Fundraiser at St. Georges Channel a Great Success

Jul 11, 2014 by Jim Foulds Comments Off

          A fund raising concert to support the work of the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association (BLBRA) was held at the St Georges Channel Hall on the evening of June 28, 2014.  More than 100 fun loving folks from the surrounding communities attended the rollicking concert put on by the hard working volunteers of that area.  The Hall was packed, so additional chairs were put on the deck where people could enjoy the music and the summer evening. The music was wonderful and included thoughtful compositions by Doug MacKinnon, clever ballads by Tim LaBorie and wonderful high energy tunes by Rob Woodley.  The talented musicians were accompanied by the Galley Slaves and the Bard Boys.  One of our own Board members (Doug Begg) is a proud Galley Slave!  Oatcakes, cookies, tea and coffee were offered by the staff of the Haven café of Port Hawkesbury, who also donated the profits from the sales. Door prizes included an “ugly stick” built by Doug Begg, several of Tim LaBorie’s CD’s and presentation quality maps of the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve. The evening was perfect, the site offered a wonderful view of the west end of the Lake, but more than that, the spirit and camaraderie shared by people of all ages, was uplifting. We left with tired cheeks after an evening of continuous smiles (also laughing and singing along). Our thanks go out to the volunteers of that community: the planners, the musicians, the kitchen staff from Haven, and to the crowd who came to hear the music and support the Biosphere Reserve Association.  The combined contributions of just over $800.00 from donations, half of the 50:50 split and the proceeds of food sales will be used to carry out the various projects that build capacity for Biodiversity conservation and sustainable economic development in the Bras d’Or Biosphere.  This concert also served to inform the local community of the UNESCO designation and the programs initiated by the BLBRA.

What is the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association?

We are volunteers who have worked to have the Bras d’Or Lake and its watershed designated as a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve. We now oversee the activities of the Biosphere Reserve. We are a registered society in the province of Nova Scotia.

Biosphere reserves are special places around the world where people are trying to live more sustainably – that means 4 things:

  • a healthy environment
  • a healthy economy
  • a healthy society
  • a healthy culture.

Now, isn’t that worth recognizing? That’s what the United Nations thought back in the early 1970′s when they came up with this concept. They wanted to give international recognition to these places – where people could find out more about the special natural resources of an area and how the people were working to save them for future generations.

Together, biosphere reserves form a world network for promoting exchange of information, experience and personnel. Currently (2014), there are 631 BR sites in 119 countries. Sixteen of those are in Canada!