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Thursday, July 28, 2011 | announcements & events

You're invited to our AGM Event September 14th

restoration publication cover

Come to our AGM event for the launch of our much-anticipated restoration resource!

What: GOERT AGM Event 2011
When: Wednesday, Sept. 14th; afternoon (2:00-4:30 pm) and evening (4:30-8:30 pm)
Where: University of Victoria, Cadboro Commons Building, Arbutus-Queenswood Room
Deadline for registration: Noon on Friday, September 9th, 2011
Mark your calendar for the ever-popular GOERT AGM! We hope you can join us to celebrate and connect with GOERT members and others interested in the restoration and protection of Garry Oak ecosystems. The event is coming up earlier than usual, so don’t let it catch you by surprise. It’s on Wednesday, September 14th at a NEW LOCATION: University of Victoria, Cadboro Commons Building, Arbutus-Queenswood Room, lower level.

NEW afternoon sessions
We are adding free afternoon sessions to launch our new publication, Restoring British Columbia’s Garry Oak Ecosystems: Principles and Practices, a 500-page compendium of restoration information that has been in the works for four years. Come participate and learn about restoring Garry Oak ecosystems. RSVP to Betsy Rose at finance@goert.ca (250-383-3447) to ensure a seat (no charge for afternoon sessions). For details, see the program below.
Evening AGM and keynote
Always well-attended, GOERT’s AGM 2011 will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Rick Kool, the introduction of a new GOERT botanical calendar, a raffle open only to attendees, door prizes and a delicious catered dinner. Time: 4:30-8:30 pm. Cost: $20 to help offset the cost of dinner ($25 includes membership). If you cannot stay for dinner or the keynote speaker that will follow, please let us know when you register. Please help us grow our membership by bringing a friend — and remember to register by noon on September 9th!
The Three Cs of Restoration: Concern, Caring, and Connection
-keynote presentation by Dr. Rick Kool (see bio below)

Restoration, whether it is of an old house, a damaged relationship, or a degraded habitat, is a complex activity. This presentation will try to look at what might be at the core of restoration through an examination of the three Cs: concern, caring, and connection. We would not engage in the work of restoration if we didn’t have a sense of concern for that need, potentially at least, of restorative work. It would appear to be near-impossible to be willing to put in the effort of restoration without caring for what needs to be restored. And one outcome of restoration is likely a sense of connection with the focus of the work and the collaborators on the project.
GOERT Financial Statements March 2011 (PDF 200KB)
GOERT AGM Minutes October 2011 (PDF 60KB)
Biographies of nominated and returning board members (PDF 95KB)
Please register by noon on Friday, September 9th

  • Free afternoon sessions: RSVP to Betsy Rose at finance@goert.ca (250-383-3447) to ensure a seat.
  • Evening sessions: AGM, dinner, and keynote address: Please pay $25 online for dinner and membership (under ‘donate through PayPal or credit card’), send a cheque made out to ‘GOERT’ to 209-606 Courtney Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 1B6,  or contact Betsy at finance@goert.ca or 250-383-3447.
  • When we receive your registration, we will send you a confirmation email with links to maps, parking information, and an agenda.

We have openings for one or two directors for the GOERT Society Board this year. If you are interested in serving on the Board or know someone who would be, please review the documents below (note: nominations are now closed).
Call for nominations (PDF 115KB)
Nomination form (Word 160KB)
GOERT Constitution (PDF 224KB)
GOERT Code of Conduct (PDF 44KB)
GOERT Conflict of Interest Guidelines (PDF 50KB)
DRAFT Program
1:30 – Registration opens for free afternoon sessions
2:00-2:30 – Conan Webb: Introduction to Restoring British Columbia’s Garry Oak Ecosystems: Principles and Practices
2:30-2:50 – Dr. Richard Hebda: Restoration Planning and Considerations
2:50-3:10 – Refreshment Break
3:10-3:20 – Shyanne Smith: Restoration Ecosystem Units (REUs) and Tips for Considering Historical Processes and Disturbance in your Restoration Design
3:20-3:40 – Rob Underhill: Restoration Projects at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site
3:40-4:00 – Fred Hook: Native Plant Propagation and Genetic Provenance
4:00-4:30 – Roundtable discussion on The Future of Restoration in Garry Oak Ecosystems
4:00-4:30 – Registration opens for evening event (for those not attending afternoon workshop)
4:30-5:00 – Social mingling with art, appetizers, and refreshments (cash bar)
5:00 – Annual General Meeting (introductions, highlights of the year, business items and reports, nominations, and Acorn Awards)
5:45 – Banquet Dinner in Dining Room
6:45 – Keynote Presentation – Dr. Rick Kool: Restoration and Community
7:30 – Closing Remarks
Dr. Rick Kool is the Program Head for the Master of Arts in Environmental Education and Communication Program at Royal Roads University (RRU).
“As a young person growing up in Boston MA, I had strong interests in music, nature, and the broad range of human thought (that is, I was a nerd). I took these interests to the University of New Hampshire, where I majored in Zoology but had a strong interest in philosophy, music and other humanities subjects. I still play the string bass and am hoping to learn piano this fall.
My MSc in Zoology is from UBC, where I studied the ecology of small things that live in lake mud. My Doctorate, in Curriculum and Instruction from Brigham Young University, was given for a dissertation that looked at the moral weight of knowing things, and the necessity of translating knowing to doing.
My adult work has almost entirely been in the world of education. I’ve been a secondary school science teacher in Ucluelet Secondary School on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the 1970s; a biology and ecology instructor at Douglas College in New Westminster BC; and a post-secondary instructor at both UVic  and now as an Associate Professor at RRU. I’ve also worked outside the formal education system, managing the public programs department at the Royal BC Museum and developing environmental education and park interpretation programs for the BC Government.
My non-teaching life has involved engagement with such diverse organizations as the RRU Faculty Association, where I was President for nearly four years, three years on the RRU Board of Governors, presently vice-president of CUFA BC, and President of the Victoria Holocaust Remembrance and Education Society for a decade. I’ve also been involved with many Victoria-area community groups, as well as with Congregation Emanu-El.”


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