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Official One Day Launch - Sept 22, 2005

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The Mayor’s One Day Leadership Council and Vancouver City Councilors officially launched One Day on September 22nd, 2005.

The Leadership Council is comprised of corporate citizens who want to lend their voice and organization to the goals of the One Day campaign.

Members include:
Ann Duffy, CH2M Hill
Anne Murray, YVR International Airport
Bruce Sampson, BC Hydro
Colin Grant, Real Living Solutions
David Helliwell, Minister of Western Economic Diversification & Sport
Dave Mowat, Vancity
Dennis Pavlich, UBC – VP of External and Legal Affairs
Dennis Rogoza, Fleet Challenge BC
Eva Riccius, Vancouver Park & Recreation Board
Ian Thomson, Canadian Bioenergy Corporation
Ian Warner, Citizens Bank
Janet Austin, YWCA of Vancouver
John Nightingale, Vancouver Aquarium
Lyn Brown, Norske Canada
Marion Town, BEST
Penny Scott, BALLE BC
Richard Prokopanko, Alcan
Thomas Mueller, Canadian Green Business Council
Wayne Soper, International Centre for Sustainable Cities (ICSC)
David Marshall, ED of Fraser Basin Council

And of course their were some good times:

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- Gastown, Vancouver
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 Janet Austin's speech at One Day launch event:

Thank you so much, Mayor Campbell.

And thank you particularly for inviting the YWCA to join the City’s Leadership Council for “One Day”.

When the idea for “One Day” was first presented to me, my immediate response was,

Well, how easy is that?

And how sensible is that?

Right away I thought “One Day” is a great fit for the YWCA.

It’s perfectly aligned with our values around the kind of community we want.

We know that creating a healthy society requires an integrated vision that links our physical and our social environment.

The YWCA is all about creating better futures for children, for youth and for women.

It’s about examining and taking responsibility for the choices we make today.

That is also what “One Day” is about.

The YWCA stands for holistic well-being for fitness and health for nurturing mind, body and spirit.

Again that is what “One Day” stands for.

I‘m proud to tell you that YWCA staff across the organization have been completely captured by the “One Day” message.

It speaks to our values and what we believe in.

Our goal is to have 100 per cent of our 300 staff participate in “One Day” by taking the David Suzuki Nature Challenge.

The challenge lays out ten actions to support sustainability and we want each employee to commit to three of them.

We’re also surveying our staff about their transportation practices and are encouraging alternatives.

We are creating toolkits and incentives to help employees get started and stay motivated.

We will be communicating the One Day message internally and externally and after six weeks we will evaluate our progress and assess how we can keep “One Day” alive at the YWCA.

One Day comes at an important time for our community.

The eyes of the world will be on Vancouver and that presents us with an opportunity to leave a lasting impression that inspires and motivates the rest of the world.

If each one of us commits to making a few small changes in the way we live our lives together we can make Vancouver the cleanest greenest healthiest city in the world.

It’s a huge vision.

But it’s the right vision.

And it’s achievable.

So whether you do it for yourself or you do it for the planet.

Just pick one small change that you can make in your day to day life and together.

One Day soon we will get there!


- Janet Austin, YWCA, Vancouver


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