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Elders Circle

Reflections on a Village Elder: Patricia Lane and the Ethics of Service

Written By Dr. Carole Christopher, SPEC Guiding Elder and Director I met Patricia (Patty to me) 35 years ago when she was a lawyer with the BC Federation of Labour and I coordinated an ecumenical Centre for Justice & Peace.  We bonded around shared faith, a core belief in the common good, and a commitment to …

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Building Solidarity Across Differences

By Dr. Carole Christopher, SPEC President & Elder Image: Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain Expansion construction. From Burnaby Now. SPEC opposes the local pipeline expansion on the basis of environmental risk. But we also believe that the deeply polarized public discourse around this and similar projects is a major factor stalling efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate …

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The SPEC Elders Circle – Reclaiming Elder Wisdom

Written by Carole Christopher, SPEC President The SPEC Elders Circle is a new initiative within SPEC that’s rooted in the belief that elders and society have much to gain by elders embracing their wisdom role and offering insight and knowledge to younger generations drawn from life experience and accumulated learning.  When I was about 55, (I’m now …

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Is Being an Elder an Environmental Matter?

SPEC just received a small, but significant grant, to start the Environmental Elders Engagement Initiative, or the SPEC Elders Project, for short. In a recent interview on CBC, David Suzuki, considered one of Canada’s most dedicated defenders of the environment, spoke about his determination to awaken elders to the power of their wisdom role in society. (David …

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Profile of Gary Gallon

“Who’s the guy with the afro?” This iconic picture of SPEC’s early days often draws that question. His name is Gary Gallon. For us, his name stands for leadership and passion, and he’s remembered as a lively, intelligent, energetic, and dedicated young man with a huge capacity to motivate and lead. His sense of direction …

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Profile on Terry Chantler

By Dr. Carole Christopher, SPEC President Last year, in preparation for our 45th anniversary celebration, I reviewed SPEC’s historical campaigns (1) and successfully connected with nearly 100 SPEC activists from the early days.  As I gathered names, one that repeatedly came up was Terry Chantler so I called him to see what I could learn about …

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