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You don’t want to miss GPC Convention 2012!

Posted in Green Party by Marlene Wells on July 6, 2012
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So, I don’t write in my blog very often, but this past week I have had a travel experience that only happens a few times in lifetime. Well, in my lifetime. I’m not a world traveller.  I’ve only ever been out of the  Country once actually… Because of my commitments to the National Convention, this past week found me in beautiful Sidney By The Sea.  And the catch phrase does not lie.

This summer, plan to visit Sidney, BC.  The town is amazing and should be on your bucket list.  From the mature gardens to the bustling local shops on the main street, you will be entranced with the hospitality and warmth the site of Convention 2012 has to offer.

For those of you who have already made the commitment to go to Convention 2012, you have made a very wise choice, you will not be disappointed. For those of you who have not yet made the commitment, time is short now, we are less than 6 weeks from the opening ceremonies in the magnificent Mary Winspear Centre. Sure, there are all kinds of reasons not to go to Convention. Expenses, distance, summer, carbon footprint. But for every reason not to come, there are 10 that make a strong argument to drop whatever you are doing and head to BC for August 17-19!

The Mary Winspear Centre, a stone’s throw away from the Victoria airport, is a magnificent facility and is the perfect centre to host the Convention.  It is situated at the west end of Beacon Avenue, the main street, and it minutes walking distance from all of the hotels and local shops. The riding of SGI is a beautiful place and would be an awesome place to plan for some vacation time.

One of the highlights for me visiting the area was ‘Avatar Grove’.  It is about a 2 hour drive from the Sidney area, all along the coastline, with breathtaking views, and the trees are unbelievable!  They are hundreds of feet tall, hundreds of years old and take on a very spiritual aura.  If delegates wish, a local team could arrange for tours before or after the convention. I highly recommend this!

As for the Convention itself, there are many highlights including great guest speakers (Stéphane Dion, Bruce Hyer and Arthur Black), a showing of the internationally acclaimed film Surviving Progress (Presented by Ronald Wright), and a Gumboot Gala  evening featuring a taste of BC flavors, including an outdoor Sustainably Harvested Wild Salmon Bake!  The Young greens are also making plans to host several special events as well. Along with these exciting special events we will also be discussing motions developed by members and we will be presenting more training sessions than ever before!  To top it all off this is a great opportunity to mix, mingle and get to know Greens from across the country.  Building your network is just as important as expanding your knowledge, and this convention will be a great way to do just that.

I met with several groups of people who are working very hard to create a once in a lifetime experience for all of our delegates.  One of the very special workshops will be all about the SGI experience, and how a team of mostly non-politicos and environmentally conscious people came together to create winning conditions for our very first MP to get elected to the House of Commons. This is certainly very important information for all of our members who want to see more Greens elected in the next election.

The short story is that this Convention promises to be better than any other  ever in our history! Please take a minute to look at the website and you will see that this trip would be the best thing you can do with your summer!

Hope to see you in beautiful Sidney by The Sea!

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