We are an alliance of unions, congregations, environmental, education and frontline service organizations. We understand the incredible power of civic organizations when harnessed for the Common Good.  

Our member organizations are made up of pro-active, everyday people dedicated to working together to tackle some of the toughest issues in Greater Victoria.  


  • Upcoming events

    Monday, July 15, 2019 at 11:30 AM
    Church of St John the Divine Lounge in Victoria, BC, Canada

    Connect Dots

    The Community and Social Planning Council’s work “Can’t stay and Can’t leave” identified fear as a common experience of tenants in this region. Victoria’s high real estate prices mean young families who do buy in live with worrying debt loads. Forest fires, smoky summers, flooding and increasingly extreme weather frighten many of us. Many employers and unions are working to understand rising levels of anxiety and stress in their workplaces. What used to be seen as simple pleasures in life like a healthy breakfast or a visit with a loved one carry the complexity of associated high carbon footprints. 

    Greater Victoria Acting Together (GVAT) has pledged to act together on housing and mental health through the lenses of Climate Change and Reconciliation.  Sierra Club BC is a member of GVAT and we are committed to exploring the intersection of these issues.

    • What do they have in common with each other?
    • Can we make a new story out of their inter-connectivity? What might be the elements of that?
    • How can we use this moment to strengthen our organizations and each other?
    • How can we set each other and ourselves up to bring meaning and success in our day to day lives?

     

    Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 06:30 PM
    Church of St John the Divine Lounge in Victoria, BC, Canada

    Connect Dots

    The Community and Social Planning Council’s work “Can’t stay and Can’t leave” identified fear as a common experience of tenants in this region. Victoria’s high real estate prices mean young families who do buy in live with worrying debt loads. Forest fires, smoky summers, flooding and increasingly extreme weather frighten many of us. Many employers and unions are working to understand rising levels of anxiety and stress in their workplaces. What used to be seen as simple pleasures in life like a healthy breakfast or a visit with a loved one carry the complexity of associated high carbon footprints. 

    Greater Victoria Acting Together (GVAT) has pledged to act together on housing and mental health through the lenses of Climate Change and Reconciliation.  Sierra Club BC is a member of GVAT and we are committed to exploring the intersection of these issues.

    • What do they have in common with each other?
    • Can we make a new story out of their inter-connectivity? What might be the elements of that?
    • How can we use this moment to strengthen our organizations and each other?
    • How can we set each other and ourselves up to bring meaning and success in our day to day lives?

     


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    Flossie Is Moving On.

    Our organizer, Flossie Baker is stepping back from GVAT. Below is a message from her: “Dear GVAT,          As many of you know, it is with a heavy heart I have decided to step back from GVAT due to delays with my visa. I have a good candidacy but the wait time is still predicted to be 4 months (at least) from now.                                 Since I know that GVAT is well on the way to a thriving and exciting future, it is a good time for GVAT to move forward and find my successor. If my visa allows, I will be very open to being on hand to help with the transition if that would be useful.   In the meantime, I am gratified to hear that new leaders are stepping forward and will be guided by the expert support from the IAF Network. Together, united, I know that you will sustain that audacious vision of the World As It Could Be and continue to strive for it everyday.                  It has been my honour and my vocation to be your organizer. My life is so much richer for knowing you - all of the stirring conversations, the discussions, the laughter, the tension, the rehearsals, the performances, the imagining, the flip chart(!). It has culminated in the most remarkable two years.                            I will write more again soon and hope to thank you in person in the coming weeks. Until then, Flossie”   Please come and say your farewells to Flossie - please mark your calendar for 7:30 PM Thur Feb 7. Location tbd. We are calling a StratHub meeting shortly to operationalize carrying on with the important work that is needed. We are going to accelerate the amazing momentum we have been building so we hope that those who are able will step up to offer more help!          
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    2018 Round up

    2018 Round Up One of the first steps in hope is for people to first cry out in pain – but then figure out: is there some mechanism for people to make their pain articulate? (Walter Bruggeman). It has been an incredible year for Greater Victoria Acting Together. We trained new leaders, conducted listening campaigns and came together as 22 diverse organizations to set our platform for 2019. Here is a quick review of some of the highlights: Building the Leaders of Tomorrow We trained over 100 people at our “Building Power for the Common Good” workshops (bringing the total to more than 300!) Learning Together In March we held a Civic Academy “A Community Organizing Response to the Opioid Crisis” to learn more about the multiple dimensions of this ongoing tragedy from the perspectives of our member organizations. Minister for Mental Health and Addictions, Judy Darcy attended and pledged to build a public relationship with us.   A Thousand Conversations We launched our Listening Campaigns to listen to the concerns of our members. Susan Layng from the Unitarian Church reminds us about the importance of listening and the experience she had helping to organize a listening campaign at her church: “We begin to see that respect, dignity, honesty, kindness and generosity are not empty catchphrases, but real ideals to aspire to when dealing with others.  By initiating this process and I have developed a profound understanding and grasp of shared values and concerns in common within my faith community.  What a privilege and gift this has been!”  Susan Layng, First Unitarian Church.     A Thousand Conversations later... We came together to set our priorities for 2019 at our Discernment Day. The stories and concerns we heard throughout our listening season were brought forward. Out member organizations voted and by the end of a long Sunday we had landed on the two ‘problem areas’ we, as a whole alliance are going to focus our collective energy on. These areas are Housing and Mental Health and Addiction. The way we approach and develop policy around these problem areas will be done through a Climate Change and Reconciliation lens.   “We are not looking for charity, we are not looking for hand outs. We are looking for justice and we are looking for goodness…none of us are free until we are all free. None of us are really going to flourish until we all flourish. Each GVAT member group comes with its unique talent, its unique world views. Unique ways to solve these problems… ” Rabbi Harry Brechner        
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