Project – Lake Planning at Lake Bernard

Porpoise’s Purpose in the Lake Bernard community: Get the Lake Bernard community set up to write their own lake plan to keep Lake Bernard healthy and beautiful for years to come.

How did it happen? With the assistance of several community members, Porpoise Group synthesized background research, revisited old conversations, and struck up new ones relevant to the future of Lake Bernard (which is supposedly the largest lake in the world without an island). The research was compiled into a document titled “This Is Not A Lake Plan”, because it wasn’t a lake plan. It was the nitty-gritty science and background to help set the stage for involved community members to write their own lake plan. It’s much more powerful to write your own plans than have someone else write them!

The process of creating “This Is Not A Lake Plan” involved:

-Scientific research with aquatic systems expertise

-Multi-stakeholder engagement

-Vision creation through facilitated workshops

“This Is Not a Lake Plan” can be read in two formats:

As a Microsoft Word document here

Or as a PDF document here

In the time since “This Is Not A Lake Plan” was written (July 2011), involved lake community members have used it to write a first draft of a lake plan that will be presented for consultation in Summer 2012. Sweet!!

Very special thanks to Jocelyn Palm, Jim Schmidt, and the entire Glen Bernard Camp for driving the lake planning process forward.


Project – Sears Home Energy Campaign

Porpoise’s Purpose: Help Sears Canada help Canadians to save money on their energy bills by referring appropriate services.This was done by providing “Home Energy Tune-ups”, a program designed by Sears Canada.

How did it happen? Porpoise Group put together a team of five (5) energetic and knowledgeable representatives to visit interested customers dwellings and show how Sears Canada could help them save money on their energy bills. Customers were provided with simple next-steps and long-term considerations to save energy. Customers often asked for additional services from Sears Canada, helping them realize that Sears is a leader in providing important products and services for responsible and conscientiousness living.

The same team that provided the home visits also staffed the Sears Eco booth at the National Home Show and the Green Living Show in Toronto.

Since Porpoise Group helped with the Home Energy Tune-ups in Ontario in fall 2010, the service has expanded in Ontario and into BC.