Meeting Details

We meet by Zoom on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, and also outdoors!
Our meeting recordings are available at our Shawnigan Rotary YouTube channel

Zoom meetings open at 7:45am for chat, enjoyed along with your favourite beverage, so please feel free to invite a friend!

Our Guest Speaker David Slade (fortvi.ca) will be presenting on the vision to convert the E&N Corridor to a multi-purpose, active transportation community and tourist trail! Please join us for this discussion!

Our Next Meeting is online this Saturday, December 11th from 8-9am on Zoom

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Clear the Tracks for the Salish Sea Connector Trail”

Our Guest Speaker is David Slade, a director for Friends of Rail to Trail Vancouver Island https://fortvi.ca/ 

Picture the conversion of the derelict E&N rail corridor to an active transportation corridor (similar to the Galloping Goose) that would join coastal communities all the way from Langford to Courtenay!

“I consider this to be a climate change and sustainability issue, in that it has the potential to get a lot of people out of their cars.” – David Slade

Photo by Candis Hidalgo on Pexels.com

(No Zoom on Christmas Day! Wishing you a wonderful time of connections with people and nature! See you in 2022!)

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Previous Meeting Topics:

David Slade (left) kindly hosted our group for a talk and tour! EcoClub President Steve Elskens (right) presented a token of our thanks!
We met IN PERSON on Sunday, November 28th at 10am for a

Field Trip to a Net Zero Home!

Our club members enjoyed a Field Trip to the Net Zero home of the Slade family 👏 We’re so grateful for the lessons in energy efficiency – including building with Insulated Concrete Forms, and triple pane windows. In this rainy weather we could appreciate the benefits of Geothermal Exchange, and cozy heated cob floors 💚 Thank you for this inspiration, David, from all of us!!

Presented from 8-9am on Saturday, November 13th

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“Shawnigan’s Natural Edge” + Rail Trail Discussion

Guest Speaker: Dave Munday, President of the Shawnigan Basin Society
Shawnigan’s water views along the shoreline from the Government Wharf to Old Mill Park

We thank everyone who was able to join us on Saturday, November 13th at 8am to discuss the importance of the health of our lake edges – the Riparian Zone – and how we can advocate for this! Shawnigan Basin Society President Dave Munday shared information to help us understand the issues around the remaining section of the proposed CVRD Trail between Old Mill Park and the Government Wharf park. We also welcomed our Rotary District 5020 Assistant Governor Nora Dowsett for her quarterly club visit to update us on our Rotary opportunities!

Additional Resources

Shawnigan Basin Society Website

CVRD Rail Trail Documents – main portal

CVRD Rail Trail diagram

Natural Edge Program brochure

Shoreline Habitat Creation brochure

Wildflower Pollinator Garden guide

See below for photos from our epic Sunrise Mt. Baldy Hike
and stay tuned for notice of our next in-person meetups!
Thank you to our Club President Steve for mindfully guiding us on this epic adventure! We managed to stay ahead of the storm even!
We observed gorgeous fall colours and the unfortunate disrepair of Shawnigan’s famous swing (community members are actively collaborating on its restoration on the local FB forum – stay tuned for how we can help also!)
Contact Us if you wish to join the EcoClub members and friends on our NEXT exciting (and possibly rain-soaked) adventure!
“Time to Tour!”
On Saturday, October 16th in a special morning Zoom from 8-9:30am we had the privilege of connecting internationally for a time of discussion
between our two EcoClubs
. . .
From Shawnigan Lake, Canada to Istanbul, Turkey!
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We gratefully hosted this very special meeting (in English) of the members of our two EcoClubs – to explore our common purpose and discover connections that bridge the distance between our two geographical locations, diversity of ecosystems, environmental challenges and cultural distinctiveness!

Please share with a friend!
AREA 5 Rotary District 5020 is inviting you to view a special Zoom meeting:

Watch the Recording

Topic: EcoClub International Collaboration – A Tour of our EcoClubs
Time: Oct 16, 2021 08:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Time: Oct 16, 2021 06:00 PM UTC+0:300 (Turkey)

Recording from May 2021 – Amanda presented a Wildlife Safety talk to the Ladysmith & District Historical Society

Happy Thanksgiving!

See recorded presentation above

Amanda Crowston, Cowichan Valley Coordinator, WildSafeBC

“Bear Aware and Beyond”
. . . Keeping Wildlife Wild & Communities Safe . . .
Season your Thanksgiving Weekend with Gratitude for our Wild Things!
Amanda’s presentation is tailored to our Cowichan Valley area, with current data and proven strategies for all of us to co-exist with increased knowledge and respect.
WildSafeBC is the provincial leader in preventing conflict with wildlife through collaborations, education and community solutions.
Rainy Day Connections (brainstorming and planning) Tuesday, Sept 14th
. . .
Grateful for the chance to meet together in person at the Shawnigan Pavilion!

We organize social activities and projects at various dates and times (stay tuned for details here and posted on our social media!)