Spring Gillard

Celebration Time

gradhatsA week ago Friday, I successfully defended my Master of Arts thesis at UBC, entitled Moving Force: Case study of a sustainability tour as a potential vehicle to enhance application of learning. I will post a link to the thesis once it is uploaded to the great vault in the sky. My degree will be conferred when I convocate in May. Many thanks to all of my family and friends for all the support they gave me over the last three years and four months! I will post full acknowledgements here once I’m rested and refreshed.


woodsTaking a break from blogging until I wrap up my MA degree. On the final stretch, but miles to go.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

Too Tart

tartI bought myself a yummy pumpkin tart from Terra Breads over Thanksgiving. But the liner left a bad taste in my mouth. They used to use tin cupcake liners, which are recyclable. Now they are using a plasticized paper shell, which is not. The “retail performance” manager informed me that they do use compostable takeout containers, napkins, cutlery, bags and muffin/tulip cups and they are continuing to source new partners who can help them reduce their environmental footprint. Tin, it exists, why not use it?

Art of Resistance and Liberation

I’m presenting with a fellow student on behalf of the Learning Exchange at this adult ed conference at U.Vic this coming weekend. Looking forward to the social justice tour of downtown Victoria on Saturday afternoon.

A radical celebration for social and environmental change with a focus on (de)colonisation, resurgence, and allyship

The ART OF RESISTANCE AND LIBERATION will spark critical dialogue through art, performance, music, theatre, and social action that challenges dominant norms, inequities and conceptions of knowledge in western society and provokes action for systemic change and a more egalitarian world.

 The conference draws on UNESCO’s four pillars of adult education: Learning to be; Learning to d; Learning to know; Learning to live together.

The ART OR RESISTANCE AND LIBERATION recognizes that critical adult education embodies multiple forms and is interdisciplinary by nature.  It seeks to unite academia, activists and practitioners from diverse backgrounds and fields who engage, empower and transform with the ultimate goal of creating a better world. The conference recognizes that central to this is confronting colonization, embracing resurgence, and settler peoples learning to deal with their past, become allies and live in solidarity.

Viaduct Vote

viaductrenderingThis week City Council will be making a crucial decision on the future of the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. After five years of study, consultation, and engagement, the City is on the verge of a once-in-a-generation city-building opportunity for Vancouver. Click here to find out more about the viaducts proposal.

Casting a Vote for All

Reposting this from November 2011. There’s a very important federal election tomorrow. Please vote.

I just got back from voting in my municipal election. Every time I vote I get choked up. I guess it’s that “rush of democracy” as one Facebook friend described it this morning.

I remember when I was growing up, my parents would always get dressed up to go vote. There was this solemnity about the day and an aura of importance. Just by their example, they instilled in me the privilege it is to vote and I never fail to exercise my right at all levels of government.

When I was entering my polling station, I noticed a sign on the door: shelter open tonight. St. Mark’s Lutheran/Trinity United church is also one of the winter shelters in our city that keeps people warm and gives them a bed. They also feed people every Thursday through the year.

When you vote today, think about which candidates will, in author Paul Hawken’s words, “create the conditions conducive to life,” for everyone, all one hundred percent.


happinessSaw this poster at the new UBC sub during opening week. An appropriate message for my birthday – which is today!

Grassy High

grassyknollNice use of a slope outside the new Student Union Building at UBC. Can’t have enough seating around campus.


falltreeGrateful for the opportunity to vote today in the advance polls. Praying for change, within and without.

You are not the same, nor are you another.
   – The Buddha

The Buddha is saying that we change from moment to moment. Personality is not cast in a rigid mold; the whole secret of personality is that it is a process. The nature of a process is that it can be changed. For a time, it is true, the changes you are trying to make will not seem natural. When someone is rude to you, you will still feel a wave of resentment inside. It does not matter; at the outset, it is enough to act kind, to pretend to be kind, to stage a sort of kindness performance.

Gradually, if you put your whole effort behind this transformation, using the tool of meditation, the seething will subside. Then it will not just be a flawless performance, you will actually transform anger into compassion. You will feel sorry for the person who has offended you. You will not be the same angry person you used to be; and yet you will not be someone else, either. To be patient, kind, and secure is our real nature; anything else is being false to ourselves. – Eknath Easwaran, Thought for the Day

Nap Desk

NapDesk1Don’t think this will fly at my workplace, but I’m sure the tech companies will be snapping them up. This restful workstation is designed by Studio NL out of Greece.