What should our next events be? Need ideas and sponsors

Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra

We’ve had some pretty fun events this summer like our concert series with Milner Gardens and had great community feedback about the space and its potential. This has us thinking what should we do next? We’d like to hear from you! Email us at deepbay@viu.ca or comment on our facebook page.

Here’s the rub though, we also need to find some community support to sponsor events.  Our university budget is beyond tight and our fiscal reality is that the Field Station has to be self supporting financially.   That means we can’t afford to invest in projects for the our community upfront, in fact we really need to make money on individual projects so that we can reinvest into our operations and public programming.  But we do want to see the community in the Station for educational, art and cultural activities and we want to use this fantastic facility to have discussions about the issues that affect us as coastal communities.

So lets hear from you  – what would you like to see?  Do you know of someone(s) or some organization(s) that might like to be a sponsor – we’ll work hard to recognize our sponsors!  Lets talk.

We can provide venues for up to 160 people, stream internet, full audio-visual facilities, food service all within a stunning sustainable space.

To get the ball rolling here is one idea I am playing with – A series of monthly screenings and discussion about global and local sustainability issues.  Trailers for two films I would to screen below – perhaps with an accompanying talk/discussion?

SEACHANGE (I can’t get the trailer to embed) Imagine a world without fish
It’s a frightening premise, and it’s happening right now. A Sea Change follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world’s oceans. After reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Darkening Sea,” Sven becomes obsessed with the rising acidity of the oceans and what this “sea change” bodes for mankind. His quest takes him to Alaska, California, Washington, and Norway as he uncovers a worldwide crisis that most people are unaware of. Speaking with oceanographers, marine biologists, climatologists, and artists, Sven discovers that global warming is only half the story of the environmental catastrophe that awaits us. Excess carbon dioxide is dissolving in our oceans, changing sea water chemistry. The more acidic water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web to form their shells. The effects could work their way up to the fish 1 billion people depend upon for their source of protein.

CARBON NATION is a documentary movie about climate change SOLUTIONS. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how SOLUTIONS to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues. You’ll meet a host of entertaining and endearing characters along the way.

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