Mungall promotes ‘Buy Local’ campaign with unlikely lawn ornament

Posted: November 23rd, 2011

Click here to view the video transcript of my Two Minute Statement on Buying Local in the Creston Valley.

Creston- Cresto the Garden Gnome has been enlisted into service by MLA Michelle Mungall to demonstrate the bounty that the Creston Valley has to offer. Cresto began touring the Creston Valley earlier this fall and has been taking in all that the area has to offer. Through social media tools, Twitter and Facebook, he is showing off his adventures at local tourist attractions, farms and shops.

“During some welcomed free time in Creston this fall, I happened into Canyon Street’s Cresteramics store. There on the shelf stood one handsome and worldly looking gnome. I immediately enlisted him to help me show everyone the richness of this area,” says Mungall.

Working with the Twitter handle @crestognome, the gnome has begun Tweeting about setting up an account with the local credit union, attending the Creston Fall Fair, and getting fired up for some upcoming  holiday events like the Santa Clause Parade and craft fairs.

“I think this is a really fun way to get people thinking about how they, too, can support their local economy. We have a major retail season coming up and I hope this Cresto campaign will help keep our dollars local,” says Mungall, “If a little garden gnome can make it around to support the local community, then so can we.”

Follow Cresto on Twitter @CrestoGnome

Like Cresto on Facebook!

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Bend The MLA’s Ear Tour 2011

Posted: August 11th, 2011

August 24th

Argenta-Post Office   11:30 AM-1 PM

Meadow Creek- Drifter’s Restaurant   2-3 PM

Kaslo-Bluebelle Bistro   4-5 PM

 

August 25th

Kootenay Bay-Fairy Treats Family Restaurant   12:30 PM-1:30 PM

Balfour-Old World Bakery   3-4 PM

Procter-Procter General Store   5-6 PM

 

August 26th

Ymir-The Goods   9AM-10AM

Salmo-The Dragonfly Café   10:30 AM-11:30 AM

Yahk-Yahk Community Hall   1:30 PM-2:30 PM

Erickson/East Creston-Pick of the Crop Market   3:00 PM-4:00 PM

Wynndel-Wynndel Foods 5:00-6:00 PM

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Meet Me @ The Mailbox: To cast your vote on the HST

Posted: July 2nd, 2011

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Mungall Guest Auctioneer for Circle of Habondia Art Auction Fundraiser

Posted: June 7th, 2011

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Mungall Giving Away Free Roller Derby Tickets! Email your entry to win.

Posted: June 6th, 2011

Nelson- Let your MLA know why community sport is important and you could win tickets to this season’s West Kootenay Roller Derby bouts. Michelle Mungall is drawing pairs of tickets to see one of this region’s most explosive sporting events. Just email your submission to  michelle.mungall.mla@leg.bc.ca . The first Draw was May 26 for the May 28th bout in Nelson. The next draw will be two days before the June 17th bout at the Castlegar Community Complex. Get your entries in by June 15th.

“Promoting and supporting community sport is good on so many levels. I know why it’s important to me, but I want to hear why it is important to the people of this region,” says Mungall, “And as an extra incentive, I’ll be entering everyone who participates into draws that take place two days before each West Kootenay bout.”

The West Kootenay Women’s Rollerdderby League currently boasts eight teams including the Babes of Brutality, Lumberjackies and Killjoys. They represent a sport that is fast paced, fun and growing in popularity throughout BC.

Recently, Mungall spoke to this “roller derby explosion” in BC’s Legislature. “The West Kootenay women, while the largest league [in Canada], aren’t the only growing league,” said Mungall before the last bout. She then proceeded to list all BC leagues from the originators, Eves of Destruction, to Fort St. John’s Energetic City Roller Derby Association.

“Roller derby is among the many great community sports in our region,” says Mungall “Getting out and being active is good for your health, your community and the province.”

 

 

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Drinking Water Week: Top Ten Things You Can Do To Protect Water

Posted: April 26th, 2011

Did you know that each British Columbian uses an average of 490 litres of water per day? That’s well over the national average and here in the Kootenays we use even more.

May 1st through 7th is Drinking Water Week. It’s the perfect time to start really thinking about where our water comes from and what we can do every day to help protect it for future generations. Check out my Top Ten Things You Can Do To Protect Water.

Water; it’s our most vital natural resource.

 

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Women and Water: A Talk Show for World Water Day 2011

Posted: March 7th, 2011
In recognition of this year’s World Water Day, Michelle Mungall, MLA for Nelson-Creston, is bringing together four of British Columbia’s influential women crusaders to talk about water. Based on a radio podcast series entitled Women and Water, created by Mungall, comes a new, live talk show event that brings together a group of dynamic women of different ages, experiences and backgrounds to discuss their views on water issues.

Women and Water: A Talk Show for World Water Day 2011
Hosted by MLA Michelle Mungall

Join in on the conversation about water sustainability

WHEN: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 (official ‘World Water Day’)

TIME: Doors at 5:30pm. Talk show begins at 6pm – 7pm. Audience Q & A to follow.

WHERE: Performance Works – 1218 Cartwright Street. Granville Island 604-687-3020 604-687-3020   
COST: FREE. Come one, come all!

Guest Speakers Include:

Azita Ardakani – Founder of Lovesocial.org
Lana Gay – Host, CBC Radio 3
Karen Sander – Director of Development, Obakki Foundation
Gwen Barlee – Western Canada Wilderness Committee

This diverse yet complimentary mix of passionate and knowledgeable women come from the corners of our local music, fashion, environmental and entertainment communities to spark conversation around water sustainability in our daily lives.

Island Issues discussed will range from water ownership, the bottled water crisis and top tips for conserving water. The women will also shine a light on global water issues and how they relate to our local situation.

“Coming from a water-rich region in BC, I’ve connected with women throughout the province on this important issue” says Mungall. “The women on this program are passionate and active when it comes to protecting this life-essential resource.”
We will have a live stream of the show will be posted on the Women and Water website and this event page for all those unable to attend the event.

www.womenandwaterforum.ca

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Posted: February 18th, 2011

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MLA’s Food Systems Report Ready to Launch

Posted: February 15th, 2011

Creston- Monday February 21 at 4:00pm, MLA Michelle Mungall will be releasing the report, Kootenay Lake Food Systems. This event brings the MLA’s work on local agriculture full circle since it is being held at the Creston Valley Chamber of Commerce, the same venue where Mungall heard from 50 local farmers on the need to build our regional food system.

“The forum was the beginning of this whole process. So much information came out of that dialogue that it deserved a detailed look into this region’s current food network and ways to improve it,” says Mungall.

The Report was prepared by University of British Columbia Master of Arts student, Paris Marshall Smith during her internship at the MLA’s Nelson-Creston Community Office. Over the summer months, Marshall Smith met with agricultural producers and distributors throughout the Kootenay Lake region to identify the infrastructure needed to get locally grown food to local tables.

“It has been extremely gratifying to work with such an amazing group of people in the Kootenays,” says Marshall Smith, “There is a wealth of experience and a strong commitment to support local food production that really defines this region as a whole.”

Copies of the report will be available at the launch and can thereafter be downloaded from www.michellemungall.ca

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CETA Public Forum Friday Feb 11

Posted: February 1st, 2011

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