Nov 262015

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By Rachel Davey

The Haven’s Facilities Masterplan was launched at the end of 2014. It represents the best collective wisdom and vision for the institution and will serve as a road map for site development, infrastructure, landscape, building renovation and new construction. In 2015 we completed the Thunderbird Dorms and a major upgrade and consolidation of our waste water system, with the generous support of our donors, Scott Poole & Laurie Kelley and David Beckwermert. We will be taking the opportunity of our December shutdown to begin two other projects: creating the site for the new car park and preparing to bring three-phase hydro on to the property.

The most powerful message that came out of the public consultation on the Facilities Masterplan was to move the car park out of the heart of The Haven property. This opens up the space for the new lodge, and offers the opportunity to build a much-needed additional large underground cistern, even before the work on the new lodge begins. Extra parking spaces close to the Wong & McKeen Phoenix Auditorium will also be a great benefit to the Gabriola community attending events. In December we will begin creating the new site for the car park, which will be in the area on the left as you come through the Haven entrance, behind the Phoenix and Heron buildings and in the meditation garden. This will also be the site of the future new electrical building for the three-phase hydro project.

We will be taking down a number of trees in that area, something we do not do without much prior planning and consultation. In doing this we are following one of the guiding principles of the Facilities Masterplan, namely to support the long-term viability of The Haven and at the same time doing as much as we can to protect the environment. Here are some of the considerations we have taken in preparation for this project:

  • The site chosen is an area which is already to some extent cleared and does not get much vehicle or foot traffic.
  • The trees in the area have been mapped so we know which are significant. It is the area with the lowest density of significant trees on the property.
  • We are intending to mitigate the impact by moving the nurse logs in the area (these are fallen trees which now support new life); transplant any important understory plants; mill and reuse the timber produced for new buildings and fencing.
  • We are also planning to plant elsewhere on the property. This is an opportunity to potentially replace all of the significant trees we will lose as well as to diversify our trees and understory thereby ensuring that we are planting for climate change resilience and protecting our shoreline from erosion.

We are drawing on considerable expertise for this project. We are using an experienced arborist to remove the trees, to ensure that this is done expertly and with minimal impact on the trees that are left. We are also making use of the Landscape Management Plan which accompanies the Facilities Masterplan, created by Topographics Landscape Architects of Gabriola. Most importantly, we are drawing on the extensive knowledge of Don Mattson, The Haven’s gardener. Don says:

I have spent many years as the steward of the Haven Lands and my connection with the land and the people who come to The Haven runs deep. As I wind down my career in the garden I am excited to see wonderful plans for the future of The Haven. I have been in consultation with the planning committees over the past year and am fully in support of the plans for the new car park. I have been aware of the poor condition of the forest in the area that will be affected and believe what is planned will only benefit the health of this part of the property. It is always difficult to see trees come down and I believe that in the bigger vision of the Haven future we are heading in the right direction. There are some beautiful lines by the great poet Wendell Berry which were put into a song by Eric Bibb. These lines tell the story I try to live by and I believe are fitting to remember as we begin work on the new parking area: “When I rise up let me rise up, joyful as a bird. When I fall let me fall without regret, like a leaf.” I thank everyone for the care taken in making these decisions, and hope for the support of all who care about this beautiful, healing place called The Haven.

As part of The Haven’s planning for the future, we are extending the upgrade that BC Hydro started a number of years ago along Taylor Bay Road, by upgrading the lines along Davis Rd from single phase to 3-phase. The Haven uses more power than an average household, and bringing three phase hydro on to the Haven property will stabilize the service and make it more balanced. Between now and the end of December, BC Hydro will be replacing the poles along Davis Road and installing the three phase hydro lines. The main disruption will be to our neighbours along Davis Road, and we are working with BC Hydro to keep this to a minimum. We appreciate the support we have already received from our neighbours as we move forward with this project.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Rachel Davey or Dennis Marriott by email (ac.ne1448786511vah@l1448786511ehcar1448786511 ac.ne1448786511vah@s1448786511inned1448786511). Work will begin on Monday December 7 and will be completed before Christmas. You are also most welcome to join a group of us on Saturday December 5 at 1pm to move the significant plants and to say goodbye and thank you to the trees that will be coming down.

Thanks to all the donors who have combined their vision for the future of The Haven with ours and enabled us to move ahead on the Facilities Masterplan. They are David Beckwermert, Chriss Corbett, Mark and Sandy Gunderson, C.Anne Hale, Shana Johnston and Dave Goossen, Laurie Kelley and Scott Poole, Al Shultz and Leona Kolla, and Anna Weiers. If you would like to know more about donating to the Facilities Masterplan, please contact Louise Amuir (ac.ne1448786511vah@e1448786511siuol1448786511).


Nov 252015

eating-at-the-havenBy Ceilidh Kirk

The next time you come to The Haven, you may notice some changes to our menus. Our goal is to offer lighter, healthier and more nutrient dense options.

The primary objective of food services at The Haven is to support you, our program and conference participants, and leader teams with delicious, nutritious meals. We’ve done well to date, and we plan to do even more. Here’s some of what we are focussing on:

  • We want to serve whole, naturally energizing foods further reducing our use of refined sugars and other highly-processed ingredients, so watch for new kinds of desserts at dinner.
  • We want to increase the amount of protein in our vegetarian features which will be showcased all day on ‘Meatless Thursdays’.
  • We will continue serving meat, and in line with both health and environmental recommendations, we will provide healthier cuts and portions and reduce the amount of animal protein overall.
  • We want to better serve those who come to us with severe food sensitivities.

We welcome your feedback and ideas to make your dining experience even better. We invite you post a menu suggestion in the box in the Lodge or send an email to me, Ceilidh Kirk, The Haven’s Food Services Manager (ac.ne1448786511vah@k1448786511rikc1448786511).

Thank you and bon appétit.

Nov 202015

bright-future-aheadBy Rachel Davey

I am delighted to launch the 2016-2020 Haven Strategic Plan. From 2016 through 2020, we will build upon the strong foundation we have established by The Haven’s previous Strategic Plan, to enable even more positive change in the world through our transformative education programs in self-responsible relational living.

The Strategic Plan is made up of eleven goals in three strategic areas:

  • People – we will deepen our engagement with participants, interns, faculty and operations team, extending our reach and impact, developing and supporting our leaders, and further enriching the experiences of all.
  • Programs – maintaining our high standards of quality and integrity, we will do more of what we do best, and adapt to the evolving needs of our participants.
  • Operations – we will implement our Facilities Master Plan, strive for optimization in all facets of our business and manage in a manner that is socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible.

This Strategic Plan was shaped by input from Haven participants, donors, staff, faculty, assistants, interns, board directors and friends and is stronger and clearer as a result. We invite you to join us at The Haven as the next five years unfold. Our 2020 vision is clear, and the future is bright.

Read the Strategic Plan online. 

Nov 172015

By Rachel Davey

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Please join me in celebrating with Justin Kautz, who has been named as The Haven/Gabriola Arts Council (GAC) Artist in Residence for 2016. The Haven and GAC began a partnership to offer an Artist in Residence program in 2012 and Justin is our fifth resident artist and first musician. Since 2013, The Haven’s 30th anniversary year, the residence has been offered to emerging artists aged 30 and under in the year of application. The Artist in Residence program recognizes the important role of creativity in health and well-being. Throughout its history, The Haven has offered programs that nurture and cultivate creativity. The Haven has also been a place where artists have found inspiration and a welcoming to practice their craft.

Justin has been nurtured into the performing world through the dedicated and carefully crafted works of Toy Guns Dance Theatre. Aside from five stage works and one duet within the work of Toy Guns, he has had the pleasure and challenge of performing in several musical theatre works, most recently the role of Sherlock Holmes with Jubilations Dinner Theatre. Prior to his time engaging the arts as a career path, Justin sang in the Grandiose Duo and performed on the trombone as a hobby next to his more encompassing occupation as an Engineer In Training with Alberta Innovates — Technology Futures.

On hearing about his successful submission, Justin wrote: “The news that The Haven on Gabriola is in my near future has added a buoyancy to my step and a confidence to my music! From what I have read and heard of The Haven, it is surrounded by a vibrant community and has a wealth of wise and skilled people to learn from and an abundance of striking nature to soak up. The most difficult part of this residency will likely be the wait prior! My curiosity has been piqued, my hopes have flared and my anticipation grows with every conversation about the residency. Among the plethora of opportunities afforded by this residency, I’m most looking forward to focused creative time, new connections at The Haven and on the island, and the Isle of the Arts Festival. I can’t say thank you enough!”

We look forward to welcoming Justin to The Haven to begin the residency on March 13 2016. Many thanks to the jury – Tawny McLachlan Capon, Tina Jones, Susan Juby and Jules Molloy – for their dedication and hard work in selecting another wonderful young artist to come to Gabriola.

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