10th Anniversary Guests

Our Guests on August 3rd

Briony Penn - Keynote Speaker

Briony Penn is best known for her award-winning illustrated columns and articles in various regional publications, like the award-winning Focus Magazine as well as Canadian Geographic and Explore magazines. She also was the host of the TV magazine show Enviro/Mental for three years with CHUM TV, which was nominated one of the top three magazine shows in Canada. Her first book A Year on the Wild Side was on the BC bestseller list and her latest book, Kids Book Photo of Briony Pennof Canadian Geography, is making its way into elementary classrooms across the country.

A geographer from Saltspring Island, she has lived most of her life on the shores of the Salish Sea, and helped initiate the sea’s official naming. She has operated a consulting business for environmental education, communication and design since 1986 in Scotland and BC. She is an adjunct professor and has lectured in the School of Environmental Studies, Geography Department and Restoration of Natural Systems Program of the University of Victoria for over 18 years. She is a popular lecturer for groups ranging from the UN International Conference on Children and the International Society for Ecosystem Restoration to local stewardship groups.

A pioneer of barefoot mapping, she has created maps and led workshops assisting communities to map their cherished places for nearly two decades, culminating in several books including Islands in the Salish Sea: A Community Atlas, nominated for the BC Book Awards. As an activist, Briony has worked extensively with both local groups such as the Garry Oak Meadow Preservation Society which she co-founded in 1991 to provincial organizations such as The Land Conservancy of BC (TLC), which she co-founded in 1997, and Raincoast Conservation Foundation. For two years, Briony ran unsuccessfully as a federal Liberal candidate in the Saanich and the Gulf Islands on a climate change platform.. Since then she has been co-ordinating climate and conservation initiatives for the Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia, helping to launch Canada’s first one-stop shop, Living Carbon Investments Ltd., for developing conservation offsets to assist local communities in protecting forests as a strategy for climate change. Briony is the mother of two teenage boys and lives on Saltspring Island in an ecohouse she designed.

Peter Robinson - Master of Ceremonies

Peter Robinson is a part time resident and frequent visitor to his property on Mayne Island. He has a long history of humanitarian work including monitoring prison conditions with the International Red Cross in Rwanda in 1998 and leading a team for 7 years that monitored detained asylum seekers in B.C. He has served as the Chair of the Board of Governors and the Chancellor of Royal Roads University in Victoria, and with the Board of Governors of the Canadian Red Cross Society. More recently, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Imagine Canada, a national organization that supports charities across the country. David Suzuki says:

Peter Robinson is a national leader, a man who has proven that you can be environmentally sustainable, socially conscious and still run an extremely successful business

Career highlights -

  • CEO David Suzuki Foundation since January 2008
  • CEO Mountain Equipment Co-op May 2000 – Dec. 2007
  • BC Housing 1983-2000, various positions culminating as CEO
  • Senior Park Ranger BC Parks 1971 – 1985

Salt Chuck Highway

Elisabeth Jahren, Bill Bender, Don McDougall and Lou Keating have formed Mayne Islands newest band. When Bill was asked to prepare a short "bio" for this page he responded with a recipe reproduced here verbatim:

Take water, an archipelago, fold in dreams, a case of love, two portions of jam and a dash of green onions stirred together — Salt Chuck Highway!
No mention of setting anything aside or marinating, just take it as it comes; they'll be pouring it out at 8:30.

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