George Bernard Shaw said “progress is impossible without change” and 2018 is going to be a year of change for the Northern Environmental Action Team.
We are excited about the prospect of the next twelve months. 2018 marks the first year in two decades that we are not operating the PRRD Waste Reduction and Outreach Office. We are really proud of the work that we did during this time. For twenty years we were the voice of pRRRdy says, encouraging residents, businesses, and local governments to both understand the impact of their actions on the environment and act in the environment’s best interests. We’ve seen the introduction of curbside recycling collection programs in Fort St John and Pouce Coupe, the culmination of years of hard work and partnership, and helped usher in many changes to the way we all interact with waste. We are excited to see what the future holds for the region and are happy to help in all of the NEAT ways you’ve come to expect.
At the close of 2017, we said goodbye to two longtime staff members, our Executive Director, Dzengo Mzengeza and Communications Coordinator, Tammy Hrab. Both have left NEAT to seek their next opportunity. Dzengo provided a steady hand at the helm and guided NEAT as we fulfilled our Mission and Vision for seven years. During this time we expand our service offerings and build stronger community partnerships, and Tammy has been the voice of NEAT in many ways online and off.
School programming has been a cornerstone for NEAT over the years and we are happy to be continuing this. Susan McGarvey, our fantastic education expert, is staying with us and has been working hard to develop new and exciting classroom programming and resources for teachers.
Three months ago NEAT took over the ABC Thrift Store, re-opening it as NEAT Finds Thrift Store. NEAT Finds will play an integral role in the future of NEAT as we move forward, providing stable funding for selected community programming. Ashlee Purcell will continue as our bookkeeper and the manager of NEAT Finds. She welcomes volunteers, donations, and thrifty shoppers alike!
2018 is going to be a year of change for all of us. We are committed to the communities in North and South Peace and will continue providing award winning community programming. We invite you to join us on this journey by signing up for a class, making a donation, or becoming a monthly be*leafer. In the meantime, we will continue undeterred with our mission, striving for healthy and sustainable communities.
Happy New Year,