Bee City Canada is merging with Pollinator Partnership Canada

Bee City Canada is merging with Pollinator Partnership Canada

NAPPC Award Canada

By the end of this year, Bee City Canada will come under Pollinator Partnership Canada’s guidance as a signature initiative.

Pollinator Partnership Canada (P2C) is a registered charity dedicated to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems through conservation, education, and research. Bee City Canada will continue to offer our programs and reach more communities across the country.

What does this means?
Shelly Candel, Bee City Canada’s founder and Director is passing the torch on to Vicki Wojcik, Director of P2C to continue Bee City Canada’s important work.

Our current Bee City Canada programs and our website at BeeCityCanada.org will remain the same as we continue our mission to protect Canada’s pollinators through education and community action. Most of the changes are behind the scenes. Expect the same enthusiasm and commitment to serve and support our Bee City Partners.

A Message From Shelly Candel, Founder & Director of Bee City Canada.

A Message From Vicki Wojcik, Director of Pollinator Partnership Canada.

2020 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate Canada Award

2020 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate Canada Award

NAPPC Award Canada
Shelly Candel is proud to accept the 2020 NAPPC Pollinator Advocate Canada award from Pollinator Partnership.

Thank you so much, Vicki, for your very kind introduction.

Good day everyone!! I wish to congratulate all the other recipients on receiving this bee-utiful award.

I wouldn’t be here today if not for Phyllis Stiles. A dear friend, my mentor, the founder, long-time director, and the brilliance and passion behind Bee City USA.

So, I’d like to share with you the 3 important things I have learned since starting Bee City Canada almost 5 years ago.

Shelly Candel Pollinator Partnership Award

SHARE POSITIVE MESSAGES…and the world-wide movement of “Regenerative Agricuture” is a message we all need to be sharing and promoting. If you are not sure what it is all about,  there is a new film out called  “KISS THE GROUND”,  available on Netflix.

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS with our indigenous brothers and sisters across the Americas.   There is so much we can learn from their ancestoral wisdom.  I am so honoured and proud that  2 First Nation Communites, T’it’q’et and Xwisten, both in British Columbia,  joined the Bee City Family.  Through them and an Anishinaabe elder, Mary Anne Caibaiosai, I learned the meaning of relationships, whether about our relationship to the land, or the plants, or the flyers, or the crawlers, or the swimmers, or the 4-legged, or even the 2-legged,…All relationships should have qualities of respect, reciprocity and responsibility.

TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE WE NEED TO FOCUS ON EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN…  Children. care and they want to make a positive difference on this planet.   Let’s give them the tools to make this happen.   Every school should have a garden, and every child should feel their hands in mother earth and plant the seeds needed for a healthier landscape for our pollinators.   And every child, should be EXCITED, not afraid when they see a bee!

Thank you so much.

Shelly Candel

Director, Bee City Canada

Bee City Canada Pollinator Summit

On September 25, 2018 Bee City Canada held their first Pollinator Summit at the Kortright Centre for Conservation in Woodbridge, Ontario. This report provides a summary of the event that emphasized participation and collaboration.

Workshop participants included representatives from 19 current and future Ontario Bee Cities, four Bee Campuses including Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Guelph, Fleming College, and Western University. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry attended, along with several organizations including Wildlife Preservation Canada, Pollinator Partnership, the Ontario Greenbelt Foundation, and Hydro One.

The purpose of the workshop was to bring together Bee City Canada affiliates, volunteers, and supporters, to network, share knowledge, and celebrate successes. The success of the bee city movement is a result of the commitment and action taken by all of these passionate people who continue to support, protect, and raise awareness for pollinators.

The morning began with an introduction from OMAFRA facilitator Helen Scutt, opening remarks by Bee City Canada Director Shelly Candel, and an important opening welcome from Anishinaabe cultural consultant, Kim Wheatley. Kim also provided closing remarks reminding us to ensure inclusivity in every effort, inviting people to the table whose voices are largely unheard.

Included in the morning agenda, several Ontario Bee Cities shared their journeys and successful bee city initiatives including Niagara Falls, the Township of King, and the City of Guelph. As the first bee city in Canada, the City of Toronto highlighted their bee city program and Pollinator Protection Strategy. Prior to the morning break, the Provincial Apiary Specialist with OMAFRA and the Vice President of the Ontario Bee Keepers Association addressed summit attendees (see Appendix A for speaker details).

Breakout Session Topics

 

  • Habitat
  • Education & Communication
  • Community Engagement
  • Celebrating Pollinators
  • Sourcing Materials (plants, seeds)
  • Collaboration & Partnerships
  • What can Bee City Canada do for you?

Two keynote speakers from the University of Guelph immediately followed the morning break to inspire attendees for the afternoon breakout sessions. The breakout sessions were designed with participation and collaboration in mind and attendees participated in discussions and visioning at four of eight sessions of their choosing (Box 1). Sessions were primarily facilitated by Bee City Canada Board of Directors and the summit organizing team. In twenty minute intervals, participants moved between topics and shared thoughts, ideas, successes, challenges, and ways forward for bee city affiliates.

Moving Forward – Next Steps

It is important to maintain the momentum of the Bee City movement across the country. In September 2018 there are 22 bee cities, 21 bee schools, and 11 bee businesses and this number is growing. The Bee City movement is an opportunity to take action in a meaningful way to support and protect pollinators and be part of a larger community of practice that is concerned with creating positive and lasting change in the world.

Key Messages

 

 Knowledge sharing between and beyond bee cities.

Education is critical to move forward and address misconceptions.

Collaboration & partnerships are vital.

Leverage existing programs and technology for messaging.

Tap into local/regional/national leadership and expertise.

Simple and consistent messages.

Be mindful of inclusivity.

“Save the Bees” Campaign Featured on CTV News Ottawa

During a CTV News Ottawa segment about seasonal allergies, natural medicine expert Sherry Torkos spoke about A. Vogel’s “Save the Bees” campaign and their support for Bee City Canada.

For every A.Vogel Allergy Relief product sold, the company is donating $1 to Bee City Canada initiatives aimed at educating children about the importance of pollinators.

We are very thankful to A. Vogel for their generosity as well as their commitment to educating our children about protecting pollinators.

The segment aired on April 27, 2017.

 

A. Vogel “Save the Bees” Campaign

A. Vogel “Save the Bees” Campaign

A.Vogel wants to help save the bees!

Bees and other pollinators are the unpaid workforce of A.Vogel, pollinating herbs and ensuring they have high quality products. They never use pesticides or chemical fertilizers, so pollinators are very willing workers!

To help protect pollinators and their habitat, A. Vogel is generously donating $1 from the sale of each unit of their Allergy Relief line of products to Bee City Canada and Urban Seedling, a Montreal-based business specializing in creating organic vegetable gardens in urban areas.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you can get the relief you need and help save pollinators at the same time.

A.Vogel Allergy Relief is a homeopathic medicine for the treatment of sneezing, itchy nose and burning eyes. After using A.Vogel Allergy Relief, 88.5% of patients reported an improvement in their allergy symptoms.

A.Vogel Allergy Relief is:

  • Non-addictive, non drowsy and has no side effects.
  • Sugar, lactose and gluten-free.
  • Safe for pregnant women and children aged 1 and up.