The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg contacted me in Spring about their EcoShift event which was held on September 26th. It was their first ever EcoShift, and they had a huge vision - to encourage the Jewish Community and all Winnipeggers to go green by hosting a day full of activities and an evening keynote address by Dr. David Suzuki. I'm still in awe of Dov and Sarah who thought of the idea, brought together a committee and many volunteers, and pulled off a fantastic event.
My portion was to help with the evening. There was a pre-event reception for event sponsors and VIP guests to mingle at the Shaarey Zedek. Hors D'ouerves were passed around, featuring local ingredients and wild salmon. Confession: I have never done this before, but on this night I snuck an hors d'ouerve every time I was in the kitchen...they were so, so good :)
After the pre-event reception, the keynote address began. Dr. Suzuki spoke about the things that matter - people, relationships, family. He urged the audience to live simply and not strive for the next, bigger, better item. He talked about the state of the environment and Canada's policies. It was a wonderful speech and I overheard a lot of positive feedback.
I had a great time working on this event. Thanks very much!
I just took a couple of pictures:
The centrepieces on the cocktail tables were wheatgrass and candles:
This is the view from where I sat for the introduction.
Dr. Suzuki is to the right of the big screen at the front: