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Register for the Elders Youth and Environment Forum


Saturday, November 16, 2013. 
9:30-4:30 (doors open at 8:30)
The Longhouse at the First Nations House of Learning, UBC Campus
1985 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2

EYE FORUM:  An intergenerational event.

·  Let's connect, mentor and motivate elders and younger generations in shared dialogue and action on environmental issues and strategies.
·  Let's learn about our stories - our public narrative - and how to use those to best engage with others we want to work with.
·  Let's learn ways to build a stronger youth and elder environmental movement.  It's all about relationships!
·  Let's get inspired - by each other, by the expertise in the room, by our singers, and the Suzuki Family keynote speakers.
This forum’s focus is on sharing inspiration and strategies that make social movements matter. Youth involved in environmental issues tell us they want to build a stronger movement, elders tell us of their deep concern about the future, and all of us want to get better at collaborating across the generations. We know “the facts” alone are not convincing people about the importance of environmental issues.
•               There is no charge for attendance, which is by pre-registration only at
•               However, all participants will be charged $15 at the door to cover the cost of the vegan sandwich bag lunch (pre-ordered for everyone) and break refreshments. This is payable by cash or cheque.
•               Doors open for registration and refreshments at 8:45.
What’s your story about why you are called to action? Let’s use that in our community organizing. Michiah Prull, the David Suzuki Foundation's Director of Communication and Public Engagement, will guide us in building our authentic personal stories – to connect, engage and help us make the ‘ask’ to action.
The day will also include:
•               Music with
Ta'Kaiya Blaney, the Raging Grannies
•               Spontaneous activism moments
•               Hands-on learning and practice
•               An innovative program designed to connect youth and elders
•               Closing keynote with an intergenerational trio for the environment - Dr. David Suzuki, Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, Tamo Campos. Be inspired by the stories of Tamo, (David's grandson), Sarika (David's daughter) and David (the "family elder") as they describe their passion for the environment, and why youth and elder energy is critical to moving forward.
Tamo Campos is an activist and co-founder of Beyond Boarding. Sarika Cullis-Suzuki is a Marine Biology PhD candidate, a board member of the David Suzuki Foundation, and a member of WWF-Canada Oceans Advisory Committee. Dr. David Suzuki is a co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, and an award winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster.
If you know of other elders/high school youth involved in the environment movement and would like them to receive an invitation, please send along their name and email by return email to us at , and we’ll put them on our Elders/Youth/ Environment Forum invitation list.
For more information contact us at, or leave us a voice message by calling 604-732-4228 extension 1910.

Suzuki Elder Retreat, July 15, 2013
AGM, April 13, 2013
On April 13, 2013, members of the Suzuki Elders met for their second AGM, electing a new Council and passing changes to our constitution.  We enjoyed updates from the working committees and a stimulating talk by SFU's Deborah Hartford.
Rivendell Retreat, August 31, 2012
On August 31, 2012, twenty-six Suzuki Elders met for our annual summer retreat on Bowen Island.  Naomi Steinberg of the Vancouver Society of Storytellers presented a workshop on how to tell effective stories.  Naomi is shown above with the Suzuki Elder's own storyteller, Pauline Le Bel.
First Annual General Meeting
On Saturday, March 24th, 2012, the Association of Suzuki Elders met at the Fireside Room of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver (the Hewett wing!). Twenty-five of our 58 members were able to attend, and we now have an elected Council of 15 members.  Phillip Hewett, a valued member of the Suzuki Elders' Council since its inception, presented a history of the Suzuki Elders which will soon be available on this website.  Above, Phillip receives a small gift from Conrad Guelke (Chair) on behalf of the Suzuki Elders as Sallie Graham and Diana Ellis look on.
Terry O'Reilly's keynote at the Forum.  Photograph courtesy of Janice Lindsay
Elders and the Environment Forum 2011

We had a fabulous day on November 24 with 120 participants exchanging wisdom,  energy and enthusiasm.  We extend our thanks to Terry O'Reilly, our keynote speaker shown above, for opening our minds to the power of persuasion, to Dr. David Suzuki, our elder's elder, for instilling the enthusiam to act now in order to leave the planet a better place for our grandchildren, to our workshop facilitators, Herb Barbolet, Lindsay Coulter, Jackie Larkin, Amanda Pitre-Hayes and Amanda Mitchell for sharing their wisdom and experience, and to our volunteers and sponsors (Vancity and Tapestry Communities) for making our forum a success.  We also thank our motivated attendees - your contributions made our efforts worthwhile.  We hope to see you all next time, or sooner if you've decided to become members of the Association of Suzuki Elders.  We've collected your evaluation forms and hope to report on them shortly. 


This year’s theme was built around the question “What can I do?” Our Forum’s response - “Start Where You Are."


To view a Forum summary and see videos of the event,

 click here. 





Suzuki Elders,
25 Oct 2011 15:10