At the May meeting, we had two guest speakers. The first, John Heaney, represented the Pender Island Concert Society. For over 20 years, the Concert Society has worked to promote Canadian musicians, and to organize four concerts per year (two classical and two contemporary). They continue to develop programming for Pender children, and in the coming year, children and high school students will be able to attend concerts at no cost when accompanied by an adult. In addition, there will be at least one concert held in the afternoon for the Pender school students, as well as the regularly scheduled performances. The Society members are very committed to providing us a great opportunity to enjoy some of Canada’s amazing musical performances.
Our second guest, Richard Philpot, spoke to us about the Pender Island Recycling Society. Most of us are already familiar with the Recycling Depot, but it was very interesting to learn about some of the history and goals of the depot and the volunteer board responsible. Richard spoke about the benefits, and some of the frustrations, which have resulted as recycling has evolved and government-mandated industry regulations have reshaped the way recycling must be done. He talked about their focus on education, which occurs naturally at the depot as they help us to sort and deposit, but also through the Society’s website and initiatives such as making the Fall Fair “garbage free”, the ReStore, etc. We are very fortunate to have a Recycling Society which is very vocal when it comes to advocating for our situation on Pender.