See our Flickr site and Victor Anthony's Commons Blog for many excellent photos of people, plants and productions at The Gabriola Commons.






Photo by Ray Anderson








Photo by Dave Tyler








Photo by Richard Pullano








Photo by Ray Anderson








Photo by Maureen Wild








Photo by Richard Pullano








Photo by Dave Tyler








Photo by Alison Fitzgerald








Photo by Val Walsh








Photo by Hans van Kessel








Photo by Dave Tyler








Photo by Judith Roux

Teams of Volunteers The Gabriola Commons relies on many dedicated volunteers. Some volunteers are very active as members of a variety of teams and many volunteers come out when needed for work bees or for helping with special events. Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Gabriola Commons. For information about how to volunteer for occasional events & activities, send an email to volunteers[at]gabriolacommons.ca.

If you are interested in joining a team or just want to know something about various teams, click on the team name in the following table to see its mandate and other information.
Team    Contact     Email
CommunicationsJinny Hayescommunications[at]gabriolacommons.ca
Commons ProcessJen Turnerpeace[at]gabriolacommons.ca
CovenantK.Louise Vincentcovenant[at]gabriolacommons.ca
Farm ManagementJudith Rouxfarming[at]gabriolacommons.ca
Grant WritingGeorge Szantogrants[at]gabriolacommons.ca
InfrastructureJudith Rouxinfrastructure[at]gabriolacommons.ca
Learning OpportunitiesMary Wilsonlearning[at]gabriolacommons.ca
Long Range PlanningDeb Ferensplanning[at]gabriolacommons.ca
Property ManagementCharles Silvaproperty[at]gabriolacommons.ca
Share the CommonsKit Szantosharing[at]gabriolacommons.ca
Trails & Green SpacesKit Szantotrails[at]gabriolacommons.ca
EventsStef Marrieevents[at]gabriolacommons.ca
Kitchen StewardsSharon Pattisonkitchen[at]gabriolacommons.ca
Workshop StewardsPatrick Olmstedworkshop[at]gabriolacommons.ca
Communications Team Join the Communications team if you like to write, take pictures or organize information for distribution.

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Commons Process Team Join the Commons Process Team (CPT) Team if you are interested in exploring and implementing how the Commons can nurture our well-being and wholeness through healthy interpersonal relationships, clear communications, compassionate understanding, and successful conflict  resolution.
Mandate: The Commons Process Team (CPT) Team promotes peace on and for the Commons. This team will work collaboratively with teams, groups and individuals to support healthy interpersonal relationships, clear communications, compassionate understanding and successful conflict resolution. It will provide resources, sponsor events and programs, develop strategies for consideration by the Commons Teams, Council and Foundation, and offer processes for and assistance with conflict resolution.
Objectives:

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Farm Management Team Join the Farm Management team if you enjoy working on the land. Commons farming blog, Gardening on the Commons.

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Grant Writing Team Join the Grant Writing team if you like to research, organize information and work with other teams to apply for grants. Commons Team Generated Grants Grant Writing Team Grants

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Infrastructure Team Join the Infrastructure team if you like planning projects and are interested in sustainability and alternative technologies.
Infrastructure means all permanent or temporary fixtures on the Commons grounds such as buildings, roads, parking lots, fences, and all aspects related to water, sewage and energy uses.
Our goal is to ensure that all infrastructure projects, whether new or renovations, serve whenever possible as a demonstration of sustainable living for the broader community.

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Learning Opportunities Team Join the Learning Opportunities Team if you are interested in promoting educational workshops and activities on the Commons.
Mandate: To engage the community in learning through workshops and other opportunities for sharing knowledge and skills.

Objectives:

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Long Range Planning Team Join the Long Range Planning Team if you are interested in developing the future of the Gabriola Commons.
The latest draft from the Long Range Planning team is available. If interested, see the plan chart.
Mandate: To develop collaboratively a long-range plan for the Gabriola Commons through a 30 year lens: as a physical place, as an organizational structure with projects to be developed and in its relationship to other organizations on Gabriola and Gulf Island communities.
Goals:
  1. The plan guides the Gabriola Commons over the next 30 years.
  2. The plan reflects broad community engagement.
  3. The plan fulfils the Guiding Principles of the Gabriola Commons.
Objectives: (for Goal 1: The plan guides the Gabriola Commons over the next 30 years) (for Goal 2: The plan reflects broad community engagement) (for Goal 3: The plan fulfils the Guiding Principles of the Gabriola Commons)

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Property Management Team Join the Property Management team if you like to fix things or help coordinate community groups using the Commons.

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Share the Commons Team Join the Share the Commons team if you are interested in exploring and implementing how the Commons can collaborate with the community on potential projects.
Mandate: Share the Commons Team acts as the entry point for potential projects which will involve the use of space and/or resources on the Commons. This team will guide/track the process and progress of all accepted projects until they are completed and make reports to the Commons Council and to the Foundation.
  Click to download: Single Event Application, Project Application

Objectives: Strategies:
  1. Respond to inquiries for short or long term usage by forwarding the criteria and application forms for completion.
  2. Assess the submitted application.
  3. Meet and host conversations with interested groups and individuals to learn their key aims and objectives.
  4. Provide a liaison person for each project to ensure that they have full representation and assist in developing a "team mandate" if it is appropriate that they become members of the Commons Council.
  5. Refer projects involving any aspect of the physical facilities to the Infrastructure Team.
  6. Refer projects to the Farm Management Team for agricultural uses.
  7. For all non-agricultural land uses, refer projects to the Trails & Green Spaces Team.
  8. Create a process that invites community members to participate in all land use proposals and that provides relevant information that is updated as needed through the Commons Council.

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Trails & Green Spaces Team Join the Trails & Green Spaces team if you interested in the identification and protection of ecosystems.

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Events Team Join this team if you like to help with various events and projects.

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