Resilient Communities

What is a resilient community? What does that look like?

Here’s a quick quiz from Yes@ Magazine to gauge how resilient you are.

Below are a number of links to websites that focus on the good life, where the pursuit of health and happiness does not compromise the natural environment and the planet we call home.

On Bowen Island

Bowen in Transition is a local grassroots organization, part of a global movement, aimed at working within the community and with others in the Transition Network to make our island more resilient and sustainable, one small step at a time. Our projects to date, some of them now annual events, include:

  • Bowen Island Sustainability Tour
  • Canning and Preserving Workshops
  • Fruit Tree Planting
  • Forward Focus Documentary Film Series
  • Introduction to Transition and the Sharing Economy: Workshops and Games
  • Exploring the Introduction of a Community Currency
  • Monthly Newsletter and Website
  • Developing this Green Guide and Forum

New members are always welcome!

Knick Knack Nook is Bowen’s reuse it shop. Since opening in 2009, Knick Knack Nook has made a difference to life on Bowen Island. In addition to keeping a large amount of used items out of landfill and offering inexpensive shopping opportunities, it has served as a meeting and gathering place for the community. It’s mission is: To provide a welcoming community service that fosters environmental and social responsibility primarily through sale of used items in good condition. Check out the Volunteer Opportunities here.

Bowen Island Agricultural Alliance is a community network with a mission to promote and facilitate the development of local food systems, agriculture, and community building.

The Caring Circle is a relatively new organization on Bowen Island. It’s mission is to work with residents to meet the challenges of obtaining the health care and social support services necessary for them to live with a sense of well being at home and with a feeling of social connection in their community. Their intention is to build a strong and sustainable community-based health resource centre that will respond to the unmet needs of the community and advocate and encourage capacity building, development and change.

Other Resources

Resilient Communities Canada address a number of issues from climate change to food security. can help you:

  • find ways to locally produce the food, energy, water, and things you and your community need — in abundance.
  • learn how to make a living, gain economic independence, and prosper in turbulent times.
  • build a safe and secure life for you and your family by helping you build a more resilient community to live in. is both an information clearinghouse and a network of action-oriented groups. Our focus is on building community resilience in a world of multiple emerging challenges: the decline of cheap energy, the depletion of critical resources like water, complex environmental crises like climate change and biodiversity loss, and the social and economic issues which are linked to these. We like to think of the site as a community library with space to read and think, but also as a vibrant café in which to meet people, discuss ideas and projects, and pick up and share tips on how to build the resilience of your community, your household, or yourself.

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