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AVTT June 2020 MONTHLY MEETING – At Char’s and Online – 6PM – June 17

We’re back in both worlds

We will again be hosted in-person at Char’s Landing, properly socially distanced and masks are welcome. Char will also be showing the meeting live and interactive on Zoom! So it is the best of both worlds!

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Time: 6:00pm Pacific Time.

Movie at 7PM – TBA

AVTT June 17, 2020, 6PM – Agenda

  1. Approval of Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Unfinished Business and Current Topics
    • Abbatoirs approved!
    • Memberships Received!
  4. Upcoming Events
  5. Reports and Sub-Groups
    • Ad-hoc Strategic Planning
    • Education and Networking
    • Food Group / Food Hub
    • Cycle Alberni
    • Housing
    • Watershed Protection
    • Other Groups and Reports
  6. Finances
    • Current State of Accounts, Grants and Contracts
  7. New Business and Other Fun Stuff!

    NOTE – Next Meeting – August 19, 2020 – 6PM Char’s and Zoom

May 20, 2020 Minutes

Alberni Valley Transition Town Society Monthly Board Meeting – May 20, 2020 – via ZOOM


Present: Chris Alemany, Dan Schubart, Ian Thomas, Edna Cox, Charlene Patterson, Gabby Osborne, Celia Stocker, Jim Wright

Chris opened the meeting at 6:03 p.m.
Approval of the agenda: Dan moved, Ian seconded. Carried.

Approval of the minutes of the previous meeting: Edna moved, Dan seconded. Carried.

Unfinished Business
Grow Local (Edna) – The Garden Starter Pack program was organized by Tanya Shannon, Heather Shobe, Anna Lewis, Lisa Aylard, Candyse Roberts and Edna Cox, financed by donations and sales, and launched at the May 4th opening of Spirit Square Farmers’ Market. Remaining funds will be invested in future Grow Local initiatives. 120 packs were distributed, with a box of seeds and seedlings given to the low-cost housing group. Leftover seeds went to Eat West Coast for their starter pack program, with some kept for Grow Local. Several hundred seed packets were purchased by donation, with proceeds for the Bread of Life and PA Refugee Committee.

Upcoming Events
Cycle Alberni (Ian) – Bicycle counts today and May 23. Bike to Work is on line this spring.

Beginner bike sessions on ZOOM, May 24, 1 – 3 p.m. On line http:/
Ad Hoc/Strategic Planning – no report
Education/Networking (Dan) – There is a long queue pf films ready. Dan has shared links on the

AVTTS Facebook page. “The Planet of the Humans” has been controversial, but includes important hard data on reduced CO2 emissions and the need for large structural change. Twenty- three minutes of the film are shared on the page. Chris was invited to Nanaimo TTS ZOOM meeting. AVTTS could connect with TT in Sooke, West Coast, Sooke, etc.

AV Food Hub/Food Group (Edna) – Next meeting, May 28, 4 p.m., Rogers Creek Park with safe distancing.

Cycle Alberni (Ian, Chris) – The Go By Bike provincial board meets May 21. In place funding will be reserved for the fall.

Housing (Dan) – See for video of George’s house. Call Dan if you have suggestions for ZOOM forums, etc.

Watersheds (Chris, Ian, Edna) – Chris and a colleague hiked near Cathedral Grove and posted photos on Twitter and to BC Minister of Transport. Chris was called by West Coast Environmental (UVIC) re one of its current projects. Edna will share related information from the Vancouver Island Water Watch Coalition. The ACRD is about to release its report on the Somass Basin watershed. Ian advised that we become more aware of our own watershed and acknowledge that at our meetings.

From the Treasurer, Rob Powelson, current balances are:

Aggregate $9,561.45

AVTTS $ 2,177.32 ($1000 to Grow Local – will be reimbursed)

Food Hub $ 1,971.86 ($1000 Food Atlas)

Grow Local $ 3,076.26

Food Hub Education $ 496.59

Gleaning $ 2,765.72

Cycle Alberni $ 2785.96

Shaun Loney $ 2,668.88

AVTTS Memberships – Annual 2020 memberships may be purchased or renewed via Pay Pal at AVVTS Facebook or by cheque sent to Chris Alemany, 3854 – 6th Avenue, PA, V9Y 4M2.

Dan moved that the meeting be adjourned at 6:40 p.m. Carried.

Minutes of Food Hub Committee

Alberni Valley Food Hub Committee Meeting – June 10, 2020 — 4 p.m. 5115 Gordon Avenue


Present – Meagan Curtis (chair), Janis Nairne, Candyse Roberts, Rob Powelson, Edna Cox, Amira Strain, Helene Dufour, Kaley Ruel

Regrets – John Mayba

Schools – Lunch programs stepped back because schools have been in emergency mode, but are now back in session. The Breakfast Program has been filling gaps. Helene and Kaley will meet with Parks & Rec next week to discuss how P&R could help during the summer. Helene will share provincial pandemic-safety guidelines re children’s programs.

Food Atlas – Helene will send lunch program information to Meagan and will foward the latest ACHN list of agencies. Helene advised that we use this list for Food Atlas input. Meagan will email agencies about this, assuming their consent if there is no response by a deadline.

Agricultural Development Committe – An announcement re slaughtering is expected this week. Gleaning – The website is not yet live. Emails of interest have been received.

Rob introduced Amira Strain, AV Coordinator, Wildsafe BC, who spoke to the ACRD and City today. The Wildsafe BC Facebook will be linked to the AVTTS website.
The healthy foods newsletter which Kaley sents directly to parents could include information about gleaning and the Wildsafe Rangers program for K to 12.

Amira will ask farmers about taking windfalls for their animals.
Coastal Food Policy webinars – Meagan will send her notes. West Coast food security is dependent upon imports. Alberni Valley needs to become a bread basket for them.

Grow Local – Candyse will be reimbursed at $20/hour for her current Grow Local work. Her Shaw Spotlights are being shared on AVTTS and AVGP Facebook pages.

Federal Rx – Ten $50,000 grants are offered to health organizations for nutrition and food security and, unusually, can be spent on food. Partners are welcome; Meagan will assist with an application, the focus to be on supporting vulnerable people on discharge from hospital.

Suggestions include good food boxes, Farmers’ Market coupons, patient checklist, a resource package. A meeting with West Coast General Hospital dieititans is set for Friday. First Nations Toolkit – How can we support action?

“Path to Recovery” – The ACRD and City plan is now available on line. A community stakeholders th group will convene on June 16 .

Tseshaht First Nation plans more agriculture on their reserve. Meagan, Heather and Anna Lewis talked with Councillor Ken Watts and will tour the 147 acres. Federal infrastructure funding was announced June 9 . Meagan will talk with Heather about applying for a juicer and egg grader.
BC Budget Standing Committee – The Island Health Food Hubs have requested $100,000 for each hub. Meagan will draft a backgrounder for our hub, using Vital Signs and Island Health statistics.

Island Food Hubs will begin to communicate via Slack.
The new Food Processing and Innovation Hub will open in July. See this week’s AV News for details.

Meagan will ask at the ADC meeting about AV Food Hub access to the facility. Community Gardens –The land next to the existing Wallace Street garden is City-owned, but BC Hydro has right-of-way. The City is waiting to hear from them. Finances– The only change from last meeting: Grow Local balance is $3883.01

The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.


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AVTT May 20, 2020, 6PM – Agenda

  1. Approval of Agenda
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Unfinished Business and Current Topics
    • Grow Local Starter Pack
    • Other Initiatives!
  4. Upcoming Events
  5. Reports and Sub-Groups
    • Ad-hoc Strategic Planning
    • Education and Networking
    • Food Group / Food Hub
    • Cycle Alberni
    • Housing
    • Watershed Protection
    • Other Groups and Reports
  6. Finances
    • Current State of Accounts, Grants and Contracts
  7. New Business and Other Fun Stuff!
    • Reminder: 2020 Directors are: Dan, Rob, Edna, Mark, and Chris.

    NOTE – Next Meeting – June 17, 2020

April 2020 Minutes from March Email meeting.

Alberni Valley Transition Town Society Monthly Meeting – April 16, 2020 – via Zoom

Present: Chris Alemany, Rob Powelson, Edna Cox, Sarah Thomas
Chris opened the meeting at 6:04 p.m.

1. Chris moved, Edna seconded acceptance of the agenda as circulated. Carried.

2. Rob moved, Sarah seconded approval of the minutes of the AGM. Carried.

3. Unfinished Business

a) Garden Starter Packs — Three choices (potato, container, in-ground) will be offered. Orders on line or by phone with pick-up on May 2nd at Spirit Square Farmers’ Market’ s opening day.
Rob will manage the finances through the Grow Local fund. Sponsors so far are AV Food Hub, AVTTS, Alberni Farmers’ Institute, ACRD Grow Local, and an anonymous donor.

b) City Initiatives — Chris will send a letter to the City from AVTTS with suggestions about how the City could help residents to get outdoors during this time of physical distancing. Sarah suggested sending it to the AV Times as well.

c) Bike Rack — Rob will give the rack a permanent home in his garage. The launch has had to be postponed. Bike to Work Week in the fall would be a good time. Cycle Alberni will promote the rack with a “stay tuned” focus.

4. Upcoming Events – none

5. Reports

a) The Ad-hoc Strategic Plan was presented at the last meeting. Refer to the link on the AVTTS website.

b) Education and Networking – no report. Sarah suggested inviting speakers to give a talk via live-streaming or other platforms.

c) Food Group/Food Hub
— Several local food recoveryand distribution organizations are working together to serve

those in need during the pandemic. Nourish Alberni is in process.
— Rob is the lead this year. He has a list of interested people on hand.
— The Food Processing and Innovation Hub is still in the design/planning stage.

d) Cycle Alberni is working on a class set of bicycles for E.J.Dunn. A grant application has been made to the Alberni Community Foundation, shared with the school. One-half of the funds are in hand; donations through AVTTS would be appreciated. Cycle Alberni is promoting cycling at a safe distance.

e) Housing Doug Frost’s net zero house was certified in early March. There is a youtube video. 6. Finances

Rob reported these balances:

Main account $ 11,803.55

AVTTS $ 3,640.57

Food Hub $2271.86 (of which Food Atlas $1800)

Grow Local 800.00

Food Hub Education $496.59

Gleaning $3065.72

Cycle Alberni $2785.96

Shawn Loney: $2,660.88

7. New Business – none
8. All business concluded, the meeting was adjourned at 6:40 p.m.

NEXT MEETING – MAY 20, 2020 – 6 P.M.