Bottles for Change

A couple years ago I had a chance to meet Michael Lavigne. He is the founder and visionary behind the Open for Change initiative. As noted on their promotional material "Open for Change is a For-Profit Social Enterprise committed to making a meaningful impact by investing two-thirds of all profits back into our communities."
They have successfully led two campaigns in Kelowna that combine volunteerism, active citizenship, and some great community bonding. The next project they are working on is "Bottles for Change". It has a few different aspects to it but the main component is that they are encouraging everyone to reduce the amount of water used in their toilets flush by adding a water bottle filled with sand to the tank behind the toilet seat.
In a day when the California drought is front page and areas of our own region are starting to put water restrictions in place its a very timely project.
For full information about how you can get involved in this initiative check out the various volunteer roles listed in their website: https://www.openforchange.com/bottlesforchange/
I met up with Michael earlier this week to talk about his Open for Change initiative, their last campaign, and to get some more information on their newest campaign.
Open for Change "Bottles for Change"
WHERE 1009 Lawrence Ave
WHEN Saturday, June 20, 2015 to Saturday, July 11, 2015 
TIME 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Who: Open For Change
What: Environmental impact campaign to reduce our water consumption
Where: Community located around Artisan House, 1009 Lawrence Ave
When:  11:00 am – 4:00 pm on July 11, 2015
Why: Inspires people to place a bottle in their toilet, thus conserving water and starting the conversation around other ways we can support our environment.
Cost: FREE!

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Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years, I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, and others.

Originally from Scotland, I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years. My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities).

In 2014, I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

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