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Dear Transition Victoria Members and Other Interested Folks,
We feel that it's important to inform everyone that Transition Victoria, basically, is no longer operating and, shortly, may be shut down completely. And if you are interested, we would like to invite you to play a part in bringing it back to life.
Transition Victoria (TVic) was founded by a small group of people in 2009, as part of a global grassroots movement supporting citizen action toward reducing oil dependence and building local community resilience and ecological sustainability. At its peak, Transition Victoria had 700 members and some 20 active subgroups. It was never an official non-profit organization, and never got any substantive funding from anywhere, but a lot of amazing things were achieved! Some of our members helped develop an organization that produces linen from local flax, incorporated a housing land trust, and co-founded the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods project -- all of which continue independently of Transition Victoria today. (And there are some wonderful nut trees still growing around town, too.) However, over time the core volunteers who were doing much of the heavy lifting for Transition Victoria to keep things going became tired and moved on to other things, and new leaders did not step forward.
Currently, Transition Victoria exists in name only -- it is essentially an email list, a busy Facebook page, a bank account with about $400, a rudimentary website, and a quasi-official collaborator-in-name on some projects. About four or five members spend a little of our time now and again maintaining what's left of TVic, mainly because we find it so hard to let it go and still see so much potential in it!
The Transition Town movement still excites and inspires us and many other people around the world -- there are now some 1,200 Transition Towns internationally. And the need for these kinds of citizen-led initiatives is certainly still growing, as our government and corporate leaders continue to abdicate responsibility surrounding climate change. However, Transition Victoria needs new volunteer leaders and active members. Are you interested? If you are, maybe we can help each other. If you're interested in potentially taking leadership in revitalizing Transition Victoria, please contact Rob Wipond at rob (at) robwipond dot com or Michelle Colussi at michelle dot colussi dot 2010 (at) gmail dot com before November 30th, 2016.
If we hear from a lot of people expressing strong energy and interest, then we'll look at ways of helping harness that energy. Perhaps by putting those interested people in touch with each other? Organizing a meeting for everyone to meet in person? Running a Transition Training Workshop? Or feel free to suggest your own ideas for what could happen to help kick-start Transition Victoria again, and indicate what sort of energy and leadership you're willing to take on to make it happen!
If we do not hear from many people with interest and energy for taking leadership, then it is likely we will proceed with shutting down the website, donating our money to a worthy local organization with compatible goals, and re-naming or closing the Facebook page, so that at least no one will be under the illusion that a "Transition Victoria" is still operating. Maybe then, some new people will step up into that void!
With thanks and affection on behalf of the (former) Transition Victoria:
Michelle Colussi, Jens K!efer, Patricia Molchan, Anke van Leeuwen, Elaine Weidner, Rob Wipond
This is the new website of Transition Victoria. We've scaled down from trying to run a complex social media ning website, and our ning has been shut down. Over the next while we hope to slowly add more materials to this site. But the best way to stay in touch with TVic happenings would be to sign up for our newsletter if you haven't yet!