at 6:00, 

Present Chris Alemany, Jim Wright, Rob Powelson, with Stephanie Stevens and Gail Morton zooming in,

Territorial acknowledgement

Fall fair Sept 8 9 10 11

Usually in Van Iperen

Bike Valet at entrance

Dan to contact Ann Siddall. Combine with other consonant groups.

Food group, slow start due to weather. Three gleaning picks. Apples doing well but delayed.

Grow local doing comms through Shaw, family farms day, also adding urban food production.

Community programming at the Dock, preserving, nutrition, kitchen skills, indigenous food. Public, will link back to AVTTS. Refreshing FB presence.

Cycle Alberni

We received a grant of $1810 from the BC Cycling Coalition. This money will be used to help Parks and Rec purchase a special bike trailer which will be used to transport participant bikes around for a variety of cycling safety and skill courses sponsored by Parks and Rec and/or Cycle Alberni.

Fall GoByBike weeks will be Oct. 3-16. Cyclist may register already at There will be a lot of great prizes and incentives including a cycling trip for 2 to Italy from Exodus Travel.

Report to follow.

Ocean Friendly working on fabric shopping bags. Gathering info on people using plastic bags, and the upcoming Federal ban on single use plastic bags.

ACA: e-mail Robert Gunn to Chair in Fall.

Appended Reports:

Financials already posted to AVTTS site.


ACA:  Alberni Climate Action will resume meetings with Rob Dickinson, City engineer, soon.  The date has not yet been set, but Robert Gunn will chair for the fall meetings.  We will be focusing on the OCP and the upcoming municipal election.  

           ACA continues to wait for Tim Pley, acting city CAO, to inform us re  the course of action for a  speaker series which ACA proposed prior to the summer.  Tim reported that the ACRD (City) may want to work together with ACA on this.  Community Climate Circles may be part of this proposal depending on what the ACRD decides.  If this proposal goes forward, ACA has lined up several speakers to present on reducing household greenhouse gases across a variety of sectors, including building codes, transportation, food security and choices, and consumerism.  We hope to include a section on Indigenous perspectives and will look for an appropriate speaker once the proposal is confirmed as viable with the ACRD.

Ocean Friendly PA:  We are planning a cleanup following the third week of September when it will be easier to get through the brush.  Date, location, and time TBA. 

                                    OFPA has conducted surveys to determine the percentage of observed grocery shoppers still using plastic grocery bags in Port Alberni.  As there is such a high percentage, and to encourage more folks to become involved, we have initiated a grocery bag incentive: Workshops on how to create fabric bags using thrift store materials are available free of charge, following which a number of bags are created and taken to the Saturday morning Farmers Market where we have an Ocean Friendly PA table and display set up periodically.  The goal is to share information about the upcoming ban on certain plastics via the Federal government and to provide a fun, inexpensive alternative.  Bags are by donation or free to kids.  Response has been excellent to date and more volunteers have signed up to create the bags.  The specific plastics involved in the upcoming ban include plastic checkout bags, plastic stir sticks, styrofoam takeout containers, plastic straws, plastic cutlery, and ring carriers.  

Video from June Regular Meeting