President’s Blog

Call for Volunteers

Hey Sustainable Peeps! 

It’s been a while. I don’t know about you all but it’s been a pretty overwhelming year so far. Our little organization has gone through some big changes. As a volunteer driven organization, we need volunteers! I am hoping that our members will rally to the call.

POSITIONS

Firstly, our Bicycle Action Lead has moved out of Cobourg and also out of his role leading this Advocacy group. I am proud of the work this group of dedicated cyclists has done over the last 15 years by helping to make Cobourg a more cycle friendly community, even garnering for the Town a Bronze cycling rating. If you are interested in taking on this role, you would be continuing a very important component of providing sustainable practices that help address climate change and also importantly, is a healthy life practice. Please contact me if you would like more information.

Next we have a vacancy for a Climate Action Lead. This role has lended itself to partnering with other Climate Advocacy groups and has also had an engagement component to present solutions to both the Town and the County through participating in demonstrations to presenting delegations to both tiers of government.

A volunteer coordinator position is also available as is the position of treasurer. Again, please contact me for more information

MEMBERSHIP

For those who became members of Sustainable Cobourg in 2024, you will be receiving a password that will allow you to access our Board Minutes as well as our past presentation documents and all things Sustainable Cobourg! Keep a look out for that in September. 

For those of you who wish to renew in 2024, you will also be sent this password. 

It is hoped that this availability to our resources will allow for more interaction and participation.

If you have suggestions or questions, should we plan for a monthly get together (informal, maybe at a pub) to discuss? I would love that!

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions or suggestions and don’t be shy. I’d love some feedback about our website too.

Cheers,

Gigi

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