History

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Founders Marci Babineau and Jason Hughes take part in one of the first Transition NDG meetings.

Transition NDG was founded in September 2012 by 8 people with backgrounds in community work, food security, urban agriculture and permaculture. A special thanks to our founding members Jason Hughes, Kathryn Aitken, Lesley Winter, Marci Babineau, Marina Guba, Maureen Lafrenière, Sonya Girard and Ted Ewanchyna for their exceptional vision and contribution.

Transition NDG recognizes and is proud of the many strong and vibrant community organizations in NDG. We have close ties with many of them and often collaborate on projects for the greater good of all.

Since the fall of 2012, we have worked as volunteers to:

  • inform people on the transition movement,
  • listen to members of our community share their fears, dreams and suggestions, and
  • organize practical activities such as skill shares, swaps, and Incredible Edibles urban agriculture projects.

Back in January 2013 we attended 3 days of Transition training in Saugerties, NY with Pamela Boyce Simms of the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub and were pleased to have her offer Transition Training here in NDG in November 2014. We continue to appreciate Pamela’s support and wisdom.

Our first Transition event was a film evening with the showing of Transition 1.0 at the Unitarian Church in 2013. By the end of the 2015-2016 season, we had hosted 22 Film and Discussion evenings, featuring documentaries like Economics of Happiness, Occupy Love, and Voices of Transition. These screenings were held at Coop La Maison Verte.

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Potluck and Speaker evening at the NDG Food Depot

Potlucks are a great way to bring people together to share good food and learning. Our series of monthly potluck evenings at the NDG Food Depot ran from January 2014 to May 2015. Some of the speakers and topics featured were:

  • Graham Calder on Permaculture,
  • Max Godber and Cameron Stiff on Food Waste,
  • Monica Giacomin on The Wonder of Weeds,
  • Stefan Sobkowiak on Urban Permaculture Orchards,
  • Alveole on Urban Beekeeping,
  • Gina Cenciose on Non-Violent Communication, and
  • Melanie Stuy and Yvette Salinas on Public & Community Art.

In October 2014 we became registered as the Coopérative de Solidarité Transition NDG with the goal to own a collective space shared by community members.

Sharing information and stories is an important part of all of our activities, and which often leads to new ideas for practical projects and collaboration. We continue to organize swaps, skillshares such as bread-making and soap making, for instance, as well as events that teach us about resilience, post-austerity economics, the gift culture & emerging economics, and more. For more information on our continuing activities, check out our Working Groups or follow us on Facebook.

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