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Sustainability Fest at the Gibsons Public Library


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TWO special events on Saturday, April 21! To register for either of these FREE events, call the library at 604.886.2130.

April 21, 10:30 am-12 pm
Consider Home Heating: Better Wood-Burning and Alternatives
with Nara Brenchley
Smoke is a waste of time and money!
Caused by incomplete combustion, wood smoke particles are incredibly unhealthy to breathe. Stoves manufactured before 1994 and open hearths are particularly polluting. Come learn how you can earn four hundred dollars for scrapping your old stove. Even if you're a tenant or it's your neighbours who burn wood, join the discussion and get tips to pass along! Free moisture meter to the first ten attendees.

Nara Brenchley coordinates the wood-stove exchange program for the Clean Air Society whose mission is to educate citizens on the importance and benefits of clean air and thus to enhance the quality of life for future generations.



April 21, 1:30-3:30 pm
Gibsons Environmental Sustainability/Enhancement Forum

Come and explore different approaches to sustainable living with this panel discussion on clean energy, sustainable housing and best practices for a lighter footprint. Speakers include Pamela Robertson (on buidling a small/tiny home-based community), Chad Hershler (Executive Director, Deer Crossing the Art Farm), Deborah Pageau and Gerry Pageau (on the impact of dietary choices on climate change), and Ben Rusuisiak (from New Nature Paradigm Cleantech Analysis, on less-known effective low-cost energy & water cleantech for the Future).

Speaker 1: Pamela Robertson, Building a small/tiny home based community

Pamela Robertson has lived on the Sunshine Coast for over 40 years. She has watched the Coast grow and change. What she loves most about the Sunshine Coast is the abundance of nature the community atmosphere and of course the stunning views and beaches.

Her passion for community-based sustainable, attainable living has been a dream since childhood, where she had a vision of living communally with family and friends and living off the land. This vision has re-ignited and has become strong since the economy has drastically changed over the past few years. The once was affordable Sunshine Coast has become a strain and a struggle for many of the members.

Watching loved ones struggle around her propelled her to reach out to the community with a one million dollar ask on GoFundMe. This has since gained a lot of awareness and attention in and around the Sunshine Coast.

Pam feels that one solution could be to build a small tiny home community that is environmentally conscious and with the focus of living off the grid (or as close to) and having all the necessities in a cooperative way rather than individually.

Speaker 2: Chad Hershler, Executive Director, Deer Crossing The Art Farm: Introduction of Deer Crossing Art Farm

Chad is the Executive and Artistic director of Deer Crossing The Art Farm – a Sunshine Coast based organization of creative community builders. Since The Art Farm was officially formed in 2008, Chad has overseen the development of an annual outdoor festival (Synchronicity), FUSE Community Work Hub: a shared work space for creative and social entrepreneurs on the Sunshine Coast, seven seasons of The Rainforest Circus: a site-specific interdisciplinary collaboration between 12 artists and our local rainforest, The Smart Farm Project: a land-use innovation that provides affordable housing for young farmers and catalyzes new farms, Human Nature: three years of youth-led community-engaged arts programming inspired by ecological themes, and The Imagination Network: a partnership between Douglas College, Good Samaritan Christenson Village and The Art Farm to co-create, produce and perform a theatrical production in collaboration with people living with dementia. Before his stint with the Art Farm, Chad worked as a professional actor and writer for over 15 years. Chad lives just outside of Gibsons with his wife and two young children.

Speaker 3: Deborah Pageau B.Sc., and Gerry Pageau B.A.Sc., P.Eng, M.Eng. : The Impact of our Dietary Choices on Climate Change

Deborah & Gerry have over 40 years teaching experience, and 30+ years thriving on a whole-foods plant-based diet. This talk focuses on how eating a whole foods plant-based diet can help us fight climate change. Using a power point presentation format, questions and discussion will be encouraged throughout.

Speaker 4: Ben Rusuisiak, New Nature Paradigm Cleantech Analysis, Less Known Effective Low Cost Energy & Water Cleantech for the Future

With an industrial product business development background, Ben has been engaged in equivalent of 7yr full time research on cutting edge & dormant energy & water related technologies including potentially disruptive low cost and effective methodologies. He is going to given an introductory overview of such technologies & basic infrastructure for audience to study further on.


The Gibsons Public Library welcomes individuals of any race, ethnicity, religious affliliation, sexual orientation, gender identity and ability, and is wheelchair accessible.

The Gibsons & District Public Library is located on the traditional, unceded and ancestral territory of the Squamish Nation.