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You’re Invited to Celebrate Giving Tuesday with us!

Giving Tuesday is National Giving Day

On Giving Tuesday, November 28, help the Burns Bog Conservation Society by giving a gift. Giving Tuesday is a day celebrating donation and volunteering activities that support all charities across Canada. Giving Tuesday is more than a moment; it’s a movement. Find out how you can give and how the Society is paying it forward by reading below.

This Giving Tuesday, let’s make a lasting impression on today’s youth. With over 2,500 kids already reconnecting with nature through our education programs, YOU hold the power to engage even more. With your gift, you will help save, inspire, and educate children of all ages, about the importance of their natural environment – like Burns Bog and other peatlands.

So what are you waiting for? Make a difference today!

#GetKidsOutside this Giving Tuesday

Peatlands and Climate Change

“Peatlands are wetlands with a thick layer of organic soil. Peatlands cover only three percent of the global land area, but they store 30 percent of the world’s soil carbon.

In many parts of the world peatlands are drained and used for agriculture and forestry. When drained, peatlands become net sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. According to FAOSTAT estimates they contribute up to 1 Gigaton of GHG emissions per year through oxidation. This makes them the third largest emitter after crop and livestock agriculture and net forest conversion. 

In addition, draining peatlands changes vegetation cover, erodes biodiversity, lowers water quality, increases the frequency of fires, causes land subsidence and can lead to other negative environmental consequences.”

To continue reading, click here!

Burns Bog is a raised bog ecosystem covering approximately 3,000 hectares of the Fraser River delta between the south arm of the Fraser River and Boundary Bay. The largest undeveloped urban landmass in North America, Burns Bog is globally unique because of its chemistry, form, flora and large size.

Though it took sphagnum mosses over 3000 years to form the Bog, human beings have destroyed half of it in the last century. Burns Bog has been isolated from surrounding areas by development. The animal population has been greatly reduced, and and some species have been pushed out entirely. Human development has harmed the bog’s water table and threatens its very survival. Highway 91, built in 1986, and the South Fraser Perimeter Road have cut directly into the bog, causing serious and lasting damage.

Peatlands and climate change go hand in hand.
View and download the “Peatland and Climate Change” info-graphic here!

Watershed Guardians of the Fraser River | Jocelyn Demers | Oct. 19

Are you looking for something to do this coming October 19th? Do you have a keen interest in the Fraser River, or Earth’s natural wonders? We’ve got just the event for you!

The Fraser river is one of the most beautiful rivers of Canada. But how healthy is it really? In this documentary we embark on a journey and meet with the people who are studying and defending the Fraser river and its watershed. With scientists, activists, outdoors men, farmers, educators, artists and natives, discover how concerned citizens try to stop its deterioration.

Bring you friends, family, and neighbours to find out what exactly is happening in the Fraser River. Stand up with your fellow people and save our beautiful green Earth.

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm. Event starts at 7:00 pm
Location: Richmond Hospital Auditorium, 7000 Westminster Hwy
Free admission: Donations welcome at the door.
(Easily accessible on public transit. Free parking in gravel lot marked “staff only” on north side of hospital. Enter parking lot from Westminster Hwy and take immediate left.)

Watch the trailer and find out more HERE!

Bog Escape is hiring!

As a Development Assistant, you will be responsible for creating an immersive and enjoyable experience for students and community members who want to ‘escape’ our outdoor “escape room” (in the Delta Nature Reserve). You will be helping brainstorm, create/design, and run educational and fun Escapes. You will get the chance to take the lead in the creation and management of the Escapes. This position offers plenty of room to improvise and apply your talent in a lively atmosphere.

This is part of a Job Creation Partnership Program funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British-Columbia.

Applicants MUST BE:

  • A BC resident, legally able to work in BC.
  • on Employment Insurance (EI),
  • or had an EI claim that ended in the past 36 months
  • or had an EI claim (maternity or parental) that began within the last 60 months and are re-entering the work force after having left it to care for a newborn or adopted child(ren)

Bog Escape is a unique outreach program run by the Burns Bog Conservation Society. We created this program so that you, your family and your friends can explore Burns Bog in a new way.

This position is full time contract position lasting until Feb 2018. This position will include evenings and weekends during events.

Check out: bogescape.ca for more information!

Beer & Wine Sampling Night a huge hit!

The Burns Bog Beer and Wine Sampling Night was a huge hit! Over 90+ people attending made it a huge success!

“A BIG thank you” goes out to our sponsors (Four Winds Brewing, Peller Estates, Campari, and Strawberry Hill De Dutch with their gift certificates), silent auction donors (Backyard Vineyards, Luxe Beauty Lounge, Krause Berry Farms & Estates Winery, and especially Mayme Uyede), guests, volunteers, and hardworking staff. An even BIGGER thank you to pub One20 for hosting last night.

The appetizers were as tasty as ever, Lesismore music was as fantastic as always. No matter where you looked, people were having a good time.

Pub One20 really helped this year. Their marketing was great; the food was great, overall, great! You could see many happy guests using their $20 gift certificates.

Mark your calendars for August 16, 2018! Don’t forget to check out our website. Some people missed out this year because they didn’t.

 

Want to view some images of the event? Click HERE.

 

Jog for the Bog 2017 was a success!

The sun was peeking through her blinds. Lauren Wolfe, the Event Coordinator for Jog for the Bog, made sure her alarm went off at the crack of dusk for the biggest Burns Bog event of the summer.



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                The Burns Bog Conservation Society staff has worked tirelessly for several weeks leading up to the event. With a 6:30 am start time, Lauren was determined to lead the Society staff in ensuring that this was the best Jog for the Bog yet!

The early hours of the morning consisted of carrying tables, chairs, signage, and a plethora of essential items across the Planet Ice parking lot. The volunteers’ extra hands and willingness to help made work easier.

As registration opened at 8:00 am, the Jog was in full swing. Participants, speakers, and performers were arriving at the event, and exhibitors began setting up their tents.

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Lauren looked around and breathed a sigh of relief. The participants are excited to start their run, and speakers and performers were getting ready just in time for their sets.

The Burns Bog Conservation Society staff would like to thank Steve Erickson, Sports Broadcaster for the Delta Cable, who emceed the event. He introduced Sunni Yoga, who made sure the participants were pumped up and ready to go before their run. He also introduced the amazing performers, Joshua Job and rapper Rob Martirosian. Joshua Job’s exquisite vocal range captivated the crowd, while Rob Martirosian’s original lyrics provoked the joggers’ minds.

Mr. Erickson also announced speakers Carla Qualtrough, Delta’s Member of Parliament (MP) and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Ravi Kahlon, North Delta’s MLA and BC’s Parliamentary Secretary for Sport & Multiculturalism. They embody the values of sportsmanship and inclusion; values that the Burns Bog Conservation Society upholds at all their events.

Ravi Kahlon, MLA, and son

Beyond the stage, many kinds of people helped in ensuring the event flowed smoothly. Louie Maione of CCC, also known as the “King of Cones,” made sure that the participants did not lose their way during the race. Running Room supplied the runners’ bibs and TRIO Events oversaw the participants’ run times. Metro Vancouver set up a booth for families to learn about Burns Bog. Vector bars, generously donated by Marty Wanless, and Cobs Bread scones were available for participants to eat before the race. De Dutch served hot pancake breakfasts after the joggers arrived at the finish line. Without the help of these organizations, the joggers would not have enjoyed the event nearly as much as they could have.

The Burns Bog Conservation Society values all who came together to make the event fun and enjoyable. By participating in Jog for the Bog, you are helping us protect Burns Bog from development. You are helping us fund our education programs, such as the Summer Day Camps, the Stepping Into Nature Festival, and our various tour guides. Because of you, we can protect Burns Bog and create a clean, sustainable present and future, for you and your children. Thank you, and we hope to see you next year!

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6 Reasons Why You Need to Jog for the Bog

Still wondering whether registering for Jog for the Bog is worth it? These reasons will make up your mind!

1. You can race on your own pace.

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5k and 10k races are for people of all fitness levels. You can either take a stroll, or challenge yourself by setting a new personal record. It’s totally up to you how you want to race it!

2. You get De Dutch pancakes – for free.

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Let’s be honest – De Dutch pancakes are out of this world. What better way to treat yourself with these pancakes than on a day of physical exertion? And best of all, it’s free when you register!

3.  You get to be close to Burns Bog, physically and figuratively.

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You’ll be running, jogging, or strolling along the Delta Nature Reserve. You’ll also feel the energy from Burns Bog. Burns Bog is a place of tranquility in the outdoors, and you’d love to stay there after your race!

4. You’ll get ready for fall’s 5k season.

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Fall is the unofficial race season, and Jog for the Bog will help you meet your fitness goals for fall. Whether you’re training for a race or doing it for fun, Jog for the Bog will still give you lots of benefits. During the race, you keep your heart rate elevated for more than half an hour, which means you increase your endurance and your focus.

5.  You’ll get that great feeling of completing a race.

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Seeing the light at the end of the trail gives us all hope. And once you cross that finish line, you forget all your problems, and you focus on what you’ve just done – complete a race! You will feel the rush of endorphins throughout your body, giving you that post-race glow.

6.   You help protect Burns Bog.

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All proceeds from Jog for the Bog will go towards the Burns Bog Conservation Society’s efforts in raising awareness about Burns Bog. This is done through our education programs, including the Summer Day Camps, fieldtrips, and tour guides. We believe that educating children will lead to more environment-conscious people in the future!

 

Convinced? 

Register for Jog for the Bog right here! Early Bird prices are on until July 4 – don’t miss out!

Tom Edwards’ Burns Bog Charity Golf Tournament

We are proud to announce that our annual Golf Tournament has been sponsored by the BC Lions and the Whitecaps FC — and  we are giving away tickets for their games!

The Golf Tournament will hold a silent auction on a range of exciting goodies, including the highly prized tickets for the games. If you are a registered golfer at our Golf Tournament, you will have a chance to win:

BC Lions tickets:
2 Touchdown Endzone tickets to a 2017 regular season home game
Value: $86

Whitecaps FC tickets:
4 Southsiders section (7 rows behind the corner flag of the pitch) tickets to a home game
Value: $158 

Our 4th annual Charity Golf Tournament will be taking place on June 8th, 2017, at the Delta Golf Club. In addition to club-swinging and prize-winning, you will also be fine-dining!

Spots are filling up quick–register now before they’re gone.

All proceeds will go towards Burns Bog Conservation Society’s efforts to conserve Burns Bog.

The Earth Day Pilgrimage 2017

Thank you so much to all of you for making the Earth day pilgrimage to Burns Bog a success!  Thank you for coming out and celebrating nature together. We could not have done it without you and hope you enjoyed the pilgrimage as much as we did!  A big thank you to our hard working volunteers as well.  Many hands really do make work light, and we thank you for giving up your free time to come help.

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I would also like to thank each and every one of our performers and guest speakers. You made the Pilgrimage that much more special with the gift of your voice to the community.  To the esteemed Imam Tariq Azeem, your message on the Gifts of Islam brought a much needed clarity on its teachings to all of us. I also wanted to thank Liz Walker for her amazing display of the coal trains, helping spread the word of the harmful effects of coal.ImamTariqAzeem
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To Aline La Flamme and the Daughters of the Drum, your performance was like a musical gateway. At the start of the pilgrimage you helped all of us enter into the spirit of nature. Thank you to the South Fraser Unitarian Singers and their beautiful performance of “Gaia” and “One World One Voice.” Susan Summers and the Sacred Web Singers, your singing helped us finish the pilgrimage on a positive note!  And of course we would love to thank Mr. Acharya Dwivedi for his lovely closing prayer. (We also have the pleasure of having Mr. Dwivedi as a part of our board).

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We value you all and are inspired by your love for nature. You all recognize the earth as something valuable to all people regardless of culture or creed. We breathe the same air and walk the same soil. Because of you we can protect Burns Bog and create a clean, sustainable future now, and for future generations. Thank you.

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Have You Thought About Joining The Guardians Club? 

I gave a talk to a local mens group several years ago, afterwards one of them said,

“I have limited finances so I like to give ten dollars each month to each of my favorite organizations.”

That started the Burns Bog Conservation Society’s Guardians’ Club.  Why the guardians club?

I envision each member silently standing guard protecting Burns Bog for future generations. Become a Guardians Club member today.

Choose the gift you want to give each month. ($5, $10, $15, your choice) You’ll be glad you did.

Eliza Olson President

(P.S. I’m a Guardians Club Member)

Visit our website and give today

 

The Baitur Rahman Mosque to Host Interfaith Event

The Baitur Rahman Mosque will be hosting a panel of four different religious faiths. This will take place following the Burns Bog Earth Day Pilgrimage. Each speaker will give a presentation followed by a Q and A period. The details are as follows

Sunday April 23, 2017
4:30pm to 6:30pm *Dinner included*

Baitur Rahman Mosque
9570 River Road, Delta, BC
The panel will include speakers from:
Islam, Catholic, Mennonite & Latter-day Saint
Q & A will follow the presentations.

Hosted by
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Vancouver, BC

In partnership with
The Surrey Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Immaculate Conception Parish, Delta BC
Cedar Park Church Mennonite Brethren, Delta, BC