Community Engagement

Alan Dolan & Associates
Address: 2119 Melrick Place
V9Z 0M9
Business Principal:
Alan Dolan
Business Description:

Providing community engagement, facilitation and strategic communications services since 1994

Alan has over 30 years of community engagement, facilitation and communications experience, working for government, and as a private consultant to government, First Nations and NGOs. He formed Alan Dolan & Associates in 1994 and works with a network of associates.

In the early nineties, Alan held senior communications positions with the government of British Columbia, including Director of Communications at the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Communications Manager at the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks.

With two degrees in biology and additional experience working as an environmental biologist, Alan has focused much of his work in the environmental and resource management fields.

Alan received a BSc from McGill, a Masters from Waterloo, and completed further post-graduate training at Queen’s. Engagement and facilitation training evolved from a combination of experience, Quaker teachings, IAP2 Certification, Art of Hosting workshop, Dynamic Facilitation workshop and other workshops and courses.

Alan’s personal commitment to sustainability is exemplified in his involvement in the CRD Roundtable on the Environment, as founding member and board chair of the Values-Based Business Network, as co-ordinator of the Greater Victoria Food Exchange Co-op, and through work with the Transition Towns movement in both Victoria and Sooke, BC.

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778-678-4189
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Sooke Lions
Address: PO Box 248, Sooke BC,
V9Z 0S9
Business Principal:
Randy Welters
Business Description:

WHO ARE THE LIONS
Lions – Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations Safety

We are Volunteer Members of Service Clubs grouped around the world under an International Organization. We enjoy fellowship, develop leadership skills and dedicate part of our time to helping those in need – while making our individual communities a better place in which to live. Lions have been around for over 100 years, forming in 1917. There are currently over 1.4 million Lions in 47,000 Lions Clubs in 0ver 200 Countries.

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250-881-0502
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Vancouver Island Regional Library – Sooke Branch
Address: In Sooke:
2065 Anna Marie Road
Sooke BC

Head Office:
90 Commercial Street
Nanaimo, BC
V9Z 0A4
Business Description:

The Sooke Branch is currently offering reduced services due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Check our website for a description of currently available services.

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Business Phone Number:
250-642-3022