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Vancouver (Be The Change Earth Alliance)
- Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Community Since: Oct, 2005
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Who We Are and What We Do
The Pachamama community in Vancouver is represented by Be The Change Earth Alliance, a registered Canadian charity that has been operating in the region since 2005. Through a combination of Symposiums, Leadership Trainings, and bi-annual “Un-Conferences,” Be The Change brings concerned citizens of all ages and backgrounds together in Action Circles – intimate groups of like-minded and impassioned people who meet regularly to connect, explore sustainability issues, and support and inspire one another to build a better world through personal lifestyle choices and community projects.
In solidarity with the Pachamama Alliance the Be The Change is to bring forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet. Be The Change has built upon the activating tool of the Symposium and developed programs and materials to support citizen engagement. Action Circles offer a degree of peer support and accountability that has helped thousands of people around the world to transform their despondency about our state of being into impassioned, focused action, creating ripples of positive change that echo far and wide.
The Areas This Community Includes
Most of our community activities take place within the Greater Vancouver Region, although we have delivered workshops and Symposia in areas throughout British Columbia. Action Circles and our on-line workshops, on the other hand, are international in scope and have participants from all over the world.
Our Community Story
Maureen Jack-LaCroix founded Be The Change Earth Alliance after completing her Masters in Creation Spirituality and Eco-Psychology through Naropa University. Having studied with Matthew Fox, Joanna Macy, Brian Swimme, Drew Dillinger, Miriam McGillis and other people that were featured in the first Symposium, she was delighted to discover Pachamama Alliance when the Symposium was presented at her church by Elizabeth (Kanada) Gorla in 2006. Maureen immediately signed up for the next Leadership Training and met her Wild Goose tribe in the US Pacific Northwest. Every board member of BTCEA has subsequently taken the Leadership Training and we consider ourselves an un-official branch office of the mother ship in San Francisco.
Our Community Activities
Symposiums are held, on average, once every two months at varying locations throughout Greater Vancouver. We hold Leadership Trainings on a bi-annual basis, and produce a bi-annual “un-conference” known as The Great Turning that brings activated citizens and community leaders together in solutions-based dialogue and celebration. We also hold teleseminars and other “one-off” events and programs throughout the year.
With regard to Action Circles, participants meet regularly at a time and place of their choosing. A Circle “cycle” typically lasts 8 sessions, with each session lasting about 2 hours.