For Immediate Release

Conservation Photographer Dawna Mueller presents her first Canadian Exhibition:

Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes

Dawna Mueller PhotographerVancouver, BC – Dawna Mueller, a Canadian living in Switzerland, and a passionate advocate for the planet, is excited to announce her first Canadian Photo Exhibition to be held in Vancouver, BC. In addition to sharing her stunning large scale black and white photos of glaciers, mountains and icebergs, Dawna brings awareness to the devastating effects of climate change on the fragile ecosystems in remotest polar and alpine regions of the world. In her Exhibition, Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes, are a culmination of photos from Dawna’s expeditions to the Arctic, Antarctic and the Swiss Alpine regions and it opens with a Vernissage on Friday, October 12, 2018, at 5 pm at Back Gallery Project in Vancouver before moving to Switzerland and Austria.

In her Dawna Mueller Photography Facebook Page announcing this event, Dawna writes, “I have been traveling to the Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine regions for a few years now and have been photographically documenting what I see in the changing landscapes as a result of climate change and global warming. I see glaciers in full retreat or completely gone like when I was in Greenland last week. I have watched polar bears swimming for hours looking for ice. As well, I experienced record high temperatures when it should have been below zero. The planet is in peril and the weather patterns are causing havoc in all areas of the world, no one is immune from the destruction and devastation. I want to show the beauty of what I see in these fragile ecosystems because collectively we can work together to save this planet, it is the only home we have.”

As a young adult Dawna spent every summer for over a decade in the Yukon which is wild, raw and amazing for the visual senses. This experience in the pristine nature left an indelible impression in her mind – one of mountains, valleys and rivers relatively uninhabited except for the wild animals who roamed them. But mostly this left an imprint in her heart and it is where she now feels most at home; in the mountains and in nature.

In her photo exhibition, Dawna will be showing photos from the Swiss Alpine and polar regions, where the landscapes as we know them are vanishing. She realizes that not everyone has an opportunity to travel to these remote regions of the world, so she hopes that through her photos, the beauty of what the world is at the risk of loosing can be poignantly conveyed.

Dawna truly believes that everything we do in life prepares us to live a life filled with purpose. Everything in her past has contributed to the person she is today; from her legal studies at Allard Hall Law School to her running heavy equipment in Yukon gold mines to pay for years of University. Dawna truly believes that we are all on this planet to live a purposeful and meaningful life, and that is clearly what she is doing. In addition to her photography exhibitions, Dawna speaks to schools, business and groups and was recently trained as a Climate Reality Leader by Al Gore in Los Angeles as part of his Foundation The Climate Reality Project.

She is also a co-founder of a Swiss non profit Society called The Future Planet Forum whose mandate is to bring together science, art and best practice to inform, discuss and provide solutions towards a sustainable future for the planet. Future Planet Forum will be holding its first event in January, 2019 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

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Contact Information:

Dawna Mueller: E-mail: dawna@dawnamueller.com | Website: http://www.dawnamueller.com/

Monica Reyes: E-mail: info@backgalleryproject.com | Website: http://www.backgalleryproject.com/ 

Back Gallery Project: Address: 602 East Hastings, Vancouver, BC | Phone Number: 1.604.336.7633

Elke Porter, PR: E-Mail: admin@westcoastgermannews.com | Phone Number: 1 604.828.8788

Further Information

High Resolution Pictures available here:  http://www.dawnamueller.com/antrop

Short description of show:  I am thrilled to announce my first Canadian Exhibiton ‘Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes’ in my hometown of Vancouver, BC, opening with a Vernissage on October 12, 2018. I hope you will join me as I share stories and show photos of my expeditions in the remotest regions of the planet; from the Arctic and Antarctic to the Swiss Alpine regions, I will be showing the incredible beauty and diversity that I am so privileged to see in these fragile ecosystems.

http://www.dawnamueller.com/new-events/2018/10/12/new-show-anthropocene-vanishing-landscapes


Exhibitions

January 2019 – Group Exhibition, ‘Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes’, Photo19, Zurich

Winter 2019 – Solo Exhibition. ‘Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes’, Gallery La Suosta,Madulaine, Switzerland

Fall 2018 – Solo Exhibition. ‘Anthropocene – Vanishing Landscapes’, Back Gallery Project, Vancouver, BC, Canada

June 2018 – Duo Show with Hitsch Rogantini. Königs, St. Galen, Switzerland

January 2019 – Group Exhibition, Summits II, Photo18, Zurich, Switzerland

Jan 2017 – Solo Exhibition, Into the Light, Dorta, Zuoz, Switzerland

January 2017 to March 2018  –  Solo Exhibition, Summits, Stile Vivo Gallery, Männedorf, Switzerland

June 2016 – Portfolio Exhibition. Cap Fotoschule

Awards

1st place – ‘Timeless Travel’, Spot Magazine, Switzerland

Hallo an alle deutschen in Vancouver!

You are warmly invited to attend my one and only fundraising event for my

Campaign Kickoff and Fundraiser

Held in Kitsilano on Saturday, September 15, 2018 between 5 pm and 7 pm at the Blenheim Pub 3293 West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano

Please RSVP by porterprvancouver@gmail.com

Campaign slogan:  Clean, green, with an accessible scene!

Activities:  hear my campaign story, ask questions and make excellent suggestions that will help me find new ways to solve the challenges of our day:  homelessness, housing crisis, opioid crisis, unaffordability, zoning challenges, unhappy people, seniors leaving, children not having enough childcare, too much congestions, not liking bike lanes, not wanting more density, waiting 3 to 7 years to build a single house and on and on.  Climate change, pollution, waste & sewer issues, moving towards a smart city using 100% renewable energy.  What is the Vancouver we hope to be in 4 years?

Elke's Fundraising Event

06 Sep 2018
September 6, 2018

5-Step Guide to Being German 2.0

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6TH – 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018 at VANCOUVER FRINGE

STAND-UP COMEDY – www.vancouverfringe.com

PACO Performing
Sold out at Vancouver Fringe 2017 and at festivals worldwide since 2011, 5-Step Guide to Being German is award-winning German comedian Paco Erhard’s hilarious mission to set the record straight about his “charming, crazy mishap of a country”. Now the hit show returns to Vancouver in its 2.0 version: enhanced and updated to the crazy world we live in now.

Initially written as a response to Brits’ stereotypes about Germany, 5-Step Guide to Being German is“ an extremely clever analysis of the modern  German  psyche”  (Independent Daily, AUS)  that  is  “side- splittingly funny and violently politically incorrect” (The Argus, UK). It was nominated for the Fringe World Best Comedy Award in 2013.

Paco Erhard shows us the Germany behind the scenes, as he self- ironially deals with topics as varied as German bluntness (“we’re not rude, we just value honesty more highly than other people’s feelings”), hilarious Autobahn dilemmas, the truth about lederhosen, and how it feels to grow up with Germany’s horrible past.

Born in Munich as the great-grandson of a high-upGerman politician  (a  non-Nazi,  relax!),  Paco hitchhiked out of Germany in 2002 to  experience  the  world and other cultures. “Half my life I ran away from being German” he says. “Then I realized: that’s the most German thing you could possibly do.”

Since then, he has toured the globe as a stand-up comic, in English and German. He has written on Germany and Europe for the IrishTimes, authored an award-winning paper on cultural identity, and appeared on BBC and other international TV & radio stations as a comic and expert.

If  you  want  to  understand  Germany  or  your German friends and family better, or if you just need 75 minutes of good non-stop belly laughter, see this show.

You will laugh. If you want. Zis is not an order.

“Hilarious… one of the best cultural comedians in the world”     

                                                                                                       – Rip It Up (AUS) 

 

A true master of his craft. It’s difficult to overstate how hilarious Erhard’s act is” 

                                                                                                       – Edinburgh Guide(UK)

 

 “Insightful and hysterical… A thought-provoking, incredibly witty show” 

                                                                                                       – Broadway Baby

 

”had the audience not just laughing but howling…

there is a layer of truth just beneath the humour… genius” – The National Post 

FRINGE WORLD BEST COMEDY AWARD 2013 – Nominee

VENUE:           Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y5

SHOWS:        Sept 6th (6:15pm), 8th (8:15pm), 12th (5:00pm), 13th (10:40pm), 14th (6:55pm), 16th (1:15pm)

WWW:          vancouverfringe.com| pacoerhard.com| youtube.com/pacoerhard-TV| TwiHer:@pacoerhard

 

Media Kit: bit.ly/German-Comedy-Vancouver-2018
Contact: +1 (720) 725-6670 or
info@germancomedy.com

Candidate Elke PorterDid you know that there is a Civic Election coming up in October?

Vancouver will be electing a new mayor and:

I have decided to run in this election as a Vancouver City Councillor.

My campaign slogan is “Clean, green, with an accessible scene.”

My new website is www.elkeporter.com

I am hoping to tackle affordable housing, like everyone else, but my ideas are to use creative space ideas, such as modular housing, laneway housing, tiny housing, wood houses, shipping crate homes, wood pallet homes, hemp concrete homes, co-op housing, prefabricated housing or micro homes like those found in Japan.

Solving housing & homelessness challenges around the world:

How about this idea from Hawaii:  Kahauiki Village is a proposed community of approximately 153 one and two bedroom homes to be built on 11.3 acres of land located between Nimitz Highway, Keehi Lagoon Park and Sand Island. Kahauiki Village will provide long term, permanent, affordable housing for approximately 153 currently homeless families with children on Oahu. When completed, Kahauiki Village is expected to house over 600 adults and children.

Or flex-housing:  housing that could be easily adapted to meet the present and future needs of the occupants. Adaptability will become increasingly important as our population ages. As lifestyle changes, and as we witness an increase in home-based activities and new technologies.”

Solving homelessness:  (various countries, such as Finland tried this). The optimal solution, a group of four experts appointed by the Ministry of the Environment in Finland found, was Housing First. “Solving social and health problems is not a prerequisite for arranging housing,” they observed. “Instead, housing is a prerequisite that will also enable solving a homeless person’s other problems.” One of those goals was to cut the number of long-term homeless in half by producing 1,250 new homes, including supported housing units for tenants with their own leases, and around-the-clock presence of trained caring staff for residents who needed help.

Germany solves homelessness in Munich:  Munich, Germany’s third largest city, with a population of 1.3 million, conditions are comparatively good; public support, partly in co-operation with charities, helps to alleviate the plight of the homeless. Among the numerous general facilities for the homeless are centres and overnight accommodation specifically for women (with or without children); residential establishments for ex-prisoners and those in danger of committing offenses; live-in communities with supervision; rehabilitation centres; tea houses; advisory centres; short-term sleeping accommodation and employment offers; therapy centres for addicts etc.

Helping homeless in Korea:  The Korean Homeless Team is managed by the street paper Big Issue South Korea, a social enterprise that is part of international street paper network The Big Issue. One of the enterprise’s permanent activities is street football, titled The Homeless Healthy Football League. Its impact is two-fold. It encourages homeless people to regularly exercise and therefore lead a healthy lifestyle. It also raises awareness about homelessness and shows people in Korea that homeless people can play football, and consequently work and live just like any ordinary person.

Allowing homeless to shower daily:  Project WeHOPE, a homeless non-profit in San Mateo, California, is crowdfunding a new type of facility for its clients: a customized trailer that comes with showers, a washer/dryer, and bathrooms. The trailer has an accessible ramp, a small hydraulic lift for wheelchairs, and its own tank for grey water collection. Once it’s built, WeHOPE plans to take the trailer to encampments in the San Mateo area, including in Half Moon Bay where many homeless migrant workers live on the beach.

Ceramic Flowers

Ceramic Flowers

When Anja Kleimann started doing pottery in the garage of her neighbour in the Black Forest, Germany, she didn’t realize that her hobby was about to become her career. When she moved to Paraguay, she not only did pottery, but was also able to use a kiln, which was another challenge she enjoyed mastering.

Finally, the emigrated to Barnhartvale, Kamloops and that is where her business took off after getting her own studio. Now she creates and sells hand-crafted works of art, both online and in her store and offers seasonal workshops for both newbies and experts. She also sells her creations at local craft fairs, in summer, fall & winter.

You can swing by at her studio in Barnhartvale, Kamloops, located at 5454 Ronde Lane and have a look at her work. You can find products that can be shipped you find in her Etsy-Store and in her Online-Shop.

 

Ceramic Chickens

Ceramic Lanterns

Ceramic Lanterns


Westcoast German News is a blog that happily provides information on German artists, business owners and more. Contact Elke Porter at 604 828 8788, or respond to this blog post with a comment indicating your interest in being interviewed.

I, Elke Porter, now have a patreon page, where patrons of the media arts can support my efforts to set up German Canadian Media Channels in western Canada. As a Russian lady once told me “Russian Community in Vancouver small – 3 papers. German Community big and no papers.”

That was the inspiration that caused me to start with a 4-page newsletter known as “German Voices Vancouver.”  This morphed into a newsletter called “Westcoast German News”, which morphed into a blog and has now inspired a magazine “Das Schwarze Brett.”  Next up is a weekly YouTube Show called “West Coast Germans”. But in order to get this off the ground I would need your help!

If you want to support me  and my creative efforts, with anything from  only $2 a month pledge, or up to $100+ a month, you would be earning my gratitude, my admiration & respect and eventually, my help in marketing you or your business. Click on the picture below to visit my page and follow me today! https://www.patreon.com/westcoastgermannews

patreon into page

What is my mission?

To inform, entertain and educate anyone living in western Canada on topics relating to local German, Swiss & Austrian people, places or things. My goal is to share information and build community and highlight the contribution of Germans in BC & Alberta.

From the days abode, media has remained an integral part of human civilization.

What will I do with the money?

Besides paying for rent, food & transportation, I will also be using the money to expand what I can offer. Blogging will be done more frequently, my magazine will then be published monthly and my YouTube Channel will be launched. Exciting times – all with your help!

You have not lived today, until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. Paul Bunyan.

What other services do you offer?

Besides creating German Media, I also have done WordPress Websites, written short books, translated texts from German to English, taught German, created ads, promoted & planned events, did the voiceover on a few videos on YouTube & worked in areas of public relations.

I create, I take risks. I live my passion.
I am an entrepreneur… as seen in yfs magazine

Elke says Thank You!

31 Jul 2018
July 31, 2018

Seeking German Tutor!

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DeutschlandkarteWir suchen eine/n Deutschlehrer/in fuer unsere 10-jaehrige Tochter, deren Deutsch ungefaehr das Niveau einer deutschen Viertklaesslerin hat. Sie sollten paedagische Erfahrung mit Kindern mitbringen sowie Deutsch als Zweitsprache unterrichten koennen. Wir moechten gerne das Deutsch unserer Tochter einmal pro Woche (1 Stunde) vertiefen, sowie schriftlich als auch muendlich.

This was sent in from a reader of “Germans in Vancouver.”

If you let me know you are interested, I can forward your information along.

Are you interested in having your high school age child attend a German Conversation Class?

A conversation class encourages the children to spend as much time as possible speaking or listening to German – through reading of books, plays, poetry and analyzing songs.  There might be some dialogues, theatre, partner work and using digital media to pass a message along.  Students will be learning fairy tales, traditional literature & poetry, as well as modern, up-to-date songs that will give them an insight into German culture.  There will also be a session on travel vocabulary – trains, planes & automobiles.

Let me know if something like this would interest your child/ren.  Maximum 16 children per class. Prerequisites are a minimum of one year German lessons and the basics – Alphabet, counting to 100, colours etc.

Regards, Elke

604 828 8788

Even though September is not yet here, you can already sign up to a German School.  As far as I can tell, there are 4 schools:

a.  Westside Vancouver German School:

We offer a widely recognized high quality K-12 German after-school language program. Ideally students join our program at the age of 5 or 6 and progress on to high school.

http://www.vwgs.org – takes place Tuesdays from 4 pm to 6:15 for children from 5/6 to 10 (high school graduation) or Wednesdays from around 10 to 18 at the Prince of Wales Secondary School.

b.  North Shore German School:

Founded in 1974, the German School North Shore has a rich tradition in providing German language classes to school-aged students from North Vancouver, West Vancouver and the Lower Mainland as far reaching as Port Moody. Our Kindergarten to Grade 12 programs, which follow the prescribed curriculum for German heritage schools, are taught by professional German-speaking teachers.

http://www.germanschoolns.ca – takes place on Thursdays from 4:15 to 6:15 for Kindergarten to Grade 12

c.  Surrey German Language School:

Die Deutsche Sprachschule Surrey bietet am Samstag morgen international anerkannten Sprachunterricht für Kinder von der Vorschule bis zur 12. Klasse und für Erwachsene an.

The Surrey German Language School offers internationally recognized Saturday morning language classes for children from Pre-School to Grade 12 and for adults.

http://surreygermanschool.com – takes place on Saturdays from 9 am to noon for children from 3+ to Adult level

d.  Deutsche Kindergruppe – for those who are too young for German School – ages 0 to 5 years old

Meetings will resume on the 9th of September

Come with your children (0-5yrs) every Monday between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm to sing songs, play, make crafts and speak German.

Wir sind eine offene Spielgruppe für Kinder von 0-5 Jahren und treffen uns Montags (ausser in den Ferien und an Feiertagen) zwischen 09:30-12:00.
Kommt doch mal vorbei und singt, spielt, bastelt und plaudert mit uns.

Contact: Kecia Boecking, Tel: 604-988-1356

https://sites.google.com/site/deutschekindergruppe/home

If you know of any other schools/classes or pictures you would like to see in the Westcoast German News Blog, please let me know!

Presented by the Vancouver Foreign Film Society

Wednesday, July 11th, 7:45 pm – Vancouver (Canada)

                             at the

Vancity Theatre –  Vancouver International Film Centre

1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3M7, Canada

https://www.viff.org/

Q&A with Tanja Cummings (director & producer) with moderator Richard Menkis, Associate Professor of modern Jewish history at the University of British Columbia.

Film description
AnzeigeLINE 41 documents a Holocaust and Lodz Ghetto survivor’s return back to today’s Lodz (Poland). Until now, Natan Grossmann had repressed his desire to learn about the fate of his brother he lost contact with in 1942. 70 years later, Grossmann starts a search for his missing brother. His search crosses paths with Jens-Jurgen Ventzki, son of the former Nazi Head Mayor of Lodz. Ventzki is pursuing his family’s dark secret. In tracing their family histories, they inevitably confront each other.

“A poetic evocation of the process of memory and the
persistence of a nightmare that must never be forgotten.”
–Peter Keough, Boston Globe

Country of Origin: Germany

Year: 2016

Running Time: 91 mins

Languages: German & Polish with English subtitles

Line 41 on Facebookwww.facebook.com/linie41/

European trailerhttps://vimeo.com/150425215

Northamerican trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHMANHMxQYc

Venue website: https://viff.org/line-41-filmmaker-discussion

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/607665306024280/

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“Line 41“ available in the USA and Canada

Please contactFilmmovementfor sceening requests in the USA and Canada ———–>https://www.filmmovement.com/line41

“Line 41” is available on DVD & Digital (North American version): https://www.amazon.com/Line-41-Tanja-Cummings/dp/B078FHJJYC

All best from Berlin and many thanks,

Tanja Cummings
EVA e. V. –Europäischer Verein für Ost|West-Annäherung –

European Association for East|West Rapprochement
Wartenburgstr. 3, 10963 Berlin, Germany
phone: +49-(0)30-55515114
mobile:+49-(0)176-20021098
www.eva-verein.de
www.linie41-film.net

cummings@eva-verein.de

LINIE 41 entstand ohne Filmförderung, war keine Auftragsproduktion eines Fernsehsenders. Wir realisierten unseren Film auf eigene Kosten und arbeitetete das Kernteam unentgeltlich. In kritischen Phasen erhielten wir Unterstützung von Stiftungen aus Deutschland, Polen und der Schweiz und half uns über die Jahre immer wieder großzügig ein Berliner Techniksponsor.

Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany – Innovative Water Technologies for Smart Cities

Cleantech Event 2018

GTAI Investment Promotion Event – Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany

Germany Trade & Invest and its partners cordially invite the German Canadian Business Association, as well as members of the public, to a breakfast seminar on “Cleantech Cluster Opportunities in Eastern Germany – Innovative Water Technologies for Smart Cities”. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, June 27, from 09:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Waterview.

Experts from Canada and Germany will share their knowledge and expertise about the region’s thriving Cleantech sector underlining its international significance. If you want to learn more about how Canadian companies can profit from Europe’s strongest economy, don’t miss out. Please note that this is an industry event.

Begin: 09:00 AM
06/27/2018
End:12:30 PM
Location:Waterview, 1661 Granville St, 2nd floor, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1N3

Programm DetailsPlease join us to find out more about business opportunities in Germany’s – and particularly Eastern Germany’s – thriving water technologies and cleantech industry. A comprehensive market overview will be complemented by insights into a Canadian company’s experience of investing in Germany. Moreover, this event will facilitate a knowledge exchange between experts from Canada and Germany.

Pioneering environmental policy and a supportive legal framework have helped establish Germany as one of the leading markets for sustainable water technologies. With a world market share of 11 percent and an expected annual growth of almost 12 percent until 2025, Germany offers attractive opportunities for innovative water technologies

Learn more at this link:  CleantechClusterOpportunities.html