Upcoming Events

Song of Imbolc Sacred Sound Journey

Feb 2, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Net Loft
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Presence through Sounding and Chanting

Mar 30, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Net Loft
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Community Passover Dinner

Apr 24, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Gabriola Golf and Country Club
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This 14th Annual “Caroling with Care” community event took place on December 6, 2018 with close to 45  Carolers this yer!

We  gathered  at 5:30 in the spacious common room of Gabriola’s Garden Homes, where Leah Hokanson led us in  a spirited half-hour of fellowship and laughter with Garden Homes residents before we headed out into the December darkness.

Thanks to an anonymous  gift of 4 hours’ rental, a Gertie bus was on hand to transport 20 carollers, while others followed in their vehicles.

Carolers were warmly welcomed into four homes of Gabriolans unable to get about, where Leah once again led us in traditional favourite songs of the Christmas season. 

The evening concluded at Somerset Farm, where Eric and “birthday girl” Sue Boulton invited us in for hot chocolate, seasonal goodies, and yet more carols by the crackling fire. 

Gertie headed back to the Garden Homes at 9:30, after a magical start to the festive season. 

Special thanks to our intrepid Gertie driver, to all our generous hosts, to our caroler-in-chief Leah, to our caroling volunteers who donated baking. 

Special thanks  this year to Anniken De Lissa for her many contributions to this event on behalf of GES for the past 14 years. Anniken has been central to nurturing a tradition that reflects the warmth, fellowship, and generous community spirit of our island home.  We hope we will continue to enjoy this opportunity raise our voices in joyful seasonal harmony for many years to come!

Submitted by Lynette Jackson, GES Board Member  


We hope to continue this festive event next year!  Special thanks to Anniken and Lynette for organizing this so well.




Approximatly 45 people attended our Poetry and Music event at the Netloft on November 25th, 2018.  The ambiance of the Netloft was the perfect venue, warm and intimate. 

We were treated to the poetry of Leanne McIntosh and the musical improvisations of Carolyn Bell, (keyboard) and Jacqui Parker-Snedker, (bass).  Owen McCooey took part in the reading.

When the event finished there was an excited buzz in the room. Comments such as “amazing,” “wow that was great,” “I was moved,” as well as “I was really touched,” were heard.    

Owen McCooey


A group of people gathered at the Roxy on November 10 to view the video “Light to the World” about the life of Baha’u’llah, Prophet Founder of the Baha’i Faith.

The 51 minute  film tells the story of Baha’u’llah’s remarkable life and the impact of His teachings on communities around the world.

The story was told with subtitles in English by Baha’is from all over the world who’s lives have been changed by ‘community’  building the Teachings of Baha’u’llah.

The Baha’i faith is one of the fastest growing Communities in the world and promotes “unity in diversity” uniting people of all religions and cultures while encouraging believers to maintain their mother culture.

After the viewing there was an opportunity for questions and discussion.

This film is available to view above for anybody who wishes to see it!

Gary Badke


Many thanks!

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“Very good!  Five very good presenters from very different experiences of spiritual questing, questing for meaning in life and freedom of Spirit, discovering meaning and still discovering …” […]

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Community Seder

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Invocations…Leah’s Enchanted Chants…

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