The Outreach Program

The mission of the Outreach Committee is to educate and encourage support issues related to social justice and the environment both locally and globally.

Each year we create an Earth Day service that celebrates the uniqueness of the earth and encourages us to take action to reduce the environmental impact of our lifestyles. More information on the theme & date will be forthcoming in the spring.

We regularly support fair trade through annual sales of products from Dix Milles Villages and have an ongoing collection of non-perishable food for the Fond de Depannage de l’Ouest de l’Ile, our local food bank. The committee raises money for many local and international charities through after-church soup lunches.

 

Vergers de chez nous

Vergers de Chez Nous… (Urban Picking Organization) A few years ago, when Geneviève Lussier (mother of 3 1/2 year old twins) was driving around, she started noticing all the fruit trees (“and there are a lot”)- and all of the unpicked fruit rotting on the ground.l She started playing with the idea of how to harvest the trees, yet afraid that people might find her idea a bit nuts. But then she started hearing other people talk of the same thing. Apparently, the idea was not so crazy after all.

She spoke to a non-profit group and found that they would be interested in reaping some of the benefits of this urban harvest. More research, and Geneviève found that there are similar groups spourting up all over North America and Canada.

With no experience a part from a couple of U-pick outings, Geneviève set out to develop this idea. She researched every aspect: how to contact the the private owners, when and what to harvest and how to deal with the various insects and diseases…

Intreagued? read more at http://monmarchelocal.ca/vergers-de-chez-nous/

 

Sailing our Plastic Oceans

One Sunday, after morning service, we had the opportunity to meet Bryson Robertson, a young engineer from South Africa who, with two friends, has sailed around the globe documenting the amount of plastics on the beaches and in the oceans. He has been visiting schools in many different countries educating people about this global problem. We were fortunate to have him share his photos and information with us. He spoke about how plastics affect the wildlife and, most importantly, what we can do about the problem. For further information, see the websites: www.oceangybe.com  and www.riseaboveplastics.org