“Gabriola Talks” series to engage community in discussions on critical island issues

Sustainable Gabriola

Press release

Wednesday, May 1 2019

Sustainable Gabriola is looking to engage the broader community in a series of stimulating and lively discussions around challenging subjects relevant to residents of Mudge, DeCourcy, Gabriola, and to the Snuneymuxw First Nation. 

Why now? 

During the municipal campaign last October, Sustainable Gabriola hosted an all-candidates’ debate, and one theme that emerged was that many residents aren’t aware of how to participate in the decision-making processes that affect the community.  It was decided that it would be helpful to set up a forum that would bring together the range of community members’ perspectives, and might generate solutions for some of the challenging social and environmental issues facing islanders.  

All candidates that were subsequently elected expressed a willingness to attend to a town-hall style meeting. While town-hall style discussions can be a helpful way to understand pressing issues, only a limited number of participants can or will engage in the discussion. At their worst, town halls can also highlight divisions and contribute to the polarization of viewpoints. 

What could a made-on-Gabriola discussion forum be like? 

Sustainable Gabriola invites everyone to a workshop Sunday May 26 at the Gabriola Community Hall so that, together, we can co-create guiding principles for the future discussion series. Our aims are: 1. to create a space for respectful, open-space dialogue that engages the broadest spectrum of islanders possible, and 2. to identify topics for future discussions. 

Sustainable Gabriola commits to making this process open, accessible, respectful and fun. 

We will have refreshments and childcare, and the workshop will be under 2 hours.