Ken Wu, the co-founder and executive director of the Ancient Forest Alliance on Vancouver Island, will be the guest speaker at the upcoming Strathcona Wilderness Institute annual general meeting. Photo supplied

Strathcona Wilderness Institute AGM and public lecture

The Strathcona Wilderness Institute is bringing Ken Wu as the guest speaker at its annual general meeting on Thursday, March 7.

Wu’s presentation is entitled : “From old-growth rainforests to semi-arid desert and grasslands: conserving Canada’s amazing ecosystems.”

The title reflects his latest career direction in the establishment of a new national organization dedicated to Canadian conservation, coast to coast: the “Endangered Ecosystems Alliance.”

Wu has devoted himself to wilderness conservation for more than 25 years. As a graduate of UBC’s ecology and evolutionary biology department, he has worked for the Wilderness Committee (1999-2010), was co-founder (in 2010) and executive director of the extremely successful Ancient Forest Alliance on Vancouver Island, from which he has now turned to native ecosystems in and beyond British Columbia in the new Endangered Ecosystems Alliance, founded in 2018 to support ecosystem literacy and the science-based protection of all native ecosystems.

The future of Strathcona Park will be a concern of this presentation.

The AGM and presentation will take place in the Conference Hall, upper Filberg Centre, 410 Anderton, Courtenay at 7 p.m. Admission – by donation, children Welcome. Strathcona Wilderness Institute’s annual general meeting will follow the presentation.

The AGM will consist of annual reports and election of the board; light refreshments will be served, for which please bring your own mug.

Members of the public, former and potential volunteers are all invited to attend the AGM and learn more about SWI’s work, accomplishments and plans for the upcoming year.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of this organization, and we have many opportunities for volunteers to get involved, from leading guided walks and presentations in the park, to helping us with our fundraising efforts and creating educational materials for visiting and local park users,” said Judy Norbury, chairperson of the board of directors.

The board would also like to invite anyone interested in being involved in the SWI at the organizational level, namely as a director, to put their names forward for the upcoming election.

For a copy of the report for the 2018 summer season, go to https://bit.ly/2ThawGH

For more information, please contact strathconawilderness@gmail.com

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