I’m thrilled to announce a new initiative that will transform our region and blaze a trail toward a sustainable future. The Regional Sustainability Network will bring together regional partners from every sector to set a common agenda for long-lasting change.

As you may know, there are a lot of individuals and groups working tirelessly in our region to address the concerns we all share about the health of our ecosystems, the resiliency of our food network, and the threat of climate chaos. Despite all the hard work and good intentions, however, it seems we can’t quite do enough to make the big-picture changes we need.

A year-long process following the acclaimed Collective Impact model will create alignment among the many active groups and individuals and establish a common goal toward which we can all strive. The process will be facilitated by the newly-formed West Kootenay Environmental Centre Society – of which I am proud to be a founding board member – and assisted by Paul Born of the Tamarack Institute.

This is not a short term project. We’re laying the groundwork for an effort which, in the coming five years, will aggressively lead us to nothing less than a secure, livable world for our children and grandchildren.

To show funders that we have the support of our community, we’ll need to raise $5,000 immediately. That’s why I’m asking you to become a founding investor in this unprecedented effort and contribute $500, $250 or $100 as your finances allow. Your initial investment will be multiplied many times over when foundations respond to your seed money with multi-year grants.

If we’re to get out of the mess we’re in, we need everybody on the same page and working together. The Collective Impact model gives us a proven method for achieving just that. And you have an opportunity to make it a reality with your founding investment. You’ll be happy to know that, because the work will be carried out by a registered charity, your contribution will also be tax deductible.

Our generation has the absolute last opportunity to avoid the unthinkably catastrophic consequences that our children and grandchildren will inherit if we don’t take decisive action now. You’ve had a lot of reason for frustration and worry. I’m happy to bring you a reason for hope. And I’m hoping you’ll join me.

Sincerely,

David Reid

To make a tax-deductible contribution to the Regional Sustainability Network, send a cheque made out to West Kootenay Environmental Centre to 206-507 Baker St, Nelson BC V1L 4J2, or make a secure online donation with a credit card: