A professional theatre group in White Rock has added a page to Greater Vancouver’s collective history books.
In ‘Sea of Stories,’ a teenager begrudgingly researches White Rock for a school project and discovers himself immersed in vignettes from different eras.
The detailed costume of Seagod X’ya:s the Transformer was crafted by Semiahmoo First Nation member Roxanne Charles.
Peninsula Productions partnered with the City of White Rock to apply for a Canada 150 grant and the result was an original play with acting, singing, dancing, video and still projections, explained show producer Janet Ellis.
Artistic Director Wendy Bollard said the scriptwriting phase drew members of the community together. “People would sit around a table and start talking about things from the 1950s and it was very funny, and different people would meet different people.” Play organizers also worked with members of Semiahmoo First Nation to weave their stories into the script.
White Rock Pier in 1964.
Performer and assistant director Cory Haas says the play’s message goes beyond the borders of White Rock. “It is a story of community building and people coming together –and it’s musical, so there is singing and dancing that people love to come to!”
The City of Port Coquitlam has made a significant contribution to the region’s wilderness areas by transforming two old sewage lagoons into a 27-acre park with ponds, marshes, meadows, forests and aquatic habitats.
“This is a migration path for birds. Having such a significant wetlands here in Metro Vancouver benefits our wildlife throughout the whole region,” said Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore while surveying the site in fall 2017.
Mayor Greg Moore and Capital Projects Manager Lee-Anne Truong look over Blakeburn Lagoons Park site as in October 2017. 100,000 plants have since been added.
Located near Riverside Drive in northeast Port Coquitlam, Blakeburn Lagoons Park includes 1.6 kilometres of walking trails and four viewing platforms. Opening to public in spring 2018, it is a naturalistic design that was preferred by residents, compared to more recreation-focused plans presented at open houses and online.
Moore explained that city councils have long wanted to revitalize the sewage settling ponds that have been there since the 1950s. “A couple years ago we had the opportunity to apply for federal provincial cost sharing funds and that was really the tipping point for our council to make the decision to move forward.”
Marine birds bob on the waters of Blakeburn Lagoons Park which features wetlands, meadows, forest, and an aquatic habitat.
To keep the ponds from drying out in summer, they are linked to storm water outflows, and some areas were excavated deep enough to connect with ground water, according to Manager of Capital Projects Lee-Anne Truong. “In high rain events water will now go to the lagoon park rather backing up our storm sewer systems.”
Moore has a personal connection with the site. “I grew up in this neighbourhood, half a kilometre from here. This was all bushes behind all the houses around us. It is a neat moment in time to be making this into an area that we can use again.”
Her experience as a scientist and NASA astronaut gave Dr. Cady Coleman an orbital perspective. Now she sees our blue planet’s possibilities with a unique and hopeful viewpoint.
Sharing her insights and vision for a world where people work together to accelerate the transition to a circular economy, Coleman had a positive message for the audience at the 2017 edition of Metro Vancouver’s annual Zero Waste Conference.