A fundraiser for the Sustainable Living Leadership Program.
Enjoy a 3-hour sunset dinner cruise on the beautiful Fraser River aboard the authentic 100-passenger MV Native paddlewheeler. Take in the beauty of our surroundings from a unique water perspective, with views of the Lower Fraser from New Westminster Quay to the Pitt River. Dinner is a plated three-course meal featuring wild Pacific salmon, along with a cash bar.
Local entrepreneur, Gary Pooni, is our featured guest speaker. Please see below for his bio.
Two Sustainable Living Leadership Program graduates will talk about their SLLP Community Projects: Megan Rempel (SLLP 2016 grad) will share about the two regional River Clinics programs she co-developed with Petra Markova (SLLP 2016 grad), while Erica Stahl (SLLP 2018 grad) will talk about how the SLLP is shaping her forthcoming community project, a legal toolkit for freshwater oil spills.
Saturday, June 22
5:30 pm Board
6:00 pm Departure
9:00 pm Return and disembark
Guest speaker: Gary Pooni
President of Brook Pooni Associates
“I love the creative side of planning, but what I enjoy most is bringing positive change to communities.”
In his role as president and senior planner, Gary drives the firm’s growth and manages major client projects. With over twenty years of planning-related experience, he has spearheaded projects throughout the Lower Mainland, the Sea to Sky corridor and throughout BC, Alberta and most recently Ontario. His expertise includes policy planning, public consultation and advanced negotiation and facilitation. After being appointed President in 2008, Gary was honoured as one of Business in Vancouver’s “Top Forty under 40” within a year.
Passionate about supporting the community, Gary chairs the Urban Development Institute Membership Committee, is an annual instructor for the UDI School of Development, and serves on the board of Provincial Health Services Authority. He also serves as Director of the Indo-Canadian Friendship Society, which provides funding and resources for infrastructure and community development in Punjab, India.
Gary holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Design (Planning) from the University of Calgary and a B.A. in Geography from Simon Fraser University, and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Megan Rempel, Sustainable Living Leadership Program graduate
Megan took part in the Sustainable Living Leadership Program in 2016. Since then, she has been supporting a new non-profit called re:FILTER, they work on providing solutions to plastic waste, as well as developing a micro-business focused on project management for grass roots organizations. Last year, Megan co-developed the Rivers Clinic for Environmental Leaders, a 3-day paddle program designed to connect Lower Fraser university students to each other and nature. Earlier this year, she co-designed a second regional program, the River Clinic for Empowered Youth, which is a 5-day leadership program in the Nechako wilderness. Megan believes in projects that bring together communities and foster connection with the health of our environment.
Erica Stahl, Sustainable Living Leadership Program graduate
Erica is a staff lawyer at West Coast Environmental Law. She is passionate about environmental and social justice, and loves helping communities access the legal and organizing tools they need to protect their health and environment. She joined West Coast in 2016 to head West Coast’s Environmental Legal Aid program, overseeing the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund and providing summary advice to Indigenous peoples, community groups, and members of the public.
Erica came to West Coast from the Canadian Environmental Law Association in Toronto, where she worked on test case litigation, public legal education, and progressive reform of environmental legislation. Erica holds a joint Masters of Environmental Studies/J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and spent summers with the Environmental Law Centre in Victoria and the Fundación de Estudios para la Aplicación del Derecho in El Salvador.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Erica prefers rain over snow unless she can ski on it. Besides skiing, she enjoys reading, travelling, camping, kayaking, and cycling. She wishes she liked surfing, but she’s just not cool enough.
Tickets $150 each, limited seating.
Registration is required to attend. Tickets must be purchased by June 19th.
You can purchase them by filling out the form below and completing the transaction via PayPal.
Individual ticket sale cancellations made by 5:00 pm Thursday, June 20th will receive a refund less a 15% service charge.
Please note gratuity for drink service aboard the Paddlwheeler is not included but greatly appreciated.
We look forward to seeing you there!
A special thank you to the sponsors for this year’s Fraser River Sunset Dinner Cruise.
Interested in becoming a sponsor? More info.