This year’s JCI Cape Breton Lunch ‘n Learn series kicks into gear with a presentation on community sustainability and active transportation. “We’re hoping to get people’s wheels turning and consider the importance of having efficiently designed communities for human health,” said Mark Sparrow, President of JCI Cape Breton.
This particular Lunch ‘n Learn will be held at Kiju’s restaurant in Membertou at 12:00pm, July 7.
“This year, we’ve started to focus on issues of sustainability, with all the focus on the [CBRM] integrated community sustainability plan and the Tar Ponds Cleanup,” said Sparrow. “We’ve [decided that] it’s time that, as a young leaders’ group in Cape Breton, we start getting more actively involved in these kinds of issues.”
In carrying out an invigorated focus on issues on environmental and community sustainability, JCI invited local physician Chris Milburn to present “Creating Communities for Humans, not Cars” for the Lunch n’ Learn. True to his passions, the avid cyclist, runner, and Green Party devotee will be sharing ideas of how communities can be designed and re-designed around principles of sound environmental practice and greener, healthier transportation methods.
JCI’s other efforts of involvement around community sustainability included submitted letters to provincial and municipal government officials in support of creating non-motorized trails. The group also created links with organizations working towards similar goals, including Nova Scotians Promoting Active Transportation on Community Trails and VELO Cape Breton.
JCI Cape Breton is the very active local chapter of Junior Chamber International, and works in the interests of young professionals. Since their establishment in Cape Breton organizing events around the four key areas of individual, business, community, and international development., Lunch ‘n Learns are among JCI’s regular signature undertakings, which serve the dual purpose of providing educational sessions as well as experience for members in organizing and hosting events.
Sparrow said that the JCI board is always open to new ideas. If WGO readers have a topic idea they wish to see presented at a lunch ‘n learn, anyone is welcome to send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about JCI Cape Breton, visit www.jcicapebreton.com
The cost to attend the presentation and enjoy a buffet lunch is $15 for members of JCI Cape Breton and the Sydney & Area Chamber of Commerce, and $20 for non-members.
There are only 25 seats available. RSVP here or email Internal Vice President, Matt Stewart at email@example.com for more information.