Green Times - July 2013

Thank you for taking time to read the brand new version of our quarterly newsletter -  The Green Times.  Stay up to date with the BC Greens as we share current events, interesting topics, fun social occasions, opportunities to get involved, and updates from newly elected Green MLA, Dr. Andrew Weaver.  Here we go!

Update from Dr. Andrew Weaver: Scientist turned politician

It has been a privilege and an honour to serve the constituents of Oak Bay-Gordon 
Head as their Green Party MLA in the Legislature these past two months. Obviously the transition from scientist to politician involves a steep learning curve but while you can take the scientist out of science, you can never take the science out of a scientist. I am committed to work with the government and the official opposition to ensure decision-making flows from evidence, and not the other way around.

While the learning curve has been steep, the transition has been seamless thanks to the support and guidance of outstanding Legislative Staff (Taylor Hartrick, Evan Pivnick and Mat Wright) and Constituency Office Staff (Judy Fainstein and Huxley Johnson). Our constituency office is now up and running (see and we are already well-researched on many critical issues facing British Columbians... (continue reading).

Vancouver Regional Committee: Congratulations to the new Executive!

We voted eight members to the Committee Executive at the first post-election Vancouver Regional meeting July 9th. This talented group is comprised of experienced candidates and enthusiastic newcomers and will lead the charge in Vancouver.  If you’re looking to get involved in Vancouver, email the Regional Committee at [email protected].  And don’t forget the other Regions! The inaugural Fraser Valley meeting is this Saturday, July 20th and the inaugural Burnaby/Tri-cities/New Westminster meeting is Wednesday July 31st. Visit the Regional Teams page of our website to learn more about BC Regional Committees.

Fraser Valley: Jam in Jubilee

The BC Greens have a table every Thursday evening at Abbotsford’s Jam in Jubilee Park summer concert series and art market.  We’ll be hanging out under our big Green tent chatting with people and listening to music. It’s the perfect way to spend a Thursday summer evening. We always love to meet new people so feel free to drop by and say ‘Hi ‘, or even join us as a volunteer.

AGM: coming up quickly!

The AGM is Saturday, August 24th in downtown Vancouver at the gorgeous central Public Library. You definitely don’t want to miss this historic event as we celebrate the first-ever elected Green MLA – Dr. Andrew Weaver! The agenda, ballots, and further information will be emailed July 25th. Until then, visit our AGM page where you can buy your entry tickets at the early bird price* of $45.

Farewell Rebecca!

We wanted to let you know that Rebecca Helps, BC Greens Executive Director for the past three years has moved on to other employment. Rebecca was hired as ED April 1, 2010 and was instrumental in establishing the information management, administrative and member communication systems that prepared the foundation for the Party’s success in the 2013 election. On behalf of our members, we want to thank Rebecca for her service and we wish her well in her new role as Office Manager in a small boutique financial services firm.

For the time being, the ED’s duties are being shared between Party Organizer Victoria Cross and Party Chair Mike Hickey.

What’s up in your area?

You can find more fun Green Party activities and post your own events on the Events Page of our website.

Thank you for your on-going support; this is an exciting time to be Green!

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