The Rural Islands Economic Partnership (RIEP) leads, inspires, and cultivates sustainable economic resilience and community well-being through collaborative initiatives and partnerships for the benefit of BC's rural islands and the Indigenous Communities who have traditional or reserve lands on these islands.
RE: Connection Café: Emergency Preparedness for Rural Islanders - Nov 30 • 5-7PM

Hello Fellow Islanders,

In light of recent events the November 30 RIEP Connection Café will feature a panel on emergency preparedness for rural islanders.

“The devastating effect the recent BC storm has had on our Province puts a magnifying glass on the unique challenges our rural island communities face,” said Francine Carlin, RIEP Board Chair. “We believe it is important for islanders across the Georgia Strait to gather as a community and discuss emergency preparedness, because the best preparation for the next major climate disaster is learning from the one we are currently in.” 

This free online event will offer ALL rural islanders a platform to discuss emergency preparedness, featuring:

  • Mr. Jeremy Stone, of the University of BC, and founder and director of Recovery and Relief Services will address planning for crisis management and rural economic recovery

  • Ms. Judy Hagen and Mr. Jeff Ballingall, of the Quadra Island Emergency Program will share how Quadra developed their award winning emergency program, and address the unique concerns that face rural islanders.

“We are honoured to bring together experts with international expertise, and local know-how,” said Ms. Carlin. “This is how we effect change. We need one another to put the best solutions to work for the benefit of the individual, the environment, the economy, and the island community where we live, work and play. All rural islanders are to welcome to join this event because we believe that the more voices we have at the table the stronger our communities become.” 

The Connection Café will open with the Emergency Response Panel, followed by an Islands Arts & Product Showcase, feedback polls and islander networking.



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Plus, take advantage of new member prizes by joining RIEP before November 30th for a chance to win a Black Press Media Prize or BC Ferry Travel Vouchers. The draw will take place during the Connection Café.
RIEP offers memberships to people passionate about rural island issues, including individuals, islander businesses, non-profits, First Nation councils, artists, community organizers, food producers, and government representatives. Annual membership fees start at $25+GST and all proceeds support RIEP led initiatives.

Forward this invitation to the Connection Café to your business contacts, friends and family.
We look forward to connecting! 

2021 RIEP Forum Highlights and Links:
Day 1: On our first day we discussed sustainable transportation, building and community practices in a moderated panel lead by Bryan Young of Transition Salt Spring. The featured panelists were climate leaders from Cortes, Gabriola, Pender and Salt Spring who shared their brilliant ideas on sustainable ferry links, co-operative community bus systems, and clever solutions to re-use and recycle clothing waste. The panelists were all eager to share their templates and help other community leaders adopt their tried and tested plans that have already been put into practice with some level of success. 
Watch here:
Day 2: During our second day, Julie Sperber of Gabriola Chamber of Commerce moderated a panel on four creative business initiatives: Salt Spring Sea Salt from Salt Spring Island, Mayne Island Brewing Company from Mayne Island; Gulf Island Sea Planes from Gabriola Island; and Walcan Seafood from Quadra Island. Each panelist got to share how they managed during lockdowns and rebounded after COVID-19, and what considerations and values they live by in order to succeed locally, and globally. The panelists were honest and humble about their successes and failures, and because of their experience they were keen to teach others how to maneuver challenges and turn them into opportunities. 
Watch here: