Spring Gillard

Lesson Plans


I took the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) at UBC last weekend. The course, hosted by the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), is recognized by most academic institutions and required for many Teaching Certificate programs, including UBC, SFU and Royal Roads. It was intense and jam-packed with useful learner-centred teaching […]

Sustainability in Tough Times


I’m beginning to plan for this year’s applied sustainability course at Simon Fraser University (SFU). It’s essentially a two day tour where we go out and look at real life sustainability in action. Each year varies, but Olympic Village is always featured. The photo above shows the district energy system “smokestacks” […]

Meares Effect

I began working with Father Gerry Guillet in the early 1990s, soon after I moved back to Vancouver from Winnipeg. Gerry is a Catholic priest from the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. The order hired me to work with Gerry to document some of their work with First Nations. Gerry had taken up […]

Lunch Kit Buddies

I met Linda a couple years ago at a fitness class at our community centre. We were the slowest walkers and bonded as we walked around the track. We are around the same age and turns out both of us were contemplating going back to school to do a Masters. Each week […]

Exchanging Pleasantries

I’m a pretty big fan of bike art, so I was delighted to see these creative trellises at the Mt Pleasant Park Community Garden last night. I was there doing a compost workshop for their garden members. They just installed a lovely wood and wire three-binner and wanted to start their compost system on […]

What Fresh Hell?

I just renewed my passport. I also needed a certified copy as I was applying for exemption from US taxes on e-book revenues. It took me four trips to the passport office and a half hour on the phone to the IRS. As I said to the IRS guy, this phone call will cost me […]

Doggone Transitions

Over Christmas of 1987, I travelled to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with my then boyfriend. I dubbed it our break up holiday and had already picked my theme for the coming year: clean slate in ’88. I knew the relationship was over a few months before we left. I remember the moment […]

Compost, Ever So Green

Two summer composting workshops coming up. The first one is this Sunday at Evergreen’s community garden on the City Hall lawn. The garden is extending the invitation to the community, so feel free to register even if you’re not a member. The second workshop will be held at the Kitsilano Community Garden. They […]

Friend of Distinction

I met Megan in a first year French class at the University of Victoria. We sat in the front row together and inhaled our professor’s Gitanes weekly. We soon became friends outside of class, partly through taking lifeguarding courses together. One November weekend in preparation for our National Lifeguard test, we rented […]

Wasting Food

I attended a Vancouver Food Policy Council meeting this week. The topic was food scraps, so I was motivated to attend on a warm summer evening. It was lovely to see the enthusiasm around the room and especially wonderful to see the interest in food recovery or food rescue as it is […]